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Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 7:11 pm | by Frank Jordans & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union...

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The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics

July 7, 2014 7:03 pm | by University of Alberta | Comments

In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.The digital age has resulted in a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies since the days the personal computer fit atop a desk...

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Mystery of the Printed Diode Solved

July 7, 2014 6:56 pm | by Linköping University | Comments

With an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America, a thirteen-year-long mystery that has involved a long series of researchers at both Linköping University and Acreo Swedish ICT has finally been solved...

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Some US-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn on Phones

July 7, 2014 6:49 pm | by Will Lester, Associated Press | Comments

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats...

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902 Booths Sell Out Exhibition Floor at IMS2014 in Tampa

July 7, 2014 6:32 pm | by IMS | Comments

More than 7,500 attendees, 35 percent of whom were first-time attendees, filled the sold-out show floor at the IEEE MTT-S 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Tampa, Fla., marking the fourth consecutive year in which first-time attendees topped 30 percent...

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Lansdale Semi Celebrates 50 Years

July 7, 2014 3:49 pm | by Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. | Comments

R. Dale Lillard, president of Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. in Phoenix, pioneer and manufacturer of hi-rel aftermarket integrated circuits (ICs) and semiconductor products, is celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary this year, a milestone most companies don’t often reach today...

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

July 7, 2014 11:03 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed. The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself...

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Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 7, 2014 11:02 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is...

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PVDF-Based Submersible Pressure Sensors

July 7, 2014 10:56 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

The Model AST 4530 Submersible Pressure Sensor from American Sensor Technologies (Mt. Oliver, NJ) is an example of a transducer constructed with PVDF material and a PTFE diaphragm to measure the level of harsh liquids such as slurries, salt water and oil in vented tanks or containers...

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EnOcean Alliance Defines Intelligent Commissioning of Smart Buildings

July 7, 2014 10:06 am | by EnOcean | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance has defined a unified specification for remote commissioning of energy harvesting wireless devices in building automation systems to optimize and ease the control and configuration of building automation networks. At the same time, the specification allows...

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Central Semiconductor Celebrates 40 Years of Innovative Discretes

July 7, 2014 9:55 am | by Central Semiconductor | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. is proudly celebrating its fortieth anniversary in the industry as a manufacturer of discrete semiconductors. Since its inception, Central has consistently supplied the highest quality innovative products, with outstanding service, to a worldwide customer base...

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Hollow-Fiber Membranes Could Cut Separation Costs, Energy Use

July 7, 2014 12:21 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes...

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Researchers Observe Tunable Quantum Behavior in Bilayer Graphene

July 7, 2014 12:07 am | by Columbia University | Comments

The fractional quantum Hall effect, which can occur when electrons confined to thin sheets are exposed to large magnetic fields, is a striking example of collective behavior where thousands of individual electrons behave as a single system...

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Power Consumption of Robot Joints Could Be 40% Less

July 7, 2014 12:03 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

Robots are being increasingly used in industrial processes because of their ability to carry out repetitive tasks in a precise, reliable way. Right now, digital controllers are used to drive the motors of the joints of these robots. And it is no easy task developing and programming these controllers...

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With 'Ribbons' of Graphene, Width Matters

July 6, 2014 11:54 pm | by University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee | Comments

Using graphene ribbons of unimaginably small widths – just several atoms across – a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has found a novel way to "tune" the wonder material, causing the extremely efficient conductor of electricity to act as a semiconductor...

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