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Disney Researchers Develop 2-Legged Robot That Walks Like an Animated Character

May 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Disney Research | Comments

When Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, he didn't give much thought to how he might bring his character to life in the real world. But robotics now puts that possibility within reach, so Disney researchers have found a way for a robot to mimic an animated character's walk...

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Fine-Tuned Molecular Orientation is Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

May 26, 2015 9:15 am | by RIKEN | Comments

Polymer solar cells are a hot area of research due to both their strong future potential and the significant challenges they pose. It is believed that thanks to lower production costs, they could become a viable alternative to conventional solar cells with silicon substrates...

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Engineering Phase Changes in Nanoparticle Arrays

May 26, 2015 9:09 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have just taken a big step toward the goal of engineering dynamic nanomaterials whose structure and associated properties can be switched on demand. In a paper appearing inNature Materials...

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One Step Closer to a Single-Molecule Device

May 26, 2015 8:59 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes...

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Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts Superconductivity

May 22, 2015 2:08 pm | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Sometimes a little damage can do a lot of good -- at least in the case of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Bombarding these materials with high-energy heavy ions introduces nanometer-scale damage tracks that can enhance...

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SWEEPER Demonstrates Wide-Angle Optical Phased Array Technology

May 22, 2015 2:02 pm | by DARPA | Comments

Many essential military capabilities—including autonomous navigation, chemical-biological sensing, precision targeting and communications—increasingly rely upon laser-scanning technologies such as LIDAR (think radar that uses light instead of radio waves)...

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New Computational Technique Advances Color 3D Printing Process

May 22, 2015 1:56 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

Working with researchers at Zhejiang University in China, Changxi Zheng, assistant professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, has developed a technique that enables hydrographic printing, a widely used industrial method for transferring color inks...

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NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe

May 22, 2015 1:52 pm | by NASA | Comments

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects...

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Eastern OptX Announces Wireless Test System for Testing Multiple RF Radio Devices

May 22, 2015 10:51 am | by Eastern OptX | Comments

Eastern OptX today introduced the Series 8000, a new test system that addresses the need to test multiple RF radios or wireless systems over different propagation paths, simultaneously...

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Signal Hound Introduces New VSG25A Vector Signal Generator

May 22, 2015 10:43 am | by Signal Hound | Comments

Signal Hound, the leader in high-performance, USB-based RF test and measurement products, announced a revolutionary new vector signal generator (VSG) that breaks price barriers. It is USB-powered...

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This Slinky Lookalike 'Hyperlens' Helps Us See Tiny Objects

May 22, 2015 10:30 am | by University of Buffalo | Comments

It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion.  Yet this photonics advancement -- called a metamaterial hyperlens -- doesn't climb down stairs.  Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects.  Described in a research paper...

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Signal Hound Introduces Free Real-Time Digital Modulation Analysis Tools

May 22, 2015 10:18 am | by Signal Hound | Comments

Signal Hound has updated its free Spike™ Spectrum Analysis software by creating a variety of digital modulation analysis tools for its BB60C and BB60A USB-powered real-time spectrum analyzers...

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Freescale and Lansdale Partner to Manufacture Monolithic RF/IF and IF Amplifiers

May 22, 2015 10:04 am | by Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. president, R. Dale Lillard, announced today the continued availability of the ML1350 and ML1490 Integrated circuits(ICs) originally designed and built by Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.  Lansdale has the single-source rights...

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Photos of the Day: IMS2015 Recap

May 22, 2015 9:47 am | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Comments

Today's Photos of the Day recap this year's IMS2015, held at the Phoenix Convention Center from Tuesday, May 19 to Thursday, May 21. Over 900 exhibitors represented the state-of-the-art when it came to materials, devices, components...

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Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed 'Nasty'

May 22, 2015 9:03 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed it "Nasty 1," a play on its catalog name of NaSt1...

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