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Researchers pinpoint brain region that influences gambling decisions

May 5, 2011 4:08 am | News | Comments

When a group of gamblers gather around a roulette table, individual players are likely to have different reasons for betting on certain numbers. Betting on the belief that a certain outcome is "due" based on past events is called the gambler's fallacy. Recently, researchers at Caltech and Ireland's Trinity College Dublin hedged their bets—and came out winners—when they proposed that a certain region of the brain drives these different types of decision-making behaviors.

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Piezoelectric accelerometers

May 5, 2011 3:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the Endevco model 7251A series, a family of small, lightweight, hermetically sealed piezoelectric accelerometers with integral electronics.

Atomic absorption spectrometer

May 5, 2011 3:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has launched a compact atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer for graphite furnace analysis.

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New reactor research center to increase safety, output of U.S. nuclear

May 4, 2011 12:28 pm | News | Comments

This week, the Department of Energy dedicated the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an advanced research facility that will accelerate the advancement of nuclear reactor technology. Supercomputer modeling will be used to study the performance of light-water reactors and accelerate upgrades at existing plants.

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Intel unveils its new 3-D chips

May 4, 2011 12:05 pm | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Since their invention by Bell Labs more than 50 years ago, transistors have almost always been “flat”. By adding a third dimension — "fins" that jut up from the base — Intel says it will be able to make both transistors and chips smaller. Chips with the 3-D transistors will be in full production this year and appear in computers in 2012.

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New lithium-ion battery “top candidate” for electric cars

May 4, 2011 11:19 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists in Italy and South Korea have built a new type of lithium-ion based spinel cathode material that, when used in a battery with a tin-carbon anode, have been shown to supply high rate charge and discharge cycles and energy density on the order of 170 Wh/kg -1 . This performance indicates a suitable use in electric vehicles

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Arctic climate change impact more extensive than expected

May 4, 2011 10:02 am | News | Comments

A much reduced covering of snow, shorter winter season, and thawing tundra. The effects of climate change in the Arctic are already here. And the changes are taking place significantly faster than previously thought. This is what emerges from a new research report on the Arctic.

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Intel redesigns transistors for faster computers

May 4, 2011 8:40 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel Corp. said Wednesday that it has redesigned the electronic switches on its chips so that computers can keep getting cheaper and more powerful.The switches, known as transistors, have typically been flat. By adding a third dimension — "fins" that jut up from the base — Intel will be able...

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New paper computer shows flexible future for smartphones and tablets

May 4, 2011 8:34 am | News | Comments

The world’s first interactive paper computer is set to revolutionize the world of interactive computing. The smartphone prototype, called PaperPhone is best described as a flexible iPhone—it does everything a smartphone does, like store books, play music, or make phone calls. But its display consists of a 9.5 cm diagonal thin film flexible E Ink display.

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Fractal nanoantennas collect light

May 4, 2011 8:17 am | News | Comments

Plasmonics researchers in Australia have used the principles of fractal mathematics to create some unusually patterned nanoscale antennas. Unlike conventional antennas, these collect light and millions of times smaller. Because chemicals are detectable at specific wavelengths, the researchers hope the devices could lead to drug and explosives detection breakthroughs.

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Working toward efficient harvesting of solar energy

May 4, 2011 8:04 am | News | Comments

At the Univ. of Michigan College of Engineering, recent breakthroughs may lead to more effective means for harnessing the power of the sun.

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Synthetic hydrogels improve testing of active substances in 3-D cell culture

May 4, 2011 7:59 am | News | Comments

The life science company Cellendes in Germany has developed synthetic hydrogels that make it possible to culture cells in three-dimensional environments. Their invention has fundamental advantages over other hydrogels for three-dimensional cultivation, also on the market.

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Nanotube cigarette filter could be safer

May 4, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

Chemists in China have built titanate nanosheets and nanotubes into cigarette filters, claiming that they are more efficient at blocking a great range of harmful compounds including tar, nicotine, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, selected carbonyls and phenolic compounds.    

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Univ. of Leipzig adds JPK's CellHesion 200 capability to enhance cell-cell force measurements

May 4, 2011 7:42 am | News | Comments

JPK Instruments reports that the Univ. of Leipzig has chosen the CellHesion 200 system for their Institute of Experimental Physics I.

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Albemarle announces discovery in lithium carbonate production

May 4, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

Albemarle Corp., a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of engineered specialty chemistry, announced that it has developed a proprietary technology for lithium extraction from brine.

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