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Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Designing Composite Materials in Supercomputer Virtual Labs

December 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Rebecca Caygill, University College London | News | Comments

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error ...     

Photos of the Day: Writting Graphene Microsupercapacitors with a Laser

December 10, 2014 10:25 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Under a microscope, what the researchers call laser-induced graphene (LIG) doesn't look like a perfect chicken wire-like grid of atoms. Instead, it's a jumble of interconnected graphene flakes with five-, six- and seven-atom rings ...                

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Laser-Induced Graphene for Energy Storage & Electronics

December 10, 2014 10:24 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and controlled environments, and it makes graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage ...

'Make An Offer' Service Now Available on Amazon

December 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

Design Engineer Reveals Robotic Dress at Fashion Show

December 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Jonathan Bloom | News | Comments

Wearable technology is about to get more wearable if some determined designers have their say.When design engineer Bruce Bateman makes a fashion statement, elegant may not be the first word that comes to mind. "I'm the wearable guy, actually I carry about ...

Isola Completes Testing of Laminate Materials for Conductive Anodic Filament Resistance

December 9, 2014 3:20 pm | News | Comments

Isola Group S.à r.l., has announced the successful completion of Class 2 testing of laminate materials for Conductive Anodic Filament (CAF) resistance; the laminate materials were constructed with glass fabric woven at Isola Fabrics, a subsidiary of Isola Group S.à r.l ...                       

Enterprise Cloud Communication Enabler CLX Wins EE Partner Award for Excellence in Service & Innovation

December 9, 2014 3:15 pm | by CLX Networks | News | Comments

CLX Networks, the global leader in enterprise messaging and recently awarded fastest revenue grower of the year, has won an EE Gold Standard award for Excellence – recognizing work that shows 'exceptional service and innovation' ...                    

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PicoScope Breaks the 100,000 Waveforms per Second Barrier

December 9, 2014 3:00 pm | by PicoScope | News | Comments

The latest release of the PicoScope 6 software for PC oscilloscopes has a greatly improved continuous update rate of over 100,000 waveforms per second. This is faster than any other PC oscilloscope, and beats many expensive benchtop oscilloscopes too ...            

‘Ultra-Low-Power’ System-on-Chip Solution for Long-range Internet of Things Connectivity

December 9, 2014 2:51 pm | by AXSEM | News | Comments

AXSEM has announced that AXSEM’s system-on-chip (SoC) with an AX8052 microcontroller has been certified SIGFOX Ready for two-way connectivity ...                              

AT&T Joins EUBrasil

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by AT&T, EUBrasil Association | News | Comments

AT&T has joined the EUBrasil Association as a business member. The company will take part in the Association’s events and activities, and have a representative to EUBrasil’s Board of Directors ...                             

IAR Systems Reinforces Development for the MSP430 Community

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by IAR Systems | News | Comments

IAR Systems releases a new version of its leading development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for the MSP430 core from Texas Instruments. The new release adds new features as well as support for the latest MSP430 FRAM-based microcontrollers ...                       

Keysight Technologies Receives 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership in Instrumentation Software

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced that Frost & Sullivan has recognized Keysight with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership in Instrumentation Software for excellence in capturing the ...                         

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RFEL Awarded Follow on Research & Development Contract by European Space Agency

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by RFEL | News | Comments

RFEL has announced details of a second, follow on research and development contract awarded by European Space Agency, and in collaboration with other European partners ...                            

Mouser Announces Expanded Partnership and Portfolio with Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by Mouser, Analog Devices, Hittite Microwave | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics has announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership and worldwide distribution agreement with Analog Devices to include ADI's recently acquired RF and microwave products from Hittite Microwave - marketed as "Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices ...           

Cypress’s New Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions Earn Bluetooth 4.1 Qualification

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by Cypress Semiconductors | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced its new highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth Low Energy solutions have achieved Bluetooth qualification. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group awarded specification 4.1 qualification to Cypress’s Link Layer component ...                

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

New Sensor Wirelessly Detects Hazardous Chemicals

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone ...                                       

Photos of the Day: Medical Imaging Scanner to Detec Spacesuit Flaws

December 9, 2014 10:50 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA hopes the advanced imaging equipment in the lab, including a CT scanner attached to a robotic arm, can help it create 3D pictures of its spacesuits that can be used to better diagnose malfunctions that might happen in the future ...                      

Advanced Imaging Equipment to Diagnose Spacesuit Malfunctions

December 9, 2014 10:48 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient. The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought innovative ways to pinpoint problems with its spacesuits in the wake of an Italian astronaut nearly drowning ...                  

Exclusive Interview with Mythbusters Star Grant Imahara

December 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Videos | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara from Mythbusters at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame is teaming up with the global distributor on an exciting new Empowering Innovation Together campaign. Together Mouser and Mr. Imahara will invite ... 

Volvo Introduces the World’s Most Powerful and Cleanest SUV

December 8, 2014 12:56 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even ... 

Pattern-Recognition Systems Convey What They Learn to Humans

December 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, MIT researchers present a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information ... 

Carrying Current with No Energy Loss

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Karen McNulty Walsh, DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors ...                 

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