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In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas

June 23, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from?


Mirror-like display creates rich color pixels by harnessing ambient light

June 23, 2015 9:34 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Using a simple structure comprising a mirror and an absorbing layer to take advantage of the wave properties of light, researchers at Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have developed a display technology...


Sweeping lasers snap together nanoscale geometric grids

June 23, 2015 9:33 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Down at the nanoscale, where objects span just billionths of a meter, the size and shape of a material can often have surprising and powerful electronic and optical effects. Building larger materials that retain subtle nanoscale features...


Top doctors' prescription for feverish planet: Cut out coal

June 23, 2015 9:30 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Comments

Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible...


NYC taxi commission OKs new rules for app-based car services

June 23, 2015 9:28 am | by LEJLA SARCEVIC Associated Press | Comments

New York City's taxi regulatory agency on Monday approved new rules governing how Uber and other app-based car services operate within the five boroughs. Part of the proposal unanimously passed allows the companies to...


General Atomics tests projectiles with on-board electronics

June 23, 2015 9:24 am | by General Atomics | Comments

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has conducted four successful tests of its projectiles with on-board electronics at the US Army's dugway proving ground in Utah...


Northrop to upgrade Litening G4 targeting pods on F-16 aircraft

June 23, 2015 9:20 am | by Northrop Grumman | Comments

Northrop Grumman has received contracts worth $74m to provide upgrade work and spares to US Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard Litening G4 targeting pods...


Students' invention offers germ-free door handle

June 22, 2015 2:48 pm | by Bob Yirka, | Comments

Two high school students, Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, both living in Hong Kong have designed and built a door handle that kills germs, thus preventing the spread of disease through hand contact...


New spin on 'silicon valleytronics' could revolutionize future technologies

June 22, 2015 2:39 pm | by University of Bath | Comments

Latest research from scientists from our Department of Physics into cutting-edge ‘spin physics’ could herald the arrival of a revolutionary new technology – ‘valleytronics’...


Material with superfast electrons that exhibits extremely large magnetoresistance could be suitable for new electronics

June 22, 2015 2:34 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

It may be significantly easier to design electronic components in future. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids have discovered that the electrical resistance of a compound of niobium and phosphorus increases enormously when the material is exposed to a magnetic field...


Detecting exoplanets close to their host star

June 22, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of Montreal | Comments

Astronomers have successfully commissioned a new type of optic that can reveal the image of an exoplanet next to its parent star...


U.S. proposes tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

June 22, 2015 2:17 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming...


UK MoD launches new project to develop future military communications system

June 22, 2015 2:12 pm | Comments

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a new project to develop a new approach to land and littoral communications that will support the future military operations...


Army, Air Force take bomb disposal to new level with lasers

June 22, 2015 2:09 pm | by Army News Service | Comments

The U.S. Army and Air Force are working together to develop mine-resistant, ambush-protected, or MRAP, vehicles with laser technology...


Could we one day control the path of lightning?

June 22, 2015 2:05 pm | by Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS | Comments

Lightning dart across the sky in a flash. And even though we can use lightning rods to increase the probability of it striking at a specific location, its exact path remains unpredictable...



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