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The underappreciated ties between art and innovation

April 15, 2014 7:13 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Author Sarah Lewis discusses some counterintuitive pathways to breakthroughs.The path to a great achievement—whether it is a technological innovation or a masterwork of art—is almost never direct. On the contrary, creative breakthroughs often come after wrenching failures....

High-voltage power module addresses 12V, 24V, 36V, and 48V input rail applications

April 14, 2014 4:16 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL8216M 80 Volt, 4 Amp non-isolated DC/DC step-down power module. The ISL8216M power module provides a complete power supply in a package that can be used across multiple applications....

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Tiny particles could help verify goods

April 14, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks....

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Glasses strong as steel: A fast way to find the best

April 14, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel. Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day....

Combs of light accelerate communication

April 14, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers – this has now been demonstrated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)....

Novel technique developed by NUS scientists opens door to better solar cells

April 14, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists, led by Assistant Professor Andrivo Rusydi from the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Science, has successfully developed a technique to study the interface between materials....

Module system promises simplicity and reliability to ultracapacitor design and installation

April 14, 2014 3:14 pm | Ioxus | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus (Oneonta, NY) announced the launch of the iMOD X, a new series of module systems for a common, single-piece extruded housing for application across all of its axial ultracapacitors. iMOD X-Series allows for

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Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

April 14, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New technologies for developing electronics and optoelectronics with tunable/adaptive functionalities and performance are critical to emerging applications in wearable technology, communication, pervasive computing, human-machine interfacing and biomedical diagnostics....

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Watch a V-22 Osprey fold itself for storage

April 14, 2014 3:07 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 It’s pretty crazy to think that a huge aircraft with an 85’ foot wingspan is possible of folding itself up to reduce the amount of space it occupies on a massive ship. Yet, the V-22 Osprey does just that. This video is a little dated—it was taken in 2010 at Nellis Airforce Base in Las Vegas....

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Quantum manipulation: Filling the gap between quantum and classical world

April 14, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quantum superposition is a fundamental and also intriguing property of the quantum world. Because of superposition, a quantum system can be in two different states simultaneously, like a cat that can be both "dead" and "alive" at the same time....

Better climate predictions within grasp

April 14, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A proposed satellite mission - that will improve our understanding of the consequences of climate change and could save the global economy up to $30 trillion - has received funding to develop a more detailed design of the technology and identify partners....

Anasys licenses ORNL nanoscale mass spectrometry imaging technology

April 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Anasys Instruments Corp. has licensed a Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that allows for simultaneous chemical and physical characterization and could lead to advances in materials and drug development. The technique, which combines the power of atomic force...

Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

April 14, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy....

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Driven to high-energy excellence

April 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Listening to Connor Richards, one might easily mistake him for a graduate student. His grasp on high energy physics is solid, his explanations of abstruse concepts in particle physics both clear and complete. But Richards is a second-year undergraduate student....

SpaceX's Dragon headed to space station to create astronaut farmers

April 14, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Enter the Dragon" takes on a whole new meaning this month as SpaceX's Dragon capsule heads to the International Space Station for its third commercial resupply mission on April 14. During the SpaceX-3 mission, the Dragon capsule not only will deliver cargo

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