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SpaceX Dragon capsule, the private spaceship, launch delayed

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Dragon capsule the spaceship of SpaceX will not be launched as scheduled on April 30, 2012.  Dragon capsule was expected to be the first private spaceship to be launched to the International Space Station.

DriveLAB - An intelligent car to keep old people driving

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Imagine driving a car with eye trackers and biomonitors!   'DriveLAB' is an electric car converted to a mobile laboratory by the scientists at Newcastle University, UK. They believe that including bespoke navigation tools, night vision systems and intelligent speed adaptations older drivers can continue driving.

Proton movement in phosphoric acid gives clue to better fuel cell electrolyte

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A new study results on the movement of protons in phosphoric acid may improve the design of fuel cells.  The study showed that proton motion in phosphoric acid is a highly cooperative process that can involve as many as five phosphoric acid molecules at a time serving as a kind of temporary "proton wire" or chain.

Building Blocks of Early Earth Survived Collision that Created Moon

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Unexpected new findings by a University of Maryland team of geochemists show that some portions of the Earth's mantle (the rocky layer between Earth's metallic core and crust) formed when the planet was much smaller than it is now, and that some of this early-formed mantle survived Earth's turbulent formation, including a collision with another planet-sized body that many scientists

Researchers Develop a Potential Low Cost Alternative to Platinum for Splitting Water

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A new technique holds promise for the creation of catalytic materials that can serve as effective low-cost alternatives to platinum for generating hydrogen gas from water that is acidic. The technique for creating a new molecule that structurally and chemically replicates the active part of the widely used industrial catalyst molybdenite has been developed by researchers with the U.S.

Notre Dame researchers develop paint-on solar cells

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Imagine if the next coat of paint you put on the outside of your home generates electricity from light—electricity that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside.

A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame have created an inexpensive "solar paint" that uses semiconducting nanoparticles to produce energy.

World’s Smallest Electronic Circuit Developed

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A team of scientists has engineered one of the world's smallest electronic circuits. It is formed by two wires separated by only about 150 atoms or 15 nanometers.

A novel reconfigurable silicon nanowire transistor

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In a recently published paper, researchers report the development of a novel type of nano-transistors which are based on individually gated nanometer scale nanowire heterojunctions where electrons and holes are filtered selectively.