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Photos of the Day: Wireless Experts Tap Unused TV Spectrum

September 12, 2014 10:42 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. Researchers from Rice's Wireless Network Group will unveil a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF...

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5 Smart Things Coming to Your Car

September 11, 2014 5:09 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly alert other drivers to black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system ...

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The Quantum Revolution is a Step Closer

September 11, 2014 5:06 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including super computers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally ...   

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Engineer Aims to Connect the World With Ant-Sized Radios

September 11, 2014 5:05 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A Stanford University engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna — no batteries required ... 

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First 500 GHz Photon Switch Built

September 11, 2014 4:58 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics - with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels. Researchers at the University of ...  

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'Electronic Skin' to Detect Breast Cancer

September 11, 2014 4:52 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and ...  

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IoT, Robotic Manufacturing & the End of the World

September 11, 2014 4:46 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area ...

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Excitonic Dark States Shed Light on TMDC Atomic Layers

September 11, 2014 4:44 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers believes it has uncovered the secret behind the unusual optoelectronic properties of single atomic layers of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials, the two-dimensional semiconductors that ...

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Graphene Paints a Corrosion-Free Future

September 11, 2014 4:39 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The surface of graphene, a one atom thick sheet of carbon, can be randomly decorated with oxygen to create graphene oxide; a form of graphene that could have a significant impact on the chemical, pharmaceutical and electronic industries ...

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Nanotechnology Aids in Cooling Electrons Without External Sources

September 11, 2014 4:38 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. The team details its ...  

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Lasers 'Grown' Directly on Silicon-Based Microchips

September 11, 2014 4:35 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA's Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program has successfully integrated billions of light-emitting dots on silicon to create an efficient silicon-based laser. The breakthrough, achieved by researchers working on ...

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Pesky Insect Inspires Mini Light-Emitting Devices & Optical Sensors

September 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

In our vain human struggle to kill flies, our hands and swatters often come up lacking. This is due to no fault of our own, but rather to flies' compound eyes. Arranged in a hexagonal, convex pattern, compound eyes consist of hundreds of ...

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First Graphene-Based Flexible Display Produced

September 11, 2014 4:24 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels' electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic. This is the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device ...  

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NIST Helps Develop New Standard for Microsensor Technology

September 11, 2014 4:21 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contributed to the development of a new standard for defining the performance of micromechanical sensors - a field that is expected to expand rapidly in coming decades as these ...

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Engineering Newswire 107: Boeing’s Laser Targets Mortars, UAVs

September 11, 2014 4:11 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’ve filming with autonomous drones, seeing through walls and skin with night-vision goggles, and testing Boeing’s High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator ...          

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