Global rollouts of Microsoft’s new operating system (OS) Windows 10 begin at midnight and, with the release, the company is “opting for significance over stability,” according to Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of brand consulting firm ADDO Worldwide.
In 2013, solar was the second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S...
Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our...
Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Maxwell Technologies Inc.’s Engine Start Module (ESM), which won an R&D 100 Award in 2012. More than four million medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks are now operating in the U.S., consuming more than 53 billion gallons of fuel annually.
In an image from NASA’s orbiting telescope Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), small, glittering blue specks populate black space. Near the middle of the image, four fire balls are aligned. The image captures the asteroid Euphrosyne, as it glides across the blue-dotted field.
A day on the beach is filled with sand between the toes, and the smell of saltwater carried by the wind. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, roughly 80% of the country’s electricity demand stems from coastal states. Along the east coast, average wind speeds vary from 7 to 10 m/sec. And pockets along the west coast experience average wind speeds greater than 10 m/sec.
As a first line of defense, people use antibiotics to rid the body of harmful microorganisms. But overuse of antibiotics has brought rise to superbugs, able to withstand once effective treatments. Inside the human body an evolutionary race is ongoing. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, which can render the human body useless in defense, are also competing against one another for dominance.
During President Barack Obama’s official announcement of America’s Clean Power Plan, he recalled arriving in Los Angeles from Hawaii for college as an 18-year-old in 1979. Filled with energy, he decided to go for a run. But after five minutes, he felt unable to breathe due to the city’s smog.
Dalial Freitak, a postdoctoral researcher with the Univ. of Helsinki, knew the egg-yolk protein vitellogenin was used as food for developing embryos of egg-laying animals. While the protein appeared to have some function regarding immunity, the exact role was unknown to her. Then Freitak heard a presentation from colleague Heli Salmela, who was studying the protein for her PhD thesis, and found the protein can bind to bacterial pieces.
In 2014, more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. were noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as living with HIV infection. Almost one in eight, or 12.8%, are unaware of their infection. The CDC estimates that 1,218,400 person aged 13 and older are living with HIV infection, including 156,300 who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased.
Rainbow-like in color, the lizards meander out into the sunshine from a rock crevice in droves. “In the early morning, the Augrabies flat lizards emerge from the cracks in the rocks, where they spent the night, and bask in the sun to warm up,” says Sir David Attenborough, who lies on his stomach next to the rock in a scene from the 2008 BBC documentary series “Life in Cold Blood."
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover may have found bedrock with “ideal conditions” for preserving ancient organic material, according to the space agency. The target, named “Elk,” features high levels of silica, a rock-forming compound comprised of silicon and oxygen. On Earth, the compound is known as quartz.
For design engineers looking to manufacture metal parts with complex geometries, maintain the flexibility to make last minute design changes and mass produce prototypes quickly, chemical etching is the answer. When it comes to metal part fabrication, chemical etching offers an economical and efficient solution. This manufacturing process allows for the mass production of intricate, thin metal parts.
The R&D Index: Market Watch for the week ending July 31, 2015, closed at 1,653.60 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was adjusted down approximately 32.89 points when Astra Zeneca split 2:1 on July 27, 2015. With this adjustment the market was up approximately 1.57% (or nearly 26 points) over the previous week (ending July 24, 2015).
Researchers from various California universities are calling for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enact an immediate ban on live salamander imports to the U.S. in light of a fatal fungus that caused a 96% fatality rate among infected European salamander species.
With three pairs of spindly legs and a thin body, water striders are a marvel of nature. They stand atop the water’s surface, the ends of their legs forming small depressions, like static legs on a trampoline. As they move their legs, the only signs of disturbance are small ripples on the water’s surface.
In February 1961, David Latham, now a senior astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was living in a one-room apartment with his wife. The newlyweds’ future was unwritten. Latham’s wife asked him what the couple’s plan for next year would be. Latham, a senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was unsure, but traveled to Harvard Univ.’s admissions office to look into graduate school.
Gray with dark vertical stripes that run along their topsides, tiger sharks can inspire fear in the minds of the masses. Data gathered from the International Shark Attack File shows that between 1580 and 2014 there were 111 attacks. That’s second to the great white, whose attacks number 314.