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October 20, 2014

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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3:55 PM | A camera and quantum physics could improve phone security
Smartphones nowdays can be used in loads of different ways: we can use them to transfer cash, upload information to social media and, very occasionally, actually use them to converse with other humans. Your phone can say a lot about you – the type of phone you have and the way you personalise it can…

Sanguinetti, B., Martin, A., Zbinden, H. & Gisin, N. (2014). Quantum Random Number Generation on a Mobile Phone, Physical Review X, 4 (3) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.031056

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October 19, 2014

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5:08 PM | Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating
The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any […]

October 18, 2014

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4:30 PM | Don’t Get Too Excited – No One Has Cracked Nuclear Fusion Yet
Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's announcement this week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated excitement in the media. Physicists, however, aren't getting their hopes up just yet.Read more...

October 17, 2014

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3:47 PM | This Futuristic Air Umbrella Forms An Invisible Shield to Keep You Dry (Video)
The umbrella is an ancient innovation. The first written record of a collapsible umbrella dates all the way back to 21 AD – it was included as part of a ceremonial carriage for a Chinese emperor. The umbrella’s design is simple and functional, which is why it has remained relatively unchanged for 2,000 years. But a research and development team from Nanjing, China may have just taken the next step in umbrella evolution: they created an umbrella that uses air to […]

October 15, 2014

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9:55 PM | Lockheed Says It'll Have A Truck-Sized Fusion Reactor In 10 Years
American defense contractor Lockheed Martin has issued a statement declaring it has made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. It's hoping to have a prototype ready in five years — and a small, functional unit ready by 2024. Read more...
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1:39 PM | Verbs in Science Writing
      Life on earth is more like a verb. It repairs, maintains, re-creates and outdoes itself.” – Lynn Margulis Verbs are words that indicate — and indeed express — an action or a state of being. When used with care, verbs … Continue reading → The post Verbs in Science Writing appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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9:42 AM | UK science: look at the state we're in | Stephen Curry
Briefings published today by the Campaign for Science and Engineering highlight science policy issues that should be debated vigorously before next years electionThe conferences are over and with only seven months to go before the election attention is focusing on the policy platforms that will differentiate the major political parties. For now there is a disproportionate clamour over the disruption that may or may not be caused by the UK Independence party (Ukip). But for the research […]
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9:16 AM | Safety is an Art
Safety is an Art Safety has much more to do with Art, History and Philosophy than it has to do with Science, Engineering and Law. I recently wrote The Target Drives the Method about the subjectivity of determining ‘significance’ that is a precursor to this discussion. Despite the perception that so many in safety believe […] The post Safety is an Art appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

October 14, 2014

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10:56 PM | Space Exploration (or, Engineering on a Budget)
by Sri Ray-Chauduri and Aadita Chaudhury Technology and Engineering subject editors Last week marked the 14th annual UN-declared World Space Week (WSW). Celebrated from October 4-10, it was started in 1981 by the World Space Association as “Spaceweek” to commemorate the moon landings. The dates of WSW were selected to coincide with the anniversary of Sputnik-1 which was launched on October 4, 1957, and the Outer Space Treaty which came into effect October 10, 1967. The desire to […]
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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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8:58 PM | Carbon’s Place in a Silicon World
Everything is silicon based, well mainly your computer, your TV, your ipad, and pretty much every piece of electronics in existence. Still the world turns and so does technology; at […]

Sharon Bahena-Garrido, Norihiro Shimoi, Daisuke Abe, Toshimasa Hojo, Yasumitsu Tanaka & Kazuyuki Tohji (2014). Plannar light source using a phosphor screen with single-walled carbon nanotubes as field emitters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Other:

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October 13, 2014

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6:36 PM | berkeleyengineering: Ninja walker One team in Professor Amy...
berkeleyengineering: Ninja walker One team in Professor Amy Herr’s senior capstone bioengineering course came up with an elegant solution to improve on walkers for the elderly that don’t fit into tight spaces. The team designed a curved two-position walker that is made with conventional materials, like aluminum tubing and plastic wheels, but is unconventional in appearance and operation. Fully extended, its semi-circular shape functions as effectively as a typical […]
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2:00 PM | Guiding light to boost algae biofuel production
Algae are aquatic organisms which make ponds murky and biofoul the hulls of boats and ships and slow them down. But these these tiny green creatures could also be the future of fuel production – they produce natural oils (lipids) which can be extracted and turned into a wide range of hydrocarbon fuels including diesel…

Ahsan, S., Pereyra, B., Jung, E. & Erickson, D. (2014). Engineered surface scatterers in edge-lit slab waveguides to improve light delivery in algae cultivation, Optics Express, 22 (S6) DOI: 10.1364/OE.22.0A1526

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1:00 PM | 25 Years After the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Are We Safer?
Bay Area taxpayers have spent billions of dollars over the last quarter-century to make our bridges, water pipes and power supplies safer in an earthquake. Experts say that means the Bay Area is much better off now. At the same time, the work is far from over.

October 12, 2014

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6:57 PM | Nothing Sticks to a new Bioinspired coating for medical devices
Putting things in the body can be tricky, I mean we need things from joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, these medical devices are needed to enhance or […]

Don Ingber et. al (2014). A bioinspired omniphobic surface coating on medical devices prevents thrombosis and biofouling, Nature Biotechnology, Other:

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4:27 PM | Meet Omron Global’s Ping Pong Playing Robot (Video)
Omron Global, a Japanese electronics and engineering company, has outdone themselves by building a ping pong playing robot. The innovative machine that doesn’t just serve out balls, it can actually return them and rally with you. The machine is designed with complex robotics and engineering technology that allows it to sense the opponents movements and calculate the speed and trajectory of the ball. Check it out… The machine is designed for low difficulty […]
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11:00 AM | Other-ing...
Source: LA Times OpinionThe epic conflagration between Ben Affleck, Bill Maher and Sam Harris in some links has well over a million hits. The "emperor has no clothes" when Bill is getting props from that other-Bill-named-O'Reilly for Islam-o-phobia as a "proper" mental state.To note:Isaac Asimov - secular humanist, scientist and science fiction writer - gave a succinct explanation regarding critical thinking, fundamentalism, science and religion. He pointed out in his interview with Bill […]

October 10, 2014

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10:00 AM | Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

October 09, 2014

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8:10 PM | Solar Panel Hybrid is Cheap and Super Efficient
Solar cells are inefficient, it’s a sad fact. With todays technology they boast about a 10-15% efficiency, compare that to todays gas engine at roughly 20-25% and you can see […]

Tabachnyk M, Ehrler B, Gélinas S, Böhm ML, Walker BJ, Musselman KP, Greenham NC, Friend RH & Rao A (2014). Resonant energy transfer of triplet excitons from pentacene to PbSe nanocrystals., Nature materials, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25282509

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8:10 PM | Solar Panel Hybrid is Cheap and Super Efficient
Solar cells are inefficient, it’s a sad fact. With todays technology they boast about a 10-15% efficiency, compare that to todays gas engine at roughly 20-25% and you can see […]

Tabachnyk M, Ehrler B, Gélinas S, Böhm ML, Walker BJ, Musselman KP, Greenham NC, Friend RH & Rao A (2014). Resonant energy transfer of triplet excitons from pentacene to PbSe nanocrystals., Nature materials, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25282509

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