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Of bio-hairpins and polymer-spaghetti

October 9, 2014 8:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Jülich, Germany – When a basically sturdy material becomes soft and spongy, one usually suspects that it has been damaged in some way. But this is not always the case, especially when it comes to complex fluids and biological cells. By looking at ...

Smartphone understands hand gestures

October 9, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It does seem slightly odd at first: you hold the phone in one hand, and move the other in the air above its built-in camera making gestures that resemble sign language. Sometimes you move your index finger to the left, sometimes to the right....

Mind-controlled prosthetic arms that work in daily life are now a reality

October 9, 2014 8:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities....

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A cost-effective and energy-efficient approach to carbon capture

October 9, 2014 8:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Carbon capture is a process by which waste carbon dioxide (CO2) released by factories and power plants is collected and stored away, in order to reduce global carbon emissions. There are two major ways of carbon capture today, one using powder-like ...

Assuring good nutrition for astronauts

October 8, 2014 5:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Maintaining the nutritional value of astronauts' food in space over long periods without refrigeration is a challenge, particularly for the essential vitamins. Now University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists Hang Xiao and colleagues have received a three-year....

Stanford's GCEP awards $10.5 million for research on renewable energy

October 8, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded $10.5 million for seven research projects designed to advance a broad range of renewable energy technologies. The funding will be shared by six Stanford research teams....

Radio telescopes unravel mystery of nova gamma rays

October 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Highly-detailed radio-telescope images have pinpointed the locations where a stellar explosion called a nova emitted gamma rays, the most energetic form of electromagnetic waves. The discovery revealed a probable mechanism for the gamma-ray emissions....

Hungry black hole eats faster than thought possible

October 8, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a black hole that is consuming gas from a nearby star 10 times faster than previously thought possible. The black hole—known as P13—lies on the outskirts of the galaxy NGC7793 about 12 million light years from Earth....

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Astronomers see right into heart of exploding star

October 8, 2014 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of astronomers has been able to see into the heart of an exploding star, by combining data from telescopes that are hundreds or even thousands of kilometres apart. Their results are published at 18:00 hours on Oct 8 2014....

NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks grant to accelerate materials-to-device processes

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are seeking to accelerate the technology transfer processes – perhaps by as much as 50 percent – through a new cyber-infrastructure grant funded by the National Science Foundation....

Navy tests out new way of making clothes: welding

October 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility ...

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LED inventor insulted, feels work bypassed by Nobel

October 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | Comments

For years many of Nick Holonyak Jr.'s colleagues have said he deserved the Nobel Prize for his invention of the first light-emitting diode, the tiny red light that made fiber-optics networks, DVDs, and a range of other technologies possible....

General aviation pilots: Got weather?

October 8, 2014 11:36 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Professor John Valasek in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Assistant Professor Thomas Ferris in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have been awarded a two year research project by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Weather Technology....

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Supercomputers build eyes for power lines

October 8, 2014 10:24 am | by GE Reports | Comments

When the power goes out, electricity providers are often left in the dark along with their customers. That status quo is what’s keeping Naresh Acharya up at night. He is now planning to use some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to help....

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

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