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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

May 5, 2015 — New technology may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign of the wire at the core of the leads that carry signals ... read more

Shedding Light on Rods: Novel Technique to Investigate the Activity of These Retinal Cells

May 5, 2015 — By using 'unusual' optic fibres in a novel fashion, an international team of researchers scrutinized the response to light of rods, the light-sensitive cells of the retina, and demonstrated ... read more

May 5, 2015 — The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Scientists have built a low-cost centimeter-accurate GPS system that reduces location errors from the size of a large car to the size of a nickel -- a more than 100 times increase in accuracy. The ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Electronics is based on the manipulation of electrons and other charge carriers, but in addition to charge, electrons possess a property known as spin. When spin is manipulated with magnetic and ... read more

May 5, 2015 — With the aid of extremely short and highly intense pulses of laser light, scientists have made great strides in their efforts to observe and control particle motions outside the confines of atomic ... read more

May 5, 2015 — There are a growing number of wearable devices featuring a touchscreen, such as smart watches, smart glasses or digital jewellery. These devices can receive notifications in many forms but usually ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Engineers have developed a shotcrete which is much more robust than traditional concrete. It can render tunnels, bridges and other constructions more resistant against fires and explosions. The new ... read more

Can Biodiesel Damage Your Car in Colder Climates?

May 5, 2015 — The oil industry believes biodiesel is not to blame for problems that some car owners are experiencing. But the nature of the fuel means that it has to be handled differently than regular ... read more

Defects in Atomically Thin Semiconductor Emit Single Photons

May 4, 2015 — Researchers have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots. The quantum dots serve as a source of single photons and could be useful for the ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Researchers have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that a newly emerging technique known as random Raman lasing emission can produce a bright, speckle-free, strobe light source with potential ... read more

May 4, 2015 — A new theory shows it may be possible to turn brittle two-dimensional materials into superplastics simply by changing the environmental conditions around ... read more

Rapid Innovation in Semiconductors Provides Hope for Better Economic Times

May 4, 2015 — A new study reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ... read more

Risk of a Collision-Related Oil Spill on the Gulf of Finland Could Up to Quadruple in the Future

May 4, 2015 — A single oil spill can release 30,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean if two vessels collide. In grounding the high weight can lead to oil disaster, in the Baltic Sea up to 120,000 tonnes. This estimate ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Doping is damaging the image of sport without benefiting athletes' results, according to new research. Researchers collated sporting records (including Olympic and world records) of male and ... read more

May 3, 2015 — In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers have successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged robot with technology that ... read more

May 3, 2015 — Making thin films out of semiconducting materials is analogous to how ice grows on a windowpane: When the conditions are just right, the semiconductor grows in flat crystals that slowly fuse ... read more

Housing Market Cycles Have Become Longer

May 1, 2015 — A statistical analysis of data from 20 industrial countries covering the period 1970 to 2012 suggests housing market pricing cycles -- normal, boom and bust phases -- have become longer over the last ... read more

May 1, 2015 — Scientists have combined atomic force microscopy and mass spectrometry into one instrument that can probe a polymer sample in three dimensions and overlay information about the topography of its ... read more

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