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Domain Walls in Nanowires Cleverly Set in Motion

April 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz | News | Comments

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of methods of information processing in nanomagnets. Using a new trick, they have been able to induce synchronous motion of the domain walls in a ferromagnetic nanowire...                           

Photos of the Day: Orientation Algorithm for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:42 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The algorithm is primarily intended to aid robots navigating unfamiliar buildings, not motorists navigating unfamiliar cities, but the principle is the same. It works by identifying the dominant orientations in a given scene, which it represents as sets of axes...                

Orienteering for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June, MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that could make it much easier for computers to re-indentify their surroundings...                     

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HotSpot 57: Standardizing The Internet of Things

April 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an enhanced baseball experience with iBeacon technology; driving the adoption of an Internet of Things; LTE Innovation Summit; and who has the better Smart Home: Samsung or Honda?                      

To Bridge LEDs' Green Gap, Scientists Think Small

April 4, 2014 10:19 am | by Margie Wylie, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the "green gap," a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown...                    

China Could Lead the Way with the Smart Home

April 3, 2014 5:06 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them, and they told me that they had ...

Chemicals Not in Your Line of Sight? RFID Gives You a Clear View

April 1, 2014 12:22 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Articles | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying, and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff monitor every chemical that enters and exits your facility...

Supreme Court Could Limit Software Patents

April 1, 2014 9:29 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question Monday as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software...                    

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Hotspot Episode 56: Remote-Controlled, Fire-Breathing Dragon

March 31, 2014 10:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a Smart Mat that is force sensitive and connects to the Internet of Things; Mark Zuckerberg announces Connectivity Lab; Ducati and Dainese collaborate on a motorcycle jacket equipped with airbags; and a remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon...                           

Photo of the Day: Perovskite Solar Cells

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A relatively new type of solar cell based on a perovskite material - named for scientist Lev Perovski, who first discovered materials with this structure in the Ural Mountains in the 19th century - was recently pioneered by an Oxford research team led by Professor Henry Snaith...                          

Revolutionary Solar Cells Double as Lasers

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Commercial silicon-based solar cells - such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country - operate at about 20 percent efficiency for converting the Sun's rays into electrical energy. It's taken over 20 years to achieve that rate of efficiency...           

Rainbow-Catching Waveguide could Revolutionize Energy Technologies

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Cory Nealon, University of Buffalo | News | Comments

More efficient photovoltaic cells. Improved radar and stealth technology. A new way to recycle waste heat generated by machines into energy...                       

Heat-Conducting Polymer Cools Hot Electronic Devices at 200°C

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Polymer materials are usually thermal insulators. But by harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer...          

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2018 Mission: Mars Rover Prototype Unveiled in UK

March 28, 2014 11:13 am | by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars...                                         

Top Three Reed Switch No-No's

March 26, 2014 5:09 pm | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Blogs | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch...                        

Managing Renewables Intelligently

March 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Kurt Rohrig | News | Comments

Experts have already conducted a test showing that this setup does indeed work reliably in practice, having combined numerous wind parks, biogas and photovoltaic facilities delivering a total output of over 80 MW in a virtual combined-cycle power plant. Because small providers work together...                    

Photo of the Day: RoboClam

March 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent, RoboClam | News | Comments

In addition to anchoring underwater vehicles and detonating mines, the RoboClam could also be used to lay underwater cables...                                                       

Robot Builds on Insights into Atlantic Razor Clam Dynamics

March 25, 2014 11:26 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent, RoboClam | News | Comments

The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam...                           

HotSpot Episode 55: Space Sunflower Snaps Pictures of Space

March 24, 2014 1:54 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, changing everything mobile; a mobile headset and smartwatch rolled into one; a computer system that spots fake expressions of pain; and a space sunflower...                     

Engineers Design ‘Living Materials’

March 24, 2014 11:41 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors...                

Photo of the Day: Hybrid Materials Conduct Electricity for Diagnostic Sensors

March 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

These hybrid materials could be worth exploring for use in energy applications such as batteries and solar cells...                                      

Experiment Opens the Door to Multi-Party Quantum Communication

March 24, 2014 11:25 am | by Nick Manning, University of Waterloo | News | Comments

In the world of quantum science, Alice and Bob have been talking to one another for years. Charlie joined the conversation a few years ago, but now with space-like separation, scientists have...                   

Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

March 24, 2014 10:32 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change...                                 

Police Keep Quiet about Cell-Tracking Technology

March 24, 2014 10:28 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do...                       

Discovery of New Semiconductor Holds Promise for 2D Physics and Electronics

March 21, 2014 11:58 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

From super-lubricants, to solar cells, to the fledgling technology of valleytronics, there is much to be excited about with the discovery of a unique new two-dimensional semiconductor, rhenium disulfide, by researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry...         

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