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New Formulation Leads to Improved Liquid Battery

September 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

A physical model of the liquid metal battery at room temperature, in a glass container. The bottom layer is the positive electrode. In the real battery this is an alloy of antimony and lead, represented here by mercury. The middle layer is the electrolyte — in reality, a mixed molten salt; here, a solution of salt in water...

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Island to Get 1st German Drone Delivery Service

September 24, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island. The company said the quad-rotor "DHL Paketkopter 2.0" will begin daily flights Friday, bringing a maximum load of 1.2 kilograms...

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Samsung to Launch New Phone in China before Apple

September 24, 2014 10:17 am | by YoukYung Lee, Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones. Samsung said all three South Korean mobile operators will begin Galaxy Note 4 sales on Friday...

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Inrad Optics Receives SBIR Phase III for Fast Neutron Detection

September 24, 2014 9:18 am | by Inrad Optics | Comments

Inrad Optics announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III contract from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office of the US Department of Homeland Security to support continued development of neutron detection materials...

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Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

September 23, 2014 4:34 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. A team led by bioengineer Jeffrey Jacot and chemical engineer...

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Photo of the Day: 'Bendy' LEDs

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

"Bendy" light-emitting diode displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials...

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Bendable Optoelectronics One Step Closer to Reality

September 23, 2014 4:23 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

"Bendy" light-emitting diode displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials...

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Artificial Intelligence That Imitates Children’s Learning

September 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

The computer programs used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialized. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from ...  

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Future Flexible Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

September 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new method to improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on carbon nanotubes (CNT), a semiconductor ...  

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Superfast Computers That Don't Overheat

September 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material - a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor - that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don't ...  

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LEGO-Like Components Simplify Building 3D 'Labs-on-a-Chip'

September 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by University of Southern California | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic systems ...

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New Computer Model to Aid Greener, Leaner Aircraft Design

September 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | Comments

A computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged will make it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Innovative computer codes form the basis of a computer model that ...    

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Promising Chip for Tumor-Targeting Research

September 23, 2014 10:30 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have developed a chip capable of simulating a tumor's "microenvironment" and plan to use the new system to test the effectiveness of nanoparticles and drugs that target cancer. The new system, called a tumor-microenvironment-on-chip ...

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Smart Meters Could Cause Conflict for Housemates

September 23, 2014 10:26 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise — as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house can be a tricky business. And now research has revealed that new technology...

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Photos of the Day: Robots Given Unprecedented Dexterity

September 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

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