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Black phosphorus is new 'wonder material' for improving optical communication

March 2, 2015 3:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film ...

Pens filled with high-tech inks for do-it-yourself sensors

March 2, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field....

The first ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle....

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Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 2, 2015 2:15 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

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A breakthrough in OLED technology

March 2, 2015 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are made from carbon-containing materials, have the potential to revolutionize future display technologies, making low-power displays so thin they'll wrap or fold around other structures, for instance....

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New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery

March 2, 2015 1:18 pm | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | Comments

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday....

Google to offer own cellular network plan

March 2, 2015 1:13 pm | by JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press | Comments

Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates. Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider ...

These people are going To Mars

March 2, 2015 1:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

100 people are on track to be the first humans on Mars – if they can pass the next round of selection for the reality TV style Mars One project. The candidate pool has been narrowed down to 100 aspiring Red Planet explorers....

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NASA astronauts on Space Station to speak live with Dallas students

March 2, 2015 1:02 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will speak with students and faculty from the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG Magnet) at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas at 12:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. CST) Thursday, March 5....

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NXP and Freescale merge

March 2, 2015 9:38 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor will merge into a $40 billion company, the two companies announced on Sunday. NXP intends to fund its purchase of Freescale with $1 billion of cash from its balance sheet, $1 billion ...

Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan

March 2, 2015 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers ...

Finding psychological insights through social media

March 2, 2015 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Four researchers will be discussing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, and cross-cultural differences....

Curiosity robot indicates methane in Mars' atmosphere which may confirm life

March 2, 2015 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles....

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3-D printing offers innovative method to deliver medication

March 2, 2015 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

3-D printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs, with clinicians having the ability to construct devices to a specific size and shape. That's according to a study being presented ...

Dutch chipmaker NXP to buy Freescale Semiconductor for $12B

March 2, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors N.V. says it has agreed to buy its smaller rival Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. for $11.8 billion in a deal that will make it the biggest supplier of microchips to the automotive industry. The deal pays Freescale shareholders only a small premium....

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