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Carbyne Morphs When Stretched

July 21, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists. Stretching the material known as carbyne — a hard-to-make, one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms...

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Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy devices. The process described in the paper represents a new approach to transmetalation...

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Highly Charged Ions

July 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus.

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Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor...

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XMA Achieves AS9100 Rev C Certification

July 21, 2014 10:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

XMA Corporation announced that it has achieved AS9100 Rev C registration. This is the latest accomplishment for the XMA team. XMA’s AS9100 Rev C registration is...

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Meaghan's Minute: Car Seats for Sleepy Drivers

July 21, 2014 8:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On today's episode of Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers are developing car seats that warn drivers if they start to fall asleep behind the wheel...                         

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Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...                               

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Isola Announces Conversion Service

July 21, 2014 1:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Isola Group announced its technical staff will offer a conversion service for PCB fabricators of radio frequency (RF) and millimeter-wave applications. This global design review service...

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New Software Provides Accurate, Real-Time Data on Traffic

July 20, 2014 11:29 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

Researchers have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations. It is a highly reliable...

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Photos of the Day: Bringing Robots Closer to Humans

July 20, 2014 11:23 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

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Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 20, 2014 11:01 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

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'Nanocamera' Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than Light's Own Wavelength

July 20, 2014 10:54 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light)...

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Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

July 20, 2014 10:49 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies—frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 years, these oscillators have relied upon quartz crystals to provide a frequency reference, much like a tuning fork...

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No Evidence That California Cellphone Ban Decreased Accidents

July 20, 2014 10:44 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. The findings...

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Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 20, 2014 10:00 pm | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was...

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