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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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Israeli's Chemical Scanner Could Change Shopping

July 6, 2014 10:13 pm | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications...

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BlackBerry Sells Its German-Based R&D Assets

July 6, 2014 9:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards. The companies said Thursday that the deal will shift about 200 BlackBerry employees...

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Review: Evolutionary Advances in New Smartwatches

July 6, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either. Samsung's Gear Live and LG's G Watch are good products and will appeal to those who like to be among the first to own new gadgets...

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The Connected Car? Audi Has It in the 2015 A3

July 6, 2014 9:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | Comments

After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi's new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable with a new group of customers — young millenials. The A3 is revamped as an early 2015 model with new, attractive styling inside and out...

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Photos of the Day: OCO-2 Lifts Off

July 2, 2014 4:10 pm | by NASA | Comments

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere. The hexagonal spacecraft is about 6 feet long and ...

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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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