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EFI to buy back $100M in stock after HQ sale

September 4, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Digital printing company Electronics for Imaging Inc. on Tuesday said its board has approved the buyback of $100 million in shares by the end of 2013.EFI is using cash freed up by the sale of its headquarters building in Foster City, Calif., to Gilead Sciences Inc. EFI expects the $180 million...

Simulating the sun for photovoltaic research

September 4, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

Researchers at NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory have devised a novel source of portable sunlight that may fill an urgent need in renewable energy research—namely, light sources that generate a near-perfect solar spectrum to be used in testing the performance and efficiency of photovoltaic materials.

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Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth

September 4, 2012 5:45 am | Comments

A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow, and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years, suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms. But the research says that the increase in biodiversity depends on the evolution of new species over millions of years, and is normally accompanied by extinctions of existing species.

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Magellan Expands Safety Features to New Large-Screen Magellan RoadMate GPS

September 4, 2012 5:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, today announced the Magellan® RoadMate® 9250T-LMB vehicle navigation GPS to provide consumers with a complete safety and convenience solution featuring Bluetooth® 'Safe Texting' and an extra-large...

News Summary: Baidu releases new mobile browser

September 4, 2012 5:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

SURFING ON THE GO: Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, has released a mobile browser. Baidu says the browser will support faster Internet access and downloads and allow users to run Web-based applications.INVESTMENT: Baidu will also invest in a cloud computing center as...

Showing the way to improved water-splitting catalysts

September 4, 2012 5:05 am | Comments

Scientists and engineers are working to find a way to power the planet using solar-powered fuel cells. Such green systems would split water during daylight hours, generating hydrogen that could then be stored and used later to produce water and electricity. But robust catalysts are needed to drive the water-splitting reaction. Chemists at Caltech have determined the dominant mechanism for cobalt catalysts, a cheaper alternative to platinum catalysts.

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Silicon chip to enable mass-manufacture of quantum technologies

September 4, 2012 4:33 am | Comments

An international research collaboration led by scientists in the U.K. has developed a new approach to quantum computing that could lead more widespread use of new quantum technologies. The breakthrough has been a move from glass-based circuitry that allowed circuits to manipulate photons to a silicon-based technology that accomplishes the same calculations using quantum mechanical effects.

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'Magic carpet' could help prevent falls

September 4, 2012 4:10 am | Comments

A "magic carpet" which can immediately detect when someone has fallen and can help to predict mobility problems has been demonstrated by University of Manchester scientists. Plastic optical fibers, laid on the underlay of a carpet, can bend when anyone treads on it and map, in real time, their walking patterns.

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Electronics play by new set of rules at the molecular scale

September 4, 2012 4:06 am | by Aviva Hope Rutkin | Comments

For several years, experts in nanotechnology have suspected—but not proven—that quantum interference effects make the conductance of a circuit with two paths up to four times higher than the conductance of a circuit with a single path. By constructing their own controllable, molecular-scale circuits, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have confirmed an increase in conductance. But not as large as was anticipated.

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Making Web applications more efficient

September 4, 2012 3:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Most major Websites maintain huge databases. Almost any transaction on a shopping site, travel site, or social networking site require multiple database queries, which can slow response time. Now, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system that automatically streamlines Websites' database access patterns, making the sites up to three times as fast.

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Ancient enzymes function like nanopistons to unwind RNA

September 4, 2012 3:52 am | Comments

Molecular biologists at the University of Texas at Austin have solved one of the mysteries of how double-stranded RNA is remodeled inside cells in both their normal and disease states. It has been known for some time that so-called DEAD-box enzymes, which are found in all forms of life, do not function like traditional helicases. But recent studies have confirmed their piston-like chemical action, potentially helping future genetic therapies.

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X-rays reveal spin waves in 2D high-temperature superconductors

September 4, 2012 3:29 am | Comments

Physicists working at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Switzerland's Paul Scherrer Institute have revealed key quantum characteristics of high-temperature superconductors, demonstrating new experimental methods and breaking fundamental ground on these mysterious materials.

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Paralympics and politics clash in Britain

September 4, 2012 2:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Paralympics and politics are proving an uneasy mix.George Osborne, the official charged with putting the faltering British economy back on track, was roundly booed Monday night when he presented medals at the Paralympic Games. Prime Minister David Cameron heard boos and cheers when he presented...

Lufthansa flight attendants strike at 3 airports

September 4, 2012 2:40 am | by GEIR MOULSON - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Lufthansa flight attendants escalated their bitter pay dispute on Tuesday, going out on strike at three German airports — including the two biggest, Frankfurt and Munich — in a showdown with an airline determined to bring down costs.Lufthansa scrapped around 300 flights Tuesday. Most of the...

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China's Baidu releases new mobile browser

September 3, 2012 7:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, has released a new mobile browser and says it will invest in a cloud computing center as growth in Internet use shifts to mobile phones.Baidu has about 80 percent of China's Internet search market but has been slower than some...

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