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Bacteria pump out higher quantity of renewable gasoline

November 5, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of bioengineers has boosted the ability of bacteria to produce isopentenol, a compound with desirable gasoline properties. The finding, published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology ...

UT Arlington professor honored by fellow physicists

November 5, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington Physics Professor Suresh Sharma has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Section of the American Physical Society. The award, given at the Texas group's October meeting at Texas A&M University ...

Researchers hit milestone in accelerating particles with plasma

November 5, 2014 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power ...

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Polymers that can transport electrons as efficiently as crystalline inorganic semiconductors

November 5, 2014 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified a class of low-cost, easily-processed semiconducting polymers which, despite their seemingly disorganised internal structure, can transport electrons as efficiently as expensive crystalline....

Uranium-extracting technology for seawater earns research award for grad student

November 5, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have long known that seawater contains small concentrations of valuable metals, but a technologically feasible extraction method has remained elusive. The University of Chicago's Carter Abney, a graduate student in chemistry, has been ...

The digital therapist

November 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. Instead of asking Siri to tell you a joke, though, you open an app that records you simply talking about your day. A few hours later, your therapist sends ...

NTU Singapore lights up photonics research with $100 million institute

November 5, 2014 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The next generation ultra-fast Internet or ground-breaking electronic circuits powered by light instead of electricity could very well be built on research done at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore). To establish Singapore as a powerhouse ...

US, Japan's first rain radar in space comes to end

November 5, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year. NASA predicts that science operations will cease....

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'Matter waves' move through one another but never share space

November 5, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A disappearing act was the last thing Rice University physicist Randy Hulet expected to see in his ultracold atomic experiments, but that is what he and his students produced by colliding pairs of Bose Einstein condensates (BECs) that were prepared....

Two photons strongly coupled by glass fiber

November 5, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two photons in free space do not interact. Light waves can pass through each other without having any influence on each other at all. For many applications in quantum technology, however, interaction between photons is crucial. It is an indispensable prerequisite....

A connection between nuclear particles and electromagnetic theories

November 5, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new theoretical work establishes a long-sought-after connection between nuclear particles and electromagnetic theories. Its findings suggest that there is an equivalence between generalised Casimir forces and those that are referred to as weak nuclear interactions....

Dance choreography improves girls' computational skills

November 5, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Clemson researchers find that blending movement and computer programming supports girls in building computational thinking skills, according to an ongoing study funded by the National Science Foundation and emerging technology report published....

'Grimsel' electric car breaks world record

November 5, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) finally did it: its 'grimsel' electric racing car smashed the previous world record when it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.79 seconds. The previous record of 2.134 seconds ...

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Granger causality test can make epilepsy surgery more effective

November 5, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new statistical test that looks at the patterns of high-frequency network activity flow from brain signals can help doctors pinpoint the exact location of seizures occurring in the brain and make surgery more effective, according to researchers at Georgia State University....

High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques

November 5, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser. The system takes precise three-dimensional images....

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