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Scientists Reveal Battery Behavior at the Nanoscale
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Scientists Reveal Battery Behavior at the Nanoscale

As industry seeks improved battery power sources, cutting-edge microscopy performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing...

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Steampunk Chip Takes the Heat

Steampunk, the reimagining of modern day technology through a Victorian perspective, has found an unlikely follower in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Computer in Wrapping-Paper Form

Investigators SUNY Binghamton are giving factory production of solar energy cells a modern makeover. Their new approach includes the use of "continuous electronic...

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Computers

A trio of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professors has launched a new high-performance computing center that will expand access to the supercomputing...

3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
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3D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

Businesses in the South Park district of San Francisco generally sell either Web technology or sandwiches and burritos. Bespoke Innovations plans to sell designer...

Electric Skin That Rivals the Real Thing
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Electric Skin That Rivals the Real Thing

Two separate research groups have developed pressure-sensing devices that can match human skin in sensitivity and flexibility. 

Fujitsu to Release Wireless Charging Tech in 2012
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Fujitsu to Release Wireless Charging Tech in 2012

Fujitsu said Monday (September 13) that it has overcome design hurdles for a mechanism for wireless charging of electronic devices and that the company plans...

'Slow Light' on a Chip Holds Promise for Optical Communications
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'Slow Light' on a Chip Holds Promise for Optical Communications

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Brigham Young University have developed an optical device that has the slowest-ever light propagation...

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Intel and Arm to Battle For the Hearts of Smartphones

Intel is aiming for a slice of the smartphone market with a new chip with built-in graphics.

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Apple Blinks in Apps Fight

In an uncharacteristic about-face, Apple Inc. loosened its control over software development for its iPhones and iPads as the company feels heat from a U.S. antitrust...

Cracking Flight's Mysteries
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Cracking Flight's Mysteries

Harvard University engineers are developing minuscule aerial robots that could one day be used to investigate areas that are too hazardous for humans. The robot's...

­CLA Chemists, Engineers Fabricate High-Speed Graphene Transistors
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­CLA Chemists, Engineers Fabricate High-Speed Graphene Transistors

UCLA researchers say they have fabricated the fastest graphene transistors ever using a nanowire as the self-aligned gate. Their fabrication technique enabled...

Student-Built Satellite Scheduled for Launch
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Student-Built Satellite Scheduled for Launch

A 6.5-pound satellite scheduled for launch on November 19 is to become the first stand-alone spacecraft built by University of Michigan students to go into orbit...

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New Process Promises to Revolutionize Manufacturing of Products

University of Waterloo scientists have developed Multiple Memory Material Technology, a new manufacturing process that they say makes smart materials even smarter...

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Scientists Develop Device to Enable Improved Global Data Transmission

University of Southampton researchers have developed a data transmission system that could benefit optical communications networks by eliminating phase noise from...

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Computer Scientists Leverage Dark Silicon to Improve Smartphone Battery Life

A new smartphone chip prototype under development at the University of California, San Diego will improve smartphone efficiency by making use of "dark silicon"—the...

How to Remake Life
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How to Remake Life

Venter Institute researchers have made the first viable cell with a synthetic genome.

Researchers Create Robot That Can Pair, Fold Socks
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Researchers Create Robot That Can Pair, Fold Socks

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a robot that can pair and fold socks. The robot can determine whether a sock is inside out based on...

Researchers Develop New Piezoelectric Logic Devices
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Researchers Develop New Piezoelectric Logic Devices

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new class of electronic logic device in which current is switched by an electric field generated...

Technology Assists Multi-Tasking Motorcycle Officers
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Technology Assists Multi-Tasking Motorcycle Officers

A motorcycle police officer on an urgent call faces huge information processing and decision-making demands. A new European research project aims to prevent potentially...
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