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More-flexible digital communication

December 16, 2014 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver -- say, a computer and a printer -- are off by even ...

Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

December 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy ...

Researchers use real data rather than theory to measure the cosmos

December 16, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. A research team from Imperial College London and the University of Barcelona has used data from astronomical surveys to ...


New simulator provides training in cybersecurity

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The system, presented and tested in Sweden a few weeks ago at a forum of experts in this field (the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm), is part of the SACO (Advanced Simulator for Organized Cyberdefense), a project from the INNPACTO subproject ...

Light beams let data rates soar

December 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications can ...

Live images from inside materials

December 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too - as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what's hidden on inside materials and components and to check for ...

Mouser launches new motor control application site

December 16, 2014 10:48 am | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced the introduction of their new Motor Control Applications site. Mouser's new applications site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in motor control, and the newest components ...

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some, like our neighbors to the north, are actively considering alternatives, including the Eurofigher Typhoon (seen above), Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet. None of these ...


Climate change could leave cities more in the dark

December 15, 2014 5:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms. Johns Hopkins engineers created a ...

Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

December 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. In an open letter to environmentalists with ...

Mobile radio passive radar makes harbors safer

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Airports are now subject to careful security surveillance, but many coastal towns and ports are not; they often lack radar installations to keep track of small boats, meaning terrorists could easily use speedboats to approach the coastline and bring explosives ...

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton

December 15, 2014 5:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international team led by Chinese scientists and ...

Disney Research builds computer models to analyze pro basketball and soccer

December 15, 2014 5:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the ball at the three-point line near the top of the key, what will Tim Duncan of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs do? Pass to a player posting up? Or does he take a shot? An analysis by Disney Research of player tracking data, however, suggests the ...


Lead islands in graphene can magnetize the material of the future

December 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in ...

New algorithm a Christmas gift to 3-D printing -- and the environment

December 15, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a ...


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