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Microsoft Looks to Submerge Datacenters Beneath the Ocean Waves

February 2, 2016 9:24 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 2014, Villanova Univ. researchers reported that datacenters were major source of energy waste. In fact, more than 2% of the U.S.’s total electricity usage can be attributed to datacenters. And almost half of that power was solely used for cooling the datacenters’ electronics.

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The Quantum Fridge

February 2, 2016 9:16 am | by Vienna University of Technology | Comments

When cold milk is poured into a hot cup of tea, a temperature equilibrium is reached very quickly. The milk droplets and the tea particles interact, and after a few moments they all have the same average energy.

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A Highway for Spin Waves

February 2, 2016 9:08 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

The success story of information processing by way of moving electrons is slowly coming to an end. The trend towards more and more compact chips constitutes a major challenge for manufacturers, since the increasing miniaturization creates partly unsolvable physical problems.

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HIV Growing Resistant to Common Treatment

February 2, 2016 9:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Scientists from the University College London made a new discovery regarding the HIV virus. 

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Rare Clay Kills Drug-Resistant Bacteria

February 2, 2016 8:55 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The Heiltsuk First Nation people have used this material to treat a swath of maladies like ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and skin irritation.

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These Social Octopuses are Combative

February 1, 2016 2:06 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The octopus looks more like an underwater tent, its web and tentacles spread apart, its mantle raised, and its skin darkened. It approaches a second octopus, which is positioned low near the bay’s floor.

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CIA Highlights UFO Documents “The X-Files” Characters Would Love

February 1, 2016 1:56 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Last month, the CIA highlighted 10 documents that “The X-Files” characters Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully would find particularly interesting.     

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MIT Tops SpaceX’s Hyperloop Design Challenge

February 1, 2016 1:51 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Hyperloop Team came out victorious following this past weekend’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, which was held at Texas A&M Univ.

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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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