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Meet the high-performance single-molecule diode

July 30, 2015 9:33 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab and Columbia University has passed a major milestone in molecular electronics with the creation of the world's highest-performance single-molecule diode....

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Just say 'No' to drugs -- in water

July 30, 2015 9:31 am | by American Society of Agronomy | News | Comments

Remember the science fair? For some of us it was an exciting time of creative experimentation. For others it was a time of botched and badly displayed data. For 16-year-old Maria Elena Grimmett, it's a blast. And she isn't peddling baking soda and vinegar volcanoes....

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Study shows successful transport of blood samples with small drones

July 30, 2015 9:27 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

In a proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins, researchers have shown that results of common and routine blood tests are not affected by up to 40 minutes of travel via hobby-sized drones....

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Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

July 30, 2015 9:22 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

ike a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo...

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Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick

July 30, 2015 9:20 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for "human support robot," comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup...

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GaN-on-Silicon LEDs

July 30, 2015 9:13 am | by Plessey | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey today announced the launch of its range of LED filaments, manufactured with the company's MaGIC™ GaN-on-Silicon LEDs. The filaments are designed for the surging filament bulb market where these replacement lamps have far better performance, but still maintain the physical appearance of incandescent lamps...

High insulation gate-drive transformer controls MOSFETs in automotive DC/DC power CVs

July 30, 2015 8:49 am | by PREMO SL | Product Releases | Comments

The new GDAU series offers high insulation >3kV and supports double-transistors control in a reduced SMD package...

Engineering Live: Connecting Wearables in a Global Marketplace

July 29, 2015 3:13 pm | by The ECN Editors | Videos | Comments

In this Engineering Live broadcast, panelists from around the globe will come together to discuss: New packaging techniques for low power devices, Potential power solutions and everything you need to know about wearables.

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Self-clinching fasteners eliminate need for welds

July 29, 2015 11:57 am | by Penn Engineering | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

The new PEM® VariMount™ fastening system (Type VM) from PennEngineering® utilizes proven self-clinching technology paired with a round steel or stainless steel base plate to offer a clean and ready-made assembly for mounting into any rigid material or panel, including composites, plastics, and metals...

Amazon wants air space for delivery drones

July 29, 2015 10:23 am | by Agence France-Presse | News | Comments

Online retail colossus Amazon wants to carve out a special zone of the sky to shuttle commercial drones that would deliver goods to its customers. Amazon Prime Air project vice president Gur Kimchi used a NASA convention in California on Tuesday to fly the idea of dedicating separate air zones for commercial drones...

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NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error

July 29, 2015 10:20 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday...

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NASA Mars Orbiter preparing for Mars lander's 2016 arrival

July 29, 2015 10:17 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With its biggest orbit maneuver since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year...

FAA investigating airliner that nearly ran out of fuel

July 29, 2015 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are investigating why an Allegiant Air passenger jet nearly ran out of fuel before landing at an airport that was temporarily closed to most traffic...

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5 things to know about artificial intelligence & its use

July 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers...

ASU researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers

July 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

While lasers were invented in 1960 and are commonly used in many applications, one characteristic of the technology has proven unattainable. No one has been able to create a laser that beams white light...

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