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New manufacturing approach slices lithium-ion battery cost in half

June 23, 2015 12:29 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost of the most widely used type of rechargeable batteries while also improving their performance and making them easier to recycle...

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US Navy plans to equip next-generation aircraft carriers with laser weapons

June 23, 2015 12:22 pm | by Sputnik | News | Comments

US Navy officials are pinning their hopes on laser and directed-energy weapons, claiming that lasers would even replace some existing missile systems, providing a much higher rate of annihilation...

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US Army opens 20,563 engineering positions to women

June 23, 2015 12:19 pm | by Army News Service | News | Comments

Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS 12B, Combat Engineer is now open to all female enlisted Soldiers of all components, according to Army Directive 2015-27...

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New formula expected to spur advances in clean energy generation

June 23, 2015 12:16 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new formula for calculating the maximum efficiency of thermoelectric materials, the first new formula in more than a half-century, designed to speed up the development of new materials suitable for practical use...

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Astronomers explain why a star is so hot right now

June 23, 2015 12:12 pm | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Astronomers have solved a mystery over small, unusually hot blue stars, 10 times hotter than our Sun, that are found in the middle of dense star clusters...

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Single-catalyst water splitter produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7

June 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week...

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Russia's renewable energy policy: Profitable for investors

June 23, 2015 12:05 pm | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | News | Comments

In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism...

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NASA signs deal to transfer shuttle landing facility to Space Florida

June 23, 2015 12:00 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Nasa has signed a new agreement with aerospace and spaceport development authority Space Florida to transfer ownership of the shuttle landing facility...

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Could robots do a better job at border control?

June 23, 2015 11:43 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

The future of border control may soon be in the hands of robots. French electrical systems company, Thales, unveiled last week at the Paris Air Show its new airport technologies which promise to replace immigration officers...

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Plastic housing enables rapid prototyping of reflective presence and proximity sensor

June 23, 2015 11:37 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology broadens its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a miniature plastic housing for the rapid prototyping of reflective presence and proximity sensors...

Programmable resistive sensing conditioner with digital and analog outputs

June 23, 2015 11:21 am | by Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments today introduced the industry’s highest resolution resistive sensing signal conditioner, enabling fast and precise 24-bit measurement of conditions such as pressure, strain, flow or liquid levels...

1100 W hot-swap front-end power supply minimizes application space

June 23, 2015 11:12 am | by Cui Inc | Cui Inc | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc today announced the introduction of a 1100 W front-end ac-dc power supply for mission critical (N+1) redundant applications...

MAVEN results find Mars behaving like a rock star

June 23, 2015 9:41 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

If planets had personalities, Mars would be a rock star according to recent preliminary results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. Mars sports a "Mohawk" of...

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In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas

June 23, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from?

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Mirror-like display creates rich color pixels by harnessing ambient light

June 23, 2015 9:34 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Using a simple structure comprising a mirror and an absorbing layer to take advantage of the wave properties of light, researchers at Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have developed a display technology...

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