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The EnOcean Alliance Welcomes Contemporary Controls as a New Member

March 31, 2014 11:43 am | by Contemporary Controls & EnOcean Alliance | Comments

Contemporary Controls and the EnOcean Alliance have announced they have joined at Light+Building show in Frankfurt/Main, the world's biggest trade fair for lighting and building. Becoming a member of the EnOcean ecosystem for sustainable buildings...

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New Guidance System Could Improve Minimally Invasive Surgery

March 31, 2014 11:19 am | by Catherine Kolf & Vanessa McMains, Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.In a report published recently in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology...

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Fabricating Nanostructures with Silk Could Make Clean Rooms Green Rooms

March 31, 2014 10:54 am | by Kim Thurler, Tufts University | Comments

Tufts University engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to generate nanostructures from silk in an environmentally friendly process that uses water as a developing agent and standard fabrication techniques. This approach provides a green alternative to the toxic materials commonly used in nanofabrication...

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LTE Innovation Summit Examines Driving Technologies Accelerating the 4G Turn

March 31, 2014 10:23 am | by Rohde & Schwartz | Comments

Rohde & Schwartz has annouced that bringing chipset and device manufacturers, mobile operators, test labs, and other technology leaders involved in the LTE/4G ecosystem together, the 5th annual LTE Innovation Summit will explore the design and test implications of converging wireless technologies...

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Photo of the Day: Perovskite Solar Cells

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | Comments

A relatively new type of solar cell based on a perovskite material - named for scientist Lev Perovski, who first discovered materials with this structure in the Ural Mountains in the 19th century - was recently pioneered by an Oxford research team led by Professor Henry Snaith...                          

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Revolutionary Solar Cells Double as Lasers

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | Comments

Commercial silicon-based solar cells - such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country - operate at about 20 percent efficiency for converting the Sun's rays into electrical energy. It's taken over 20 years to achieve that rate of efficiency...           

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Rainbow-Catching Waveguide could Revolutionize Energy Technologies

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Cory Nealon, University of Buffalo | Comments

More efficient photovoltaic cells. Improved radar and stealth technology. A new way to recycle waste heat generated by machines into energy...                       

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Heat-Conducting Polymer Cools Hot Electronic Devices at 200°C

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Polymer materials are usually thermal insulators. But by harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer...          

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Mobile Tools Boost Tobacco Screening & Cessation Counseling

March 31, 2014 9:31 am | by Lisa Rapaport, Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit. Even though tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S...                                  

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Microsoft Reverses, Vows Not To Snoop on Emails

March 31, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

A week after saying it was justified in snooping through a blogger's Hotmail account to track down a leaker of company software, Microsoft has changed course, saying it will refer such matters to law enforcement starting immediately...                  

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Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:26 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features...                  

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Objects Seen in Jet Search are Fishing Equipment

March 31, 2014 9:23 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press | Comments

A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said Monday, in the latest disappointment in the three-week hunt that Australia's prime minister said will continue indefinitely...                     

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Photos of the Day: Bryan, The European Mars Rover

March 28, 2014 11:14 am | by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press | Comments

The European Mars rover unveiled Thursday at a "Mars Yard" testing ground in Britain is designed to drill beneath the surface of the Red Planet searching for signs of life. It's been dubbed 'Bryan' by its creators — earlier versions were...                 

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2018 Mission: Mars Rover Prototype Unveiled in UK

March 28, 2014 11:13 am | by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press | Comments

It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars...                                         

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Microsoft's Office Apps for iPad Ushers in New Era

March 28, 2014 10:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise...              

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