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Google selects 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work.After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers....

Engineering challenge offers $1M in seed money to inventors

July 9, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Few people mention marine iguanas, honey bees and oil sands in the same breath, but scientist Brian Gregg believes the combination might hold an elegant solution to a hard engineering riddle. Extracting oil from oil sands generates copious amounts of low grade waste heat....

Building smaller, greener electronics

July 9, 2014 2:03 pm | by Bryan Alary, University of Alberta | Comments

In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.The digital age has resulted in a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies since the days the personal computer fit atop a desk....

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BMW is developing inductive charging systems

July 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by BMW | Comments

Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Their high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio....

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Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty

July 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies. Oyster and Scribd let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price - $10 for Oyster and $9 for Scribd. I was skeptical at first. I can never find enough time to read, and I'm picky about what I do read....

RUB chemists develop novel catalyst with 2 functions

July 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have made a decisive step towards more cost-efficient regenerative fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries. They developed a new type of catalyst on the basis of carbon, which can facilitate two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen....

Managing the data jungle

July 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

During laboratory testing, countless measurement results accrue. To completely and systematically archive this body of data is extremely time consuming. In fact, researchers in the life sciences spend a quarter of their time managing data, according to an online survey of 70 people working in biology laboratories....

Making a more healthful, low-fat hot dog without giving up texture

July 9, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With grilling season upon us, many backyard cooks are turning to more healthful alternatives to their savored but fatty hot dogs. But low fat can sometimes mean low satisfaction. Now researchers are reporting new progress toward addressing the texture problem in low-fat wieners that are made with olive oil rather than pork fat....

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Figuring out methane's role in the climate puzzle

July 9, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. may be on the verge of an economy driven by methane, the primary component of natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal and is undergoing a production boom. It has poised the country as a top fuel producer globally, but recent research is casting serious doubts over just how climate-friendly it is....

Mono wafers to recapture share from multi in solar PV

July 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Multi versus mono: which wafer technology will win in the crystalline silicon solar cell market? This is a favorite and often-asked question in the solar industry. Back in 2007 the split between monocrystalline and multicrystalline wafer production was about 50:50. This ratio has now fallen....

Carbodeon enables 20 percent increase in polymer thermal filler conductivity with 0.03 wt.% nanodiamond additive

July 9, 2014 12:43 pm | Comments

Carbodeon, a Finnish-based producer of functionalised nanodiamond materials,can now achieve a 20 percent increase in polymer thermal performance by using as little as 0.03 wt.% nanodiamond material at 45 percent thermal filler loading, enabling increased performance at a lower cost than with traditional fillers....

Six cases where big data can reduce healthcare costs

July 9, 2014 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As the use of electronic health record becomes widespread across the United States, due in large to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the quantity of clinical data that will become available for research and analytic purposes will also dramatically increase....

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Carbon monoxide predicts 'red and dead' future of gas guzzler galaxy

July 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers have studied the carbon monoxide in a galaxy over 12 billion light years from Earth and discovered that it's running out of gas, quite literally, and headed for a 'red and dead' future. The galaxy, known as ALESS65, was observed by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in 2011....

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Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

July 9, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations....

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NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare

July 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground....

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