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Step Closer to a Photonic Future

February 19, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons – that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods that make them difficult and expensive to manufacture...

Making Nanoelectronics Last Longer for Medical Devices, 'Cyborgs'

February 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The debut of cyborgs who are part human and part machine may be a long way off, but researchers say they now may be getting closer. In a study published in ACS' journal Nano Letters, they report development of a coating that makes nanoelectronics much more stable in conditions mimicking those in the human body...

Advance in Energy Storage Could Speed up Development of Next-Gen Electronics

February 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Electronics are getting smaller all the time, but there's a limit to how tiny they can get with today's materials. Researchers now say, however, that they have developed a way to shrink capacitors — key components that store energy — even further, which could accelerate the development...

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Better Cache Management Could Improve Chip Performance, Cut Energy Use

February 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip, and between chips and main memory, has to travel just as far. As transistors get faster, the cost of moving data becomes, proportionally, a more severe limitation...

New Study Reveals Communications Potential of Graphene

February 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Providing secure wireless connections and improving the efficiency of communication devices could be another application for graphene, as demonstrated by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and the Cambridge Graphene Centre. Often touted as a wonder material...

Photos of the Day: Energetic, Implantable Microbatteries Track Salmon

February 19, 2014 10:41 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The battery, a cylinder just slightly larger than a long grain of rice...

A Battery Small Enough to be Injected, Energetic Enough to Track Salmon

February 19, 2014 10:34 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The battery, a cylinder just slightly larger than a long grain of rice...

China Investigating Qualcomm, InterDigital

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Regulators are investigating whether U.S. technology companies Qualcomm and InterDigital violated China's anti-monopoly law by charging excessive fees for patent licenses, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Regulators began separate investigations of the two companies...

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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...

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..."

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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...

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...

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...  

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