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A Eureka Moment over Lunch at Perimeter Institute

March 24, 2014 5:16 pm | by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics | News | Comments

A team of physicists from Perimeter Institute, the University of Waterloo, and Harvard has reached a key milestone in the pursuit of next-generation superconductors. What started as a lunch conversation at Perimeter Institute became an important step toward developing room-temperature superconductors.

Sony's Virtual Reality Goggles Head On

March 24, 2014 4:43 pm | by Derrik Lang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The promise of virtual reality in the living room is coming closer to, well, reality. Sony has...

Putting On The Ritz: World’s Largest Chandelier Will Use LEDs

January 14, 2014 5:45 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Engineers are helping with plans to build the world’s largest crystal chandelier for Cleveland’s...

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in 'Tinker Toy' Materials

December 9, 2013 11:14 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical...

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Forest Waste Used to Develop Cheaper, Greener Supercapacitors

October 23, 2013 6:04 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today's activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost – and with environmentally friendly byproducts.               

Video Game Tech Used to Steer Roaches on Autopilot

June 25, 2013 2:09 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers are using video game technology to remotely control cockroaches on autopilot, with a computer steering the cockroach through a controlled environment. The researchers are using the technology to track how roaches respond to the remote control, with the goal of developing ways that roaches on autopilot can be used to map dynamic environments – such as...

Two-Dimensional Transistors are Atomically Flat

June 21, 2013 2:15 pm | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara, in collaboration with University of Notre Dame, have recently demonstrated the highest reported drive current on a transistor made of a monolayer of tungsten diselenide (WSe2), a 2-dimensional atomic crystal categorized as a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD). The discovery is also the first demonstration of an "n-type" WSe2 field-effect-transistor (FET),...

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Beyond Silicon: Transistors Without Semiconductors

June 21, 2013 2:15 pm | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

For decades, electronic devices have been getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. It's now possible—even routine—to place millions of transistors on a single silicon chip. Scientists have experimented with different materials and designs for transistors to address these issues, always using semiconductors like silicon.

Google X Lab Launches Internet-beaming Balloons

June 15, 2013 8:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza and Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Eighteen months in the works, the top-secret project was announced in New Zealand, where up to 50 volunteer households are already beginning to receive the Internet briefly on their home computers via translucent helium balloons that sail by on the wind 12 miles above Earth.

Fluorescent Nanoparticle Ribbons

June 15, 2013 6:21 pm | News | Comments

This is a 10x photograph of long fluorescent ribbons constructed from thousands of semiconducting quantum dot nanoparticles, which are about 10,000x smaller in diameter than a human hair. Using a fluorescence technique, Jonathan T. Pham and Catherine Russell of the University of Massachusetts Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Amherst, Mass. were able to produce their Image of Distinction.

Intel Partners in Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

May 21, 2013 9:39 am | by Intel | News | Comments

Intel joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in a National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) partnership, along with 10 other industry leaders: Cisco, HP, HyTrust, McAfee, Microsoft, RSA, Splunk, Symantec, Vanguard and Venafi.

Reversible Assembly Leads to Tiny Encrypted Messages

March 14, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

Hidden in a tiny tile of interwoven DNA is a message. The message is simple, but decoding it unlocks the secret of dynamic nanoscale assembly. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have devised a dynamic and reversible way to assemble nanoscale structures and used it to encrypt a Morse code message.

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