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Smaller and Cheaper Particle Accelerators?

April 22, 2015 10:17 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles close to the speed of light. But in radio-frequency machines there is an upper limit on the electric field before the walls of the accelerator ... 

ASU Engineer is Pulling CO2 Out of Thin Air

April 22, 2015 10:17 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

It’s the massive buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere that makes it increasingly likely we will see warming temperatures, longer droughts and rising sea levels – all posing challenges to the habitability of much of the planet. At the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State ... 

Charged Holes in Graphene Increase Energy Storage Capacity

April 22, 2015 9:29 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have discovered a method to increase the amount of electric charge that can be stored in graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The research, published recently online in the journal Nano Letters, may provide a better ... 

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Photo of the Day: Top 5 Smart Wireless Device Developments for 2015

April 22, 2015 9:24 am | by Larry Corby, Janine E. Mooney | News | Comments

Leading technology analyst house, Juniper Research unveils the top 5 developments that will impact the smart wireless devices sector this year. Apple Watch: Apple’s long-anticipated smartwatch launch is a game changer. Not because it offers radical new features and ... 

Revisiting the STEM Workforce

April 21, 2015 12:11 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Does the United States have a "glut" or "shortage" of STEM workers? It's a question that has long permeated policy conversations about the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. But is this the right question to ask? Revisiting the STEM Workforce, a new report by the ... 

Stanford Team Makes Biotechnology Interactive with Games and Remote-Control Labs

April 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

In the 1950s computers were giant machines that filled buildings and served a variety of arcane functions. Today they fit into our pockets or backpacks, and help us work, communicate and play. "Biotechnology today it is very similar to where computing technology used ... 

Photo of the Day: NASA Photographs Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres Again

April 21, 2015 10:18 am | by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory | News | Comments

The two brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres, which have fascinated scientists for months, are back in view in the newest images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn took these images on April 14 and 15 from a vantage point 14,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) above Ceres' north ... 

New Tabletop Detector “Sees” Single Electrons

April 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas. As the gas decays and gives off electrons, the detector uses a magnet to trap them in a magnetic bottle. A radio antenna then picks up very weak signals emitted ... 

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Better Battery Imaging Paves Way for Renewable Energy Future

April 20, 2015 4:58 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical ... 

Innovative Technology Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

April 20, 2015 4:53 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems ... 

Photos of the Day: Chevrolet Debuts FNR — A Vision of the Future

April 20, 2015 11:39 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Shanghai Motor Show is about more than just displaying the latest extended-wheelbase luxury sedans to the Chinese populace. Chevrolet is taking advantage of the event to debut its vision of the future of motoring with the FNR concept, and the capsule looks like it could be fresh ... 

Google Shaking Up Search Recommendations on Smartphones

April 20, 2015 11:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites ... 

Researcher Denied Airline Flight After Tweet About Hacking

April 20, 2015 11:14 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight ... 

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Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On — Molecule On

April 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form ...

Technology Transfers Human Emotions to Your Palm Through Air

April 20, 2015 10:36 am | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist Dr Marianna Obrist, Lecturer at the Department of Informatics, has pinpointed ... 

Photo of the Day: Passive UHF RFID Tags Detect How People Interact with Objects

April 17, 2015 1:29 pm | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments, and new ... 

Beyond the Lithium Ion — A Significant Step Toward a Better Performing Battery

April 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development ... 

Apple Digs in on Green with China Solar, US forest Projects

April 17, 2015 10:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable ... 

WikiLeaks Creates Online Archive of Hacked Sony Documents

April 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It's the latest ... 

Energy System Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 68 Percent and Fossil Fuel 65 Percent

April 17, 2015 9:08 am | by Lisa Lapin and Kate Chesley | News | Comments

Stanford University has converted to a state-of-the-art energy system that relies on renewable electricity and provides a new transformational energy supply model for large organizations, utilities and governments. The university announced a new agreement to provide ... 

An Electric Vehicle Designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 4:56 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

Photo of the Day: US Navy Works On ‘Swarming’ Drones

April 16, 2015 2:31 pm | by By Edwin Kee, Ubergizmo | News | Comments

Robots that swarm and unite as one mind can be a scary thing, especially when you take into consideration the various things it can achieve – in the movies, at least. Real life will still need to see plenty of homework done before something remotely of a robotic apocalypse ... 

NASA Prepares to Crash into Mercury

April 16, 2015 12:28 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface, is helping navigate the ... 

How Robots Can Help Build Better Doctors

April 16, 2015 10:36 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine. They scan the patient's abdomen with a rapid ultrasound ... 

NASA Selects American Small Business and Research Institution Projects for Further Development

April 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into ... 

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