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Biosensor Tracks Marine Pollutants Economically, Rapidly

A new antibody-based biosensor developed by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science processes samples in less than 10 minutes and detects pollutants at levels as low as just a few parts per billion, at the cost of pennies per sample. The device is small and sturdy enough to...

News: Energy
New Battery Design Could Give Electric Vehicles a Jolt

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a lightweight, inexpensive alternative to existing batteries for electric vehicles and the power grid. The new battery relies on an architecture called a semi-solid flow cell, in which solid particles are suspended in a...

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Graphite-Based Material is 10X Stronger Than Steel

Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) developed a composite material based on graphite that is as thin as paper and 10 times stronger than steel. This material has the potential to revolutionize the automotive, aviation, electrical, and optical industries.

Graphite paper is a...

News: Lighting

A research team funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research has pioneered the use of micro-plasmas in a revolutionary approach to illumination, and doctors Gary Eden and...

News: Materials

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED)-based displays are used in cell phones, digital cameras, and other portable devices. But developing a lower-cost method for mass-producing...

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US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Complex Math

Today, we're pleased to have a guest blog from Lindsey Christensen, Marketing Project Manager at PTC, which delivers Product Lifecycle Management and design software solutions.

Most people don’t think about the complexity behind the electricity that’s supplied to their home or work. We...

Question of the Week
Will a wider integration of robotic drone aircraft do more harm than good?

This week's Question: In January, the Federal Aviation Administration plans to outline new rules for the use of small drones, a first step in allowing police departments, farmers, and other agencies to employ the technology. The drones could be used for air support to...

Products

A Step-Down Converter austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) has released the AS1328 high-efficiency 1.5 MHz synchronous DC-DC step-down converter. This buck regulator features efficiencies up to 96%, excellent...

Products

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) offers the LT3798, an isolated flyback controller with single stage active power factor correction (PFC). A power factor of greater than 0.97 is...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

The dual output AHW series of DC/DC converters from Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) feature a continuous input range of 9VDC to 75VDC. The AHW is isolated input to output and provides a regulated +/-5, +/-12, and +/-15VDC...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

A miniature turbine measuring just 10 inches high is helping a research team led by Hui Hu - an Iowa State University associate professor of aerospace engineering - understand...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

By 2017, quantum physics will help reduce the energy consumption of computers and cellular phones by up to a factor of 100. For research and industry, the power consumption of transistors is a key issue. The next...

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Ambient Electromagnetic Energy Drives Electronic Devices

Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks, and satellite communications systems. By scavenging ambient energy from the air, a new device could power networks of wireless sensors,...

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Hubble Telescope Finds Distant Galaxy

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found what astronomers believe to be the most distant object ever seen in the universe, 13.2 billion light
years away. This places the object roughly 150 million light years more distant than the previous record holder.

The dim object is a compact galaxy made of blue...

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Laser System Ignites Engines

For more than 150 years, spark plugs have powered internal combustion engines. Automakers are now one step closer to being able to replace this long-standing technology with laser igniters, which will enable cleaner, more efficient, and more economical vehicles.

Equally significant, the new laser system is made...

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Cloak Hides Underwater Objects from Sonar

University of Illinois researchers have demonstrated an acoustic cloak, a technology that renders underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves.

The cloak is made of metamaterial, a class of artificial materials that have enhanced properties as a result of their carefully engineered...

Products: Green Design & Manufacturing

The LT3597 from Linear Technology ((Milpitas, CA) is a 60-V triple step-down LED driver capable of achieving 10,000:1 digital PWM dimming at 100 Hz with fast NPN current sources driving up to 10 LEDs in...

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System Detects Insider Threats from Massive Data Sets

When a soldier in good mental health becomes homicidal or a government employee abuses access privileges to share classified information, we often wonder why no one saw it coming. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with scientists from four other...

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New Algorithm Could Substantially Speed Up MRI Scans

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices can scan the inside of the body in intricate detail, but they can be a long and uncomfortable experience for patients. Now this scan time could be cut to just 15 minutes, thanks to an algorithm developed at MIT’s Research Laboratory of...

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Breakthrough Improves Software Reliability and Security

Anyone who uses multithreaded computer programs —the programs that power nearly all software applications including Office, Windows, MacOS, and Google Chrome Browser, and Web services like Google Search, Microsoft Bing, and iCloud — knows the frustration of computer crashes, bugs, and...

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Advanced Material Offers Stronger Piezoelectric Response

By integrating a complex, single-crystal material with piezoelectric properties onto silicon, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and physicists can fabricate low-voltage, near-nanoscale electromechanical devices that could lead to improvements in high-resolution 3-D imaging, signal...

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Alloy Exhibits 'Magnetostriction' Effects

Led by a group at the University of Maryland (UMd), a multi-institution team of researchers has combined modern materials research and an age-old metallurgy technique to produce an alloy that could be the basis for a new class of sensors and micromechanical devices controlled by magnetism.

The...

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3D Transistors Offer Promising Future for Chips, Lighter Laptops

Move aside, flat computer chips of the past — researchers from Purdue and Harvard universities have developed a new type of transistor made from a material that could replace silicon and offer a 3D structure. This development could enable engineers to build faster, more compact,...

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Stretching Electrical Conductance to the Limit

Arizona State University researchers have devised a method for mechanically controlling the geometry of a single molecule, situated in a junction between a pair of gold electrodes that form a simple circuit. These manipulations produced over ten times greater conductivity. This development may...

News: Energy

Unexpected voltage increases of up to 25 percent in two barely separated nanowires have been observed at Sandia National Laboratories. Designers of next-generation devices using...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

The most efficient colloidal-quantum-dot solar cell ever created will be described in a scientific paper to be published in a print edition of the journal Nature Materials by a team of scientists...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Scientists have demonstrated that a superconducting detector called a transition edge sensor (TES) is capable of counting the number of as many as 1,000 photons in a single pulse of...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Evaluating Electrical Performance and Grid Integration of Vehicle-to-Grid Applications

Researchers at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released a technical report that documents a series of test procedures designed to enable engineers, designers, and utilities to evaluate the performance of various electric vehicles...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) has introduced the 1830-R Optical Power Meter. A newly designed optical meter, the 1830-R provides a ‘drop-in’ replacement for Newport’s legacy 1830-C Power Meter, which has been...

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