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Engineers Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

March 24, 2015 9:58 am | by The University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would ... 

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DARPA Invites Ideas to Speed Up Computation

March 23, 2015 3:48 pm | Comments

Whether designed to predict the spread of an epidemic, understand the potential impacts of climate change, or model the acoustical signature of a newly designed ship hull, computer simulations are an essential tool of scientific discovery. By using mathematical models that capture the complex physical phenomena of the real world ...

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Packing Peanuts Get Converted into Battery Components

March 23, 2015 2:52 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste ...                

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NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

March 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by NASA | Comments

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international ... 

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Photos of the Day: The Universe's Most Energetic Phenomena

March 23, 2015 11:04 am | by Matthew Wright, University of Maryland | Comments

Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe. These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances--making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy ...

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Can't Remember Your Password? Here are 2 New Ways to Log In

March 23, 2015 10:23 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked ...

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Obama to Announce $240M in New Pledges for STEM Education

March 23, 2015 10:13 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math ...           

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Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

March 23, 2015 10:00 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Projects that target aid toward villages and rural areas in the developing world often face time-consuming challenges, even at the most basic level of figuring out where the most appropriate sites are for pilot programs or deployment of new systems such as solar-power ... 

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Stanford Students Build Basketball-Shooting Robots

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | Comments

Students in Mechanical Engineering 210 spent most of winter quarter learning about mechanics, electronics and computer programming. After time in the classroom, they integrated everything they had learned to design and build a robot for the ultimate final project. This year's ... 

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Tag Heuer Brings Swiss Craftmanship to Silicon Valley

March 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Comments

TAG Heuer plans to bring a little bit of Swiss craftsmanship to Silicon Valley, as the watchmakers gears toward smartwatches ...

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TGAC's Take on the First Portable DNA Sequencing 'Laboratory'

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by Hayley London, The Genome Analysis Centre | Comments

One of the first research Institutes to be part of MAP, TGAC plans to use the miniaturized sequencing device to conduct live environmental surveillance; rather than gathering samples to take back to the laboratory, enabling the researchers to deliver real-time experimental genetic data for immediate analysis ...

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‘Smart Bandage’ Detects Bedsores Before They are Visible to Doctors

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible ...

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Google Exec Says Immigration Changes Would Help Economy

March 19, 2015 9:48 am | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | Comments

The executive chairman at Google urged Congress on Wednesday to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on ...

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Cyborg Beetle Research Allows Free-Flight Study of Insects

March 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations | Comments

Hard-wiring beetles for radio-controlled flight turns out to be a fitting way to learn more about their biology. Cyborg insect research led by engineers at UC Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is enabling new revelations about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns ...

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NASA's Software Application to Increase Astroid Detection

March 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Sarah Ramsey, NASA | Comments

During a panel Sunday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, NASA representatives discussed how citizen scientists have made a difference in asteroid hunting. They also announced the release of a desktop software application developed by NASA in partnership with ...

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