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Photos of the Day: You Won’t Believe What This Machine Can See

April 21, 2014 | by GE Reports | Comments

Two days before Christmas 1895, shortly after Wilhelm Röentgen discovered X-rays by experimenting with a cathode tube in his laboratory, he invited his wife to experience the phenomenon. Anna Bertha Ludwig put her left hand inside his apparatus and became the first human to ...

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Google Asks Nonprofits for Ideas to Use Glass

April 22, 2014 5:13 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. On Tuesday, the tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get ...

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Photos of the Day: Floating Pool Filters River Water

April 22, 2014 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The pool will be the first of its kind because it's made of filtration material designed to make dirty river water safe for swimming. The designers say the pool will be anchored to the river bed. It'll have a walkway to shore ...   

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Splashy Plan for Pool in NYC's East River Unveiled

April 22, 2014 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Forget Jones Beach or the Jersey Shore. A design team says New York's East River could soon be the place for summer fun. The developers of a massive floating swimming pool said Tuesday the project is on track to launch off Brooklyn in ...

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Phoenix Contact Goes Off the Grid

April 22, 2014 2:58 pm | by Phoenix Contact | Phoenix Contact | Comments

Phoenix Contact has installed a new combined cooling, heating, and power system that will generate enough electricity to power the company’s U.S. headquarters approximately 65 percent of the time. As part of the company’s Earth Day activities ...

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GM, Lawyers Fight Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 22, 2014 2:23 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors Co. and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past. The company is asking a U.S. bankruptcy court to shield it from legal claims for actions that ...

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Bloomberg Invests $5M in Solar-Powered Lamp

April 22, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation on Tuesday announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa. The lamp, called Little Sun, provides ...   

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GM Restructuring Engineering in Response to Recall

April 22, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls. GM says the new investigators will more than ...           

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Mantis Shrimp Stronger than Airplanes

April 22, 2014 1:08 pm | by Sean Nealon, University of California - Riverside | Comments

Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant than ...

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SMARTT e-Patch Moves Public Health Forward

April 22, 2014 12:54 pm | by Rhenovia Pharma | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, has created the SMARTT e-Patch project, which has ...        

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Vacuum Ultraviolet Lamp of the Future Created in Japan

April 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

A team of researchers in Japan has developed a solid-state lamp that emits high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light at the shortest wavelengths ever recorded for such a device, from 140 to 220 nanometers. This is within the range of vacuum-UV light - so named because while light of that energy can ...

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Unlocking Secrets of New Solar Material

April 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen ...         

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Nanomaterial Outsmarts Ions

April 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by HZDR | Comments

Ions are an essential tool in chip manufacturing, but these electrically charged atoms can also be used to produce nano-sieves with homogeneously distributed pores. A particularly large number of electrons, however, must be removed from the atoms for ...

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Progress Made in Developing Nanoscale Electronics

April 22, 2014 12:28 pm | by Peter Iglinski, University of Rochester | Comments

Researchers are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Alexander Shestopalov, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester, has ...

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New Design for Mobile Phone Masts Could Cut Carbon Emissions

April 22, 2014 12:03 pm | by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | Comments

A breakthrough in the design of signal amplifiers for mobile phone masts could deliver a massive 200MW cut in the load on UK power stations, reducing CO2 emissions by around 0.5 million tonnes a year. The Universities of Bristol and Cardiff have designed ...

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Tracking Oxygen in the Body

April 22, 2014 11:44 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells thrive when deprived of oxygen. Tumors in low-oxygen environments tend to be more resistant to therapy and spread more aggressively to other parts of the body. Measuring tumors’ oxygen levels could help ...

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