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Switching light with a silver atom

February 1, 2016 1:40 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

The quantity of data exchanged via communications networks around the globe is growing at a breathtaking rate. The volume of data for wired and mobile communications is currently increasing by 23% and 57% respectively every year. It is impossible to predict when this growth will end.

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New type of nanowires, built with natural gas heating

February 1, 2016 11:15 am | by Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology | Comments

A team of researchers has recently pioneered in developing a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique that uses self-catalytic growth process assisted by thermal decomposition of natural gas. According to the research team, this method is simple, reproducible, size-controllable, and cost-effective in that lithium-ion batteries could also benefit from it.

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Electrons and liquid helium advance understanding of zero-resistance

February 1, 2016 10:58 am | by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | Comments

Research conducted by the Quantum Dynamics Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology graduate University (OIST) could represent an important step in understanding two-dimensional semiconductors. The Unit's latest paper describes anomalies in the behavior of electrons in electrons on liquid helium two-dimensional system.

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Robotic fingers with a gentle touch

February 1, 2016 9:24 am | by ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE | Comments

Scientists have invented a new soft gripper that uses electroadhesion: flexible electrode flaps that act like a thumb-index duo. It can pick up fragile objects of arbitrary shape and stiffness, like an egg, a water balloon or paper.

Nanosheet growth technique could revolutionize nanomaterial production

February 1, 2016 9:13 am | by UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON | Comments

After six years of painstaking effort, a group of materials scientists believe the tiny sheets of the semiconductor zinc oxide they're growing could have huge implications for the future of a host of electronic and biomedical devices.

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U.S. R&D Increased in 2013, Well Ahead of GDP Pace

February 1, 2016 9:07 am | by NSF | Comments

U.S. expenditures in research and development (R&D) rose to $456.1 billion in 2013 -- a $20.7 billion increase over the previous year, according to a report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

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Babylonian Astronomers Tracked Jupiter's Movements with Geometry

January 29, 2016 4:08 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Regardless of the time period, it seems the skies have always held humanity’s attention. The Babylonians were no different. Previously, science historians assumed these ancient astronomers utilized arithmetical methods to track the movement of the stars and planets.

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Neural Networks Adapt to Presence of Toxic HIV Protein

January 29, 2016 3:03 pm | by Bentham Science Publishers | Comments

Nearly half of HIV infected patients suffer from impaired neurocognitive function. The HIV protein transactivator of transcription (Tat) is an important contributor to HIV neuropathogenesis because it is a potent neurotoxin that continues to be produced despite treatment with antiretroviral therapy.

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Researchers Develop Completely New Kind of Polymer

January 29, 2016 1:34 pm | by Northwestern Univ. | Comments

Imagine a polymer with removable parts that can deliver something to the environment and then be chemically regenerated to function again. Or a polymer that can lift weights, contracting and expanding the way muscles do.

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Chinese Ship with Advanced Sonar to Search for Flight 370

January 29, 2016 1:29 pm | by Rod Mcguirk, Associated Press | Comments

A Chinese ship equipped with advanced sonar equipment will soon join the search for the Malaysian airliner believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean almost two years ago, an official said on Friday.

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SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competition Kicks Off this Weekend

January 29, 2016 1:25 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Texas A&M Univ. is hosting more than 1,000 university and high school students this weekend for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, which kicked off today.

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Apple Reportedly Working on Wireless-Charged iPhones

January 29, 2016 1:21 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Apple is reportedly working with partners to develop technology that can help one of the company’s most popular products charge from a distance.

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This image shows from left Paul Warren, Edward Young and Issaku Kohl. Young is holding a sample of a rock from the moon. Courtsy of Christelle Snow/UCLA

New UCLA Research Delves into Planetary Collision that Produced Moon

January 29, 2016 9:32 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Around 100 million years after the Earth’s formation, the celestial body was floating in the vacuum when another planetary body smashed into it. In a computer simulation of the event, the other planetary body clips the top, sending a variety of debris hurdling into the surrounding space. The debris whirl and rotate around the Earth. Scientists are proposing the collision was more head-on than previously postulated.

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Scientists baked a leaf to demonstrate a battery.

Energy storage: You’ll never be-leaf what makes up this battery

January 29, 2016 8:45 am | by University of Maryland | Comments

Scientists at the University of Maryland have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery’s negative terminal, or anode. The scientists are trying to make a battery using sodium where most rechargeable batteries sold today use lithium. Sodium would hold more charge...

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The first domestically-made stealth aircraft, X-2, is shown to the media at Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama town, central Japan, Thursday, January 28, 2016. The demonstration plane is expected to make its maiden flight sometime after mid-February. A Defense Mi

Japan unveils stealth plane, may combine with next-gen jet

January 28, 2016 4:37 pm | by AP | Comments

Japan unveiled its first homemade stealth plane, as it tries to catch up on the technology and enhance its reconnaissance and intelligence capabilities as China expands its own military presence in the region. The experimental X-2 is expected to make its maiden test flight in February. Defense officials said the aircraft is designed to test the stealth technology that would possibly be combined with the next-generation fighter jet.

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