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Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said Tuesday it is installing "e-Radiators" - computer servers ...

Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

March 24, 2015 8:03 am | by Yale University | Comments

Yale researchers assessed the “criticality” of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs — and which ones simply cannot be replaced as ...

Educating engineers to meet grand challenges

March 24, 2015 8:02 am | by Duke University | Comments

Duke Engineering is co-leading a national initiative that promises to transform engineering education—and change the world. In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama today, Duke and more than 120 other U.S....

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NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

March 24, 2015 8:02 am | by NASA | Comments

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams...

Black holes and the dark sector explained by quantum gravity

March 23, 2015 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ask any theoretical physicist on what are the most profound mysteries in physics and you will be surprised if she mentions anything other than Quantum Gravity and the Dark Sector. Questions such as how do we reconcile GR and Quantum Theory? What is Dark Matter?

Utilisation of smartwatches in situations requiring alert

March 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

VTT Technical Research of Centre Ltd has developed various kinds of software for smartwatches that utilise speech recognition in social communication and show smart traffic data on the watch display. Now, you no longer need to take a peek around a bend ...

US engineering schools to educate 20,000 students to tackle grand challenges

March 23, 2015 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair today, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some ...

Have researchers discovered the sound of the stars?

March 23, 2015 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A chance discovery by a team of researchers, including a University of York scientist, has provided experimental evidence that stars may generate sound. The study of fluids in motion - now known as hydrodynamics - goes back to the Egyptians....

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Northrop Grumman selects Wind River for Black Hawk Cockpit Digitization Program

March 23, 2015 11:01 am | by Wind River | Comments

Wind River, has announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter.

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New processing technology converts packing peanuts to battery components

March 23, 2015 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste....

Obama to announce $240M in new pledges for STEM education

March 23, 2015 9:09 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. At the White House Science Fair on Monday ...

The welding system of the future is self-learning

March 20, 2015 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is developing an entirely new kind of welding system, one which solves quality and productivity problems related to automated and mechanised welding. The system is self-adjusting, flexible, and adaptable....

First proof of isolated attosecond pulse generation at the carbon K-edge

March 20, 2015 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a recent study, "Spatiotemporal isolation of attosecond pulses in the soft X-ray water window " published in Nature Communications by the Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics Group, led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Jens Biegert, the generation of isolated attosecond pulses ...

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New approach uses 'twisted light' to increase efficiency of quantum cryptography systems

March 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester and their collaborators have developed a way to transfer 2.05 bits per photon by using "twisted light." This remarkable achievement is possible because the researchers used the orbital angular momentum of the photons ...

Streaming TV services: What you get, what it costs

March 20, 2015 2:27 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive. In the works for more than a year, the PlayStation Vue service could drive more people ...

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