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Stanford's Precourt Institute partners with KQED on a new e-book series on energy

June 27, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and KQED, public media for Northern California, have created a two-part e-book series on energy for iPads and Mac computers. Primarily targeted at grades 8 to 13, the interactive Energy iBooks Textbooks are designed to give readers a broad introduction to the subject of energy....

Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

June 27, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth....

Not much force: Berkeley researchers detect smallest force ever measured

June 27, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What is believed to be the smallest force ever measured has been detected by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Using a combination of lasers and a unique optical trapping system that provides a cloud of ultracold atoms ...

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Eco-friendly versatile nanocapsules developed

June 27, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has announced that the Center for Self-assembly and Complexity have succeeded in developing a new technology that introduces metal nanoparticles on the surface of polymer nanocapsules made of cucurbit[6]uril....

Cambridge team breaks superconductor world record

June 27, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team led by University of Cambridge engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china....

Researchers discover 'Trojan Horse' method of penetrating cellular walls without harm

June 27, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research have found a "Trojan horse" way to deliver proteins into live human cells without damaging them. The finding, published in this month's Nature Methods, is expected to be easily adopted for use in medical research....

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Let there be light: Chemists develop magnetically responsive liquid crystals

June 27, 2014 8:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research paves the way for novel display applications relying on the instantaneous and contactless nature....

US to seek data protection for EU citizens

June 27, 2014 8:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration will seek to introduce legislation that grants Europeans the same privacy protection rights as U.S. citizens when their data is being transferred to the U.S. for law enforcement purposes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. The U.S. and EU have been negotiating since March 2011....

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US seeks resumption of cyber talks with China

June 27, 2014 8:48 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | Comments

The United States next month will urge China to resume discussions on cybersecurity that were suspended abruptly after the U.S. charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, a U.S. official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told The Associated Press....

Robots learn faster, better with online helpers

June 27, 2014 8:39 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | Comments

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot.University of Washington computer researchers have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human ...

A versatile joystick for animation artists

June 26, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Remember those molecule models made from sticks and balls you could assemble to study complex molecules back in school? Something similar has taken shape in the Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich. ETH-professor Olga Sorkine-Hornung and her team do not study molecules....

Dutch agency: glitch in airplane autopilot systems

June 26, 2014 1:31 pm | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

The Netherlands' air safety agency says it has detected a glitch that can cause airplane autopilot systems to respond in a dangerous way when a plane is attempting a steeper than normal landing approach. In a report published Thursday, the Dutch Safety Board, which investigates disasters and potential accidents ...

NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract

June 26, 2014 1:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday. The New York-based company has for years provided Internet services to a number of government departments....

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India LED LCD TV sales boost expected with FIFA World Cup

June 26, 2014 11:17 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

The FIFA Football World Cup 2014 in Brasil is expected to be a popular spectator sport in India. It was estimated that out of 770 million TV viewers of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, 115 million were from India, a substantial 22%. This time, viewership is expected to be higher....

Photos of the Day: Woman or machine?

June 26, 2014 8:39 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion. Otonaroid and Kodomoroidwill act as guides at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation....

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