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A favorable outlook for dynamic random-access memory

January 14, 2015 8:34 am | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMI announced details from the SEMI World Fab Forecast Report illuminating the state of the semiconductor manufacturing industry, coincident with convening SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in Half Moon Bay, Calif.  Among the insights across ...

Male readers don’t think sexism in science exists

January 14, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of studies that attest to the gender gap in STEM fields and the sexism that exists in the hiring process, not to mention what happens when women are actually hired. And I mean a lot of studies. In 1999, a study showed that even with ...

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"Deep thinking" is not just for geniuses

January 13, 2015 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What is intelligence? What is the nature of creativity, thinking, learning, and even of mind? In his latest book, Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind, mathematician William Byers claims that all of these processes have a common ...

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Glass for battery electrodes

January 13, 2015 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For some time now, energy experts have been adamant that we will need much more clean energy in the future if we are to replace fossil fuel sources and reduce CO2 emissions. For example, electric cars will need to replace the petrol-powered cars driving ...

Photonic crystal nanolaser biosensor simplifies DNA detection

January 13, 2015 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A simple method to sense DNA, as well as potential biomarker proteins of cancer or other diseases such as Alzheimer's, may soon be within reach - thanks to the work of a team of Yokohama National University researchers in Japan. As the team reports ...

Novel multiferroic materials and devices integrated with silicon chips

January 13, 2015 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team led by North Carolina State University has made two advances in multiferroic materials, including the ability to integrate them on a silicon chip, which will allow the development of new electronic memory devices. The researchers have already ...

Revolutionary railgun weapon to debut at Future Force EXPO

January 13, 2015 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Electromagnetic Railgun--a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the U.S. Navy--will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C....

Watch a drone film the Las Vegas fire show

January 13, 2015 3:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

When Las Vegas isn’t actively trying to take your money, it’s entertaining you just long enough so it can continue taking your money. One of these “interludes” is the volcano fire show at the Mirage, and the good folks at Byrobot made the experience 10x hotter....

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Zinc oxide materials tapped for tiny energy harvesting devices

January 13, 2015 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today, we're surrounded by a variety of electronic devices that are moving increasingly closer to us - we can attach and wear them, or even implant electronics inside our bodies. Many types of smart devices are readily available and convenient to use....

Detection thresholds drop with low-noise quantum cascade laser driver

January 13, 2015 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electronic noise from Quantum Cascade Laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. No longer. Patented1 low noise technology is now available to both researchers and developers. Wavelength Electronics introduces the ...

Panel makers target 261 million LCD TV panels in 2015

January 13, 2015 3:32 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

In a recent survey, we observed that all LCD TV panel makers are increasing their business target for 2015. Their confidence comes from strong demand for LCD TV panels, the increasing variety of TV models, and the aggressiveness of leading brands like ...

NYC libraries pioneer free hot spot lending to 10,000

January 13, 2015 3:29 pm | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. The program - which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value - seeks to bridge ...

Obama's cybersecurity proposals part of decade-old programs

January 13, 2015 3:26 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military's U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the U.S. Obama unveiled a proposal for cybersecurity legislation at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center....

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9 ways the White House geeked out about science & tech in 2014

January 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Becky Fried, Deputy Assistant Director of Strategic Communications in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | Blogs | Comments

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House. Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned ...

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CES 2015: Sensors are everywhere ... but what products matter?

January 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

CES 2015 was defined by more sensors, in more products, in more categories than ever before. Incredibly, one in 10 U.S. adults own an activity tracker today. The latest smartphones contain as many as 16 sensors, and with Google Fit and Apple’s Healthkit ...

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