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Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

July 6, 2015 9:48 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | Comments

A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan...

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Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station

July 6, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

Astronomers predict fireworks from rare stellar encounter in 2018

July 6, 2015 9:39 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. The cosmic light show will occur when a pulsar discovered by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray...

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Seahorse tails could inspire new generation of robots

July 6, 2015 9:38 am | by Clemson University | Comments

Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse's tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science. The research centers on the curious shape of seahorse tails...

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Aluminum clusters shut down molecular fuel factory

July 6, 2015 9:37 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Despite decades of industrial use, the exact chemical transformations occurring within zeolites, a common material used in the conversion of oil to gasoline, remain poorly understood. Now scientists have found a way to locate...

Stronger action needed to transform the UK's energy system

July 6, 2015 9:35 am | by University College London | Comments

An ambitious policy package is essential for the UK to transform its energy system to achieve the deep reductions in carbon emissions required to avoid dangerous climate change, according to research led by UCL scientists. To meet climate targets set for 2050...

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Freezing single atoms to absolute zero with microwaves brings quantum technology closer

July 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by University of Sussex | Comments

Physicists at the University of Sussex have found a way of using everyday technology found in kitchen microwaves and mobile telephones to bring quantum physics closer to helping solve enormous scientific problems that the most powerful of today's supercomputers cannot even begin to embark upon...

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Meeting to cover cleanup plan for former nuke missile site

July 2, 2015 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hold a public meeting about a proposal to use vegetable oil to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring bacteria that would clean up groundwater at a former nuclear missile site...

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Quantum-dot spectrometer is small enough to function within a smartphone

July 2, 2015 12:11 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Instruments that measure the properties of light, known as spectrometers, are widely used in physical, chemical, and biological research. These devices are usually too large to be portable, but MIT scientists have now shown they can create spectrometers small enough...

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Extreme lab at European X-ray laser XFEL is a go

July 2, 2015 12:05 pm | by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) | Comments

The European Nanomedicine Characterization Laboratory (EU-NCL), which was launched on 1 June 2015, has a clear-cut goal: to help bring more nanomedicine candidates into the clinic and on the market, for the benefit of patients and the European pharmaceutical industry...

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Viaducts with wind turbines, the new renewable energy source

July 2, 2015 11:55 am | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | Comments

Wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity. So it is confirmed by calculations carried out by a European researchers team, that have taken a viaduct in the Canary Islands as a reference...

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Federal funding for science & engineering at universities down 6%

July 2, 2015 11:47 am | by The National Science Foundation | Comments

Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)...

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Nanospiked bacteria are the brightest hard X-Ray emitters

July 2, 2015 11:39 am | by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research | Comments

In a step that overturns traditional assumptions and practice, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhi Nagar have fashioned bacteria to emit intense, hard x-ray radiation...

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Lockheed tests electronic warfare pod in anechoic chamber

July 2, 2015 11:33 am | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

Lockheed Martin is testing an electronic warfare pod in the company's advanced anechoic chamber. The pod is designed to fit a variety of platforms, and is a self-contained electronic warfare package, encompassing an entire suite of capabilities...

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We're not alone -- but the Universe may be less crowded than we think

July 2, 2015 11:25 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data....

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