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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Reaches Mars This Weekend

September 17, 2014 4:05 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into ...

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DOE Takes Major Steps to Increase U.S. Energy Production, Manufacturing

September 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

The Department of Energy today announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative in support of the American manufacturing sector and a new initiative to support President Obama’s goal of doubling energy productivity ...  

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Nature Motivates Research into New Light-Based Tech

September 17, 2014 3:42 pm | by SPIE - International Society for Optics and Photonics | News | Comments

"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "As we explore surfaces and ...  

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NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Orbit Insertion

September 17, 2014 3:25 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles. Flight Controllers at Lockheed Martin ...

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New Radiosurgery Tech Accurately Targets Cancer Tumors

September 17, 2014 3:19 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors - but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once - when compared to other radiation ...

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Light Source Could Improve Energy Efficiency of OptoElectronic Chips

September 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters ...

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Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can't

September 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

There are many situations where it's impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on ...

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Electric Cars Batteries That Easily Switch Out

September 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in ...

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Complex Oxides Could Advance Memory Devices

September 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by City College of New York | News | Comments

The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward. Researchers at The City College of New York led by chemist Stephen O’Brien have discovered new complex oxides that ...    

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Energy Storage Increased in Promising Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

September 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, which have the potential to ...   

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Nanoscience Makes Your Wine Better

September 17, 2014 12:30 pm | by Anne-Mette Siem, Aarhus University | News | Comments

One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures ...

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The Security Threat Facing Our Cars

September 17, 2014 11:23 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

The car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but be warned without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a QUT road safety expert. Professor Andry Rakotonirainy will ...  

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SEMI Commends House Passage of Manufacturing Innovation Act

September 17, 2014 11:15 am | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMI praised the bipartisan effort in the United States House of Representatives to pass H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. SEMI further urged the Senate to move quickly on the legislation that ...

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Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 10:32 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and ...

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3D Face Mapping Puts Players in the Game

September 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The developers of an interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series' latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either ...

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