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Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem

March 30, 2015 9:47 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

The promising new material molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has an inherent issue that's steeped in irony. The material's greatest asset--its monolayer thickness--is also its biggest challenge. Monolayer MoS2's ultra-thin structure is strong, lightweight ...

Shape-shifting sensor can report conditions from deep in the body

March 30, 2015 9:44 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution ...

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing

March 30, 2015 9:41 am | by Rice University | Comments

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, according to a new paper from an energy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The researcher found that the kingdom is reshaping itself as a supplier of refined petroleum products while moving beyond ...

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Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

March 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change. The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light....

Qualtré appoints two new Vice Presidents, continues expansion

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | Comments

Qualtré, Inc, a leader in the development and commercialization of bulk acoustic wave (BAW) MEMS inertial sensors, today announced the appointment of George Harper to the position of Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Marketing and David Gilbert to the position ...

Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

March 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | Comments

In a new paper, a team of Yale researchers assesses the "criticality" of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs ...

A tool is created to improve the sustainability of the transport sector

March 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

Transport is responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, so the European Commission has developed various strategies and directives designed to reduce dependence on oil, and the transport gas emissions responsible for this effect ...

A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state

March 27, 2015 12:28 pm | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | Comments

In a recent study published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Morgan Mitchell has detected, for the first time, entanglement among individual photon pairs in a beam of squeezed light.

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Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated

March 27, 2015 12:24 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | Comments

Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.

Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US

March 27, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

In many cases, information is transmitted at high speeds through light waves carried in slender glass fibers that are bundled together and strung along rights of way such as highways, railroads and pipelines. When covering long distances ...

NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public

March 27, 2015 10:01 am | by NASA | Comments

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy ...

Photos of the Day: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 27, 2015 8:23 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market,” aka the world's first commercial flamethrower. The XM42 doesn’t require pressurized tanks or a backpack filled with fuel....

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HAWC captures evidence of powerful cosmic visitors

March 26, 2015 8:02 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

In the shadow of Mexico’s tallest mountain, an array of 300 water-filled silver tanks is capturing the calling cards left by powerful visitors from our galaxy and beyond. The tanks are the most visible components of the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC), a one-of-its-kind facility...

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Dark matter even darker than once thought

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | Comments

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015 ...

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Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

March 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Comments

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate ...

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