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'Seeing' molecular interactions could give boost to organic electronics

July 28, 2015 10:41 am | by Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University | Comments

Organic materials are increasingly being applied in cutting-edge technologies. Organic semiconductors, for example, are being used to develop paper-thin, plastic LED screens...


Stephen Hawking fields questions on artificial intelligence

July 28, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask? Hawking is giving the Internet-going public a rare chance to pose direct questions to him on Reddit, the user-powered news and discussion forum...


Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

July 28, 2015 9:13 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online...


FAU to develop unmanned marine vehicles for bridge inspections

July 28, 2015 9:09 am | by Florida Atlantic University | Comments

The task of inspecting and maintaining Florida's extensive network of approximately 11,450 bridges is arduous, especially since so many of the state's bridges span rivers, canals and saltwater areas...


Plant light sensors came from ancient algae

July 28, 2015 9:04 am | by Duke University | Comments

The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University...


Nasa completes critical design review of its space launch system

July 28, 2015 8:59 am | by NASA | Comments

Nasa has completed critical design review (CDR) of its space launch system (SLS) at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, US...


FAA warning raises more questions about Boeing batteries

July 28, 2015 8:56 am | by National Legal and Policy Centre | Comments

It appears – two years after Boeing had fire incidents from installed lithium ion batteries that shut down deliveries of its vaunted Dreamliner 787 – that its “solution” to “vent” heat and flames outside the aircraft has prevented any catastrophes, so far...


A new transparent, moldable, bulletproof material

July 28, 2015 8:49 am | by US Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality...


Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light to electricity

July 28, 2015 8:43 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

When it comes to installing solar cells, labor cost and the cost of the land to house them constitute the bulk of the expense. The solar cells -- made often of silicon or cadmium telluride -- rarely cost more than 20 percent of the total cost...


Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

July 28, 2015 8:38 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists and tech experts - including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence...


Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

July 28, 2015 8:36 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot...


Wafer-thin material heralds future of wearable technology

July 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by University of Wollongong | Comments

UOW's Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) has successfully pioneered a way to construct a flexible, foldable and lightweight energy storage device that provides the building blocks for next-generation batteries needed to power wearable electronics and implantable medical devices...


Could stronger, tougher paper replace metal?

July 27, 2015 2:06 pm | by University of Maryland | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently discovered that paper made of cellulose fibers is tougher and stronger the smaller the fibers get. For a long time, engineers have sought a material that is both strong (resistant to non-recoverable deformation) and tough (tolerant of damage)...


Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point

July 27, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brown University | Comments

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance...


Superfast network can sync machines across the continent

July 27, 2015 12:13 pm | by Mike Keller, GE Reports | Comments

On July 16, one pendulum started to swing in Niskayuna, N.Y. Nearly 3,000 miles away, in San Jose, Calif., another weight hung from a fixed point also oscillated back and forth...



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