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Autonomous RoboBoats Navigate International Competition

August 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition held July 13 in Virginia Beach ...

Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

LEDs Made From 'Wonder Material' Perovskite

August 6, 2014 10:38 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of ...

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Examining the Inner Workings of Supercapacitors

August 6, 2014 10:34 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of chemists from New York University and the University of Cambridge has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Their technique, based on ...

Samsung, Apple Agree to Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 10:23 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest makers of smartphones. However, Samsung Electronics said ...

Diamond Defect Interior Design

August 5, 2014 9:03 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. Physicists and his colleagues study a technologically useful diamond defect...

Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec to Make More Deals

August 5, 2014 8:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market. Margaret "Peggy" Johnson will serve as Microsoft Corp.'s executive vice president of business development...

Light Pulses Control Graphene's Electrical Behavior

August 4, 2014 5:52 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Graphene, an ultrathin form of carbon with exceptional electrical, optical, and mechanical properties, has become a focus of research on a variety of potential uses. Now researchers at MIT have found a way to control how the ...  

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Bottling Up Sound Waves

August 4, 2014 5:31 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

There’s a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential applications, including advanced ultrasonic imaging and therapy, and acoustic cloaking, levitation and particle manipulation. Researchers have developed a technique for generating acoustic bottles...

No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel IoT Reality

August 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature changes...

Minuscule Chips for NMR Spectroscopy Promise Portability, Parallelization

August 4, 2014 5:18 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A team of engineers have created a truly portable device for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). NMR spectroscopy is a technique that perturbs protons within a molecule to glean important clues about its structure. It can identify unknown substances, detect very slight variations...

Nanoscale Details of Electrochemical Reactions in EV Battery Materials

August 4, 2014 11:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have revealed new insight into why fast charging inhibits this material's performance...

On-Chip Topological Light

August 4, 2014 11:04 am | by Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

Topological transport of light is the photonic analog of topological electron flow in certain semiconductors. In the electron case, the current flows around the edge of the material but not through the bulk. It is "topological" in that even if electrons encounter impurities in the material the electrons will continue to flow without losing energy.

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Keysight Technologies Begins Operations

August 4, 2014 10:53 am | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced the electronic measurement business of Agilent Technologies has begun operating under the Keysight name. It will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent Technologies until early November when the separation is expected...

'Wetting' a Battery's Appetite for Renewable Energy Storage

August 4, 2014 10:49 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Sun, wind and other renewable energy sources could make up a larger portion of the electricity America consumes if better batteries could be built to store the intermittent energy for cloudy, windless days. Now a new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts...

MRI Technique for Peeking Inside Battery-Like Devices

August 4, 2014 10:43 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of chemists has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Their technique, based on magnetic resonance imaging...

Microsoft Sues Samsung in Royalty Dispute

August 4, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system. The two companies came to a deal in September 2011 to cross-license each other's patent portfolios...

Pressure Probing Potential Photoelectronic Manufacturing Compound

July 31, 2014 12:40 pm | by Carnegie Institution | News | Comments

Molybdenum disulfide is a compound often used in dry lubricants and in petroleum refining. Its semiconducting ability and similarity to the carbon-based graphene makes molybdenum disulfide of interest to scientists as a possible candidate for use in the manufacture of electronics, particularly photoelectronics...

A Market for Emotions

July 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Emotions can be powerful for individuals. But they’re also powerful tools for content creators, such as advertisers, marketers, and filmmakers. By tracking people’s negative or positive feelings toward ads — via traditional surveys and focus groups — agencies can tweak and tailor their content to better satisfy consumers...

Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

July 31, 2014 10:46 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

A new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail vehicles before it’s too late and service trains only when they need it – all thanks to a cloud-supported, wireless network of sensors ...   

An Open-Source, Device-to-Cloud Solution for Tomorrow’s Connected Applications

July 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Sierra Wireless | Articles | Comments

The explosive growth in the “Internet of Everything” holds enormous potential. Modern machine-to-machine (M2M) technology can provide more processing power and intelligence at the edge than ever before, and support more complex and powerful connected applications...

All-in-One Energy System Offers Greener Power

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. The small-scale combined cooling, heat and power system has been designed to provide dependable electricity...

Spin-Based Electronics: New Material Successfully Tested

July 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials...

Photo of the Day: Can Your Thermally Conductive Epoxy Do This?

July 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Master Bond | News | Comments

Master Bond’s Supreme 10AOHT-LO features high peel and shear strengths, superior electrical insulation properties and a thermal conductivity of 9-10 BTU/in/ft²/hr/°F. It has a service temperature range of 4K to +400°F. This one part system is resistant to impact, thermal shock, vibration...

Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

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