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Meeting of Rivers, Seas May Be Source of Power

August 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | News | Comments

Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers. The researchers evaluated an emerging method of power generation, called pressure retarded osmosis, in which two waters of different salinity are mixed to produce energy.

Device Captures Solar Energy, Doesn’t Block View

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a new type of solar concentrator that, when placed over a...

Discovery Suggests New Uses for Common Bubbles

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by Princeton Univ. | News | Comments

Anyone who has ever had a glass of fizzy soda knows that bubbles can throw tiny particles into...

'Lightning Rods' Channel Electricity Through Air

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Arizona | News | Comments

By zapping the air with a pair of powerful laser bursts, researchers have created highly focused...

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Less Shakes from Man-made Quakes

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude.

New Tech Studies Small Clusters of Atoms

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of York | News | Comments

Physicists have developed new technology to study atomic vibration in small particles, revealing a more accurate picture of the structure of atomic clusters where surface atoms vibrate more intensively than internal atoms.

England Seeks ‘Choc Doc’ for Sweet Study

August 18, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house? Cambridge Univ. in England is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like the sweetest job in the world: studying the fundamentals of chocolate.

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Laser Makes Cooler Microscope

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Australian National Univ. | News | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

Higgs Boson May Explain Earliest Expansion of the Universe

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by RIKEN BNL Research Center | News | Comments

Researchers are proposing that the Higgs boson may be responsible for the mode of inflation and shape of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang.

Cheap, Small, Green Car Comes Closer to Market

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dee-Ann Durbin | News | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.

Beetle Inspires Whiter Paper, Plastics, Paints

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

The physical properties of the ultra-white scales on certain species of beetle could be used to make whiter paper, plastics and paints, while using far less material than is used in current manufacturing methods.

Harvard Creates Robot Flash Mob

August 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard Univ. | Videos | Comments

Through commands, autonomous devices arranged selves into vast, complex shapes in the first 1,000-robot flash mob.

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Lunar-landing Rocket Research Hits Milestone

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Purdue Univ. | Videos | Comments

A student team has designed, built and tested a critical part of a new rocket engine as part of a NASA project to develop spacecraft technologies needed to land on the moon, Mars and other cosmic venues.

Gravity Find May Protect Earth from Asteroids

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville | News | Comments

Researchers have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. The team studied near-Earth asteroid 1950 DA and discovered that the body, which rotates so quickly it defies gravity, is held together by cohesive forces, called van der Waals, never before detected on an asteroid.

Old Tech Pair with New for Next-gen Electronics

August 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Tractor Beam on Water Could Contain Oil Spills

August 12, 2014 7:00 am | by The Australian National Univ. | Videos | Comments

Physicists have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.

New Material Will Aid Spintronics

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Spintronics is a new field of electronics, using electron spin rather than motion. This technology requires insulating components that can control this quantum property. Scientists have shown experimentally that a novel material shows all the required properties.

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Short Trees May Lower Orchard Costs

August 11, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Davis | News | Comments

Can shorter peach and nectarine trees reduce labor costs without sacrificing fruit quality and yield? According to researchers, eliminating ladders for stone-fruit farmers could cut labor costs by 50 percent or more and improve worker safety.

Electrons in Magnetic Field Behave Bizarrely

August 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by RIKEN | News | Comments

Scientists have made the first direct observations of free-electron Landau states— a form of quantized states that electrons adopt when moving through a magnetic field— and found that the internal rotational dynamics of quantum electrons is surprisingly different from the classical model.

Researchers Develop Vocab to Tell Stories through Touch

August 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Sound effects and visual effects have long been standard tools for entertaining audiences, but even as storytellers increasingly turn to haptic feedback to engage the sense of touch in games, theme park rides and movies, they have lacked a common vocabulary to describe or access these "feel effects." Now, researchers are beginning to fill that gap.

Scientists Seek Method to Cook in Space

August 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by Cornell Univ. | News | Comments

Chow mein on Mars? Moo shu on the moon? What would it be like to stir-fry in space? A bit messy, according to researchers, who recently conducted the first partial gravity cooking on record.

Robots See Through Walls with Wi-Fi

August 8, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Santa Barbara | Videos | Comments

Researchers are using Wi-Fi to look through solid walls and see every square inch of what’s on the other side. Built into robots, the technology has far-reaching possibilities.

Scientists Make Cheap Self-assembling Robots

August 8, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.

Tool Catches Chemistry in Motion

August 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a laser-timing system that could allow scientists to take snapshots of electrons zipping around atoms and molecules. Taking timing to this new extreme of speed and accuracy will make it possible to see the formative stages of chemical reactions.

Nature Inspires Cheaper, Safer, Greener Manufacturing

August 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

New techniques inspired by nature for accelerated aging and chemical extraction of mineral ores may lead to cheaper, safer and greener manufacturing processes.

Scientists Use Lasers, Nanotubes to Peer into Living Brains

August 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

A team of scientists has developed an entirely non-invasive technique that provides a view of blood flow in the brain. The tool could provide powerful insights into strokes and possibly Alzheimer's disease.

New Microscopic Structures Bend Like Hair

August 7, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | Videos | Comments

Engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hair like structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, the micro-hairs can tilt to form a path through which fluid can flow.

Breath Reveals Image in Anti-counterfeit Drug Labels

August 6, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | Videos | Comments

Counterfeit drugs, which at best contain wrong doses and at worst are toxic, are thought to kill more than 700,000 people per year. To fight back against these and other forms of counterfeiting, researchers have developed a way to make labels that change when you breathe on them, revealing a hidden image.

'Wonder Material' Can Improve LEDs

August 6, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A hybrid form of perovskite— which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon— has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of commercial applications in the future, such as flexible color displays.

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