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New Formulation Leads to Improved Liquid Battery

September 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A physical model of the liquid metal battery at room temperature, in a glass container. The bottom layer is the positive electrode. In the real battery this is an alloy of antimony and lead, represented here by mercury. The middle layer is the electrolyte — in reality, a mixed molten salt; here, a solution of salt in water...

Big Data Is Better Data

September 24, 2014 10:05 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning — and human knowledge ...       

Inrad Optics Receives SBIR Phase III for Fast Neutron Detection

September 24, 2014 9:18 am | by Inrad Optics | News | Comments

Inrad Optics announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III contract from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office of the US Department of Homeland Security to support continued development of neutron detection materials...

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Photo of the Day: 'Bendy' LEDs

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

"Bendy" light-emitting diode displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials...

Bendable Optoelectronics One Step Closer to Reality

September 23, 2014 4:23 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

"Bendy" light-emitting diode displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials...

Future Flexible Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

September 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new method to improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on carbon nanotubes (CNT), a semiconductor ...  

LEGO-Like Components Simplify Building 3D 'Labs-on-a-Chip'

September 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic systems ...

Photos of the Day: Robots Given Unprecedented Dexterity

September 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

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Graphene Imperfections Key to Creating Hypersensitive 'Electronic Nose'

September 22, 2014 5:01 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times...

Start-Up Expert Becomes New CEO of EnOcean

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | by EnOcean | News | Comments

EnOcean today announced the appointment of Dr. Wald Siskens as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this position, he will further develop EnOcean’s business in line with the company’s long-term growth strategy for the core markets of building automation and smart home...

GelSight Tactile Sensor Adapted for Robots

September 22, 2014 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

RFMD Expands GaN Product Portfolio

September 22, 2014 10:12 am | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD unveiled 11 new amplifiers of which six are gallium nitride based products to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1. RFMD will showcase its portfolio of industry-leading CATV components for customers...

RFMD and TriQuint Unveil New Company Name: Qorvo

September 22, 2014 9:56 am | by RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor | News | Comments

RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor revealed that the holding company under which the companies will combine in a merger of equals will be named Qorvo, Inc. The companies also unveiled the new Qorvo logo and stock trading symbol, which they will begin using immediately upon closing of the merger...

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Graphene Sensor Tracks Down Cancer Biomarker

September 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Michael Bishop, Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An ultra-sensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer...                                

Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with ‘phase-change materials’ (PCMs), which are capable of reversibly switching between two structural phases with different electrical states – one crystalline and conducting and the other glassy and insulating – in billionths of a second...

End of Era: Ellison Steps Aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 10:03 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies...       

Apple Locks Itself Out of Devices with Passwords

September 19, 2014 9:58 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices...                

Facebook CEO Wants More Students to Explore Tech

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company...                                

Alibaba Poised to Surge on the NYSE

September 19, 2014 9:22 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion...                     

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Next Mars-Bound Spacecraft

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Scientists want to learn how Mars went from a warm, wet world that may have harbored microbial life during its first billion years, to the cold, barren place of today. Maven should help explain the atmospheric changes that led to this radical climate change...                     

Senate: China Hacked Military Contractor Networks

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday...              

NASA's Maven Spacecraft Reaches Mars this Weekend

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night...                        

Border Patrol to Test Body Cameras

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force...                       

Alibaba Symbol of China's New Tech Giants

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy...                                       

Review: Devices, Apps Act Like One Under iOS 8

September 18, 2014 9:21 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity.Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too...                  

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