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Third Year of Virtual Power Forum with Largest Technical Offering Yet

September 13, 2012 5:12 am | Comments

The stroke of midnight EST on September 19, 2012 will mark the start of the third annual Power Forum , presented by Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc . This year's Power Forum promises to be the best yet, offering more than 30 online, on-demand webinars focused on helping design engineers with everything from choosing the right device, to decreasing noise to reducing overall engineering time.


Needle Beam Could Eliminate Signal Loss in On-chip Optics

September 12, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

An international, Harvard-led team of researchers have demonstrated a new type of light beam that propagates without spreading outwards, remaining very narrow and controlled along an unprecedented distance. This "needle beam," as the team calls it, could greatly reduce signal loss for on-chip optical systems and may eventually assist the development of a new class of powerful microprocessors.


Serious Games Could Be Integrated Into Surgical Training Subject to Validation

September 12, 2012 7:00 am | Comments

Serious gaming can be used to enhance surgical skills, but games developed or used to train medical professionals need to be validated before they are integrated into teaching methods, according to a paper in the October issue of the surgical journal BJS . Researchers from The Netherlands reviewed 25 research studies covering 30 serious games published between 1995 and 2012.


Team Induces High-temperature Superconductivity in a Semiconductor with Scotch Tape

September 12, 2012 6:57 am | Comments

An international team led by University of Toronto physicists has developed a simple new technique using Scotch poster tape that has enabled them to induce high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor for the first time. The method paves the way for novel new devices that could be used in quantum computing and to improve energy efficiency.


Pear, Pear, Pear, Apple!

September 12, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

Fans wanting to learn more about the Apple iPhone 5 event today can check out a live blog that has been started. Appleites will be able to find out all the tidbits from Apple's press event; which begins at 1 PM EST today. The blog is posted at Gather, and will have live updates for information like features, the iPhone 5 release date , pre-order information, the iPhone 5 price, and any other new devices Apple launches.


Penn Researchers Make First All-optical Nanowire Switch

September 12, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Computers may be getting faster every year, but those advances in computer speed could be dwarfed if their 1’s and 0’s were represented by bursts of light, instead of electricity. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made an important advance in this frontier of photonics, fashioning the first all-optical photonic switch out of cadmium sulfide nanowires.


Clearer Look at How Iron Reacts in the Environment

September 12, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

Using ultrafast X-rays, scientists for the first time have watched how quickly electrons hop their way through rust nanoparticles. This gives key insight to how iron oxide, one of the most abundant minerals in soil, behaves and alters the condition of soil and water around it. This also demonstrates the potential of time-resolved X-ray and optical methods to study chemical reactions at the subnanoscale in other semiconductors.


Dartmouth Research Imparts Momentum to Mobile Health

September 12, 2012 5:15 am | Comments

Bracelets and amulets are in the works at Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology, and Society . Rather than items of mere adornment, the scientists and engineers are constructing personal mobile health (mHealth) devices—highly functional jewelry, as it were. mHealth is a rapidly growing field where technology helps you or your physician monitor your health through mobile devices.


Researchers Craft Program to Stop Cloud Computer Problems Before They Start

September 12, 2012 5:13 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new software tool to prevent performance disruptions in cloud computing systems by automatically identifying and responding to potential anomalies before they can develop into problems. Cloud computing enables users to create multiple “virtual machines” that operate independently, even though they are all operating on one large computing platform.


Invisible QR Codes Tackle Counterfeit Bank Notes

September 12, 2012 5:11 am | Comments

An invisible quick response (QR) code has been created by researchers in an attempt to increase security on printed documents and reduce the possibility of counterfeiting, a problem which costs governments and private industries billions of pounds each year. Publishing their research today, 12 September, in IOP Publishing's journal Nanotechnology , the researchers from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology believe the new style of QR code could also be used to authenticate virtually any solid object.


Perfecting Email Security

September 12, 2012 4:58 am | Comments

Millions of us send billions of emails back and forth each day without much concern for their security. On the whole, security is not a primary concern for most day-to-day emails, but some emails do contain personal, proprietary and sensitive information, documents, media, photos, videos and sound files.


Less Wear, Longer Life for Memory Storage Device

September 12, 2012 4:57 am | Comments

Probe storage devices read and write data by making nanoscale marks on a surface through physical contact. The technology may one day extend the data density limits of conventional magnetic and optical storage, but current probes have limited lifespans due to mechanical wear. A research team, led by Intel Corp.


Wattvision Is the Speedometer of Your Home Energy Usage

September 10, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

  Wattvision 2 links directly to your power meter – analog or digital – and sends your home’s energy data straight to its servers. The company’s open API allows for direct access through a smartphone app or on your laptop through the Internet. Sorted into real-time charts, the data will allow users to monitor their power usage by honing in on specific appliances to see how much energy they use.


Apple Working On Pandora-Like Service

September 10, 2012 5:58 am | by The music service from Apple would supposedly work with all Apple’s existing products. It would operate similarly to Pandora in that users could select a musician they like and a station would play songs by similar artists. | Comments

We know Apple is vehemently against being copied, but the iPhone maker might be taking a page out of Pandora ‘s playbook. It may be, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal , creating a similar service. The WSJ article says Apple is attempting to negotiate its own licensing deals with record companies as opposed to the government-set rates paid by Pandora.


Tracking School Children With RFID Tags? It’s All About the Benjamins

September 10, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Student body ID cards with RFID-embedded chips. Image: Northside Independent School District Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock , a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.



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