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Handheld unit to detect cancer in poorer countries

August 29, 2011 8:52 am | News | Comments

An engineering researcher and a global health expert from Michigan State University are working on bringing a low-cost, handheld device to nations with limited resources to help physicians detect and diagnose cancer.


Tiny wires change behavior at nanoscale

August 29, 2011 7:06 am | News | Comments

Thin gold wires often used in high-end electronic applications are wonderfully flexible as well as conductive. But those qualities don't necessarily apply to the same wires at the nanoscale. A new study from Rice University finds gold wires less than 20 nm wide can become "brittle-like" under stress.


Flexible electronics hold promise

August 29, 2011 6:44 am | News | Comments

Plastic-based flexible electronics, produced in large volume using roll-to-roll processing, inkjet printing or spray deposition, is the "electronics everywhere" trend of the future, says Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics at Wake Forest University. And the key to success in this market will be the low-cost production of large molecular structures with excellent electronic performance.


Vacuum Products Catalog

August 29, 2011 4:20 am | Agilent Technologies Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced publication of the latest edition of its Vacuum Products Catalog. This 520-page compendium features 3,850 products and accessories, plus application and technical notes.


Digital Pressure Gauge

August 29, 2011 4:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering offers the DPG409 series of high-accuracy digital pressure gauges, which feature a large backlit display for users to read digits from over 35 ft.

Scientists man bioterror front lines

August 26, 2011 7:41 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past decade, federal research laboratories such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have shifted from Cold War-era defense R&D to meeting the challenges of new terror threats, developing a nationwide system to sniff the air for germs such as anthrax and smallpox.


Depiction of light could boost telecom channels

August 26, 2011 7:11 am | News | Comments

Physicists at The City College of New York have found a new way to map spiraling light that could help harness untapped data channels in optical fibers. The new model, called a Higher Order Poincaré Sphere, could also advance quantum computing.


IBM survey reveals new type of energy concern

August 26, 2011 7:04 am | News | Comments

IBM unveiled findings from its "2011 IBM Global Utility Consumer Survey," which revealed that many consumers around the globe do not understand the basic unit of electricity pricing and other energy concepts used by energy providers.


NASA satellite images Irene, one-third size of East Coast

August 26, 2011 5:56 am | by Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The first major hurricane threat to the Northeast since 1985, Hurricane Irene is, as of mid-day Friday, a Category 2 storm with sustained winds around 115 mph and a pressure down to approximately 951 millibars. NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer is tracking the storm.


Report shows more U.S. farmers relying on Internet

August 26, 2011 5:34 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of farmers with Internet access on a variety of digital gadgets has dramatically increased, changing the way farms do business. Farmers say they're increasingly using the Net to speed up their work flow, improve their farming techniques, market their crops, connect with customers and retailers, and fulfill a variety of regulatory requirements.


Irrigation's impacts on global carbon uptake

August 26, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

Globally, irrigation increases agricultural productivity by an amount roughly equivalent to the entire agricultural output of the United States, according to a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study. That adds up to a sizeable impact on carbon uptake from the atmosphere. It also means that water shortages could contribute to yet more warming through a positive feedback loop.


Astrophysicists identify missing fuel for galactic star formation

August 26, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

According to astrophysicists from the University of Notre Dame, the Milky Way will have the fuel to continue forming stars, thanks to massive clouds of ionized gas raining down from its halo and intergalactic space.


Scientists find signs of huge river flowing under the Amazon

August 26, 2011 5:21 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press | News | Comments

After studying temperature variations at hundreds of inactive oil wells researchers with Brazil's National Observatory have concluded that an underground river as long as the Amazon is running thousands of meters underneath the world’s largest river system.


CLOUD experiment produces insights on cloud formation

August 26, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

Atmospheric aerosols reflect sunlight and produce cloud droplets, but the mechanism and rate by which they form clusters together with water molecules have remained poorly understood. Using a proton synchrotron as a source for cosmic radiation CERN scientists are simulating conditions for cloud formation in a chamber, yielding insights on natural cloud behavior.


SwRI receives funding to further carbon dioxide compression research

August 26, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has received a $9.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The objective of this Phase 3 work is to design and test carbon dioxide compression using technologies developed under previous DOE phases of the improved compression technologies program.



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