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See the Top 10 College Campuses for Tech

August 24, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

We know about the top party schools and the best schools for sports. But which college or University is the most technologically advanced in the U.S.? Unigo , an online resource for college information, polled students at hundreds of colleges across the country and came up with the top 10 Wired Campuses list — as well as some interesting findings.

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Novel Technique to Synthesize Nanocrystals That Harvest Solar Energy

August 24, 2012 6:23 am | Comments

One reason that solar energy has not been widely adopted is because light absorbing materials are not durable. Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability to compete with other renewable energy sources like wind or hydroelectric generators.

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Thinfilm Printed Memory Drives Creation of New Device for Medical

August 24, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Thin Film Electronics ASA announced that its award-winning Addressable Memory was chosen by a FlexTech Alliance-funded consortium as a key component in a printed sensor platform to monitor temperature and blood oxygen content. Thinfilm will deliver its Addressable Memoryto the new program led by PARC, a Xerox Company, and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).

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Flat Lens Offers A Perfect Image

August 24, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without imparting the distortions of conventional lenses. Left to right : Francesco Aieta, Federico Capasso, and Patrice Genevet. At a mere 60 nanometers thick, the flat lens is essentially two-dimensional, yet its focusing power approaches the ultimate physical limit set by the laws of diffraction.

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Google, Boingo Bring Their Free Wi-Fi Experiment To Mall Rats

August 24, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

Google and Boingo are building on their free Wi-Fi project in New York City , launching the advertising-paid access model in eight malls across the country. Though the project is still in its infancy, it represents a growing trend to make Wi-Fi a free and readily accessible resource, while depending on ad views to pay the bill.

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PayPal’s French McDonald’s Experiment Could Have Big U.S. Implications

August 22, 2012 11:42 am | Comments

PayPal is confirming reports that it is test-running a new app-based checkout system in McDonald’s restaurants, a pilot program that could push the online payment broker - and the notion of phone-based payments  - much further into the consumer shopping experience. It could also add confusing choices and tools to manage in an increasinly fragmented payment landscape.

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Gallium Nitride Nano-Scale Laser Is The World’s Smallest

August 22, 2012 11:28 am | Comments

If Doctor Evil ever lowered his lofty goal of sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads to something more manageable, such as lasers on frickin’ tadpoles, the world’s smallest laser might serve him well. Physicists from the University of Texas at Austin working with colleagues in Taiwan and China have created what they claim to be the world’s smallest laser.

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How Something You’ve Never Heard Of Is Changing Your World

August 22, 2012 11:17 am | Comments

I’ve got a riddle for you. What do Blu-ray disks, military radars and LED light bulbs have in common? Chances are, if you work outside of the defense or electronics sectors, you may not easily make the connection. But the common thread is a little-known technology called Gallium Nitride (GaN for short).

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Soraa Wins DOE Project for GaN Substrates

August 22, 2012 11:15 am | Comments

The firm's disruptive gallium nitride technology is to be developed for LEDs, laser diodes, and power electronics Soraa, a developer of GaN on GaN solid-state lighting technology, has been selected by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to lead a project on the development of bulk GaN substrates.

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Researchers Install AIXTRON MOCVD for GaN-on-Si Power Device R&D

August 22, 2012 11:13 am | Comments

National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan will use an AIXTRON metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system to research gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) power semiconductors . An existing AIXTRON customer, NCU installed a 1 x 6” AIXTRON Close Coupled Showerhead MOCVD system. They will grow GaN epitaxial structures on 6” silicon substrates, which will be used in R&D of power management devices.

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As Smart Electric Grid Evolves, Engineers Show How to Include Solar Technologies

August 22, 2012 7:25 am | by An economically feasible way to store solar energy in existing residential power networks is the subject of an award winning paper written by two Virginia Tech electrical engineers and presented at an international conference. | Comments

Members of the conference organizing committee, Wolfgang Hansen, far left, of Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, and Sama Bilbao y Leon, right, of Virginia Commonwealth University, congratulate Reza Arghandeh, middle, Virginia Tech doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering, for winning the international best paper award.

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Self-Charging Power Cell Converts And Stores Energy In A Single Unit

August 22, 2012 6:28 am | Comments

Researchers have developed a self-charging power cell that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy, storing the power until it is released as electrical current. By eliminating the need to convert mechanical energy to electrical energy for charging a battery, the new hybrid generator-storage cell utilizes mechanical energy more efficiently than systems using separate generators and batteries.

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Constructive Conflict In The Superconductor

August 22, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

Whether a material conducts electricity without losses is not least a question of the right temperature. In future it may be possible to make a more reliable prediction for high-temperature superconductors. These materials lose their resistance if they are cooled with liquid nitrogen, which is relatively easy to handle.

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A New Route To Dissipationless Electronics

August 22, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Realization of a new type of magnetic phase in devices opens the door to electronics based on topologically non-trivial materials A team of researchers at RIKEN and the University of Tokyo has demonstrated a new material that promises to eliminate loss in electrical power transmission. The surprise is that their methodology for solving this classic energy problem is based upon the first realization of a highly exotic type of magnetic semiconductor first theorized less than a decade ago - a magnetic topological insulator.

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‘Electronic Nose’ Prototype Developed

August 22, 2012 5:43 am | by Sensor developed by Nosang Myung that can detect airborne toxins | Comments

Research by Nosang Myung , a professor at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering , has enabled a Riverside company to develop an “electronic nose” prototype that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances. Nano Engineered Applications, Inc. , an Innovation Economy Corporation company, has completed the prototype which is based on intellectual property exclusively licensed from the University of California.

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