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'Right' defense contracts needed to support critical skill retention at Watervliet

July 30, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

In an era of declining defense budgets, the Watervliet Arsenal, New York, needs contracts to produce more than just revenue. It needs the "right kind" of contracts to retain a critical skill base that is required to support large caliber manufacturing for the Defense Department and to allied...

Nintendo reports worse-than-expected quarterly loss as Wii U sales momentum picks up slowly

July 30, 2014 10:19 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales....

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'Holy Grail' of battery design achieved: A stable lithium anode

July 30, 2014 10:04 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step....

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Book: 'The Beginning and the End'

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Clément Vidal takes on big philosophical questions in his new book The Beginning and the End: Does our universe have a beginning and an end, or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution?....

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Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges

July 30, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays....

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Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes....

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App for headache sufferers shows success

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A unique app that helps headache sufferers to record the severity and regularity of their pain is being used as part of a Griffith research study. A new approach to the treatment of headaches, the ENHANCE project looks at coping with their triggers and is being led by Professor Paul Martin from Griffith Health Institute's Behavioral Basis of Health program....

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NASA sees developing Tropical Storm Halong causing warning

July 30, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA infrared satellite data revealed that Tropical Storm Halong is surrounded by strong thunderstorms and an eye appears to be developing. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Halong on July 29 at 03:29 UTC (July 28 at 11:29 p.m. EDT) the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument captured data on the cloud cover....

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Amazon to invest $2 billion in India after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion in capital

July 30, 2014 8:59 am | by KAY JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion....

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Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app....

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Brainwaves can predict audience reaction for television programming

July 29, 2014 6:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at the City College of New York (CCNY) in partnership with Georgia Tech, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor....

Tough foam from tiny sheets

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University. In microscopic images, the foam dubbed "GO-0.5BN" looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and walls that reinforce each other....

Study: Pediatric preventive care guidelines need retooling for computerized format

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the increasing use of electronic medical records and health information exchange, there is a growing demand for a computerized version of the preventive care guidelines pediatricians use across the United States. In a new study, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute report....

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Mysterious molecules in space

July 29, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when those stars exploded, these lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the carbon, hydrogen, silicon and other atoms in the universe....

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A new way to make microstructured surfaces

July 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, could exhibit a variety of useful properties — including controllable mechanical stiffness and strength....

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