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Diagnostics of Quality of Graphene and Spatial Imaging of Reactivity Centers On Carbon Surface

May 8, 2015 11:45 am | by Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

A convenient procedure to visualize defects on graphene layers by mapping the surface of carbon materials with an appropriate contrast agent was introduced by a team of researchers from Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) involved...

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Chemistry Student in Sun Harvest Breakthrough

May 8, 2015 11:39 am | by Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing sunshine is not trivial...

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Tern Tech Offshoots Show Potential For New UAS Capabilities at Sea

May 8, 2015 11:28 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to give forward-deployed small ships the unprecedented capacity to serve as mobile launch and recovery platforms for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS)...

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Drone Use Poised to Expand to Newsrooms Despite FAA Limits

May 8, 2015 10:13 am | by Sally Ho, Associated Press | News | Comments

Newsgathering by drone is gaining traction as an industry practice, but how the technology can actually be used to cover the news of the day is murky given its legal limitations. The emerging technology has been used in wars, to deliver packages ... 

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Making the “Case” For Bitcoin

May 8, 2015 10:08 am | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

Picture this: you’re standing in line for your favorite medium half-sweet, double-mocha, caramel chip (I’m just making up words here) latte. The young barista with the faux-hawk tells you that it comes to $4.03...

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Photo of the Day: Star Explosion is Lopsided, Finds NASA's NuSTAR

May 8, 2015 9:45 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has found evidence that a massive star exploded in a lopsided fashion, sending ejected material flying in one direction and the core of the star in the other.  The findings offer the best proof yet that star explosions...

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Plugging Up Leaky Graphene

May 8, 2015 9:39 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For faster, longer-lasting water filters, some scientists are looking to graphene —thin, strong sheets of carbon — to serve as ultrathin membranes, filtering out contaminants to quickly purify high volumes of water.  Graphene’s unique properties...

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UW Researchers Hack A Teleoperated Surgical Robot To Reveal Security Flaws

May 8, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them.  That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington engineering team who hacked...

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Robots Will Build Googles New Headquarters

May 7, 2015 4:52 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Google's new headquarters in beautiful Mountain View, California, may take longer than expected, but is in no part due to the robot-crane hybrids they'll be using to assist in building. In recent report from Architects Journal several mock-ups of the machines, which ... 

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Efficient New Sensor For Wristband Heart Monitors

May 7, 2015 2:06 pm | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient new sensor for wristband heart monitors Osram Opto Semiconductors expands its wearables sensor portfolio for fitness tracking applications The SFH 7051 from Osram Opto Semiconductors is an integrated optical sensor...

Soaring Towards the Future: A (Wave)guide to IMS2015

May 7, 2015 11:01 am | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

We’re a month out from the IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium (IMS), the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice...

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Nikola Labs Phone Case Harvests Back Wasted Energy

May 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Nancy Owano | News | Comments

If you click on the Nikola Labs site you will find an announcement that the group plans to go up on Kickstarter soon and they invite your email signup to learn more. Then at the bottom of the page is an icon-centric...

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VTT Sensor Detects Spoilage of Food

May 7, 2015 10:23 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT has developed a sensor that detects ethanol in the headspace of a food package. Ethanol is formed as a result of food spoilage. The sensor signal is wirelessly readable, for instance, by a mobile phone...

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AltSchool Promises To Reimagine Education For the 2030s

May 7, 2015 10:18 am | by Anya Kamenetz | News | Comments

At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga...

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Completes Pad Abort Test

May 7, 2015 10:16 am | by SpaceX | News | Comments

The Crew Dragon simultaneously fired its eight SuperDraco engines at 9 a.m. EDT and leapt off a specially built platform at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. The engines fired for about six seconds, instantly producing about ... 

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