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Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology

November 25, 2014 11:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to the innovative application of physics and chemistry at the atomic scale. Accordingly, a team led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers has ...

How does the brain react to virtual reality?

November 25, 2014 10:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial ...

Unmanned vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic ice

November 25, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured ...

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How can students learn efficient materials concepts for solar cells?

November 25, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How can students be efficiently introduced to materials concepts for solar cells? To date there is mainly basic literature about the physics of solar cells and there are specialized articles and books about certain types or classes of solar cell materials....

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Pathbreaking radio telescope project studies early universe

November 25, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Arizona State University has joined with 14 other institutions in Australia, India, New Zealand and the United States in a radio telescope project that focuses on the early universe and the birth and formation of the first galaxies. The radio telescope is the ...

Unidentified country likely behind spying software

November 25, 2014 10:12 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other ...

Army Cyber branch offers Soldiers new challenges

November 25, 2014 8:55 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Soldiers who want to defend the nation in cyberspace, as part of the Army's newest and most technologically advanced career field, now have an Army branch to join that will take its place alongside infantry, artillery, and the other Army combat arms ...

NASA sets prelaunch activities for Orion flight test

November 24, 2014 7:52 pm | by NASA | Comments

The first flight test of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft that will send astronauts to an asteroid and onward to Mars, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4. NASA will host a series of news conferences and flight test commentary on NASA Television, as ...

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New supercomputers increase nation's computational capacity and capability

November 24, 2014 4:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of ...

Ultra-short X-ray pulses explore the nano world

November 24, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

X-ray flashes are a unique scientific tool. They are generated by accelerating electrons to very high energy levels in kilometer-long vacuum tubes, so-called linear accelerators, and then deflecting them with specially arranged magnets. In the ...

Online cybersecurity training for communities

November 24, 2014 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Municipal governments across the nation use computer systems in almost every facet of their day-to-day operations. Communications to emergency responders are dependent on intact communication channels. Essential service providers such ...

Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers

November 24, 2014 3:37 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes, or lock ...

Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites

November 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Enzymes carry out fundamental biological processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and respiration, with the help of clusters of metal atoms as "active" sites. But scientists lack basic information about their function because the states thought ...

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Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

November 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately ...

Industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

November 24, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers. To increase light-harvesting efficiency of ...

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