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New Laser Design Paves Way for Power-on-a-Chip Applications

August 26, 2014 11:39 am | by Rick Kubetz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at ...

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Smart Bracelets Revolutionize Hotel Industry

August 26, 2014 11:21 am | by Basque Research | News | Comments

The Tecnalia applied research centre has revolutionised the hotel sector with smart bracelets - the Smart VIB (Very Important Bracelet) that enables clients access hotel rooms without the need for a card, make payments using the PayPal system, share ...

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Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit En Route to Historic Pluto Encounter

August 26, 2014 11:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. The sophisticated piano-sized ...

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Amazon Acquires Twitch for $970M, Hopes to Become ESPN of Video Games

August 26, 2014 10:47 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport. Twitch is a ...

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China Deploys Armed Drone to Multinational Drills

August 26, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's air force says it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring its rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying the ...

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Razer-Sharp TV Images with 4K Definition

August 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

The future of movie, sports and concert broadcasting lies in 4K definition, which will bring cinema quality TV viewing into people's homes. 4K Ultra HD has four times as many pixels as today's Full HD. And thanks to the new HEVC video compression ...

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Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to ...

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Photos of the Day: The Unveiling of Volvo's 1944 PV444

August 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

When the PV444 was unveiled in September 1944, work to develop the model had only been going on for a couple of years. Around 40 designers were working on developing the new car. A full scale wooden model was built and ...    

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The 'Little Volvo' Turns 70

August 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The Volvo PV444 was the start and the symbol for the new Volvo after the Second World War, and marked the start of its export drive to the USA. 1 September will mark the 70th anniversary of its première in royal presence ...   

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Eye Implants, Smartphones Could Lead to Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 26, 2014 9:38 am | by Stanford | News | Comments

For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor and control increasing pressure within the eye. Now, a tiny eye implant developed at ...

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Design Kit Enables Effective SLIC Protection

August 26, 2014 9:30 am | by PD&D Staff | Bourns Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns has announced a specific new 4 kV ITU-T Subscriber Line Interface Circuit (SLIC) Protection Design Kit and PortNote Solution. The design kit, PN-DESIGNKIT-47, contains ...

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Widespread Adoption of Robot-Assisted Prostatectomy in U.S.

August 26, 2014 9:26 am | by BJU International | News | Comments

A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than ...

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Antennas Offer Reliable Network Timing on Multiple GNSS Frequencies

August 26, 2014 9:21 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PCTEL has announced its new series of GPS/GLONASS High Rejection Time Sync antennas. The new antennas provide reception on both GPS and GLONASS frequencies for network time synchronization ...

Pasternack Releases New High Isolation RF Switches

August 26, 2014 9:16 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has announced an entirely new family of high isolation PIN diode switches consisting of three low insertion loss, high isolation and high speed modules, covering a frequency range of ...

Medtronic Buys Brain Stimulation Company for $200M

August 26, 2014 7:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic spent about $200 million in cash to buy a privately held company that develops deep brain stimulation technologies. The acquisition of Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation will make the medical device maker stronger in an ...  

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