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Titan takes on the big one

November 12, 2015 1:36 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

A team is using the Titan supercomputer at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop physics-based earthquake simulations to better understand earthquake systems, including the potential seismic hazards from known faults and the impact of strong ground motions on urban areas.


Light wave technique an advance for optical research

November 12, 2015 1:31 pm | by RMIT Univ. | Comments

Researchers have developed artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water and mimic the natural blooming process, an important step for advances in frontier-edge electronics.


Online Tracking: A Plight of the Modern Age?

November 12, 2015 1:26 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Published in the International Journal of Communications, Libert’s new study found that of the top 1 million websites (ranked by Alexa), 88% leaked information to third parties. Further analysis revealed the sites leaking information contacted, on average, over nine external domains.


Quantum Dots Made from Fool’s Gold Boost Battery Performance

November 12, 2015 8:59 am | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

If you add quantum dots to a smartphone battery it will charge in 30 seconds, but the effect only lasts for a few recharge cycles. Now, a group of researchers have found a way to overcome this problem: Making the quantum dots out of iron pyrite, commonly known as fool’s gold.


Martian Moon Being Torn Apart by Tidal Forces

November 12, 2015 8:51 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Discovered in 1877 by American astronomer Asaph Hall, Mars’ moons Phobos and Deimos were named after the horses that pulled the war god’s chariot. But much like the wear the body experiences with age, Phobos is under the destructive influence of tidal forces, the mutual gravitational pull of the planet and the moon.


Disney Design Tool Lets Users Customize Robot Companions

November 12, 2015 8:48 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Feeling a little lonely? Does your household feel empty? Perhaps a pet would fill the void. But wait just a second. Pets require responsibility, attention and veterinarian check-ups. In the technological age, there may be a suitable alternative for the busybody incapable of caring for a living creature. Robots. 


Imitating Synapses of the Human Brain could Lead to Smarter Electronics

November 11, 2015 4:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Making a computer that learns and remembers like a human brain is a daunting challenge. But now scientists report the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic synapse that mimics the plasticity of the real thing, bringing us one step closer to human-like artificial intelligence.


Secondhand Spacecraft Has Firsthand Asteroid Experience

November 11, 2015 4:18 pm | by NASA | Comments

The NEOWISE mission uses images taken by the spacecraft to look for asteroids and comets. Since it began operations in December 2009, the NEOWISE mission has observed 158,000 asteroids and discovered more than 35,000.


First Day of R&D Technology Conference Commences

November 11, 2015 3:59 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Laboratory Equipment | Comments

Built on the R&D 100 Awards’ 53-year tradition of honoring the year’s most significant technology advances, the first-annual R&D Technology Conference kicks off in Las Vegas this morning.


Nanopores Could Take the Salt out of Seawater

November 11, 2015 2:41 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Engineers have found an energy-efficient material for removing salt from seawater that could provide a rebuttal to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s lament, “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.”


MIT Hydrogel is 90% Water

November 11, 2015 2:12 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Transparent and viscous, a new synthetic hydrogel from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers is taking cues from nature. The new hydrogel’s toughness is comparable to the bond between tendon and cartilage on bone. It can adhere to glass, silicon, ceramics, aluminum and titanium. Additionally, more than 90% of it is composed of water.


Scientists Image a White Dwarf’s Rings

November 11, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

According to the European Southern Observatory (ESO), only seven white dwarfs with orbiting disks have been found. And thanks to the ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other observatories, a group of researchers has obtained the first image of such a body, SDSS J1228+1040.


Researchers Detail how to Control Shape, Structure of DNA and RNA

November 11, 2015 1:52 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers have used computational modelling to shed light on precisely how charged gold nanoparticles influence the structure of DNA and RNA, which may lead to new techniques for manipulating these genetic materials.


R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference Debuts in Las Vegas

November 11, 2015 1:47 pm | by Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director | Comments

The first annual R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference kicks off on Thursday, November 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a keynote presentation as industry leaders gather for this new science and technology conference.


Star Formation Fueled by Atomic Gas

November 11, 2015 12:06 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers led by the Univ. of Edinburgh are rethinking star formation. In the darkest reaches of space, between the galaxies and stars, are voids. However, these empty regions are not wholly unpopulated. Atomic gas, composed of individual hydrogen atoms, lingers there. And that atomic gas is a key component of star formation, according to the researchers.



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