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BTU brings its Thermal Processing Duo to NEPCON China

April 22, 2014 11:46 am | Comments

BTU International, Inc. (Billerica, MA) announced that it will exhibit its DYNAMO and PYRAMAX in booth B-1C20 at NEPCON China 2014, scheduled to take place April 23-25, 2014, at the Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China.

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Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

April 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can. Tesla probably will invest several hundred million dollars in charging...

For Project Ara, it’s module — not app — ideas wanted

April 22, 2014 1:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

It’s still early days for Google’s modular smartphone effort, but developers and enthusiasts are already thinking about the swappable components they may build.From afar, the device in Garrett Kinsman’s palm looked like a prototype of Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone....

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Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

April 21, 2014 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Alexander Shestopalov, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester, has done just that....

Photos of the Day: NASA's flying saucer

April 21, 2014 1:33 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

NASA recently unveiled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a disc-shaped spacecraft which could potentially deliver supplies for future manned Mars missions. In theory, NASA’s flying saucer would, upon descent, deploy a 100-foot-wide parachute to decelerate from a Mach 3.5 descent down to about twice the speed of sound....

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Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their invention....

'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions....

Flipping the switch

April 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, a technological achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks. Built from single atoms, the first-of-their-kind switches could one day be networked....

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MRI, on a molecular scale

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For decades, scientists have used techniques like X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMR) to gain invaluable insight into the atomic structure of molecules, but such efforts have long been hampered by the fact that they demand large quantities of a specific molecule....

Computational method dramatically speeds up estimates of gene expression

April 21, 2014 12:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With gene expression analysis growing in importance for both basic researchers and medical practitioners, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland have developed a new computational method that dramatically speeds up estimates of gene activity from RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) data....

A new key to unlocking the mysteries of physics? Quantum turbulence

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The recent discovery of the Higgs boson has confirmed theories about the origin of mass and, with it, offered the potential to explain other scientific mysteries. But, scientists are continually studying other, less-understood forces that may also shed light on matters not yet uncovered....

New material coating technology mimics nature's lotus effect

April 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ever stop to consider why lotus plant leaves always look clean? The hydrophobic – water repelling – characteristic of the leaf, termed the "Lotus effect," helps the plant survive in muddy swamps, repelling dirt and producing beautiful flowers. Of late, engineers have been paying more and more attention to nature's efficiencies....

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

April 21, 2014 12:08 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government...

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

April 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday....

Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

April 21, 2014 8:17 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The U.S. Army fired the first of a new fifth-generation tank cartridge, the M829E4, from an Abrams tank at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., March 18, 2014, as part of a series of critical trials preceding the cartridge's entry into the Army's inventory....

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