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Catalysts for Hydrogen Fuel Cells Synthesized in Microwave Oven

October 15, 2014 10:01 am | by Umeå University | News | Comments

The world’s rapidly growing demand for energy and the requirement of sustainable energy production calls for an urgent change in today’s fossil fuel based energy system. Research groups worldwide work intensively to develop novel advanced energy conversion and storage systems...

NTU Develops Ultra-Fast Charging Batteries that Last 20 Years

October 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Nanyang Technology University | News | Comments

Scientists at Nanyang Technology University have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes. The new generation batteries also have a long lifespan of over 20 years, more than 10 times compared to existing lithium-ion batteries...

Future Computers Could be Built from Magnetic 'Tornadoes'

October 15, 2014 9:20 am | by The University of Sheffield | News | Comments

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take on the role of a computer's central processing unit...

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Can it Be Real? Augmented Reality Melds Work, Play

October 14, 2014 9:55 am | by BY SALIM ESSAID, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A new set of Epson Moverio B200 glasses allow an entire world of virtual characters, objects, and structures to overlay and interact with users' real environment through so-called "augmented reality...                             

Review: Music Player Learns Your Tastes Over Time

October 14, 2014 9:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you're in the mood for...               

Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America

October 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Department of Defense News | News | Comments

The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's...                                  

Sandia Invents Sensor to Make a Better Prosthesis

October 14, 2014 8:54 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution. The national Amputee Coalition says nearly 2...    

TE Connectivity Completes Acquisition of Measurement Specialties

October 13, 2014 5:30 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Measurement Specialties, Inc. Measurement Specialties offers a broad portfolio of sensor technologies including pressure, vibration, force, temperature, humidity, ultrasonics, position, and fluid for a wide range of applications and industries...

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TIA Submits Cybersecurity Framework Comments to NIST

October 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in response to its public request for input on awareness and initial experiences with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework...

Keysight Supports USB 2.0 Connector and Cable Assembly

October 13, 2014 1:04 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced the availability of its Method of Implementation (MOI) document for USB 2.0 connector and cable assembly compliance testing using the ENA Series network analyzer’s enhanced time domain analysis option...

Diablo Technologies Comments on Latest Motion Filed by Netlist

October 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by Diablo Technologies | News | Comments

Diablo Technologies today commented on the announcement that Netlist has filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the company and its technology partner SanDisk, in an attempt to impede the manufacture and sale of the ULLtraDIMM product...

Australian Teams Set New Records for Silicon Quantum Computing

October 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by University of New South Wales Australia | News | Comments

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realization of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" – the building blocks for quantum computers – that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99%...

A Novel Platform for Future Spintronic Technologies

October 13, 2014 11:44 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of technology where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than their charge. The field can bring significant advantages to computer technology, combining higher speeds with lower energy consumption. Spintronic circuits need ways to control electron spin without interference from electron charge...

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Getting Sharp Images from Dull Detectors

October 13, 2014 11:28 am | by Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

In a new experiment, Migdall and his JQI colleagues perform an experiment using incoherent light where the light is a jumble of waves. They use what Migdall calls “stupid” detectors that, when counting the number of photons in a light pulse, can really only count up to zero, as anything more than zero befuddles these detectors and is considered a number that is known only to be more than zero...

Photos of the Day: Setting a Speed Record for Molecular Fluorescence

October 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

When fluorescent molecules are placed near intensified light, the molecules emit photons at a faster rate through an effect called Purcell enhancement. The researchers found they could achieve a significant speed improvement by placing fluorescent molecules in a gap between the nanocubes and a thin film of gold...           

'Smart' Lithium-Ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

October 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones...                  

Revving Up Fluorescence for Superfast LEDs

October 13, 2014 10:39 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal -- setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing super-fast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography...           

Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

October 13, 2014 10:34 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords...                           

Banks Harvest Callers' Voiceprints to Fight Fraud

October 13, 2014 10:25 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., use voice screening, also known as voice biometric blacklists, according to three people familiar with the arrangements, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the system was meant to remain secret...                   

Tailored Flexible Illusion Coatings Hide Objects from Detection

October 13, 2014 10:24 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

The researchers take the object they want cloaked and surround it with a spacer, either air or foam. They then apply the ultrathin layer of dielectric with copper patterning designed for the wavelengths they wish to cloak. In this way, antennae and sensors could be made invisible or deceptive to remote inspection...          

QuickLogic Partners with Peel to Embed SmartIR Technology into Sensor Hub Solutions

October 10, 2014 2:38 pm | by QuickLogic Corporation | News | Comments

QuickLogic CorporationQuickLogic Corporation announced that it will embed SmartIR technology from smart home control leader Peel into its sensor hub solutions. The partnership will enable smartphones, tablets and wearable devices using QuickLogic’s revolutionary ArcticLink 3 S2 platform...

Aruba Networks Selected for Wi-Fi Alliance Passpoint Test Bed

October 10, 2014 2:33 pm | by Aruba Networks | News | Comments

Aruba Networks announced that its wireless LAN products have been selected by the Wi-Fi Alliance for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint test bed. The new capabilities in Passpoint include a streamlined process for establishing new user accounts, the ability to provision devices with appropriate security credentials...

GE Eyes Growth By Linking Machines, People, Data

October 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Nobody wants to be late. But at a busy airline hub like Atlanta or Chicago, even a brief delay in aircraft arrival can result in missed connections and cascade into a major inconvenience. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that ...

Sensor Uses Radio Waves to Detect Subtle Changes in Pressure

October 10, 2014 1:14 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a wireless pressure sensor that has already been used to measure brain pressure in lab mice with brain injuries. The underlying technology has such broad potential that it could one day be used to create skin-like materials that can sense pressure, leading to prosthetic devices...

Miniature Camera May Lead to Fewer Accidents

October 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

All too often, a driver has only fractions of a second to decide when facing a potential car accident: A brief moment of distraction, overtiredness or inattention – there are several reasons why the number of accidents in Germany is high, on the autobahns most of all. According to data from the Federal Statistical Office...

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