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Smart grids can match electricity demand and supply decentrally

February 4, 2015 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help ...

X-ray pulses uncover free nanoparticles for the first time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, a German-American research team has determined the three-dimensional shape of free-flying silver nanoparticles, using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH. The tiny particles, hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair, were found to exhibit an ...

The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

February 4, 2015 11:58 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks. So I wasn't surprised to learn that the nation's largest prepaid wireless company ...

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Selfies linked to deadly plane crash

February 4, 2015 11:50 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A pilot and passenger killed in a midnight Cessna 150K crash last year may have been distracted by taking selfies during the flight, the NTSB said. Pilot Amritpal Singh, 29, of Aurora, Co. had taken several short flights before the fatal crash near Denver on May 31, 2014....

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Manufacturing drives American economy, but needs more support

February 4, 2015 11:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, Design Group, @abmdigi | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that ...

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Coilcraft becomes Bronze Supplier for the FIRST Robotics Competition

February 4, 2015 9:18 am | Comments

Coilcraft announced today that it has joined forces with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology ...

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Photos of the Day: Urban solar electric car with 3D-printed body

February 3, 2015 2:45 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category....

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Researchers develop cheaper 'smart windows'

February 3, 2015 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a novel technique that reduces the costs of the 'smart windows', with which the amount of light passing through glass can be controlled. This technology can be activated within seconds....

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The future of holographic video

February 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Holographic video displays, featuring three-dimensional images, are about to "go large" and become a lot more affordable at the same time, thanks to the work of a team of Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers and their collaborators at ...

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If Facebook use causes envy, depression could follow

February 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Browsing Facebook has become a daily activity for hundreds of millions of people. Because so many people engage with the website daily, researchers are interested in how emotionally involved Facebook users can be with the social networking site and how regular use can affect their ...

Researchers develop handheld sensor to sniff out fish fraud

February 3, 2015 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers are get what they pay for. It's estimated that up to 30 percent of ...

Statistics is the fastest-growing degree

February 3, 2015 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Statistics — the science of learning from data — is the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, an analysis of federal government education data conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) ...

The rarely understood ammonium carbonate monohydrate

February 3, 2015 1:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New structural studies of the superficially simple ammonium carbonate monohydrate could shed light on industrial processes, biochemistry and even the interstellar building blocks of life. Researchers in Spain and the UK have used Laue single-crystal diffraction ...

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NASA's Aqua satellite sees demise of Tropical Cyclone Ola

February 3, 2015 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tropical Cyclone Ola was being battered by vertical wind shear in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured an infrared picture of the storm. On Feb. 3, 2015 at 0900 UTC (4 a.m. EST), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...

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Creating virtual wind for physical turbines

February 3, 2015 1:13 pm | by Duke University | Comments

It’s hard to figure out which way the wind blows. It’s full of random fluctuations, changes of direction, currents and eddies, and it can have a completely different profile a short distance away. And it doesn’t help that it’s invisible. But accurately creating computer models ...

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