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Security Tools for Industry 4.0

March 5, 2014 10:38 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

An increasing number of unsecured, computer-guided production machinery and networks in production facilities are gradually evolving into gateways for data theft. New security technologies may directly shield the sensitive data that is kept there. You can hear the metallic buzz as the milling machine bores into the workpiece...

19th Century Physics Could Change the Future of Nanotechnology

March 4, 2014 4:02 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A new twist on a very old physics technique could have a profound impact on one of the most buzzed-about aspects of nanoscience. Researchers have found that their unique method of light-matter interaction analysis appears to be a good way of helping make better semiconductor nanowires...

Physics in 3D? That's Nothing. Try 0D

March 4, 2014 3:58 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Zero-dimensional quantum dots identified by University of Cincinnati researchers could someday have a big effect on a variety of technologies, such as solar energy, lasers and medical diagnostics. In physics, there's small, and then there's nullity – as in zero-dimensional...

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White Paper: Current Activity in 5G

March 4, 2014 3:54 pm | by Agilent Technologies | White Papers

Even as LTE and LTE Advanced (4th Generation cellular systems) are being deployed, work is already starting on their successor: 5G. This paper describes the needs that demand continued development of mobile and fixed-line communications systems, and explains...           

Facebook Looks to Buy Solar Drone Company

March 4, 2014 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports from technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC. Both websites cited anonymous sources who are familiar with the deal...

Electronics Based on a 2D Electron Gas

March 4, 2014 11:11 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Usually, microelectronic devices are made of silicon or similar semiconductors. Recently, the electronic properties of metal oxides have become quite interesting. These materials are more complex, yet offer a broader range of possibilities to tune their properties...

More Flexible Metallic Glass Coming Your Way

March 4, 2014 10:55 am | by DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

What do some high-end golf clubs and your living room window have in common? The answer is glass, but in the golf clubs' case it's a specialized glass product, called metallic glass, with the ability to be bent considerably and spring back into its original form...

Discovery to Make Solar Power Less Expensive, More Efficient

March 4, 2014 10:48 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Researchers are reporting early results on a way to make solar-powered panels in lights, calculators and roofs lighter, less expensive, more flexible (therefore less breakable) and more efficient. Fei Yu, doctoral student in materials engineering, is experimenting with adding a small fraction of graphene nanoflakes to polymer-blend bulk-heterojunction solar cells...

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Relativity Shakes a Magnet

March 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz | News | Comments

Researchers have predicted and discovered a new physical phenomenon that allows to manipulate the state of a magnet by electric signals. Current technologies for writing, storing, and reading information are either charge-based or spin-based. Semiconductor flash or random access memories are prime examples...

Photos of the Day: State-of-the-Art Toilets

March 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway...

High-Tech Toilet Seats: No Hands or Paper Required

March 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway...

Big Step for Next-Generation Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers

March 3, 2014 11:05 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A big step in the development of next-generation fuel cells and water-alkali electrolyzers has been achieved with the discovery of a new class of bimetallic nanocatalysts that are an order of magnitude higher in activity than the target set by the U.S. Department of Energy for 2017...

Photo of the Day: Seeing Superconductive Materials with Spectroscopy

March 3, 2014 10:19 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials...

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Ultra-fast Laser Spectroscopy Lights Way to Understanding New Materials

March 3, 2014 9:52 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials...

Optical Nano-tweezers Take Over the Control of Nano-objects

March 3, 2014 9:42 am | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | News | Comments

As science and technology go nano, scientists search for new tools to manipulate, observe and modify the "building blocks" of matter at the nanometer scale. With this in mind, researchers demonstrate for the first time the ability to use near-field optical tweezers to trap a nano-size object and manipulate it...

Promise and Peril in an Ultra-connected World

March 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you...

Aeroflex Affirms Commitment to 5G Research and Development

February 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Aeroflex | News | Comments

Aeroflex has announced that it is actively working on developing technologies towards potential Fifth Generation (5G) wireless systems, and is a founding member of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) program, led by the University of Surrey, UK. Aeroflex is one of the founding partners in 5GIC...

The Power of Watson in the Palm of Your Hand

February 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM has launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first of its kind, global competition to encourage developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. IBM announced the challenge at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...  

High-reliability Cellular 4G Communication and Monitoring System

February 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by B&B Electronics | News | Comments

B&B Electronics has provided Quatro Electronics with a high-reliability Cellular 4G communication and monitoring system for the oversight of equipment in remote locations. Founded in the UK in 1996, Quatro Electronics have been trusted to protect, manage and monitor remote and vulnerable sites...

Shedding the Restraints on Enterprise Storage

February 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by Diablo Technologies | News | Comments

Enterprise storage has historically been hampered by technical and architectural factors that severely limit application performance. The I/O limitations of hard disk-based arrays, and the latency imposed by PCI-Express based SSDs and architectures such as SAN and NAS...

Virtual Orchestra

February 28, 2014 11:07 am | by Mendelssohn – Bartholdy museum | Videos | Comments

The Mendelssohn – Bartholdy museum in Leipzig has recently installed a virtual orchestra, Effektorium...                                  

Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV Is a Flying Donkey

February 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving 270 miles per hour at Kennedy, in a car, engineering face melting metal, and saving lives in a flying donkey ...              

Photos of the Day: AllSee Enables 'Internet of Things'

February 28, 2014 10:27 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your "This American Life" podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies...

Battery-Free Technology Brings Gesture Recognition to All Devices

February 28, 2014 10:20 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your "This American Life" podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies...

Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X Shows Promise

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

By design, Nokia's new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia's Windows-based Lumia...

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