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Tunable Semiconductors Will Allow Better Detectors, Solar Cells

April 14, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ann Claycombe, Georgia State University | News | Comments

One of the great problems in physics is the detection of electromagnetic radiation – that is, light – which lies outside the small range of wavelengths that the human eye can see. Think X-rays, for example, or radio waves. Now, researchers have discovered ...

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New Tech Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses

April 14, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kate McAlpine, University of Michigan | News | Comments

An ultrathin light detector that can sense wavelengths our eyes can't see has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens, its University of Michigan developers say. The U-M researchers have built the first room-temperature light detector that can ...

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A Molecular Approach to Solar Power

April 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine. Now a team at MIT and Harvard University has come up with an ingenious workaround — a material that can ...

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Engineering Update: A Guide to Charging Your Phone in 30 Seconds

April 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny ...

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Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Bus Crash

April 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck that left 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in Northern California ...

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Robotic Submarine Deployed in Search for Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 10:07 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said. Meanwhile, officials were ...

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3D Printing, Digital Execution & the Manufacturing Renaissance

April 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies ...

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What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand to fill the newly empty senior engineering positions. However, thanks to the size of the Baby Boomer population, there simply aren’t enough ...

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Photos of the Day: Predicting the Future in 1964

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of visitors who attended the New York World’s Fair that opened in 1964 were introduced to a range of technological innovations and predictions. Some of those turned out to be right on the money and others, perhaps thankfully, were ...

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Visions of 1964 World's Fair Didn't All Come True

April 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press | News | Comments

Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not. The New York World's Fair of 1964 ...    

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Compact M3-LS Linear Smart Stage with Absolute Encoding

April 14, 2014 9:29 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New Scale Technologies has announced the addition of absolute encoding to its M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, a USB micro stage with fully-integrated drive electronics and the industry’s smallest all-in-one positioning stage. Absolute encoding ...

Remote Monitoring in Rugged Environments

April 14, 2014 9:17 am | by PD&D Staff | Red Lion Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Red Lion Controls has announced the addition of the Sixnet series RAM 9000 remote terminal unit to its cellular automation family – the rugged, cellular router that takes advantage of industrial Ethernet networking. Suitable for ...

Collection & Management of Hyperspectral Data

April 14, 2014 9:09 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Headwall has released its new Hyperspec III application software featuring a set of hyperspectral data acquisition management tools. The software suite represents a platform for controlling hyperspectral sensors ...

Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 14, 2014 8:21 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?" Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way ...

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Dead Computer Doesn't Hinder Space Station Visit

April 13, 2014 3:20 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is pressing ahead with Monday's planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for ...

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