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Novel Crumpling Method Takes Flat Graphene from 2D to 3D

February 17, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Illinois college of Engineering | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a unique single-step process to achieve three-dimensional (3D) texturing of graphene and graphite. Using a commercially available thermally activated shape-memory polymer substrate, this 3D texturing, or "crumpling," allows ... 

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Velocitel Acquires Assets of FDH

February 17, 2015 1:49 pm | by Velocitel, Inc. | Comments

Velocitel, Inc. (“Velocitel”), a wireless network services company, has acquired the assets of FDH, a multidisciplinary engineering, investigation and construction company ...                   

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Cybersecurity Panelists Call for Long-Term, Global Approach to Securing Free and Open Network

February 17, 2015 11:13 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

On the eve of President Obama’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, a senior White House official visited Stanford Engineering to ask researchers and educators to help solve the conundrum of having free and open networks ...       

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5 Smart Careers for Future Engineers

February 17, 2015 10:58 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech applications to high school students. For younger readers ... 

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Smart Gaming Blocks & Consumer Drones

February 17, 2015 10:53 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

In 2011, alumni David Merrill SM ’04, PhD ’09 and Jeevan Kalanithi SM ’07 had turned a Media Lab project into a popular gaming platform, Sifteo Cubes: plastic blocks, about an inch and a half on each side, equipped with color touch displays. Sensors detect the blocks’ movements ...     

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Strategy Is Key Differentiator as More Efficient GaN, SiC Power Electronics Enter Market

February 17, 2015 10:39 am | by Lux Research | Comments

Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap ... 

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Taking Technology From the Lab to the Patient

February 17, 2015 10:18 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

After finishing his PhD in molecular genetics in the late 1990s, Daniel Anderson found himself conflicted about what to do next: He enjoyed science, but wanted to find a way to have a direct impact on human health. He considered several paths, including pursing an ... 

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Improved Fire Detection With Ultra-Sensitive, Ultraviolet Light Sensor

February 17, 2015 10:14 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

Researchers at the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute manipulated zinc oxide, producing nanowires from this readily available material to create a ultra-violet light detector which is 10,000 times more sensitive to UV light than a traditional zinc ... 

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Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

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Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

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Mobile Apps Take Students Into the Laboratory

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

Mobile apps have proved to be valuable educational tools, but laboratory instructors thus far have been limited to using mobile devices only for virtual laboratories with simulated experiments. Now, researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have developed ... 

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DNA ‘Cage’ Could Improve Nanopore Technology

February 13, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kevin Stacey, Brown School of Engineering | Comments

Scientists at Brown University have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand in research trials. Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores ... 

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Photos of the Day: Wink-Control Glasses

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

The contacts work by incorporating a very thin reflective telescope inside a 1.55 mm thick lens. Small mirrors within bounce light around, expanding the perceived size of objects and magnifying the view, so it's like looking through low magnification binoculars ...

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Telescopic Contact Lenses Give Hope for Better, Stronger Vision

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens ...

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Photo of the Day: Tesla Battery Will Power Your Home, And Maybe the Electric Grid Too

February 13, 2015 10:55 am | Comments

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk. On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already ... 

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