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Carbon globules in meteorite may have seeded Earth life

December 1, 2006

Life on Earth may have started with the help of tiny hollow spheres that formed in the cold depths of space, a new study suggests. The analysis of carbon bubbles found in a meteorite shows they are not Earth contaminants and must have formed in temperatures near absolute zero.

Carbon electrodes could slash cost of solar panels

December 24, 2007

Max Planck researchers have found that transparent electrodes created from graphene could make solar cells and LCDs without depleting indium resources.

Experts calculate that there is only 10 years’ worth of indium left on the planet, with LCD panels consuming the majority of existing stocks.

The Max Planck team has produced electrodes just 10 graphene layers thick, or roughly five nanometers. These have a transparency of about 80… read more

Carbon catalyst could herald cut-price fuel cells

February 9, 2009

A new type of fuel cell using carbon nanotubes doped with nitrogen as a catalyst promises to be much cheaper, as well as more compact and more efficient, a team led by University of Dayton researchers has discovered.

Carbon Capture Strategy Could Lead To Emission-free Cars

February 14, 2008

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a strategy to capture, store and eventually recycle carbon from vehicles.

They envision a transportation system completely free of fossil fuels.

Car paints changing with temperature

December 5, 2005

German researchers have used ion bombardment and gold metallisation to produce new particles whose bonding behavior can be chemically tailored. This could lead to new shimmering car finishes which can change with temperature or humidity, new cosmetics, and new applications in optical data processing.

Car hacking: who’s monitoring (or controlling) your car?

September 19, 2014

Ford reportedly shares emails sent via its Ford SYNC with business partners (credit: Ford)

As vehicles become computers on wheels, the risk of car hacking is real, according to Australia-based Queensland University of Technology (QUT) road-safety expert Professor Andry Rakotonirainy from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS).

He has researched the security systems of existing fleet and future autonomous and connected cars and found there is little protection against hacking.

“The… read more

Capturing ultrasharp images of multiple cell components simultaneously

Could shed light on complex cellular pathways and lead to new ways to diagnose and monitor disease
February 12, 2014

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A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate images of dozens of different biomolecules in a human cell simultaneously, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported in Nature Methods.

Such images could shed light on complex cellular pathways and potentially lead to new ways to diagnose disease, track its prognosis, or monitor the effectiveness of therapies at a cellular… read more

Capturing Thinking As It Happens

June 15, 2004

A team led by UC San Diego neurobiologists has developed a method of interpreting brain EEG signals that allows for real time visualization of thought and action. It has the potential to advance our understanding of disorders like epilepsy and autism.

Thought processes occur on the order of milliseconds but current brain imaging techniques, such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and traditional EEGs, are averaged over seconds. This provides… read more

Capturing the motion of a single molecule in real time as it oscillates from one quantum state to another

September 18, 2014

(Credit: Nature Photonics)

UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates and shifts from one quantum state to another.

The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor of chemistry, and Eric Potma, associate professor of chemistry, could lead to new insights in developing quantum computers.

It also moves researchers a step closer to viewing the… read more

Capturing the Moment (and More) via Cellphone Video

September 15, 2008

Some early adopters are now using their mobile phones for streaming scenes from their daily lives or events to blogs, social networking sites like Facebook, or Web sites of companies that provide the software and services for streaming, like Kyte (www.kyte.com) or Qik (qik.com).

Capturing more of the Sun’s energy to improve photovoltaic cells

October 29, 2012

SEM image of the four-layer antireflective coating on a silicon substrate (credit: Martin F. Schubert et al./Appl. Phys. Express)

Photovoltaic cell efficiency may soon get a big boost from new materials that capture more of the Sun’s energy.

Professor E. Fred Schubert, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute‘s Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, is investigating new ways to achieve four-layer antireflection transparent thin-film materials that capture more of the Sun’s energy by achieving a low refractive index (how much light is bent).

These tunable-refractive-index materials are based on… read more

Capturing black hole spin could further understanding of galaxy growth

August 1, 2013

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Durham University Astronomers have found a new way of measuring the spin in supermassive black holes, which could lead to better understanding about how they drive the growth of galaxies.

The astronomers observed a black hole — with a mass 10 million times that of our Sun — at the center of a spiral galaxy 500 million light years from Earth while it was feeding on the… read more

Capturing ambient electromagnetic energy to drive small electronic devices

July 8, 2011

Sensor Antenna

Researchers at Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks, and satellite communications systems by scavenging ambient energy from the air.

The researchers used inkjet printers to print sensors and ultra-wideband antennas on paper or flexible polymers, functioning from 100 MHz to 60 GHz.

The resulting… read more

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits

September 11, 2009

Nanotube-filled capsules could restore conductivity to damaged electronics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have found.

Caprica prequel to Battlestar Galactica premieres Friday

January 21, 2009

Entangled in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons 58 years later in Battlestar Galactica, two rival families go toe-to-toe, blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics.

That’s the premise of the new Caprica Syfy Channel series, which premieres Friday, Jan. 22 at 9/8C on SyFy. Pilot here.

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