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Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power

October 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle....

When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more

October 27, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings ...

Physicists closer to understanding matter, antimatter in universe

October 27, 2014 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have made important discoveries regarding Bs meson particles—something that may explain why the Universe contains more matter than antimatter. Distinguished Professor Sheldon Stone and his colleagues ...

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Watching the hidden life of materials

October 27, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the "smart material" vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal....

Obama taking action to push manufacturing

October 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers....

Excellence in engineering recognized at women's engineering event

October 27, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

Two Huntington Ingalls Industries employees were honored last week at the Society of Women Engineers’ annual conference in Los Angeles. Alma Martinez Fallon from HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and Dianna Genton from HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division received recognition for their dedication to women in the engineering profession.

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UT Dallas team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

October 27, 2014 11:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World," created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni....

New software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy

October 27, 2014 11:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Doctoral student Emma Tosch of University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in Portland, Ore., for her work on "Surveyman"....

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New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment ...

Strong magnetic field produces an exotic superconducting state

October 27, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team led by a Brown University physicist has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can indeed arise....

Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output

October 27, 2014 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend on lasers....

Breakthrough paves the way for DNA-based computer circuits in the future

October 27, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a paper published today in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The central technological revolution of the 20th century ...

Smarter, quicker-thinking referees? There's an app for that!

October 27, 2014 10:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

KU Leuven and UEFA, European football's governing body, have embarked on a four-year project to expand and fine-tune a web-based skills training platform for referees. Early results show that the application can improve assistant referees' on-field perception....

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How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

October 27, 2014 10:34 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online ...

Engineering students win challenge for real-time traffic app

October 24, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Three University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient....

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