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Researchers Invent 'Meta Mirror' to Help Advance Nonlinear Optical Systems

July 2, 2014 3:54 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that could one day enable the miniaturization of laser systems. The invention, called a "nonlinear mirror" by the researchers...

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Hollow Optical Fibers for UV Light

July 2, 2014 3:43 pm | by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) | Comments

New optical waveguides improve precision investigations in physics, chemistry and life sciences If you want to send light on a trip through optical fibers - with as little loss as possible, you should opt for infrared light, as is the case, for example, in the telecommunication networks worldwide...

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Toward a New Way to Keep Electronics from Overheating

July 2, 2014 3:32 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Computer technology has transformed the way we live, but as consumers expect ever more from their devices at faster speeds, personal computers as well as larger electronic systems can overheat. This can cause them to slow down, or worse, completely shut down...

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Researchers Develop ‘Encore’ to Monitor Web Access

July 2, 2014 3:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool to monitor the accessibility of Web pages around the world that can be installed by adding a single line of code to a web page. The tool, Encore, runs when a user visits a website where the code is installed and then discreetly collects data from potentially censored sites...

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Research Could Lead to Dramatic Data Farm Energy Savings

July 2, 2014 3:27 pm | by Washington State University | Comments

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science...

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Superconducting-Silicon Qubits

July 2, 2014 3:22 pm | by Joint Quantum Institute | Comments

Theorists propose a way to make superconducting quantum devices such as Josephson junctions and qubits, atom-by-atom, inside a silicon crystal. Such systems could combine the most promising aspects of silicon spin qubits with the flexibility of superconducting circuits...

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Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

July 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses...

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NASA Launches Carbon Satellite after 2009 Failure

July 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base along the central California coast and sped toward low-Earth orbit...

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US Board: NSA's Internet Monitoring Is Legal

July 2, 2014 12:12 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States are constitutional and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found...

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Review: Android Wear Is about Simplifying Future

July 2, 2014 10:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some things that Android Wear can't...

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Audit Shows Problems at Samsung Suppliers in China

July 2, 2014 10:13 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours. Samsung Electronics Co. released the findings covering 100 of the company's Chinese suppliers...  

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Drone Access to US Skies Faces Significant Hurdles

July 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The federal effort to provide drones regular access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will not meet a September 2015 deadline set by Congress, a government watchdog said Monday. Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out...  

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Engineers Create Internet-of-Things Solutions in Newest Challenge

July 2, 2014 9:26 am | by element14 | Comments

element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the new “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation...

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NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

July 2, 2014 9:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

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