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A New Multi-Bit 'Spin' for MRAM Storage

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology...

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Creating Optical Cables out of Thin Air

July 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by University of Maryland | Comments

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do. Milchberg and his lab reported using an "air waveguide..."

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Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells...

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Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices Settle Outstanding Litigation

July 22, 2014 12:07 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies. The two parties have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. Specific financial terms of the agreement remain confidential...

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GreenPeak Technologies’ Smart Home Chips Support New Networking Protocols

July 22, 2014 12:05 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has recognized Thread’s entry in the family of protocols based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. GreenPeak’s family of patented multi-stack low-power radio chips has been developed to simultaneously support different wireless networking protocols. The family of GP71x chips today supports...

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Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by NASA | Comments

Aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s second contracted commercial resupply mission to the space station, which arrived to the orbital laboratory July 16,  NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, sent two Google prototype ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

July 22, 2014 10:26 am | by NASA | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for ...

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Carbyne Morphs When Stretched

July 21, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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New Software Provides Accurate, Real-Time Data on Traffic

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