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Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells

January 16, 2015 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study led by Stanford University scientists. The researchers describe their novel perovskite-silicon solar cell in this week's ...

Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a "safe operating space." Civilization has crossed ...

The home of the future

January 16, 2015 8:43 am | by Cees Links, CEO, GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

The evolution towards the smart home and the day when sensors truly integrate intelligence with your house and your smart phone is well on its way. This process has been in progress for many years and can be broken down into three phases: The Connected Home ...

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KidGab on mission to end cyber bullying

January 16, 2015 8:35 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

The children’s social networking website known as KidGab was created by Texas A&M University Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student, Stephanie Valentine, who works in the Sketch Recognition Lab led by CSE associate professor, Dr. Tracy Hammond....

Notes from an IoT Forum

January 16, 2015 8:34 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

I recently attended an Internet of Things (IoT) forum in Cambridge, MA, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of presentation, the quantity of interaction, and the technical depth of discussion. For a meeting unaffiliated with a larger technical conference or trade show ...

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A galactic 'hailstorm' in the early universe

January 16, 2015 8:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two teams of astronomers led by researchers at the University of Cambridge have looked back nearly 13 billion years, when the Universe was less than 10 percent its present age, to determine how quasars - extremely luminous objects powered by ...

How does a machine smell?

January 16, 2015 8:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Every odour has its own specific pattern which our noses are able to identify. Using a combination of proteins coupled to transistors, for the first time machines are able to differentiate smells that are mirror images of each other, so called chiral molecules ...

Funding boom shows power of tech startups, raises concerns

January 16, 2015 8:14 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Software and biotechnology companies were the leading recipients of ...

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Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

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The extreme environment of MILSPEC

January 16, 2015 7:21 am | by Major General Steve Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), and CEO of Marvin Test Solutions | Articles | Comments

While many industries benefit from more durable test equipment, the term “rugged test and measurement” reaches new heights when it comes to military specifications that include extreme temperature, vibration, humidity, and salt requirements....

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AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015

January 15, 2015 5:24 pm | Events

With more than 8,000 attendees and 550+ exhibitors from more than 40 countries, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems is recognized as the leading event for the unmanned systems marketplace. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) is the world’s largest ...

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Huge 3-D displays without 3-D glasses

January 15, 2015 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Public screenings have become an important part of major sports events. In the future, we will be able to enjoy them in 3D, thanks to a new invention from Austrian scientists. A sophisticated laser system sends laser beams into different directions....

Dual 1.5A MOSFET gate drivers come in small DFN package

January 15, 2015 4:57 pm | by Ixys | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

The IX4426, IX4427, and IX4428 MOSFET gate drivers from IXYS (Milpitas, CA) come in a small 3x3 DFN package. The outputs of the IX4426/7/8M are capable of sourcing and sinking 1.5A and can switch a 1000pF load in less than 10ns. For higher ...

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Astronauts close to moving into space station for solid year

January 15, 2015 4:29 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are just two months shy of launching to the International Space Station for an entire year. Already, though, scientists are clamoring for additional long-term subjects. Two people are not enough from a scientific perspective....

Vietnamese leader says banning social media sites impossible

January 15, 2015 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam's prime minister said Thursday that it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide correct information to inform public opinion. "You are all on social media, checking Facebook for information....

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