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Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

October 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption ...                                   

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DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:13 am | by DARPA | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records have recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or ...                          

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Infographic: 6 Engineering Inventions that Connect Us All

October 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Ohio University: Russ College of Engineering and Technology | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world ...                 

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Answering the Call for Affordable, Simpler Device Manufacturing

October 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Joe Wang, University of California, San Diego | Comments

What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim ...                 

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Improving Communication with Man's Best Friend

October 31, 2014 9:39 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets ...                   

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VPG and ES Components Realign Relationship With Focus on High-Reliability, High-Temperature Resistors

October 30, 2014 5:52 pm | by Vishay Precision Group, ES Components | Comments

Vishay Precision Group and ES Components have announced that the two companies have realigned their relationship to focus on meeting the increased demand for high-reliability, high-temperature resistors. Under the new agreement, ES Components ...

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UK Spies Get Bulk Access to NSA Data

October 30, 2014 11:04 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday ...

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Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

October 30, 2014 10:46 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay ...                                  

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On the Run: Continuous ECG Surveillance of Marathon Athletes

October 30, 2014 10:36 am | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

The condition of an athlete's heart has for the first time been accurately monitored throughout the duration of a marathon race. The real-time monitoring was achieved by continuous electrocardiogram surveillance and ...    

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Infographic: Security of Cloud Services

October 30, 2014 9:48 am | by NJIT | Comments

With the recent security breaches involving the cloud, consumers are naturally concerned about the privacy and security of information stored there. Though the cloud offers a easy-to-use solution for data storage, it comes with the inherent risks involved in storing information outside of your own hard drive ...

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Prototype EV Powered by Radio Frequency Transmission Demonstrated

October 29, 2014 4:07 pm | by Stu Robarts, Gizmag | Comments

Two issues preventing the widespread uptake of electric vehicles are recharging time and lack of range. Now, scientists have shown one potential means of negating these issues. Their demonstration of electric power transfer via the car-wheel is claimed as the world's first ... 

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Surgical Device Improves Targeting of Radiation Therapy When Treating Breast Cancer

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Focal Therapeutics, Inc. | Comments

A new surgical device enables breast cancer patients to be treated with dramatically improved targeting (precision) of radiation when being treated for breast cancer. Findings were presented at the 18th SIS World Congress on Breast Healthcare. The congress was ...

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Photos of the Day: MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

October 29, 2014 11:49 am | Comments

A team of students at MIT is busy working on a prototype device that could eliminate much of that demand, and they’re doing it by asking one compelling question: Why not just heat and cool our bodies instead? The Wristify prototype is a personal climate-controlling wearable ... 

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MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

October 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Kyle Vanhemert | Comments

Keeping indoor spaces at comfortable temperatures requires a huge amount of electricity–especially in sweltering climates like India and Brazil–and in the U.S. alone it accounts for a full 16.5 percent of energy use. All of that adds up to a big problem. At a point when humans need to take a sober look at our energy use ... 

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Helping General Electric Upgrade the US Power Grid

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract with the ... 

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