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Humidity, Temperature Meter

October 28, 2011 4:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Control Company's Traceable digital hygrometer/thermometer/dew point instrument provides a response time of under 10 sec with a resolution of 0.01% relative humidity (RH), 0.01 F/C, and 0.01 dew point F/C.

Intel seeks dismissal of claims in antitrust suit

October 27, 2011 2:40 pm | by RANDALL CHASE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel Corp. wants a judge to dismiss certain claims in an antitrust lawsuit that New York's attorney general filed over its sales agreements with computer makers.The 2009 lawsuit alleges Intel paid billions of dollars in kickbacks to computer manufacturers to dominate the microprocessor market...


Synthesis discovery could transform drug manufacturing

October 27, 2011 12:26 pm | News | Comments

A new drug production process called chemoenzymatics, developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic University, uses chemicals and enzymes to reduce the number of steps in the production of an important heparin drug, fondaparinux, from approximately 50 steps down to just 10 to 12. In addition, yield goes up 500-fold.


Berkeley Lab builds special equipment to simulate star power

October 27, 2011 12:10 pm | News | Comments

The heavy-ion fusion research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, described in the R&D Daily last week, requires a host of supporting technologies to make these experiments happen. One is an induction accelerator, which can handle higher currents than radio frequency accelerator and can be used to create near-fusion conditions.


Astronomers discover three new planets and a mystery

October 27, 2011 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Three planets—each orbiting its own giant, dying star—have been discovered by an international research team led by a Penn State University astronomer. One of the massive stars, however, is being orbited by an additional mystery object.


CC Radio - Episode 74

October 27, 2011 12:00 pm | by NIH Clinical Center Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Clinical Center hosts first Resident Research Career Day. For transcripts of this and other NIH Clinical Center podcasts, visit

CC Radio - Episode 75

October 27, 2011 12:00 pm | by NIH Clinical Center Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Study Examines Mood and Insulin Resistance in Teen Girls At-Risk For Type 2 Diabetes. For transcripts of this and other NIH Clinical Center podcasts, visit

EBF3 - Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication

October 27, 2011 11:58 am | by TechnologyGateway | Videos | Comments

Electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) is a layer-additive process that uses an electron beam and wire to fabricate metallic structures. The process efficiencies of the electron beam and the solid wire feedstock make the EBF3 process attractive for use in-space.


Manufacturing laboratory helps engineers improve wind power

October 27, 2011 11:30 am | News | Comments

A laser in Iowa State University's Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory scanned layer after layer of the flexible fiberglass fabric used to make wind turbine blades. A computer took the laser readings and calculated how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold used to manufacture a blade. And if there was a wrinkle or wave in the fabric, the technology was designed to find it.


Prehistoric greenhouse data from ocean floor could predict Earth's future

October 27, 2011 9:48 am | News | Comments

New research from the University of Missouri indicates that Atlantic Ocean temperatures during the greenhouse climate of the Late Cretaceous Epoch were influenced by circulation in the deep ocean. These changes in circulation patterns 70 million years ago could help scientists understand the consequences of modern increases in greenhouse gases.


Research holds promise for hydrogen's use as fuel source

October 27, 2011 7:26 am | News | Comments

Imagine your car running on an abundant, environmentally friendly fuel generated from the surrounding atmosphere. Sounds like science fiction, but University of Texas at Dallas researchers recently published a paper detailing a breakthrough in understanding how such a fuel—in this case, hydrogen—can be stored in metals.


Arctic chill brings Facebook data center to Sweden

October 27, 2011 7:13 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The high cost of keeping large data centers cool—and a need to expand its international presence—has prompted the social networking giant to launch plans to build a giant server farm in Sweden just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Hydropower will supply the 120 MW needed to power the farm.


Dassault Systemes to acquire Elsys

October 27, 2011 7:12 am | News | Comments

Dassault Systèmes announced the acquisition of Elsys, a provider of interactive electrical engineering and disruptive multi-discipline generative schematics solutions.


Longevity's secrets sought in DNA of 100-year-olds

October 27, 2011 7:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Archon Genomics X Prize competition is offering $10 million in prize money to researchers who decipher the complete DNA code from 100 people older than 100. The goal? To find out what genetics advantage people who live beyond 100 years have that others do not.


Unusual transistor made from natural cotton fibers

October 27, 2011 7:03 am | by Farhan Nuruzzaman | News | Comments

A new conformal coating technique developed at Cornell University has allowed researchers to apply gold nanoparticles and conductive polymer layers to the irregular topography of cotton fibers, creating a flexible, cotton-based transistor that is fully tunable.



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