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Physicists Unlock Nature of High-Temperature Superconductivity

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The earliest superconducting materials required operating temperatures...

Refrigerator Magnets

July 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents,...

Measuring the Smallest Magnets

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million...

Building 'Invisible' Materials with Light

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new method of building materials using light, developed by researchers at the University of...

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Superconductivity Could Form at High Temperatures in Layered 2D Crystals

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined. Superconductivity, the flow of electrical current without resistance, is usually found in materials chilled to the most frigid temperatures, which is impractical for most applications...

RFX Limited Opens New U.S. Operation

July 28, 2014 1:01 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFX Limited, recognizing the need for strong and local partnerships with their US customer base have opened up a new sales office in New York. This sales office will...

'Holy Grail' of Battery Design Achieved: A Stable Lithium Anode

July 27, 2014 6:38 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing...

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Magnets for Fusion Energy: A Revolutionary Manufacturing Method

July 27, 2014 6:18 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

The National Institute for Fusion Science, of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting...

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think about User Behavior

July 27, 2014 5:09 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge...

Photos of the Day: Giant Robotic Creature Is 14-Feet Tall

July 25, 2014 10:42 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters worked closely with Stratasys to build ...

Best Practices For Keeping Up in the 100G Era

July 25, 2014 9:42 am | by Dan Joe Barry, Napatech | Articles | Comments

As we enter the 100 Gbps era, producers of network management and security applications will need to address numerous analysis challenges in order stay ahead of the data growth curve. Staying faster than the future will require next-generation solutions that not only scale but also deliver and understand data...

Low Power Microcontroller With Increased IoT Security

July 24, 2014 1:48 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip's Alexis Alcott to discuss the expansion of their eXtreme Low Power PIC microcontrollers with the PIC24F "GB2" family. This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine...

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PTC to Acquire Axeda to Expand IoT Technology Portfolio

July 24, 2014 1:41 pm | by PTC | News | Comments

PTC announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Axeda Corporation, a pioneer in the development of solutions to securely connect machines and sensors to the cloud, for approximately $170 million in cash. Axeda's technology innovation, extensive customer base...

Saft to Supply Li-ion Battery Energy Storage System for Kauai Island Electrical Grid

July 24, 2014 1:29 pm | by Saft | News | Comments

Saft has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Kauai Island Utility Co-operative to provide a Li-ion Battery Energy Storage System consisting of 8 Intensium Max 20 M containers to stabilize the Kauai island electrical grid. Saft’s BESS will be deployed for use as part of a new 12 MW solar energy park under construction in Anahola...  

Photo of the Day: Industry Trends: Wireless Test Equipment

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Around 240 readers responded to WDD’s survey on wireless test equipment. This infographic showcases the results...                  

RFID Tags on Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics

July 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place...

Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast

July 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have clocked their speed—and it's fast...

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Stanford Team Aims to Improve Storage in Batteries

July 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Tucked in a small laboratory at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a team of engineers and scientists from the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: move beyond today's lithium-ion to create a battery five times better than those we use now...

LVDT Linear Position Sensors

July 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Macro Sensors | White Papers

Subsea environments are one of the most difficult areas for any sensor to perform, especially when performance life of as much as 20 years is expected in an underwater application. In subsea environments, seawater depths of 15,000 ft can exert external pressures of approximately 7,500 psi on a sensor...

Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | News | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 23, 2014 10:00 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | News | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New Atomic Clock Design

July 22, 2014 3:28 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and California Institute of Technology have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb. The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica...

Creating Optical Cables out of Thin Air

July 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do. Milchberg and his lab reported using an "air waveguide..."

Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells...

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices Settle Outstanding Litigation

July 22, 2014 12:07 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor | News | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies. The two parties have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. Specific financial terms of the agreement remain confidential...

GreenPeak Technologies’ Smart Home Chips Support New Networking Protocols

July 22, 2014 12:05 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has recognized Thread’s entry in the family of protocols based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. GreenPeak’s family of patented multi-stack low-power radio chips has been developed to simultaneously support different wireless networking protocols. The family of GP71x chips today supports...

Cicoil Receives Prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award

July 22, 2014 12:19 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

For the second time in 4 years, Cicoil has been awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense System's (IDS) prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award. Cicoil received the award from Raytheon IDS at a ceremony in Waltham, Massachusetts on June 4, 2014...

Carbyne Morphs When Stretched

July 21, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists. Stretching the material known as carbyne — a hard-to-make, one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms...

Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy devices. The process described in the paper represents a new approach to transmetalation...

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