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Photos of the Day: Navy's laser weapon destroys moving targets at sea

December 11, 2014 10:31 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | Comments

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. The system is operated by ...

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Keysight Technologies donates $120 million to Georgia Institute of Technology for software, support, and training

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Keysight Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. announced the largest in-kind software donation in its longstanding relationship with the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Georgia Tech is among the best research universities in the world, offering the largest, most diverse electrical and computer...

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Innovative application of metamaterials to improve radars

December 10, 2014 5:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At the International Radar Conference held in Lille (France) the researchers of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre Pablo Rodríguez-Ulibarri and Miguel Beruete-Díaz, together with their former lecturer and current CEO of Tafco Metawireless S.L. ...

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Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab'

December 10, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics....

Twitter posts may shine a fresh light on mental illness

December 10, 2014 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Johns Hopkins computers scientists, who have already used Twitter posts to track flu cases, say their techniques also show promise as a tool to gather important information about some common mental illnesses. By reviewing tweets from users who ...

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices

December 10, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made new compact, high-value resistors for nanoscale quantum circuits. The resistors could speed the development of quantum devices for computing and fundamental physics research....

Gold could be affordable catalyst for energy and environmental applications

December 10, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow researchers to design more efficient ...

Maximizing solar power on electrical grids

December 10, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The ...

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Abandoned wells can be 'super-emitters' of greenhouse gas

December 10, 2014 3:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Princeton University researchers have uncovered a previously unknown, and possibly substantial, source of the greenhouse gas methane to the Earth's atmosphere. After testing a sample of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania ...

Team creates the first modern germanium circuit

December 10, 2014 2:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A laboratory at Purdue University provided a critical part of the world's first transistor in 1947 - the purified germanium semiconductor - and now researchers here are on the forefront of a new germanium milestone. The team has created the first ...

Largest ever CTBT on-site inspection exercise concludes successfully

December 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The most sophisticated on-site inspection exercise conducted to date by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) formally concludes this week. The Integrated Field Exercise IFE14 in Jordan started on 3 November and ...

Fueling the future

December 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the swirling, churning fireball at the heart of every internal combustion engine, complexity reigns supreme. Valves and pistons lunge up and down at thousands of feet per second, pressure spikes to peak levels in an instant and sprays of ...

A breakthrough paper on new-generation wireless technology

December 10, 2014 2:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) named a research team led by Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, founder and director of the NYU WIRELESS research center, as the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for ...

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Tech summit addresses industry's lack of diversity

December 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to ...

Light-based technology tracks oxygen levels underwater

December 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and Artinis Medical Systems published ...

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