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Spirent Helps Advance Ultra-High Bandwidth Networking

March 13, 2014 10:08 am | by Spirent Communications | News | Comments

Spirent Communications has announced the launch of the 4-port Spirent dX2 100G test module with support for CFP4 transceiver interfaces. CFP4 refers to the form factor of a new generation of optical transceivers, defined under the CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), supporting the 40 and 100Gbit/s interfaces...

'Ultracold' Molecules Promising for Quantum Computing, Simulation

March 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new type of "ultracold" molecule, using lasers to cool atoms nearly to absolute zero and then gluing them together, a technology that might be applied to quantum computing, precise sensors and advanced simulations."It sounds counterintuitive, but you can use lasers to take away the kinetic energy, resulting in radical cooling..."

Can Material Rivaling Graphene Be Mined out of Rocks?

March 12, 2014 4:31 pm | by Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw | News | Comments

Will one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum disulfide, a compound that occurs naturally in rocks, prove to be better than graphene for electronic applications? There are many signs that might prove to be the case. But physicists have shown that the nature of the phenomena occurring in layered materials are still ill-understood and require further research...

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First Thin Films of Spin Ice Reveal Cold Secrets

March 12, 2014 3:59 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

Thin films of spin ice have been shown to demonstrate surprising properties which could help in the development of applications of magnetricity, the magnetic equivalent of electricity. A team of researchers found that, against expectations, the Third Law of Thermodynamics could be restored in thin films of the magnetic material spin ice...

Quantum Physics Secures New Cryptography Scheme

March 12, 2014 3:51 pm | by Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore | News | Comments

The way we secure digital transactions could soon change. An international team has demonstrated a form of quantum cryptography that can protect people doing business with others they may not know or trust – a situation encountered often on the internet and in everyday life, for example at a bank's ATM...

Photos of the Day: World's First 3D Cloaking Device

March 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that both the cloak and anything beneath it are not there...

Inventor of Web Calls for Digital Bill of Rights

March 12, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful...

California Pushes to Finish Driverless Car Rules

March 12, 2014 10:05 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology — get ahead of a big new development before it goes public. By the end of the year, the Department of Motor Vehicles must write rules to regulate cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving...

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Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

March 11, 2014 8:10 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that both the cloak and anything beneath it are not there...

Bending the Light with a Tiny Chip

March 11, 2014 8:04 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A silicon chip developed by Caltech researchers acts as a lens-free projector--and could one day end up in your cell phone. Imagine that you are in a meeting with coworkers or at a gathering of friends. You pull out your cell phone to show a presentation or a video on YouTube...

Getting Hyperspectral Image Data Down to a Sprint

March 11, 2014 7:55 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Materials of similar appearance can be unambiguously identified by the respective color spectrum. Hyperspectral cameras deliver the requisite spectral data. A new software product can process these vast amounts of data in real time. Cameras with hyperspectral sensors can observe far more than the human eye...

LED Lamps: Less Energy, More Light

March 11, 2014 7:45 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models. The key to success: transistors made of the semiconductor material gallium nitride...

Metallurgical Challenges in Microelectronic 3D IC Packaging Technology

March 11, 2014 7:31 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Mobile hand-held consumer electronic products have a rapid growing market today, witnessed by the popularity of Apple products. Most people make their first contact to internet, not by a PC, rather by a smart phone. The phone is no longer a phone, but it provides various functions...

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California Mulls How to Regulate 'Driverless Cars'

March 11, 2014 12:29 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wading into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely on computers — not people — to drive them. Once the stuff of science fiction, "Driverless cars." On Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto public roads...

Sondrel to Share Expertise at Mentor Graphics Events

March 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Sondrel | News | Comments

Sondrel has announced that it is participating in two Mentor Graphics events in the USA and Israel. Sondrel’s IC design engineers have completed over 200 complex designs in advanced process geometries down to 14nm. The Mentor Graphics User2User Conference...

TIA Submits Comments on Changes to Medicare Policies

March 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has submitted comments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Advance Notice regarding changes to Medicare Advantage capitation rates, and Medicare Part C and D payment policies...

Rubio: U.S. Bandwidth Better Used by Cell Providers

March 11, 2014 10:33 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pitching himself as an ally to Silicon Valley, presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio proposed giving cellphone companies more access to government-controlled airwaves as part of a package of pro-business initiatives he said would create "thousands upon thousands of high-paying jobs..."

SA Leaker Snowden Says Has No Regrets for Leaks

March 11, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he has no regrets about revealing the agency's mass surveillance program. Snowden spoke Monday via live video conference to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival...

South By Southwest: Secrets, Spying, Chef Watson

March 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

FOMO —or the fear of missing out— is a common complaint at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas each year. It's here, after all, that "Girls" creator Lena Dunham spoke on Monday at the same time that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave a teleconferenced talk...

Photos of the Day: Drone Development Restricted

March 11, 2014 10:04 am | by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations...

States Wrestle with Developing, Restricting Drones

March 11, 2014 9:49 am | by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations...

Thinnest-Possible LEDs to be Stronger, More Energy Efficient

March 10, 2014 3:51 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Most modern electronics, from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors, use tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement of electrons. As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy efficient...

2D Material Shows Promise for Optoelectronics

March 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of MIT researchers has used a novel material that's just a few atoms thick to create devices that can harness or emit light. This proof-of-concept could lead to ultrathin, lightweight, and flexible photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and other optoelectronic devices, they say...

Blind Can 'Hear' Colors and Shapes

March 10, 2014 11:28 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

What if you could "hear" colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. At the Center for Human Perception and Cognition, the blind and visually impaired are being offered tools...

Snowden, Assange Top Bill at Texas Tech Gathering

March 10, 2014 11:17 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Surveillance. Online privacy. Robots. Food processing. Wearable computers. To get a sense of what's on the minds of the tech industry's thinkers, leaders and tinkerers, it's a good idea to head to Austin, Texas, rather than Silicon Valley this time of the year...

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