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$18 million NSF investment aims to take flat materials to new heights

September 30, 2014 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Graphene, a form of carbon in which a single layer of atoms forms a two-dimensional, honeycomb crystal lattice, conducts electricity and heat efficiently and interacts with light in unusual ways. These properties have led to worldwide efforts....

Chinese scientists unveil liquid phase 3-D printing method using low melting metal alloy ink

September 30, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Three-dimensional metal printing technology is an expanding field that has enormous potential applications in areas ranging from supporting structures, functional electronics to medical devices. Conventional 3D metal printing is generally restricted....

How to make a 'perfect' solar absorber

September 30, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material's spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth's surface from the sun....

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How field application engineers are changing the engineering world

September 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Field application engineers, also known as FAEs or Sales engineers are a hybrid of exactly what the title implies: Sales and Engineering. These folks are unique because they’re essentially in the position of selling a product but they can also offe...

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Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to emerge is "smart glasses" which mesh the communications capabilities of smartphones with additional visual and other sensual enhancements....

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Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5 years, covering 5 million km without stopping. Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet....

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Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

September 30, 2014 7:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Pilot program sets stage for commercialization and broader deployment LIVERMORE, Calif. — Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction....

China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

September 30, 2014 3:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's phone regulator has approved the iPhone 6 for sale after Apple Inc. promised never to allow other governments access to users' information. Tuesday's announcement reflected Chinese unease about the reliability of foreign communications technology....

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New book calls for joy, trust and courage in engineering education

September 29, 2014 5:32 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

In their new book, "A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering," David E. Goldberg, emeritus professor of Engineering at Illinois, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, contend that ...

Conflictive animations support the development of programming skills

September 29, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Traditional educational tools present information to students in a conventional way: what they present is true and students are expected to learn what is presented. In a PhD study completed recently at the University of Eastern Finland, Andrés Moreno ...

All-SiC power module enables unprecedented reductions in cost and size

September 29, 2014 4:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) releases the industry’s first all-SiC 1.7kV power module in an industry standard 62mm housing. Powered by Cree’s C2M large area SiC chip technology, the new half-bridge module exhibits an impressive 8mOhm on-resistance....

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AIAG Product Development & Technology Forum

September 29, 2014 4:01 pm | Events

Don't miss the second annual AIAG Product Development & Technology Forum! Register now to learn how current and future IT-related technologies are predicted to transform the vehicle and the entire automotive product development system....

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400 watt high-intensity LED light replaces 1,000 watt metal halide

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-LTL-400W-LED fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 52,000 lumens of high intensity light while drawing only 400 watts from a 120 volt electrical system. This high mast LED flood light offers intense light output....

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Turnkey inverter systems offer power range from 6kVA to 90kVA

September 29, 2014 3:33 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) unveils turnkey inverter systems using their Series IT of single or three-phase switch mode inverter systems with a power range from 6kVA to 90kVA. These highly reliable, fully-customizable "built-to-project" ...

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Can cartoons be used to teach machines to understand the visual world?

September 29, 2014 3:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An enormous gap exists between human abilities and machine performance when it comes to understanding the visual world from images and videos. Humans are still way out in front. "People are the best vision systems we have," said Devi Parikh....

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