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Social media and gaming initiative aims to enhance education on energy efficiency

April 10, 2015 2:50 pm | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Affordable housing residents will be encouraged to use a specially devised game for smartphones and tablets linked to smart meters as part of a partnership initiative designed to reduce energy and CO2 consumption in their homes. EnerGAware is a €2million project funded ...

New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants

April 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Clemson University | News | Comments

You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers, including Kyle Brinkman of Clemson University, developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions.

Graphene looking promising for future spintronic devices

April 10, 2015 1:59 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known. This has opened the door....

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PC sales declined again in first quarter

April 10, 2015 1:52 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the industry's ongoing struggles with the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets. One big reason for the decline was businesses buying fewer ...

What type of smart energy technology will make the biggest impact in the future?

April 10, 2015 1:41 pm | Articles | Comments

Efficient and reliable power conversion technologies will make the biggest impact on future Smart Energies. Power Converters will be utilized in many different places, including balancing, linking, and electric vehicles, and so efficient power converters will have a broad impact on the overall efficient ...

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Defying the odds as a female engineer

April 10, 2015 12:07 pm | by Julia Sklar, MIT News correspondent | Blogs | Comments

When MIT senior Emma Nelson was teaching engineering classes in China in 2013, a male student remarked of her as an instructor, “I thought we were supposed to meet engineers, not women.” As she stared out at the 100 college students before her ...

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Transistor laser research aims to push modulation speeds into THz range

April 10, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

ECE Professor Milton Feng recently received a $657,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to enhance the modulation speed performance of the transistor laser, a novel 3-terminal device that he and ECE colleague Nick Holonyak Jr. invented in 2004.

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane

April 10, 2015 12:02 pm | by The University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a programme of work aimed at developing the next generation of biofuels....

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More ground robots to serve alongside soldiers soon

April 10, 2015 10:03 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The dawning of a new age of Army ground robots will soon be here, said Scott Davis, program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support during the National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference and Exhibition, April 7.

Engineering Newswire: TRON lightcycle breaks out of the system

April 10, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

RM Sotheby’s, a collector car auction house, will be auctioning off a real-life TRON lightcycle that is being touted as a work of mobile art. The custom electric vehicle was built for RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection, which features a lineup of 75 cars....

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Energy Department to spend $200 million on new supercomputer

April 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will give Argonne National Laboratory $200 million to make the Chicago-area home to a high-performance supercomputer that is five to seven times faster than current top supercomputers....

White House says it's always a target amid reports of hack

April 9, 2015 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is always going to be a target for hackers. Josh Earnest came close on Wednesday to confirming reports that Russian hackers accessed sensitive White House information....

Erupting electrodes: how recharging leaves behind microscopic debris inside batteries

April 9, 2015 4:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

An eruption of lithium at the tip of a battery's electrode, cracks in the electrode's body, and a coat forming on the electrode's surface reveal how recharging a battery many times leads to its demise. Using a powerful microscope to watch multiple cycles of charging and discharging under real...

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Magnetic rotary encoders now include communications interfaces

April 9, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA has introduced two new communications interfaces for its high-precision IXARC magnetic rotary encoders. These versatile, compact and cost-effective devices are now available with PROFINET and EtherCAT interfaces. The networking technologies supported by the new communications interfaces ...

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LED work light on quadpod features retractable cord reel

April 9, 2015 3:35 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 60 watt base stand LED work area light mounted atop an extendable quadpod equipped with a retractable cord reel. The WAL-QP8-WP60PM-GRC50 from Larson Electronics is an aluminum quadpod mounted work area LED light that provides ...

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