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Crystal solar and NREL team up to cut costs

September 10, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations....

Rice wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum

September 10, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles.In a presentation today at the Association for Computing ...

Molecular self-assembly controls graphene-edge configuration

September 10, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team headed by Prof. Patrick Han and Prof. Taro Hitosugi at the Advanced Institute of Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University discovered a new bottom-up fabrication method that produces defect-free graphene nanoribbons....

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This star cluster is not what it seems

September 10, 2014 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Milky Way galaxy is orbited by more than 150 globular star clusters, which are balls of hundreds of thousands of old stars dating back to the formation of the galaxy. One of these, along with several others in the constellation of Sagittarius....

UC San Diego researchers build first 500 GHz photon switch

September 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics – with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels. Researchers at the University of California ...

GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

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Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Writing the script and video production

September 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

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First graphene-based flexible display produced

September 10, 2014 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The partnership between the two organisations combines the graphene expertise of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), with the transistor and display processing steps that Plastic Logic has already developed for flexible electronics....

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Cloud-computing revolution applies to evolution

September 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh ...

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection

September 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape ...

Scientists express concern over long-term vision for satellite-based research

September 10, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. has more than 30 civilian, Earth-observing satellites circling the planet, providing scientists with a torrent of crucial environmental and climate information. More satellites are on deck to launch in the next few years. But, according to an article ...

Penn engineers advance understanding of graphene's friction properties

September 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has made a discovery regarding the surface properties of graphene, the Nobel-prize winning material that consists of an atomically thin sheet of carbon atoms....

Where to grab space debris

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Objects in space tend to spin — and spin in a way that's totally different from the way they spin on earth. Understanding how objects are spinning, where their centers of mass are, and how their mass is distributed is crucial to any number....

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Advanced light source sets microscopy record

September 10, 2014 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy....

ASU astrophysicists to probe how early universe made chemical elements

September 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the beginning, all was hydrogen – and helium, plus a bit of lithium. Three elements in all. Today's universe, however, has nearly a hundred naturally occurring elements, with thousands of variants (isotopes), and more likely to come. Figuring out how ...

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