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Light Source Could Improve Energy Efficiency of OptoElectronic Chips

September 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters ...

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Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can't

September 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

There are many situations where it's impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on ...

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Electric Cars Batteries That Easily Switch Out

September 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in ...

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Complex Oxides Could Advance Memory Devices

September 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by City College of New York | News | Comments

The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward. Researchers at The City College of New York led by chemist Stephen O’Brien have discovered new complex oxides that ...    

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Energy Storage Increased in Promising Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

September 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, which have the potential to ...   

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Nanoscience Makes Your Wine Better

September 17, 2014 12:30 pm | by Anne-Mette Siem, Aarhus University | News | Comments

One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures ...

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The Security Threat Facing Our Cars

September 17, 2014 11:23 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

The car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but be warned without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a QUT road safety expert. Professor Andry Rakotonirainy will ...  

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SEMI Commends House Passage of Manufacturing Innovation Act

September 17, 2014 11:15 am | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMI praised the bipartisan effort in the United States House of Representatives to pass H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. SEMI further urged the Senate to move quickly on the legislation that ...

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Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 10:32 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and ...

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3D Face Mapping Puts Players in the Game

September 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The developers of an interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series' latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either ...

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Novel Capability Enables First Test of Real Turbine Engine Conditions

September 17, 2014 10:18 am | by DOE/Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Manufactures of turbine engines for airplanes, automobiles and electric generation plants could expedite the development of more durable, energy-efficient turbine blades thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s ... 

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Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' with a Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle

September 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks ...     

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Photos of the Day: Undersea Robot Explores Ship Graveyard

September 17, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

During a five-day expedition, a team from NOAA used sonar and an underwater vehicle to examine and photograph the historic shipwrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, where more than 300 vessels are believed to have sunk ...

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Nanoribbon Film Keeps Glass Ice-Free

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work by Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues could keep glass surfaces from ...

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Water-Based Nuclear Battery Generates Electrical Energy

September 17, 2014 9:55 am | by University of Missouri-Colombia | News | Comments

From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using ...   

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