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Training the next generation of power engineers

January 16, 2015 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Most people only think about the electricity that powers our homes and gadgets when it isn't there. When the power is humming, we tend to take it for granted. The trouble is, the network that delivers the electricity to keep our lights on, known as the grid ...

Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought

January 16, 2015 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought. "Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much ...

Improved interface for a quantum Internet

January 16, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Innsbruck | Comments

Quantum computers are no longer just a theoretical concept. In recent years, researchers have assembled and successfully tested the building blocks for a future quantum computer in the laboratory. More than a dozen candidate technologies are currently ...

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Shining a light on quantum dots measurement

January 16, 2015 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Due to their nanoscale dimensions and sensitivity to light, quantum dots are being used for a number of bioimaging applications including in vivo imaging of tumor cells, detection of biomolecules, and measurement of pH changes. When quantum dots ...

Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells

January 16, 2015 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study led by Stanford University scientists. The researchers describe their novel perovskite-silicon solar cell in this week's ...

Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a "safe operating space." Civilization has crossed ...

KidGab on mission to end cyber bullying

January 16, 2015 8:35 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

The children’s social networking website known as KidGab was created by Texas A&M University Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student, Stephanie Valentine, who works in the Sketch Recognition Lab led by CSE associate professor, Dr. Tracy Hammond....

A galactic 'hailstorm' in the early universe

January 16, 2015 8:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two teams of astronomers led by researchers at the University of Cambridge have looked back nearly 13 billion years, when the Universe was less than 10 percent its present age, to determine how quasars - extremely luminous objects powered by ...

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How does a machine smell?

January 16, 2015 8:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Every odour has its own specific pattern which our noses are able to identify. Using a combination of proteins coupled to transistors, for the first time machines are able to differentiate smells that are mirror images of each other, so called chiral molecules ...

Funding boom shows power of tech startups, raises concerns

January 16, 2015 8:14 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Software and biotechnology companies were the leading recipients of ...

Huge 3-D displays without 3-D glasses

January 15, 2015 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Public screenings have become an important part of major sports events. In the future, we will be able to enjoy them in 3D, thanks to a new invention from Austrian scientists. A sophisticated laser system sends laser beams into different directions....

Astronauts close to moving into space station for solid year

January 15, 2015 4:29 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are just two months shy of launching to the International Space Station for an entire year. Already, though, scientists are clamoring for additional long-term subjects. Two people are not enough from a scientific perspective....

Vietnamese leader says banning social media sites impossible

January 15, 2015 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Vietnam's prime minister said Thursday that it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide correct information to inform public opinion. "You are all on social media, checking Facebook for information....

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Liquids and glasses relax, too. But not like you thought

January 15, 2015 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules recently published* by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of what happens when you pour a liquid out of a cup....

Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

January 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians....

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