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Electrostatics Do the Trick

June 24, 2014 12:48 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | Comments

Organic semiconductors allow for flexible displays, solar cells, and other interesting applications. One common problem in these devices, however, is the interface between the metallic contacts and the organic semiconductor material, where undesirable losses occur.

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Measuring the Mass of 'Massless' Electrons

June 24, 2014 12:00 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Individual electrons in graphene are massless, but when they move together, it’s a different story. Graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon sheet, has taken the world of physics by storm—in part, because its electrons behave as massless particles....

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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

June 23, 2014 11:06 pm | by MIT | Comments

The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has argued that...

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City Tells App to Stop Auctions of Parking Spaces

June 23, 2014 3:43 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers. In a letter to the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup Paolo Dobrowolny...

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Robot Valet to Park Cars at German Airport

June 23, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet. An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app...

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Photos of the Day: BRITE-Constellation Nanosatellites Explore the Universe

June 23, 2014 10:30 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

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2 Low-Cost, Car Battery-Sized Space Telescopes Launched

June 23, 2014 10:17 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

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The Sweetest Calculator in the World

June 22, 2014 9:57 pm | by Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena | Comments

In a chemistry lab at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena: Prof. Dr. Alexander Schiller works at a rectangular plastic board with 384 small wells. The chemist carefully pipets some drops of sugar solution into a row of the tiny reaction vessels. As soon as the fluid has mixed with the contents of the vessels...  

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Controllable Optical Steady Behavior Obtainable from Nonradiation Coherence

June 22, 2014 9:40 pm | by World Scientific | Comments

A new proposed scheme, by Wen-Xing Yang, from the Department of Physics, Southeast University, China, and colleagues, analyzed in detail the optical steady behavior in GaAs quantum well structure driven by an elliptically polarized field in a unidirectional ring cavity...

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U.S. Gov't Moves to Ban Drones in 400 National Parks

June 22, 2014 9:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres (34 million hectares) of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety. Jonathan Jarvis, the park service's director...

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Report Says Apple Smartwatch to Come This Fall

June 22, 2014 9:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal also said Friday that Apple Inc. is planning multiple screen...

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Review: Warming up to Tablets with Keyboard Covers

June 22, 2014 9:19 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover. I've long asked, "Why not just get a laptop?" I didn't see any benefits in turning a tablet into something it is not. The device I warmed up to isn't Microsoft's Surface tablet...

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Tech Tips: Facebook Ads, Tracking, and You

June 22, 2014 9:13 pm | by Barbara Ortutaty, AP Technology Writer | Comments

If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook — your profile information, status updates, likes and interests. That's changing. The company says it will soon give advertisers more options to tailor ads...

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5 Things to Know about Electric Motorcycles

June 22, 2014 9:05 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

The new electric motorcycle unveiled this week by Harley-Davidson is a sleek, futuristic bike with powerful acceleration and the hum of a jet airplane taking off. The public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models of the new LiveWire...

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Crime Data Show iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 22, 2014 9:00 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday. The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called...

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