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News media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study finds

September 5, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of media organizations, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher....

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Magnetic nanocubes self-assemble into helical superstructures

September 5, 2014 8:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Materials made from nanoparticles hold promise for myriad applications, from improved solar energy production to perfect touch screens. The challenge in creating these wonder-materials is organizing the nanoparticles into orderly arrangements....

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Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch

September 5, 2014 2:17 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices. Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers, said Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice...

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GaN Systems signs exclusive worldwide deal with Mouser Electronics

September 4, 2014 4:17 pm | Comments

GaN Systems Inc. announced it is has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Mouser Electronics. GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power transistors are based on its proprietary Island Technology and offer significant advantages over traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs....

Murata launches new easier-to-navigate global web site

September 4, 2014 2:32 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Murata today announced the launch of their new global web site at murata.com. Using the recently released new corporate visual identity, the site has a fresh modern and tablet-friendly design. Aimed to increase customer satisfaction and ease navigation and access ...

Photos of the Day: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

September 4, 2014 12:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both....

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The US and China hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects

September 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by Josefin Berg – Senior Analyst Solar Research, IHS | Ihs | Comments

The global pipeline of PV projects now stands at 132 GW of which 10 GW are under construction, according to the PV Project Database published on a monthly basis by IHS Technology. The US and China together hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects.

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Enhanced grenade lethality: On target even when enemy is concealed

September 4, 2014 11:21 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Small Arms Grenade Munitions are munitions rounds that aim to provide warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted....

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How much gravity is enough?

September 4, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Keeping upright in a low-gravity environment is not easy, and NASA documents abound with examples of astronauts falling on the lunar surface. Now, a new study by an international team of researchers led by York University professors Laurence Harris and Michael Jenkin ...

Forming consensus in social networks

September 4, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Social networks have become a dominant force in society. Family, friends, peers, community leaders and media communicators are all part of people's social networks. Individuals within a network may have different opinions on important issues, but it's their collective actions....

Titania-based material holds promise as new insulator for superconductors

September 4, 2014 10:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University shows that a type of modified titania, or titanium dioxide, holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the electrical paths along which current flows....

To clean air and beyond: Catching greenhouse gases with advanced membranes

September 4, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features capable of removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Their findings, published in the British journal Nature Communications, may one day contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions....

Nano-pea pod model widens electronics applications

September 4, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Periodic chain-like nanostructures are widely used in nanoelectronics. Typically, chain elements include the likes of quantum rings, quantum dots, or quantum graphs. Such a structure enables electrons to move along the chain, in theory, indefinitely....

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Engineers seek enhanced grenade lethality on concealed enemies

September 4, 2014 9:21 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Small Arms Grenade Munitions are munitions rounds that aim to provide warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted....

Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings

September 4, 2014 5:17 am | by Frank Jordans - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies. Both devices are under the Lumia brand Microsoft bought from Nokia. They run the latest version of Windows...

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