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Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

February 24, 2015 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to break down ...

Space station 3-D printed items, seedlings return in the belly of a Dragon

February 24, 2015 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Newly 3-D printed wrenches, data to improve cooling systems, protein crystals and seedling samples returned Feb. 10 aboard SpaceX's fifth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researchers will ...


New electrolyte rids batteries of short-circuiting fibers

February 24, 2015 3:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Dendrites — the microscopic, pin-like fibers that cause rechargeable batteries to short circuit — create fire hazards and can limit the ability of batteries to power our smart phones and store renewable energy for a rainy day. Now a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that's ...


Cyberbystanders: Most don't try to stop online bullies

February 24, 2015 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened....

Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

February 24, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines. Asphaltene is a complex ...

Detecting defects at the nanoscale will profit solar panel production

February 24, 2015 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research at the University of Huddersfield will lead to major efficiency gains and cost savings in the manufacture of flexible solar panels. It has also resulted in an exceptional number of scholarly articles co-authored by a Libyan scientist ...

Renewable energy obtained from wastewater

February 24, 2015 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Currently, there are treatments in which wastewater can flow out to the river or sea without causing any environmental problems. These technologies however entail high energy costs, mainly in aeration and pumping, and an elevated ...

Optical nanoantennas set the stage for a lab-on-a-chip revolution

February 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Newly developed tiny antennas, likened to spotlights on the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify pollutants in the air and even quickly diagnose and treat cancer, according to the Australian scientists who created them....


Ultra-thin nanowires can trap electron 'twisters' that disrupt superconductors

February 24, 2015 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. These disruptive mini-twisters often form ...

The little engine that could (run on batteries)

February 24, 2015 12:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train hummed down the tracks in January and February, completing a six-week passenger trial designed to show the British rail industry the benefits of replacing some ...


Could your product win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 9:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing ...

TDK offers easy online tool to find the right EPCOS snubber capacitor

February 24, 2015 9:33 am | Comments

TDK Corporation has developed the EPCOS Snubber Ca Finder – an innovative online tool that simplifies and speeds the search for suitable EPCOS snubber capacitors to protect IGBT modules against voltage peaks. With Snubber Cap Finder ...


Research with space explorers may one day heal Earth's warriors

February 24, 2015 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Growing bone on demand sounds like a space-age concept--a potentially life changing one. Such a capability could benefit those needing bone for reconstructive surgery due to trauma like combat injuries or those waging ...


Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 9:02 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how ...

Resolving to stay fit in space and on Earth

February 23, 2015 4:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In February, our attention turns to romantic matters of the heart. As American Heart Month, this month is also a time to focus on heart health and a perfect excuse to start working out to improve your physical fitness. Astronauts on the International Space Station ...



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