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PC shipment slump bottoms out

July 11, 2014 9:14 am | by Mae Anderson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe. PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world...

Controlling contamination in open algae ponds for biofuels

July 11, 2014 8:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biofuels derived from the oils produced by algae may offer a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. To achieve this goal, optimization of cost effective strategies for large-scale algae cultivation, such as in open pond systems, is needed. Sapphire Energy has developed an innovative solution....

New paths into the world of quasiparticles

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Christian Roos' research team at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck has established a new experimental platform for investigating quantum phenomena: In a string of trapped ultracold ions they can precisely initialise....

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ASU-led study yields first snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team, led by Arizona State University scientists, has published today in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen, the process that maintains Earth's oxygen atmosphere....

LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

July 11, 2014 5:14 am | by Youkyung Lee - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains...

Postcards from the photosynthetic edge

July 10, 2014 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A crucial piece of the puzzle behind nature's ability to split the water molecule during photosynthesis that could help advance the development of artificial photosynthesis for clean, green and renewable energy has been provided by an international collaboration of scientists led by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory....

Study cracks how the brain processes emotions

July 10, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell University neuroscientist Adam Anderson....

Signal may send cancer's cellular factories into overdrive

July 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A network of signals active in almost all types of cancer sends the protein factories in our cells into overdrive, and may help fuel a tumour's uncontrolled growth, new research suggests. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, identified a molecular trigger responsible for ratcheting up activity of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)....

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New technology illuminates colder objects in deep space

July 9, 2014 2:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Too cool and faint, many objects in the universe are impossible to detect with visible light. Now a Northwestern University team has refined a new technology that could make these colder objects more visible, paving the way for enhanced exploration of deep space....

A transparent touchable display wall

July 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | Comments

At a busy shopping mall, shoppers walk by store windows to find attractive items to purchase. Through the windows, shoppers can see the products displayed, but may have a hard time imagining doing something beyond just looking, such as touching the displayed items or communicating with sales assistants inside the store....

Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar

July 9, 2014 2:12 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

What you study — math and science are a plus — seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department....

Google selects 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work.After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers....

Engineering challenge offers $1M in seed money to inventors

July 9, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Few people mention marine iguanas, honey bees and oil sands in the same breath, but scientist Brian Gregg believes the combination might hold an elegant solution to a hard engineering riddle. Extracting oil from oil sands generates copious amounts of low grade waste heat....

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Building smaller, greener electronics

July 9, 2014 2:03 pm | by Bryan Alary, University of Alberta | Comments

In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.The digital age has resulted in a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies since the days the personal computer fit atop a desk....

BMW is developing inductive charging systems

July 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by BMW | Comments

Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Their high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio....

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