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Study looks inside the universe's most powerful explosions

April 10, 2015 2:59 pm | by Ohio State University | Comments

A new study provides an inside look at the most powerful explosions in the universe: gamma-ray bursts. These rare explosions happen when extremely massive stars go supernova. The stars' strong magnetic fields channel most ...

How many gold atoms make gold metal?

April 10, 2015 2:53 pm | by Academy of Finland | Comments

Researchers at the Nanoscience Center at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, have shown that dramatic changes in the electronic properties of nanometre-sized chunks of gold occur in well-defined size range. Small gold nanoclusters could be used, for instance ...

Social media and gaming initiative aims to enhance education on energy efficiency

April 10, 2015 2:50 pm | by University of Plymouth | Comments

Affordable housing residents will be encouraged to use a specially devised game for smartphones and tablets linked to smart meters as part of a partnership initiative designed to reduce energy and CO2 consumption in their homes. EnerGAware is a €2million project funded ...

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New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants

April 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Clemson University | Comments

You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers, including Kyle Brinkman of Clemson University, developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions.

Graphene looking promising for future spintronic devices

April 10, 2015 1:59 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known. This has opened the door....

PC sales declined again in first quarter

April 10, 2015 1:52 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the industry's ongoing struggles with the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets. One big reason for the decline was businesses buying fewer ...

Transistor laser research aims to push modulation speeds into THz range

April 10, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

ECE Professor Milton Feng recently received a $657,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to enhance the modulation speed performance of the transistor laser, a novel 3-terminal device that he and ECE colleague Nick Holonyak Jr. invented in 2004.

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane

April 10, 2015 12:02 pm | by The University of Manchester | Comments

Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a programme of work aimed at developing the next generation of biofuels....

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More ground robots to serve alongside soldiers soon

April 10, 2015 10:03 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The dawning of a new age of Army ground robots will soon be here, said Scott Davis, program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support during the National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference and Exhibition, April 7.

Energy Department to spend $200 million on new supercomputer

April 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will give Argonne National Laboratory $200 million to make the Chicago-area home to a high-performance supercomputer that is five to seven times faster than current top supercomputers....

White House says it's always a target amid reports of hack

April 9, 2015 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is always going to be a target for hackers. Josh Earnest came close on Wednesday to confirming reports that Russian hackers accessed sensitive White House information....

Erupting electrodes: how recharging leaves behind microscopic debris inside batteries

April 9, 2015 4:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

An eruption of lithium at the tip of a battery's electrode, cracks in the electrode's body, and a coat forming on the electrode's surface reveal how recharging a battery many times leads to its demise. Using a powerful microscope to watch multiple cycles of charging and discharging under real...

QD Vision and Konka launch quantum dot TVs in Chinese market

April 9, 2015 3:29 pm | Comments

At the China Information Technology Expo Konka, one of China’s leading HDTV manufacturers, unveiled a pair of new quantum dot UHD TVs based on QD Vision’s Color IQ optics. QD Vision’s quantum dots enable Konka to deliver its most visually-stunning TVs ever....

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No-phone policy at Masters forces break from social media

April 9, 2015 1:07 pm | by TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Derek Jensen's profile picture features Rae's Creek and the Ben Hogan Bridge, and a picture of the Masters logo. It'll stay that way for several hours. No more tweets, nothing on Instagram or Facebook. Not while he's on the golf course at Augusta National....

Baltimore police often surveil cellphones amid US secrecy

April 9, 2015 1:04 pm | by JACK GILLUM and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The Baltimore Police Department has an agreement with the U.S. government to withhold certain information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts, according to a confidential agreement obtained by The Associated Press. On Wednesday ...

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