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Nanotubes Can Solder Themselves, Markedly Improving Device Performance

November 26, 2013 11:05 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | News | Comments

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do, the Illinois team published its...

Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus

November 26, 2013 10:55 am | by Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in...

Ultra-Sensitive Force Sensing with a Levitating Nanoparticle

November 26, 2013 10:47 am | by ICFO | News | Comments

A recent study led by researchers of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) achieved the highest force sensitivity ever observed with a nano-mechanical resonator. The scientific results of this study have been published in...               

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Flashes of Brilliance

November 26, 2013 10:35 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Spontaneous bursts of light from a solid block illuminate the unusual way interacting quantum particles behave when they are driven far from equilibrium. The discovery by Rice University scientists of a way to trigger these flashes may lead to new telecommunications equipment and other devices that transmit signals at picosecond speeds.

BlackBerry Shakeup Continues as COO, CFO Depart

November 26, 2013 10:19 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry's interim chief executive has shaken up BlackBerry's management team in a move seen as prelude to him taking the top job himself. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, both hired by recently ousted CEO Thorsten Heins, will leave the struggling...

Super SQUID

November 26, 2013 9:58 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have taken a quantum leap toward understanding the phenomenon known as superconductivity: They have created the world's smallest SQUID – a device used to measure magnetic fields – which has broken the world record for sensitivity and...  

Ready, Set, Space! -- NASA's GPM Satellite Begins Journey

November 26, 2013 9:53 am | by Kate Ramsayer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

For the past three years, the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory has gone from components and assembly drawings to a fully functioning satellite at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The satellite has now arrived in...    

New Research Aims to Teach Computers Common Sense

November 25, 2013 11:31 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7 and, in tiny steps, is deciding for itself how those images relate to each other. The goal is to recreate what we call common sense...

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NY Troopers in Big SUVs Peer in on Texting Drivers

November 25, 2013 11:23 am | by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips. That's why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs...

UNL Scientists Develop Novel X-Ray Device

November 25, 2013 11:04 am | by Donald Umstadter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | News | Comments

Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays. Although the high quality of synchrotron X-rays make them ideal for research ranging from the structure of...

Photos of the Day: Using Sensors to Understand Insect-Vectored Diseases

November 25, 2013 10:55 am | by Sean Nealon, University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Explorations funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Chen's project is one of more than 80 Grand Challenges...                

Using Data to Fight Malaria

November 25, 2013 10:54 am | by Sean Nealon, University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

The University of California, Riverside announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Yanping Chen will pursue an innovative global health and development research...

Driving Carrier ARPU Through Messaging, Mobile Payments and Mobile Advertising

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by James Citron, CMO, payvia | Articles | Comments

A recent report from the GSMA predicts an increasingly tough few years ahead for mobile carriers, with global revenues dropping 16 percent by 2017. With subscriber penetration in the developed world now between 70 and 90 percent...           

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World’s Tallest Waterslide Now 17-Stories High

November 22, 2013 11:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re scanning balloon dogs, rescuing swimmers with robots, protecting our wine collections, and riding the world’s tallest, wettest, fastest waterslide ...         

No Roads? There’s a Drone for That

November 22, 2013 11:28 am | by Andreas Raptopoulos, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

A billion people in the world lack access to all-season roads. Could the structure of the internet provide a model for how to reach them? Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet thinks so. He introduces a new type of transportation system that uses...

Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 10:21 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is...                   

Web Inventor: Surveillance Threatens Democracy

November 22, 2013 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says a growing tide of surveillance is threatening democracy's future. Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the Web in 1990, has been a vocal critic of Internet surveillance...               

Photos of the Day: Total Irradiance Monitor

November 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Audrey Haar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Total solar irradiance is currently measured by the Total Irradiance Monitor, deployed in 2003 on the LASP-built Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission. While SORCE was designed to last for five years, it recorded...         

Ultrasound, Nanoparticles May Help Diabetics Avoid the Needle

November 21, 2013 5:24 pm | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

A new nanotechnology-based technique for regulating blood sugar in diabetics may give patients the ability to release insulin painlessly using a small ultrasound device, allowing them to go days between injections – rather than using needles to...

Photo of the Day: Electromagnetic Stirring and Separating

November 21, 2013 9:42 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

The semiconductor material silicon is used as very thin wafers in standard solar modules. But a substantial portion of the silicon, which was won at the expense of high energy input, is lost during production. When cutting the wafers out...

Waste that is Brimming with Energy

November 21, 2013 9:39 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Silicon is the material of choice on the fast growing solar market because it converts solar energy into electric power in a relatively efficient manner. When producing silicon wafers, though, the photovoltaic industry loses...              

Meet the Robots for Humanity

November 21, 2013 9:31 am | by TED Talk, Henry Evans | Videos | Comments

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a...               

Solar-Powered Battery Woven into Fabric Overcomes Hurdle for 'Wearable Electronics'

November 21, 2013 9:27 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands...             

Cypriot University to Accept Bitcoin Payments

November 21, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cyprus' biggest private university said Thursday it will start accepting the digital currency Bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees. The country had been a hub for international banking before suffering a collapse in its financial system this year, leading the government...

NASA Diagnosing Problem on Mars Rover Curiosity

November 21, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short. The six-wheel, nuclear-powered...

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