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Apple: Record 4M Orders of iPhones on 1st Day

September 16, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday...                     

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Water-Based Nuclear Battery Can Be Used to Generate Electrical Energy

September 17, 2014 10:49 am | by University of Missouri new Bureau | Comments

Researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many applications such as a reliable energy source in automobiles and also in complicated applications such as space flight...

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For Electronics Beyond Silicon, a New Contender Emerges

September 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact devices...

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Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 10:13 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their size...

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Photos of the Day: A Promising Light Source for Optoelectronic Chips

September 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators, and detectors — emitters are the toughest to build. One promising light source for optical chips is molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which has excellent optical properties when deposited as a single, atom-thick layer...

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'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing, and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable or wearable electronic devices...

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Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems...                     

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Your Life after Death

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on dealing with dead users. Some states are also considering laws that would automatically give loved ones access to, though not control of, their dead relative's digital accounts, unless otherwise specified...            

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Self-Driving Cars Now Need a Permit in CA

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around...                               

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Sony Forecasts $2B Loss as Smartphones Lag

September 17, 2014 9:28 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | Comments

Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business...                         

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The Future Face of Molecular Electronics

September 17, 2014 9:22 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take on the roles currently played by comparatively-bulky wires, resistors and transistors...

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Photo of the Day: 5 Bridge Technologies in History

September 16, 2014 11:12 am | by Ohio University | Comments

It can be hard to imagine a world without bridges, just getting home from a friend’s house might take several days instead of five minutes, fortunately the ancient Romans stepped up to the plate. Ohio University took a look at the five major bridge...            

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Print Your Own Cell Phone Microscope

September 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Susan Bauer, U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape. Pulling it from the printer, Erikson quickly pops in a tiny glass bead and checks the magnification...               

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Why Lithium Ion Batteries Go Bad

September 16, 2014 10:27 am | by DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Comments

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as...                           

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Reducing Traffic Congestion, Remotely

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

At the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week, MIT researchers received one of the best-paper awards for a new system, dubbed RoadRunner, that uses GPS-style turn-by-turn directions to route drivers around congested...                

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Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' Near San Francisco with Remote-Controlled Robots

September 16, 2014 9:55 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks...                        

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