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Wearables May Get Boost from Boron-Infused Graphene

May 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Rice University | Comments

A microsupercapacitor designed by scientists at Rice University that may find its way into personal and even wearable electronics is getting an upgrade. The laser-induced graphene device benefits greatly when boron becomes part of the mix. The Rice lab of chemist ... 

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CEO: Nissan Will Be Ready with Autonomous driving by 2020

May 18, 2015 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday. Many of the world's automakers, and companies ... 

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'Euro-Drone' Project Gets Lift-Off to Challenge US

May 18, 2015 11:20 am | by Phys.org | Comments

A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models. The scheme for a pilotless aircraft built by the three EU powers ... 

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Used Cigarette Butts Offer Energy Storage Solution

May 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Seoul National University | Comments

Scientists in South Korea have developed a new way to store energy that also offers a solution to a growing environmental problem. Reporting their findings in the IOP Publishing journal Nanotechnology, the research team successfully converted used cigarette butts ... 

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Gel Filled With Nanosponges Cleans Up MRSA Infections

May 18, 2015 9:36 am | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA...

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Electricity Generating Nano-Wizards

May 18, 2015 9:18 am | by Springer | Comments

Just as alchemists always dreamed of turning common metal into gold, their 19th century physicist counterparts dreamed of efficiently turning heat into electricity, a field called thermoelectrics...

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Photo of the Day: Fresh Theories About Dark Matter

May 18, 2015 9:13 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

Tom Broadhurst, the Ikerbasque researcher in the Department of Theoretical Physics of the UPV/EHU, together with Sandor Molnar of the National Taiwan University and visiting Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU in 2013...

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Soft-Tissue Engineering For Hard-Working Cartilage

May 18, 2015 9:07 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Comments

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications points the way toward wider, more effective use of biocompatible materials in repairing human tissues. Focusing on the difficult case of restoring cartilage...

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Random Nanowire Configurations Increase Conductivity Over Heavily Ordered Configurations

May 18, 2015 9:01 am | by Lehigh University | Comments

Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation...

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Harting Unveils New Customer Education Tools, Honors Distributors at EDS 2015

May 15, 2015 10:38 am | by Harting, Inc. | Comments

​HARTING, the global technology leader in industrial and device connectivity, unveiled a series of new educational tools – including HARTING U – at EDS 2015 that will make it easier and faster for engineers to determine the right solution for their applications...

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Latest Self-Driving Google Car Heading to Public Streets

May 15, 2015 9:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The latest version of Google's self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars...

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Researchers Hone Technique For Finding Signs of Life on the Red Planet

May 15, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Kansas | Comments

For centuries, people have imagined the possibility of life on Mars. But long-held dreams that Martians could be invaders of Earth, or little green men, or civilized superbeings...

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Photos of the Day: Translating Thought To Print

May 15, 2015 9:06 am | by Kelsey Damrad, Civil and Environmental Engineering | Comments

Spider silk has long been noted for its graceful structure, as well as its advanced material properties: Ounce for ounce, it is stronger than steel.  MIT research has explained some of the material’s mysteries, which could help design synthetic resources...

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It's the Final Act for Larsen B Ice Shelf, NASA Finds

May 15, 2015 8:47 am | by NASA | Comments

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and is likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.  A team led by Ala Khazendar...

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ORNL Demonstrates First Large-Scale Graphene Fabrication

May 15, 2015 8:42 am | by Doe/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Graphene, a material stronger and stiffer than carbon fiber...

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