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Scientists achieve first direct observations of excitons in motion

April 16, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed....

Global scientific team 'visualizes' a new crystallization process

April 16, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sometimes engineers invent something before they fully comprehend why it works. To understand the "why," they must often create new tools and techniques in a virtuous cycle that improves the original invention while also advancing basic scientific knowledge....

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

April 16, 2014 10:58 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment"....

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Development tools designed for Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers

April 16, 2014 10:01 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems (Uppsala, Sweden) introduced an updated version, 1.40, of its embedded development tools IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas RL78. The version includes several new features which further enhance and simplify development of applications based on Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers....

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Amplifier designed for use from 50MHz up to 2600 MHz

April 16, 2014 8:32 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for TriQuint’s TAT7460B1A, linear, 75-ohm, CATV amplifier. Designed for use from 50MHz up to 2600 MHz, the TAT7460B1A addresses CATV and Satellite bands in a single part. Features include....

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Methane leaks from some fracking sites 1000 times above official figures

April 16, 2014 8:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates. The shocking figures came from air...

Do you know the real cost of a 'smartphone'?

April 16, 2014 2:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Everyone knows the cost of a 'smartphone' in dollars, but experts say it's time to know what is the equivalent of the cost in human lives. Information portal experts Me Policy highlights seven terrible data that make up the real...

From air traffic controller in the Army to grad research in fiber optics

April 15, 2014 6:14 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

When ECE graduate student Janice Blane was still a prospective student, considering advisers and research programs, she did what anyone would do: she contacted faculty members who were doing innovative research, asking about opportunities in their labs. That seems normal....

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Researchers use complex computational models to assess engine qualities

April 15, 2014 6:10 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. By gaining a better understanding of how these parameters interact, the Argonne researchers seek to create cleaner and...

Atari gets into real-money gambling

April 15, 2014 6:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Atari, the maker of classic video games like "Pong" and "Centipede," is about to make things a bit more interesting for players. The company said Tuesday that it is getting into real-money gambling through a partnership with gambling company Pariplay. Pariplay will launch Atari's brands across a...

Better solar cells, better LED light, and vast optical possibilities

April 15, 2014 3:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells....

Oscilloscopes add enhanced IBIS-AMI, S-parameters modeling support

April 15, 2014 2:26 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix (Beaverton, OR) extended the capabilities of the analysis system on its MSO/DPO70000 Series of Digital and Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes to include modeling of on-chip silicon behavior using IBIS-AMI models and S-parameters. This

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Laws and ethics can’t keep pace with technology

April 15, 2014 2:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Codes we live by, laws we follow, and computers that move too fast to care.Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. Yet they can use social media to filter out job applicants based on their beliefs, looks, and...

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Study shows increase in online information thefts

April 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had personal information stolen....

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospheric satellites could also be used in disaster relief....

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