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IoT, Robotic Manufacturing & the End of the World

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area ...

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More Efficient Fuel Cells for Vehicles

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have been trying to increase the efficiency of solid oxide fuel cells by lowering the temperatures at which they run. More efficient fuel cells might gain wider use in vehicles or as quiet, pollution-free, neighborhood electricity ...

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Few Critics as Nevada Mulls Tesla Tax Breaks

September 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to ...

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Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so ...

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Photos of the Day: EV Powered By Saltwater-Filled Battery

September 11, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

The intriguingly named Quant e-Sportlimousine has been making a splash in Europe, where it was just approved for road use. The electric vehicle can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds, reach a projected top speed of ...

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Water-Powered Hot Rod Approved for Road Use

September 11, 2014 9:47 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The electric vehicle can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds, reach a projected top speed of 217 mph, and has a range of 370 miles for one charge. Oh, and it’s powered by a saltwater-filled battery ...    

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Excitonic Dark States Shed Light on TMDC Atomic Layers

September 11, 2014 9:30 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers believes it has uncovered the secret behind the unusual optoelectronic properties of single atomic layers of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials, the two-dimensional semiconductors that ...

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Graphene Paints a Corrosion-Free Future

September 11, 2014 9:23 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The surface of graphene, a one atom thick sheet of carbon, can be randomly decorated with oxygen to create graphene oxide; a form of graphene that could have a significant impact on the chemical, pharmaceutical and electronic industries ...

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Nanotechnology Aids in Cooling Electrons Without External Sources

September 11, 2014 9:12 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. The team details its ...  

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Advanced Understanding of Graphene's Friction Properties

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has made a discovery regarding the surface properties of graphene, the Nobel-prize winning material that consists of an atomically thin sheet of carbon atoms. On the ...

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State Wins $8.2 Million to Upgrade Freight Rail

September 11, 2014 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eastern Connecticut will receive an $8.2 million federal grant to upgrade freight rail that officials say will spur economic development and drive more traffic through the port of New London. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., called the grant ...

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Apple's Smartwatch: Timely Idea or Clocked Out?

September 11, 2014 8:41 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is a habitual party crasher, but can the company's history of arriving late and making a big splash in various gadget categories continue with the Apple Watch? The technology company was a late entrant into many of its most prominent ...

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T-Mobile to Sell Phones That Call, Text on Wi-Fi

September 11, 2014 8:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models with a built-in feature that taps into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can't connect to the wireless carrier's cellular network. The program announced ...

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China Fines Audi, Chrysler on Monopoly Charges

September 11, 2014 8:40 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China on Thursday announced it will fine Audi $40.5 million and Chrysler $5.2 million in a sweeping anti-monopoly probe of the auto industry that has prompted complaints foreign businesses are being treated unfairly. Regulators have ...  

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AutomationDirect Releases White Paper on Processor Power & Energy Efficiency

September 10, 2014 5:08 pm | by AutomationDirect | Automationdirect | News | Comments

AutomationDirect has announced the release of a new White Paper, "Processor Power and Energy Efficiency", that explains how consumer electronic microprocessor improvements also provide a catalyst for industrial automation advancements ...  

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