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German Electronics Manufacturing Going Strong

January 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Germany exported more electronics to China than to the United States for the first time in 2014, with the amount exported to the United States also rising by 3.2 percent. Exports to China (primarily automation technology, industrial control and ...

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Today in Engineering History: Robotic Spacecraft Misses Moon By 22,000 Miles

January 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, NASA launched the Ranger 3 robotic spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Its purpose was to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to stations on Earth during a 10 minute flight before impacting on the Moon ...  

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Is a One-Way Journey to Mars Wrong?

January 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Blogs | Comments

Mason Peck, PhD, is an adviser to Mars One, and a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Peck served as NASA’s Chief Technologist from late 2011 through 2013, advising the head of NASA on technology issues ...

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This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the ...  

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Graphene Edges Can Be Tailor-Made

January 26, 2015 12:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Theoretical physicists at Rice University are living on the edge as they study the astounding properties of graphene. In a new study, they figure out how researchers can fracture graphene nanoribbons to get the edges they need for applications ... 

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Scientists 'Bend' Elastic Waves with New Metamaterials

January 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered "elastic" waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent ...

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Scientists Set Quantum Speed Limit

January 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a "quantum speed limit" on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching ...   

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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more ... 

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Researchers Develop Magnetic Graphene

January 26, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this doping tends to ...

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Breakthrough Promises Secure Communications & Faster Computers

January 26, 2015 11:54 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies. Entanglement - the instantaneous ...

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Electronic Circuits with Reconfigurable Pathways Closer to Reality

January 26, 2015 11:41 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Will it be possible one day to reconfigure electronic microchips however we want, even when they are in use? A recent discovery by a team at EPFL suggests as much. The researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to create ...  

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Materials Identified to Improve Biofuel & Petroleum Processing

January 26, 2015 11:35 am | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to ...

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Drone Found on White House Grounds

January 26, 2015 11:22 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent proliferation of inexpensive drones has prompted growing fears about potential collisions with traditional aircraft. Technological advances have also made it easier to equip drones with advanced capabilities such as ...   

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New Portable Vacuum Standard Added to NIST Roster

January 26, 2015 10:43 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

A novel Portable Vacuum Standard (PVS) has been added to the roster of NIST’s Standard Reference Instruments (SRI). It is now available for purchase as part of NIST’s ongoing commitment to disseminate measurement standards and thereby ...

New Headset Controls Wireless Devices with Brain Activity

January 26, 2015 10:07 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As proposed, the six-armed, 32-channel headset, called Flexctrl brain, will use electroencephalography (EEG) measurement to make a connection between the wearer and their smartphone. Free applications included with the device will enable ...

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