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High-performance, low-cost ultracapacitors built with graphene and carbon nanotubes

April 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By combining the powers of two single-atom-thick carbon structures, researchers at the George Washington University's Micro-propulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory have created a new ultracapacitor that is both high performance and low cost. The device, described in the Journal of Applied Physics...

NREL unlocking secrets of new solar material

April 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before—and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future....

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Vacuum ultraviolet lamp of the future created in Japan

April 22, 2014 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers in Japan has developed a solid-state lamp that emits high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light at the shortest wavelengths ever recorded for such a device, from 140 to 220 nanometers. This is within the range of vacuum-UV light -- so named because while light of that energy can propagate in a vacuum....

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Mysteries of a nearby planetary system's dynamics now are solved

April 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition on 22 April 2014. The study, which presents the first viable model for the planetary system...

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Cloaked DNA nanodevices survive pilot mission

April 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have mimicked these viral tactics....

AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband....

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An easy interface for the Internet of Things

April 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Amid a wide range of new platforms to manage streams of data from the Internet of things, a simple version emerges that anyone can use.With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas...

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Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to smart TVs

April 22, 2014 12:01 pm | Comments

Hillcrest Labs (Rockville, MD) announced that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Lenovo Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled last week, for sale across China.

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BTU brings its Thermal Processing Duo to NEPCON China

April 22, 2014 11:46 am | Comments

BTU International, Inc. (Billerica, MA) announced that it will exhibit its DYNAMO and PYRAMAX in booth B-1C20 at NEPCON China 2014, scheduled to take place April 23-25, 2014, at the Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China.

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Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

April 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can. Tesla probably will invest several hundred million dollars in charging...

For Project Ara, it’s module — not app — ideas wanted

April 22, 2014 1:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

It’s still early days for Google’s modular smartphone effort, but developers and enthusiasts are already thinking about the swappable components they may build.From afar, the device in Garrett Kinsman’s palm looked like a prototype of Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone....

Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

April 21, 2014 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Alexander Shestopalov, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester, has done just that....

Photos of the Day: NASA's flying saucer

April 21, 2014 1:33 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

NASA recently unveiled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a disc-shaped spacecraft which could potentially deliver supplies for future manned Mars missions. In theory, NASA’s flying saucer would, upon descent, deploy a 100-foot-wide parachute to decelerate from a Mach 3.5 descent down to about twice the speed of sound....

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Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their invention....

'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions....

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