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Photo of the Day: The Growth of Engineering

March 13, 2014 6:56 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

Over the last several years, there has been a tremendous focus on the creation of opportunities for those in the engineering and science fields, and according to a survey by TE Connectivity, it seems to be paying off...

Nanoscale Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

March 13, 2014 6:48 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles. The new optical device can turn on and off trillions of times per second...

Heat-Based Technique Offers New Way to Measure Microscopic Particles

March 13, 2014 2:30 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new heat-based technique for counting and measuring the size of microscopic particles. The technique is less expensive than light-based techniques and can be used on a wider array of materials than electricity-based techniques...

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Graphene-Metal Sandwich Improves Electronics

March 13, 2014 2:20 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” strongly enhances the heat conducting properties of copper, a discovery that could further help in the downscaling of electronics. In the experiments, the researchers found that adding a layer of graphene...

Photos of the Day: Quick, Autonomous Robotic Fish

March 13, 2014 11:02 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Soft robots — which don't just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot...

Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing

March 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Soft robots — which don't just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot...

Apple iPhone Chemicals Under Fire

March 13, 2014 10:17 am | by Michael LiedtkeI, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The campaign began Wednesday with an online petition...

'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..."

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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