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Taking Thin Films to the Extreme

September 30, 2014 12:15 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface - work that holds promise for making ...

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Software for Automated Sorting of Genomes of Individual Microbial Species

September 30, 2014 12:06 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Microbes - the single-celled organisms that dominate every ecosystem on Earth - have an amazing ability to feed on plant biomass and convert it into other chemical products. Tapping into this talent has the potential to revolutionize ... 

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Using Intelligence to Unlock the Market for Electric Vehicles

September 30, 2014 11:06 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free ... 

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Fuel Cell-Powered Mobile Lights Ready for Commercial Use

September 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for ...

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Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 30, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash. The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ ...   

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Photos of the Day: The World’s First Integrated, Rapid HIV Test

September 30, 2014 10:32 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

The new test’s purpose is to decrease false positives while making the test easier to use. Previous common failure points include the blood transfer point (pipette), the lancet, and the complexity of the test – all things addressed with a ...

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Mandated Since the 1950s, LA Won't Require Skyscraper Helipads

September 30, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated ...

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Newly Expanded Station Crew Tackles Research, Spacewalk Preps

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The International Space Station’s Expedition 41 crew, which doubled the number of humans in space when three new crew members arrived last week, began its first full workweek as a six-person crew Monday with biological research and ...  

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Cold Atom Laboratory Creates Atomic Dance

September 30, 2014 10:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms' movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers need to cool atoms to a temperature just ...

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Where Humans, Animals & Robots Meet

September 30, 2014 10:19 am | by IMDEA Networks Institute | News | Comments

To meet our everyday needs in an increasingly multifaceted technological world is a challenge that pushes researchers to find innovative tools using a multidisciplinary approach. We inhabit a globalized planet, made up of complex systems ...

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Parker Expands the XE Line of Linear Actuators

September 30, 2014 10:16 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division has announced the expansion of the XE line to include the 401 XE. The new 401 XE is now the smallest ball screw driven product Parker offers ...

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New High Power Stainless Steel Flat Super Air Nozzle Resists Corrosion, High Temperatures

September 30, 2014 10:07 am | by PD&D Staff | Exair Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR's new 1" High Power Stainless Steel Flat Super Air Nozzle produces a flat 1" (25 mm) wide airstream with a blowing force of 16 ounces (462g) when mounted 12" (305 mm) from the target ...

Mimicking Brain Cells to Boost Memory Power

September 30, 2014 10:07 am | by RMIT University | News | Comments

MIT University researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain. The researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the ...  

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Look What’s Coming to Dinner

September 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD Magazine | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend; it was a chance to catch up and treat our daughters. Before we sat down, the girls noticed the kiosk at our table and instantly started playing games. They assured us that nothing popped up on ... 

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Connector Uses Innovative Pin-in-Hole Reflow Method

September 30, 2014 9:54 am | by PD&D Staff | Hirose Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose has developed a high-speed connector that employs an advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method to improve PCB retention force and enable a one-time reflow process with other SMT components ...

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