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UM scientists advance in quantum computing and energy conversion tech

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Using a unique hybrid nanostructure, University of Maryland researchers have shown a new type of light-matter interaction and also demonstrated the first full quantum control of qubit spin within very...

Stability and utility of floating wind turbines shown in new study

8 years ago from Science Daily

While offshore wind turbines have already have been constructed as a renewable energy solution, they've traditionally been situated in shallow waters, where the tower extends directly into the seabed. Now...

Common dyes could create solar cells

8 years ago from UPI

ITHACA, N.Y., June 30 (UPI) -- Cheaper, flexible and versatile solar cells could be made utilizing a molecule found in dyes used to color blue jeans and pen ink,...

New technique improves efficiency of biofuel production

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a more efficient technique for producing biofuels from woody plants that significantly reduces the waste that results from conventional biofuel production techniques. The technique is a significant...

Why the World Cup Ball's Been Acting Oddly

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Caltech Researchers Come Up With Surprising Findings After Putting the Ball Through Battery of Wind Tunnel Tests

Barrier to faster integrated circuits may be mere speed bump, scientists say

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Integrated circuits, which enable virtually every electronics gadget you use on a daily basis, are constantly being pushed by the semiconductor industry to become smaller, faster, and cheaper. As has...

Fast-tracking the manufacture of glasses

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Old glass is not the same as new glass - and the difference is not just due to manufacturing techniques. Unlike crystalline solids, glasses change as they age, increasing packing...

Sandia Labs reports first monolithic terahertz solid-state transceiver

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Sandia National Laboratories researchers have taken the first steps toward reducing the size and enhancing the functionality of devices in the terahertz (THz) frequency spectrum...

Reproducing nanoscale surfaces with adhesion properties similar to gecko footpad

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers from Northeastern and Korean universities collaborate on developing a surface that mimics lizard?s footpad for extraordinary adhesive quality

Materials At The Nanoscale Have Zero Specific Heat

8 years ago from Science Blog

 Background Specific heat is thought to be an intensive thermophysical property independent of the amount of the substance. Given the amount of the substance in a body is proportional to its...

'Flying Car' One Step Closer to Reality

8 years ago from Live Science

The first "flying car," is now one step closer to becoming street- and sky-legal.

'Quake' reveals how eyes and ears keep us balanced

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- An earthquake machine has been used by vision scientists to confirm that instead of working in isolation, our visual and middle-ear systems work together, to give us an...

How Fireworks Work: Spark Color Recipes and Chemistry

8 years ago from Live Science

Fireworks displays' brilliant colors and intricate shapes explode from a blend of science and art. Pyrotechnic expert John Conkling reveals the secrets of flame colors, fuse timing, burst charges other...

Stripping down the carbon storage problem

8 years ago from Chemistry World

Chemists looking at materials to capture carbon dioxide need to pay attention to practically regenerating them once full. Could steam be the answer?

Hair Trigger: How a Cell's Primary Cilium Functions as a Molecular Antenna

8 years ago from Scientific American

It turns out that not all the hairlike cilia projecting from the surfaces of many cells in the human body are equal--there are the myriad ones for sweeping, swimming and other functions,...

Shape-shifting sheets automatically fold into multiple shapes

8 years ago from Harvard Science

“More than meets the eye” may soon become more than just for the Transformer line of popular robotic toys. Researchers at Harvard and MIT have reshaped the landscape of programmable matter...

Statoil lays first foundation of wind farm

8 years ago from UPI

STAVANGER, Norway, June 29 (UPI) -- Norwegian energy company Statoil said it installed the first of 90 foundations for an 88-turbine wind farm off the coast of Norfolk, England. ...

Breaking Good: Study examines durability of glass with ties to nuclear waste storage

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory determined how durable four-component glass is when aluminum atoms are replaced by boron atoms and vice versa. By...

Solar camera strap could put an end to dead dSLR batteries

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A new concept introduced by Yanko Designs could put an end to dead batteries on photography excursions. The Solar Camera Strap is a sturdy strap to secure the...

Emeritus: Engineering a new path

8 years ago from MIT Research

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles linking the work of MIT’s emeritus faculty members with the current state of research in their given fields.When MIT chemical engineering professor Paula...

Geometry affects drift and diffusion across entropic barriers

8 years ago from Science Daily

Understanding particle diffusion in the presence of constrictions is essential in fields as diverse as drug delivery, cellular biology, nanotechnology, materials engineering, and spread of pollutants in the soil. When...

Biologically inspired technology produces sugar from photosynthetic bacteria

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have engineered photosynthetic bacteria to produce simple sugars and lactic acid. This innovation could lead to new, environmentally friendly methods for producing commodity chemicals in bulk. It could also...

T.25 City Car makes debut

8 years ago from Physorg

Gordon Murray Design showed today for the first time its T.25 City Car at Oxford University as part of the Smith School's World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment validating...

Senate Democrats poised to start energy bill

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

Legislation could include a carbon cap on utility companies. Many Democrats hope a summer discussion on energy will establish a strong contrast with Republicans before this fall's election. With the gulf oil spill...

Nominations invited for 2011 Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Nominations are invited for the 2011 Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit until Sept. 3, 2010. The bronze medal and $50,000 cash prize will be awarded to an...

Health Legacy of Uranium Mining Lingers 30 Years Later

8 years ago from Scientific American

On a dark night in 1967, Reed Hayes stepped out onto the gangway over the uranium thickener tank. He was replacing a light bulb during the graveyard shift at the...

Feedstock And Fuel

8 years ago from C&EN

Natural Gas: Reserves are big, but demand by electric utilities is likely to grow, MIT report says.

Numberplay: Maximum Protection On Board

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A bunch of mathematical and placement problems involving the chessboard, with a passing mention of the World Chess Championship.