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Getting sharp images from dull detectors

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Observing the quantum behavior of light is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons — the particle complement of light waves — and sometimes only one....

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies

October 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of technology where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than their charge. The field can bring significant advantages to computer technology, combining higher speeds with lower energy consumption....

Australian teams set new records for silicon quantum computing

October 13, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits....

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Researchers set speed record for fluorescent molecules

October 13, 2014 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal -- setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing superfast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography....

"Illusion coatings" make objects appear to be something else

October 13, 2014 11:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes simply making an object appear to be something else will do the trick, according to Penn State electrical engineers. "Previous attempts at cloaking using a single metasurface layer ...

Metal nanoparticles can deform like a liquid

October 13, 2014 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while their interiors retain a perfectly stable crystal configuration. The research team ...

Touchscreen controller delivers industry’s best gloved-finger tracking

October 13, 2014 10:24 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced that its TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world’s best....

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LED downlight certified to both Energy Star and California Title 24

October 13, 2014 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) launched the industry’s first all-in-one LED commercial downlight fixture — Prescolite’s LBSLEDA. Built to fit a standard 4x4 J-Box, the new fixture is the perfect alternative to recessed products in settings where ...

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Easy as Pi: How Raspberry Pi B+ enables home automation

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The launch of the Raspberry Pi B+ board earlier this year marked another milestone for at-home computing and coding. Because the board more easily enables Internet of Things solutions, it was an easy choice for inclusion in the supplies given to the element14 Community engineers taking part in the “Forget Me Not” challenge.

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'Smart' lithium-ion battery warns of fire hazard

October 13, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones....

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

October 13, 2014 9:16 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day. Mayor Bill de Blasio - apparently the first mayor to have ...

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

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Facebook's Zuckerberg pushes global Internet in Indonesia

October 13, 2014 4:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On his first visit to Facebook-crazy Indonesia, Mark Zuckerberg met the president-elect, spread the word about his company's global Internet-access initiative and posted a photo of himself at an ancient Buddhist temple. The Facebook CEO arrived Sunday....

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Companies are harvesting your "voiceprint"

October 13, 2014 4:30 am | by Raphael Satter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals ...

Automated imaging system will aid world hunger

October 12, 2014 5:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Penn State University have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants. The technique, believed to be the first of its kind ...

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