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Semiconductor Disolving Method Holds Promise for Electronics

November 13, 2013 12:24 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Semiconductors, the foundation of modern electronics used in flat-screen TVs and fighter jets, could become even more versatile as researchers make headway on a novel, inexpensive way to turn them into thin films. Their report on a new liquid that can ...

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Monitoring Material Changes in the Hostile Environment of a Fusion Reactor

November 13, 2013 12:19 pm | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

Materials are widely recognized as one of the critical remaining challenges for making fusion a commercially viable energy source. In a future fusion power plant, the materials surrounding and interacting with the plasma must survive in an extremely hostile environment for up to ...

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Plans Readied for Commercial Astronaut Transport

November 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Wednesday hailed the success of the agency’s public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to ...

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Utility, Solar Company Battle Over Rooftop Panels

November 13, 2013 10:36 am | by Bob Christie - Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona is in the midst of what seems like an intense election-year campaign: millions of dollars in spending, a barrage of negative TV ads and large amounts of outside money. The issue, however, has nothing to do with taxes, a hot-button policy, or ...

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Taking a New Look at Carbon Nanotubes

November 13, 2013 9:59 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Despite their almost incomprehensibly small size – a diameter about one ten-thousandth the thickness of a human hair – single-walled carbon nanotubes come in a plethora of different “species,” each with its own structure and ...    

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This Active Invisibility Cloak Actually Works

November 13, 2013 9:54 am | by Marit Mitchell, University of Toronto | News | Comments

Two researchers have demonstrated an effective invisibility cloak that is thin, scalable, and adaptive to different types and sizes of objects. Professor George Eleftheriades and PhD student Michael Selvanayagam have designed...   

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Testimony to Begin in Apple-Samsung Patent Trial

November 13, 2013 9:51 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics were ...         

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Canada Funds World's Largest River-Generated Turbine Farm

November 13, 2013 9:41 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The government is helping to bankroll a $130-million project. The three-phase project could eventually culminate in nine megawatts of renewable power being generated from 46 riverbed turbines, with installation beginning in...   

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Elon Musk: 'Definitely' No Model S Recall

November 13, 2013 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the company "definitely" won't recall its Model S electric car despite three vehicle fires in the last six weeks. "The headlines are extremely misleading. If fire risk is your concern ...     

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Photos of the Day: Digitizing the Ancient World

November 13, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Smithsonian is launching a new 3D viewer website to give people a closer look at artifacts in their own homes. This new website will allow the artifacts to be downloaded, recreated with a 3D printer, and used to help illustrate lessons ...

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Smithsonian Makes Push in 3D Imaging of Artifacts

November 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers, and the public worldwide. A small team has begun ...

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Drones, Air Safety, and the FAA

November 13, 2013 9:24 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

On May 10, 2012, in the South Korean city of Incheon, an engineer from the Austrian company Schiebel was demonstrating to South Korean military personnel his firm's S-100 camcopter, a 150-kilogram remotely piloted drone aircraft that could ...

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Desalination Plant Would Turn Ocean Water into Tap

November 13, 2013 9:07 am | by Amy Taxin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a hotly disputed proposal to turn ocean water into tap should be revamped to protect marine life, but the company planning to build one of the Western Hemisphere's two biggest desalination plants called the changes...  

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Review: Pricey iPad Mini Keeps Apple Premier Brand

November 12, 2013 5:56 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase. The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display. There are plenty of cheaper choices ...

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A New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction

November 12, 2013 3:23 pm | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.  This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to ...        

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