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Discovery Could Lead to a Better Capacitor

April 16, 2013 1:13 pm | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Tech | News | Comments

A new process for growing forests of manganese dioxide nanorods may lead to the next generation of high-performance capacitors. As an energy-storage material for batteries and capacitors, manganese dioxide has a lot going for it: it’s cheap, environmentally friendly and abundant. However, chemical capacitors made with manganese dioxide have lacked the power of the typical carbon-based physical capacitor.

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Layered '2D Nanocrystals' Promising New Semiconductor

April 16, 2013 1:10 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers are developing a new type of semiconductor technology for future computers and electronics based on "two-dimensional nanocrystals" layered in sheets less than a nanometer thick that could replace today's transistors.   

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GM to Roll Out New Line of Smaller Pickups

April 16, 2013 1:09 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors plans to roll out a line of completely revamped midsize pickup trucks, with gas mileage and features designed to take sales from Toyota's market-leading Tacoma. The trucks will replace the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

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2 Spacecraft Will Fly in Formation with Millimeter Precision

April 16, 2013 1:07 pm | by Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

Spanish industry is leading the Proba-3 mission, a world first in precise formation flying. This European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to demonstrate that two satellites can move as one single object with sub-millimetre precision. 

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Build a Wireless Mail Detection Device

April 16, 2013 12:53 pm | by The Ben Heck Show | Videos | Comments

Follow Ben as he builds a smart mailbox that lets you know when mail arrives. It's a fun tech project that will prevent wasted trips to check your mailbox, only to find nothing there. With a little infared technology and know-how, you can get notifications for new mail with a device that hardly uses any battery power.

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Low-Voltage Digital Barometric Sensor

April 16, 2013 12:48 pm | by PD&D Staff | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) (NASDAQ: MEAS) has announced a digital barometric pressure sensor in an ultra-compact QFN package. The new MS5637 uses an integrated 24-bit ADC to precisely process pressure and temperature values in as little as 0.5 ms.

High-Performance Embedded Algorithms

April 16, 2013 12:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The KX022 from Kionix (Ithaca, NY) is a robust, low-power, I2C/SPI, 3-axis accelerometer with integrated FIFO/FILO buffer that features a wide range of embedded functionality, including tap detection, orientation, activity, and wake-up algorithms.

Full HD Image Sensor Receiver

April 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) has introduced the industry’s first image sensor receiver IC to serve as a dedicated LVDS bridge between image sensors and processors. The SN65LVDS324 is an extension of TI’s popular FlatLink and FlatLink 3G serial interface technology, which reduces the number of signal lines used for synchronous parallel data bus structures with no loss in data throughput.

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Leap Motion: HP Will Integrate Controllers with PC

April 16, 2013 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leap Motion says its 3-D motion controllers will be included in some computers from Hewlett-Packard this year. The Leap Controller tracks people's fingers and hand motions as they gesture, swipe and point at their computer screens. Applications developed for it let people control games, work on...

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Honda to Open Energy-Efficient Plant for Compact Cars in Japan

April 16, 2013 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda opened to the press on Tuesday an environmentally friendly auto production plant in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo scheduled to start operations in July. With green technologies including an advanced energy management system and solar power generation equipment introduced at the new plant, Honda will be able to cut...

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S&P Revises Rating Outlook on Toyota

April 16, 2013 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Standard & Poor's on Tuesday revised the outlook of its long-term corporate credit rating on Toyota Motor Corp. to stable from negative, citing recovery in sales and reduced risk from the adverse impact of a strong yen. "The outlook revision reflects our view that Toyota Motor is likely to accelerate an improvement in profitability..."

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China Criticizes US Force Strengthening in Asia

April 16, 2013 10:27 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area. The U.S. policy known as the "pivot" to Asia runs counter to regional trends and "frequently makes the situation tenser..."

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Photos of the Day: An Implantable Telescope

April 16, 2013 10:07 am | by Eric Peters, Virginia Commonwealth University | News | Comments

Smaller than a pea, the telescope implant uses wide-angle micro-optics to improve vision for patients with End-Stage AMD, the most advanced form of macular degeneration. Physicians at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center have become the first in Virginia to successfully implant a telescope in a patient's eye to treat macular degeneration.

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VCU Medical Center Implants Telescope for Macular Degeneration

April 16, 2013 10:03 am | by Eric Peters, Virginia Commonwealth University | News | Comments

Physicians at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center have become the first in Virginia to successfully implant a telescope in a patient's eye to treat macular degeneration. The telescope implant is designed to correct end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most advanced form of AMD and the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.

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Engineers Craft New Material for High-Performing 'Supercapacitors'

April 16, 2013 9:45 am | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Taking a significant step toward improving the power delivery of systems ranging from urban electrical grids to regenerative braking in hybrid vehicles, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have synthesized a material that shows high capability for both the rapid storage and release of energy.

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