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The secrets of obviousness (in patents): Secret 2

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

The Wizard didn’t want Dorothy and her gang to notice him behind the curtain. Similarly, in the patent world, when deciding obviousness, it is well established that one should not use the invention itself as an evidentiary roadmap.

Next-gen illumination using silicon quantum dot-based white-blue LED

June 5, 2015 2:17 pm | by Hiroshima University | News | Comments

A Si quantum dot (QD)-based hybrid inorganic/organic light-emitting diode (LED) that exhibits white-blue electroluminescence has been fabricated...

Technique could boost development of nanomachines

June 5, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Friction is all around us, working against the motion of tires on pavement, the scrawl of a pen across paper, and even the flow of proteins through the bloodstream...

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Nato's first alliance ground surveillance aircraft unveiled

June 5, 2015 12:34 pm | by Northrop Grumman | News | Comments

Expanding NATO's joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, Northrop Grumman Corporation and its industry partners together with NATO leaders unveiled the first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft to an audience of customers, distinguished guests, employees and community leaders...

Star Wars lasers will soon be a reality. (Sort of.)

June 5, 2015 10:59 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Imagine if real-life laser weapons were like the ones in the movies? Sure, companies have been making real-life laser cannons for years. Sure, they’re some serious stuff—serious like shoot a drone down mid-flight...

Researchers create solar cells with record energy performance

June 5, 2015 9:41 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have obtained a record efficiency of 22% by creating silicon solar cells that incorporate a surface treatment called black silicon on the front of the cell...

Robotic glove helps hand-impaired patients grasp objects independently

June 5, 2015 9:33 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by soft wearable robotics expert Conor Walsh...

Air Force tests new wearables in Batman program

June 5, 2015 9:19 am | by Brendan Mcgarry, Defense Tech | News | Comments

The U.S. Air Force is testing dozens of wearable technologies as part of an experimental program nicknamed “Batman.” Officials with the Air Force Research Laboratory showed off some of the innovative products during recent exhibition at the Pentagon...

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US Army starts testing palm-sized drones

June 5, 2015 9:10 am | by US Army News | News | Comments

The US Army has started testing palm-sized PD-100 Black Hornet drones, which feature regular and thermal cameras that can be used for surveillance operations...

Study confirms 3D printed parts help reduce aircraft weight by 7 percent

June 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new case study by a team from Northwestern University in the US has confirmed that 3D printed metal parts will help reduce weight of an aircraft by up to 7%, thereby allowing airlines to save fuel and decrease carbon emissions...

This is what future scientists do in middle school

June 4, 2015 4:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Drew Johnson, a 14-year old 8th grade student at Harding Township Middle School, and his brother Alex, a 12-year-old 6th grader...

The secrets of obviousness (in patents): Secret 3

June 4, 2015 2:04 pm | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

Secrets #1 and #2 make it clear that we don’t know how to judge obviousness objectively.  But do we understand how inventions happen...

Using soccer to teach robotics

June 4, 2015 12:26 pm | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT | News | Comments

Its title is Introduction to Robotics — and for some students, that’s all they need to know to get excited about the popular class in the Department of Mechanical Engineering...

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Engineers show how 'perfect' materials begin to fail

June 4, 2015 12:19 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Crystalline materials have atoms that are neatly lined up in a repeating pattern. When they break, that failure tends to start at a defect, or a place where the pattern is disrupted. But how do defect-free materials break...

Japan government eyes urban drone ban

June 4, 2015 12:06 pm | by Agence France-Presse | News | Comments

Japan plans to ban the public from flying drones above residential areas and at night, as it scrambles to legislate after a device was found on top of the prime minister's office in April...

Southampton to help operate US National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

June 4, 2015 11:23 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

The University of Southampton has been selected as the sole UK partner to help operate the new National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS) in the United States...

Smart microgrids to help data centers, farm communities use locally produced power

June 4, 2015 10:43 am | by South Dakota State University | News | Comments

Strategic use of locally produced, renewable energy through smart microgrids can reduce power costs and help prevent outages, according to assistant professors Wei Sun and Reinaldo Tonkoski of the electrical engineering and computer science department...

Drone industry unfolding quickly in North Dakota

June 4, 2015 10:22 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The unmanned aircraft industry is growing so quickly in North Dakota that two Fargo companies almost signed their recent merger deal on a napkin, an executive said Wednesday...

Gallium-nitride and Indium Gallium-nitride technology targets fast-growing markets for wearable vision systems

June 4, 2015 9:21 am | News | Comments

Leti announced that it has demonstrated a path to fabricating high-density micro-LED arrays for the next generation of wearable and nomadic systems in a process that is scalable to the IC manufacturing process...

UGVs in future Military operations

June 4, 2015 9:01 am | by NATO Science and Technology Organization | News | Comments

In the near future more than 50% of population will live in urban areas. The development of military operation methods, especially in urban and asymmetric operations, will require new equipment and methods to reduce the loss of soldiers’ and civilians’ lives...

Google founder defends accident records of self-driving cars

June 4, 2015 8:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents withheld to protect the privacy of other motorists...

Army to introduce new command post wireless capability

June 4, 2015 8:32 am | by Amy Walker, PEO C3T | News | Comments

During combat operations, units often change base locations to outmaneuver the enemy or avoid attack, requiring the entire command post to be moved, or jumped...

Keeping astronauts in space longer with better air and water

June 4, 2015 8:30 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As astronauts embark on increasingly ambitious space missions, scientists have to figure out how to keep them healthy for longer periods far from Earth. That entails assuring the air they breathe and the water they drink are safe -- not an easy task given their isolated locations...

Revolutionary microbe could help accelerate biofuel production

June 3, 2015 4:53 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Biofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter...

The battery revolution is exciting, but remember they pollute too

June 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Caleb Goods And Carla Lipsig-Mumme, The Conversation | News | Comments

The recent unveiling by Tesla founder Elon Musk of the low-cost Powerwall storage battery is the latest in a series of exciting advances in battery technologies for electric cars and domestic electricity generation...

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