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The World is One Big Dataset

February 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Dan Berkenstock, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and...                             

Xiaomi Selects Three SABIC Materials to Develop Ultra-slim Mi2A Smartphone

February 18, 2014 4:51 pm | by SABIC | News | Comments

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business enabled mobile internet company Xiaomi to develop its Mi2A smartphone that addresses growing consumer requirements such as thinner, more durable walls, and an antenna-integrated frame. Since their inception...

A Stretchable Highway for Light

February 18, 2014 12:38 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

For futuristic applications like wearable body sensors and robotic skin, researchers need to ferry information along flexible routes. Electronics that bend and stretch have become possible in recent years, but similar work in the field of optics – communicating with light instead of electrons – has lagged behind...

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World’s Most Powerful Terahertz Laser Chip

February 18, 2014 11:04 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

University of Leeds researchers have taken the lead in the race to build the world’s most powerful terahertz laser chip. The Institution of Engineering and Technology reports that the team has exceeded a 1 Watt output power from a quantum cascade terahertz laser...

'Pomegranate-inspired' Design Solves Problems for Lithium-ion Batteries

February 18, 2014 10:56 am | by DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

An electrode designed like a pomegranate – with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind – overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, say its inventors. "While a couple of challenges remain, this design brings us closer..."

Nanoelectronics Key to Advances in Renewable Energy

February 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

Nanoscale technology looks promising as a major contributor to advancements needed to fulfill the potential of emerging sources of clean, renewable energy. Progress in the comparatively new area of nanoelectronics in particular could be the basis for new manufacturing processes...

Kickstarter Says Hackers Got Customer Data

February 18, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Online fundraising site Kickstarter says hackers got some of its customer data. Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler said in a blog post that hackers accessed usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. The passwords are encrypted...

NSA: Co-worker Provided a Digital Key to Snowden

February 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A National Security Agency employee resigned from the agency after admitting to federal investigators that he gave former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden a digital key that allowed him to gain access to classified materials, the NSA has told Congress...

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The Next Generation of Flexible Sensors in Printed Electronics

February 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by Dr Guillaume Chansin, Technology Anaylst, IDTechEx | News | Comments

There is a new generation of sensors that are directly printed on flexible plastic substrates. A recent study by IDTechEx has looked at 68 manufacturers of printed sensors worldwide and found that several emerging technologies will offer disruptive new features...

Rice's Carbon Nanotube Fibers Outperform Copper

February 14, 2014 12:46 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

On a pound-per-pound basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice University have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research. While individual nanotubes are capable of transmitting nearly 1,000 times more current than copper...

Photo of the Day: Industry 4.0

February 14, 2014 12:36 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Though it looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film, it will soon become a reality in the production halls of the future: products along the production lines will know where they are, which steps they have already completed, and what they still need to become a finished product...

No Chance for Industrial Pirates and Co.

February 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Though it looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film, it will soon become a reality in the production halls of the future: products along the production lines will know where they are, which steps they have already completed, and what they still need to become a finished product...

Photos of the Day: Bootstrapping Holds the Key to Nuclear Fusion

February 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it...

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Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step in Lab Test

February 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it...

Superconductivity in Orbit: Scientists Find New Path to Loss-Free Electricity

February 13, 2014 5:22 pm | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Armed with just the right atomic arrangements, superconductors allow electricity to flow without loss and radically enhance energy generation, delivery, and storage. Scientists tweak these superconductor recipes by swapping out elements or manipulating the valence electrons in an atom's outermost orbital shell to strike the perfect conductive balance...

Huge US Thermal Plant Opens as Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 12:32 pm | by Brian Skoloff & Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West...

Curbs Shut US Drone Makers Out of Export Markets

February 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Military brass shopping at Asia's biggest defense expo this week have drones high on their to-buy list. But for U.S. manufacturers including General Atomics, which makes the Predator hunter-killer, there's one problem: they can only sell to a few countries because of tight export restrictions...  

Lenovo Profit up 30 Percent on Smartphone Growth

February 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker Lenovo Group reported Thursday that quarterly profit rose 30 percent to a record high on strong smartphone sales and said its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business will accelerate its global expansion. Profit for the three months...

Clever Technology Decodes More Information from Single Photons

February 13, 2014 11:57 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

It's not quite Star Trek communications—yet. But long-distance communications in space may be easier now that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Jet Propulsion Laboratory have designed a clever detector array that can extract more information than usual from single particles of light...

White House Offers Help to Industry on Cyberattack

February 13, 2014 10:23 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Whited House on Wednesday offered to help U.S. businesses protect their computer systems from cyberattacks that President Barack Obama called "one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces." Administration officials warned...

Anritsu Achieves World’s First RF/RRM Test Platform Approval Criteria for LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation

February 12, 2014 3:30 pm | by Anritsu Company | News | Comments

Anritsu Company announced that its ME7873L RF/RRM Conformance Test System has achieved the world’s first Test Platform Approval Criteria for LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation. This industry-leading achievement in the Global Certification Forum enables wireless device manufacturers... 

Operators Facing a ‘Perfect Storm’ of Commercial and Technology Challenges

February 12, 2014 3:25 pm | by Real Wireless | News | Comments

Mobile operators are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of challenges in 2014 according to wireless experts Real Wireless. The independent consultancy is warning that carriers have yet to grasp the scale of technological and commercial challenges that will start to hit in 2014...

Gemalto Enables M2M Connectivity for Telematics Equipment Designer in the US

February 12, 2014 3:21 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto announced it is enabling secure connectivity and long life cycles for a unique customizable fleet management solution for The Morey Corporation (Morey), a leading US telematics hardware designer and manufacturer. Gemalto’s Cinterion line of M2M wireless communication modules and ruggedized machine identification modules...

IAR Systems Offers Free Technical Seminars at Embedded World 2014

February 12, 2014 3:13 pm | by IAR Systems | News | Comments

Offering technical seminars during embedded world has almost become a tradition for IAR Systems. At embedded world 2014, IAR Systems puts full emphasis on the developers’ needs: Within the framework of Focus on Your Code, the company offers a non-stop series of free technical seminars directly at its stand 4-216...

Increased Bandwidth and Reduced SWaP Solutions Highlighted at Singapore Airshow

February 12, 2014 2:52 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity is presenting its solutions for increasing bandwidth and power efficiency while reducing size and weight for aerospace electronics at the Singapore Airshow, Booth # B24, February 11-16, 2014, at the Changi Exhibition Center in Singapore...

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