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NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search

September 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases these gases can be produced non-biologically....

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Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

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Moving silicon atoms in graphene with atomic precision

September 12, 2014 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Richard Feynman famously posed the question in 1959: is it possible to see and manipulate individual atoms in materials? For a time his vision seemed more science fiction than science, but starting with groundbreaking experiments in ...

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Isola announces compliance with European Space Agency base-material standard

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Isola Group | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's ...

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Cutting the cloud computing carbon cost

September 12, 2014 10:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cloud computing involves displacing data storage and processing from the user's computer on to remote servers. It can provide users with more storage space and computing power that they can then access from anywhere in the world rather than....

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New family of materials for energy-efficient information storage and processing

September 12, 2014 10:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Switching the polarity of a magnet using an electric field (magnetoelectric memory [MEM] effect), can be a working principle of the next-generation technology for information processing and storage. Multiferroic materials are promising candidates....

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Sepsis kills over 6,000,000 children in developing world: App-device could help save them

September 12, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sepsis is common and often deadly, reports the Global Sepsis Alliance, the organization behind the upcoming World Sepsis Day on Saturday, September 13th: "Often misunderstood as "blood poisoning", sepsis is one of the leading causes of death....

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Cutting the cord on soft robots

September 12, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When it comes to the development of soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Engineers at Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world's....

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NASA research helps unravel mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere

September 12, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated....

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SF funds new method for making materials that can make lighter, more efficient vehicles

September 12, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation....

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Replacing silicon electronics with nanomaterials

September 12, 2014 8:32 am | by Duke University | Comments

Aaron Franklin has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Leaving IBM’s research enterprise for a professorship ...

UT Arlington research uses nanotechnology to help cool electrons with no external sources

September 11, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to −228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. The process involves passing electrons....

New study examines impact of violent media on the brain

September 11, 2014 4:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the longstanding debate over whether violent movies cause real world violence as a backstop, a study published today in PLOS One found that each person's reaction to violent images depends on that individual's brain circuitry, and on how ...

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Excitonic dark states shed light on TMDC atomic layers

September 11, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers believes it has uncovered the secret behind the unusual optoelectronic properties of single atomic layers of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials, the two-dimensional semiconductors that hold ...

The quantum revolution is a step closer

September 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including super computers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally tested for ...

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