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Sensor enables a better fit for prostheses

October 14, 2014 8:33 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution. The national ...

The Microsoft CEO just offered women the worst career advice possible

October 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never cared for Microsoft. I think their products are pretty terrible and non-intuitive. (Yes, I recognize that I’m writing this in Microsoft Word, but I do so under protest.) I appreciate, from a business standpoint, the success....

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Graphene acts as a fine lubricant

October 13, 2014 6:30 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk....

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The world's second printed car

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Strati is not the world’s first 3D-printed car. The first one, to the best of my knowledge, was the Urbee, and you saw it in PD&D back in February 2011 (A Work in Progress). Since then, we’ve seen 3D printing capture the global imagination....

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Review: Music player learns your tastes over time

October 13, 2014 2:33 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this "smart" music player I've been using on and off for a few months. The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning....

Getting sharp images from dull detectors

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Observing the quantum behavior of light is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons — the particle complement of light waves — and sometimes only one....

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies

October 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of technology where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than their charge. The field can bring significant advantages to computer technology, combining higher speeds with lower energy consumption....

Australian teams set new records for silicon quantum computing

October 13, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits....

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Researchers set speed record for fluorescent molecules

October 13, 2014 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal -- setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing superfast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography....

"Illusion coatings" make objects appear to be something else

October 13, 2014 11:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes simply making an object appear to be something else will do the trick, according to Penn State electrical engineers. "Previous attempts at cloaking using a single metasurface layer ...

Metal nanoparticles can deform like a liquid

October 13, 2014 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while their interiors retain a perfectly stable crystal configuration. The research team ...

Touchscreen controller delivers industry’s best gloved-finger tracking

October 13, 2014 10:24 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced that its TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world’s best....

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LED downlight certified to both Energy Star and California Title 24

October 13, 2014 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) launched the industry’s first all-in-one LED commercial downlight fixture — Prescolite’s LBSLEDA. Built to fit a standard 4x4 J-Box, the new fixture is the perfect alternative to recessed products in settings where ...

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Easy as Pi: How Raspberry Pi B+ enables home automation

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The launch of the Raspberry Pi B+ board earlier this year marked another milestone for at-home computing and coding. Because the board more easily enables Internet of Things solutions, it was an easy choice for inclusion in the supplies given to the element14 Community engineers taking part in the “Forget Me Not” challenge.

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'Smart' lithium-ion battery warns of fire hazard

October 13, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones....

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