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Breakthrough in Optical Fiber Communications Revealed

December 23, 2014 11:17 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Academics from the University's Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) have collaborated with colleagues at Eblana Photonics Inc, in Ireland, to develop an approach that enables direct modulation of laser currents to be used to generate highly advanced ...

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Powerful Enough for a Gamer, Made for an Engineer

December 23, 2014 11:08 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that ...

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Atom-Thick CCD Could Capture Images

December 23, 2014 10:55 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

An atomically thin material developed at Rice University may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging platform. Synthetic two-dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for superthin devices, according to ... 

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New Tech Makes Tissues, Someday Maybe Organs

December 23, 2014 10:37 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A new instrument could someday build replacement human organs the way electronics are assembled today: with precise picking and placing of parts. In this case, the parts are not resistors and capacitors, but 3-D microtissues containing ...

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E-Readers Foil Good Night's Sleep

December 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

You may think your e-reader is helping you get to sleep at night, but it might actually be harming your quality of sleep, according to researchers. Exposure to light during evening and early nighttime hours suppresses release of the ...  

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Crafting Ultrathin Color Coatings in Harvard's Sub-Basement

December 23, 2014 10:09 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

In a sub-basement deep below the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering at Harvard University, Mikhail Kats gets dressed. Mesh shoe covers, a face mask, a hair net, a pale gray jumpsuit, knee-high fabric boots, vinyl gloves ...

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New Horizons for Self-Assembling Materials

December 22, 2014 3:25 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Today’s 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with limited product runs ...  

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Trapping Light with a Twister

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT who succeeded last year in creating a material that could trap light and stop it in its tracks have now developed a more fundamental understanding of the process. The new work — which could help explain some basic physical ...

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The 20 Greatest Engineering Feats of 2014

December 22, 2014 3:01 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | News | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded ... 

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ABB Announces Switchboard Program

December 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ABB’s Tmax Link OEM UL 891 Switchboard Program enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to assemble a UL 891-compliant electrical distribution switchboard by fabricating parts to mount ABB Tmax molded case circuit breakers ...

Air Force's Largest Solar Array Celebrates 1st Anniversary

December 22, 2014 1:33 pm | by Kevin Elliott, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs | News | Comments

The 16.4-megawatt solar farm, built under a 25-year power purchase agreement, was a joint effort between the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, SunEdison, LLC and Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The array is exceeding expectations ...

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NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

December 22, 2014 1:25 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission - K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler ...  

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Photos of the Day: Robotic Entertainment System Debuts on Cruise Ship

December 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by ABB | News | Comments

And in the center of this entertainment spectacle is the RoboScreen entertainment system, created by Robotic Arts and featuring six ABB IRB 6620 robots mounted to an 8,200 kilogram (18,000 pound) capacity gantry with custom Daktronics ...

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World's First Robotic Entertainment on the High Seas

December 22, 2014 1:14 pm | by ABB | News | Comments

With the Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, the well-known cruise line operator wanted to do something truly groundbreaking: create a cruise ship environment that was not only fun, but one that could also compete with ...

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Building a Worldwide Genetic Library BRIC-by-BRIC

December 22, 2014 12:27 pm | by Bill Hubscher, NASA | News | Comments

A house is only as good as its foundation. Built solid and strong, the resulting structure should last for decades. NASA is laying a strong foundation of life science research with results from a recent investigation on the International ...

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