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Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast

July 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have clocked their speed—and it's fast...

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Target Debuts an Image-Recognition Shopping App

July 23, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology. Starting this month, the app, called "In a Snap," will recognize images...

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Amazon Fire Offers New Ways to Use Phones

July 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone...

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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

July 23, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach...

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Stanford Team Aims to Improve Storage in Batteries

July 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Tucked in a small laboratory at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a team of engineers and scientists from the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: move beyond today's lithium-ion to create a battery five times better than those we use now...

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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

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Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 23, 2014 10:00 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

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'Comb on a Chip' Powers New Atomic Clock Design

July 22, 2014 3:28 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and California Institute of Technology have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb. The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica...

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Low Cost Technique Improves Properties and Functions of Nanomaterials

July 22, 2014 3:17 pm | by National University of Singapore | Comments

The challenges faced by researchers in modifying properties of nanomaterials for application in devices may be addressed by a simple technique, thanks to recent innovative studies conducted by scientists from the National University of Singapore. Through the use of a simple, efficient and low cost technique...

Fly-Inspired Sound Detector

July 22, 2014 3:10 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among other arthropods for its cruelty -- at least to crickets. Native to the southeastern U.S. states and Central America, the fly is a most predatory sort of parasite...

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A New Multi-Bit 'Spin' for MRAM Storage

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology...

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Creating Optical Cables out of Thin Air

July 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by University of Maryland | Comments

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do. Milchberg and his lab reported using an "air waveguide..."

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Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells...

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Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices Settle Outstanding Litigation

July 22, 2014 12:07 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies. The two parties have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. Specific financial terms of the agreement remain confidential...

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GreenPeak Technologies’ Smart Home Chips Support New Networking Protocols

July 22, 2014 12:05 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has recognized Thread’s entry in the family of protocols based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. GreenPeak’s family of patented multi-stack low-power radio chips has been developed to simultaneously support different wireless networking protocols. The family of GP71x chips today supports...

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