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Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

December 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage ...

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

December 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of ...

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Mobile apps still collect information on kids

December 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile consumers hasn't stopped app developers from collecting vast ...

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7 largest US districts to teach computer science

December 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday. The school districts encompassing New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami ...

Researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency!

December 8, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UNSW Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The record efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by ...

Unusual electronic state found in new class of superconductors

December 8, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional ...

Technique allows low-cost creation of 3-D nanostructures

December 8, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3-D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is ...

Review: Standout phone features, but do you need?

December 8, 2014 9:03 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

There's an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life. The novel features in these phones aren't going to be necessities for everyone (especially at these prices). But if ...

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World's fastest 2-D camera may enable new scientific discoveries

December 4, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world's fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture ...

Check less to reduce email stress

December 4, 2014 4:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Is your inbox burning you out? Then take heart - research from the University of British Columbia suggests that easing up on email checking can help reduce psychological stress. Some of the study's 124 adults -- including students, financial analysts, medical ...

Research could improve nuclear power plant safety

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Taking inspiration from nature, researchers have created a versatile model to predict how stalagmite-like structures form in nuclear processing plants - as well as how lime scale builds up in kettles. "It's a wonderful example of how complex mathematical ...

Achieving electron pairs on demand

December 4, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In quantum optics, generating entangled and spatially separated photon pairs (e.g. for quantum cryptography) is already a reality. So far, it has, however, not been possible to demonstrate an analogous generation and spatial separation of entangled electron ...

Robot control theory improves prosthetic legs

December 4, 2014 4:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk. In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of ...

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When noise gets electrons moving

December 4, 2014 4:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Studying the motion of electrons in a disordered environment is no simple task. Often, understanding such effects requires a quantum simulator designed to expose them in a different physical setup. This was precisely the approach adopted by ...

EU companies must boost R&D to stay globally competitive

December 4, 2014 4:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world ...

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