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Extending Battery Life for Mobile Devices

University of Illinois engineers have developed a form of ultra-low-power digital memory that is faster and uses 100 times less energy than similar available memory. The technology could give future portable devices much longer battery life between charges.

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Universal Energy Harvesting Kit

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) has introduced its EnerChip™ EP CBC-EVAL-09 Universal Energy Harvesting evaluation kit. The EVAL-09 supports all types of ambient energy harvesting from light, vibration, thermal gradients, and flow/motion.

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February's Issue of Lighting Technology Now Available

Check out the February issue of Lighting Technology for more new feature articles, videos, application stories, tech briefs, products, and more - all on the latest advances in LEDs and solid-state lighting.

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Constructing Solar Cells From Nanoparticles to Raise Efficiency

By using nanoparticles of germanium, silicon and other materials, an interdisciplinary team of UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz researchers hope to produce solar cells far more efficient than the current state of the art.

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If artificial intelligence outsmarts two live contestants, is that a bad sign for the humans?

This week's question addresses a robot and one of America's most well-known game shows. A supercomputer named Watson, designed by IBM and consisting of 90 IBM Power 750 Express servers, is set to face two human contestants on the US quiz show Jeopardy this week. IBM says Watson signals a new era in computing where machines will increasingly be able to learn and understand humans' more subtle requests. Jeopardy is seen as the greatest challenge for Watson because of the show's fast format and the clues' frequent emphasis on puns, riddles, and creativity in the language: something humans have traditionally excelled at understanding and computers have not. What do you think? If artificial intelligence outsmarts two live contestants, is that a bad sign for the humans?

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Aluminum to Replace Copper as Conductor in On-board Power Systems

Electric power and electronics play an increasing role in vehicles. Currently copper is the conductive material of choice but in comparison to aluminum, it is heavy and expensive. Before aluminum can replace copper in power supply systems, a number of technological challenges need to be surmounted.

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Is there another "Earth" out there, fit for life as we know it?

This week's question looks at an announcement from scientists operating NASA's Kepler satellite, who reported this week that they had identified 1,235 possible planets orbiting other stars, potentially three times the previously recorded number. Although no Earth-like planet has been determined yet, fifty-four of the possible exoplanets are in habitable zones of stars where temperatures should be moderate enough for liquid water. What do you think? Is there another "Earth" out there, fit for life as we know it? Yes or no?

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