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Talking to Mars with Commercial Orbiting Satellites

July 28, 2014 | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HoSpot, real ocean broadband for the martime industry; Altech customized enclosures; a new mathematically-based technique that can make the Internet faster; and commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions...             

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Refrigerator Magnets

July 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to...

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Measuring the Smallest Magnets

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous “background noise” that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device...

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Building 'Invisible' Materials with Light

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new method of building materials using light, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, could one day enable technologies that are often considered the realm of science fiction, such as invisibility cloaks and cloaking devices. Although cloaked starships won't be a reality for quite some time...

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Superconductivity Could Form at High Temperatures in Layered 2D Crystals

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined. Superconductivity, the flow of electrical current without resistance, is usually found in materials chilled to the most frigid temperatures, which is impractical for most applications...

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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally...

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Photos of the Day: Radar Catches Massive Bug Swarm

July 28, 2014 9:12 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin. The flies hatch and then spend a year burrowed into the sediment...

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Caught on Radar: Beer-Loving Bugs Swarm Midwest

July 28, 2014 9:05 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin. The flies hatch and then spend a year burrowed into the sediment...

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Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Smartphone

July 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Youkyoung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in Russia this quarter...

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Portable, Stand-Alone or USB-Powered Data Acquisition System

July 28, 2014 8:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs has announced the global market launch of its Model 3340 G-Logger. The Model 3340 is a three-channel, low cost, portable data acquisition system, offering...

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Farsens’ PHOTON, a Battery Free RF Field Detector

July 28, 2014 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The PHOTON from Farsens S.L. is a UHF RF field detector passive tag equipped with an LED. Whenever this tag is close to an RF field source, it will harvest the energy from the RF field and drive an LED.

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RFX Limited Opens New U.S. Operation

July 28, 2014 1:01 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFX Limited, recognizing the need for strong and local partnerships with their US customer base have opened up a new sales office in New York. This sales office will...

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Intelligent Sensing Platform Accelerates Development

July 28, 2014 12:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is a complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet of Things networking in remote and demanding environments....

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'Holy Grail' of Battery Design Achieved: A Stable Lithium Anode

July 27, 2014 6:38 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing...

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Magnets for Fusion Energy: A Revolutionary Manufacturing Method

July 27, 2014 6:18 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

The National Institute for Fusion Science, of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting...

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Unleashing the Power of Quantum Dot Triplets

July 27, 2014 5:17 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialize. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field...

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