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'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

July 17, 2014 6:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light). A standard optical microscope acts as a "nanocamera" whereas the pBNAs are the analogous film.

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Future electronics may depend on lasers, not quartz

July 17, 2014 6:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in the laboratory of Kerry Vahala, the Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics at Caltech, have developed a method to stabilize microwave signals in the range of gigahertz, or billions of cycles per second—using a pair of laser beams as the reference, in lieu of a crystal.

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Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

July 17, 2014 6:14 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's second-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as World Cup fever drove more traffic to the Internet company's search engine and YouTube video site while Android devices spurred more sales of movies, music, books and applications through its mobile store. The report released Thursday also showed...

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Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

July 17, 2014 6:14 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices. Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft...

Security MCU offers high RF integration

July 17, 2014 5:53 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on Tithe company’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with desirable read zone and battery performance for…

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Ethernet and InfiniBand devices monopolizing your budget? Don't let them!

July 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Krishna Mallampati, PLX Technology, www.plxtech.com | Plx Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Organizations are losing money simply because they are not looking critically at the interconnect technology choices they have. Why? Because they are too wed to Ethernet and InfiniBand to acknowledge that these two are no longer the most economical technologies in system connectivity.

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NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

July 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis,...

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First ab initio method for characterizing hot carriers

July 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the first ab initio method – meaning a theoretical model free of adjustable or empirical parameters – for characterizing the properties of "hot carriers" in semiconductors. Hot carriers are electrical charge carriers - electrons and holes – with significantly higher energy than charge carriers at thermal equilibrium.

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Plasmon-enhanced Polarization-selective filter

July 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we all know, some optical devices can only work with a certain incident polarization direction. In this case, a polarizer is necessary to shift the polarization direction of linearly polarized light. A common polarizer is also called half-wave plate, which constructed out of a birefringent material (such as quartz or mica).

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No-wait data centers

July 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, in August, MIT researchers will present a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent — virtually doing away with queues.

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Carnegie Mellon combines hundreds of videos to reconstruct 3D motion without markers

July 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti.

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Top flight students put Le Mans race car to the test

July 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by The University of Manchester | News | Comments

A group of top aerospace engineering students from the University of Manchester’s School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) had the chance to act as Formula 1 aerodynamicists for the day – and test a full-scale Le Mans LMP2 race car in a world-class wind tunnel.

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Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that of...

Imaging Without Limits: Phones Lead Growth but Innovative Applications Expanding the Market

July 16, 2014 6:18 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

GRENOBLE, France — 16 July 2014 — To address the rising demands of imaging systems in mobile, medical, automotive and other technology applications, the Imaging Without Limits Conference (7-8 October) will be introduced at SEMICON Europa 2014 this year to address this surging market....

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