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Hungry black hole eats faster than thought possible

October 8, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a black hole that is consuming gas from a nearby star 10 times faster than previously thought possible. The black hole—known as P13—lies on the outskirts of the galaxy NGC7793 about 12 million light years from Earth....

Astronomers see right into heart of exploding star

October 8, 2014 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of astronomers has been able to see into the heart of an exploding star, by combining data from telescopes that are hundreds or even thousands of kilometres apart. Their results are published at 18:00 hours on Oct 8 2014....

NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks grant to accelerate materials-to-device processes

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are seeking to accelerate the technology transfer processes – perhaps by as much as 50 percent – through a new cyber-infrastructure grant funded by the National Science Foundation....

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Navy tests out new way of making clothes: welding

October 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility ...

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LED inventor insulted, feels work bypassed by Nobel

October 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | Comments

For years many of Nick Holonyak Jr.'s colleagues have said he deserved the Nobel Prize for his invention of the first light-emitting diode, the tiny red light that made fiber-optics networks, DVDs, and a range of other technologies possible....

General aviation pilots: Got weather?

October 8, 2014 11:36 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Professor John Valasek in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Assistant Professor Thomas Ferris in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have been awarded a two year research project by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Weather Technology....

Supercomputers build eyes for power lines

October 8, 2014 10:24 am | by GE Reports | Comments

When the power goes out, electricity providers are often left in the dark along with their customers. That status quo is what’s keeping Naresh Acharya up at night. He is now planning to use some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to help....

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

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NIST quantum probe enhances electric field measurements

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the International System....

High-tech fun rivals view at Seattle Space Needle

October 8, 2014 9:34 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | Comments

Visitors to Seattle's Space Needle are treated to a gorgeous view of this waterfront city when skies are clear and the sun is shining. But on a recent beautiful day, many in the crowd on the observation level of the Space Needle - one of Seattle's ...

A Closer Look: What map apps can do for you

October 8, 2014 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway....

'Unlikely couples' of materials enable vehicle weight to be reduced

October 7, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Environmental problems are driving forward the appearance of increasingly restrictive regulations, so the strategy of vehicle manufacturers is geared towards cutting vehicle weight. CIC marGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre into High-performance Manufacturing ...

Printing in the hobby room: Paper-thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

October 7, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Until now, if you want to print a greeting card for a loved one, you can use colorful graphics, fancy typefaces or special paper to enhance it. But what if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home....

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Fundamentals of physics confirmed

October 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To explore any possible limits of the two theories, they have been experimentally verified many times already and both have passed all the tests so far. Hence, scientists look for deviations in experiments with increasing precision or under extreme conditions....

Dynamic encryption keeps secrets

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A method ensuring that all telephone calls are encrypted and that eavesdroppers are unable to decrypt information in order to obtain secrets. This is a brief definition of dynamic encryption, the brainchild of Professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen from DTU....

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