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'Messy' Production of Perovskite Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency

Visualisation of how the charge carriers (in purple) accumulate in the disordered perovskite structures.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost. The surprising findings,
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11/11/2019
A Cheaper way to Scale up Atomic Layer Deposition

This is an artistic illustration of atomic layer deposition.

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) involves stacking layers of atoms on top of each other like pancakes. The atoms come from a vaporized material called a precursor. ASD is a well-established technique for manufacturing microelectronics like semiconductors and magnetic heads for sound recording, as well as sensors
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11/11/2019
Study -- Free Internet Access Should be a Basic Human Right
Free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online - particularly in developing countries - lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, according to a new study. As political engagement increasingly takes place online, basic
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11/11/2019

A Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

Graduate students Mostafa Alizadeh, left, and Hajar Abedi position a doll, modified to simulate breathing, in a minivan during testing of a new sensor.

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles. The new device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals with 100-per-cent
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11/11/2019
Quantum Data Protocol for a Future 'Quantum Internet'

Schedule of the quantum data classification protocol

Quantum-based communication and computation technologies promise unprecedented applications, such as unconditionally secure communications, ultra-precise sensors, and quantum computers capable of solving specific problems with a level of efficiency impossible to reach by classical computers. In recent times,
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11/11/2019
Current Battery Recycling Processes for Electric Vehicles
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has collaborated with the Faraday Institution in a newly released Nature review of challenges and opportunities associated with recycling lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles
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11/10/2019
Machine Learning Enhances Light-Beam Performance

This chart shows how vertical beam-size stability greatly improves when a neural network is implemented during Advanced Light Source operations. When the so-called "feed-forward" correction is implemented, the fluctuations in the vertical beam size are stabilized down to the sub-percent level (see yellow-highlighted section) from levels that otherwise range to several percent.

Synchrotron light sources are powerful facilities that produce light in a variety of "colors," or wavelengths - from the infrared to X-rays - by accelerating electrons to emit light in controlled beams. Synchrotrons like the Advanced Light Source at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley
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11/10/2019
Chinese Researchers Design Novel Flying Robot

The contact aerial manipulator system

Skyscrapers are rising rapidly around the world, continuously transforming city skylines. However, their repair and maintenance is becoming more and more difficult. So, who can safely perform the job? Will a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man help out? No, but Chinese researchers at the Shenyang Institute
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11/10/2019
Transphorm Ships Over Half a Million GaN Power Devices
Transphorm Inc. disclosed that it has shipped more than 500 thousand high voltage GaN FETs. The company hit this milestone as customers continue to adopt its high quality-high reliability GaN platform.  High Voltage GaN Adoption Customers in the broad industrial, infrastructure
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11/08/2019
Electronetics To Operate as a Division of Triad Magnetics
Triad Magnetics is pleased to announce that Electronetics will now be operating as a division of Triad Magnetics, offering a unified solution to better serve the custom magnetics market.  Both Electronetics and Triad customers will now benefit from the combined resources of a global magnetics leader and
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11/07/2019
Scientists Design new Grid Batteries for Renewable Energy

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed an affordable flow battery membrane for the electric grid from a new class of polymers called AquaPIM.

How do you store renewable energy so it's there when you need it, even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Giant batteries designed for the electrical grid - called flow batteries, which store electricity in tanks of liquid electrolyte - could be the answer, but so far utilities have yet to
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11/07/2019
No More Traffic Blues for Information Transfer

Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science and Keio University propose that a certain machine learning algorithm can help resource-constrained devices on a wireless network select optimal channels for information transmission; this could potentially decongest massive IoT networks.

The wireless Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices in which each device can directly send information to another over wireless channels of communication, without human intervention. With the number of IoT devices increasing every day, the amount of information on the wireless channels is also increasing.
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11/07/2019
Flatland Light

A 2D prism

In 1884, a schoolmaster and theologian named Edwin Abbott wrote a novella called Flatland, which tells the story of a world populated by sentient two-dimensional shapes. While intended as a satire of rigid Victorian social norms, Flatland has long fascinated mathematicians and physicists and served as the setting
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11/07/2019
AI Learns to Design
Trained AI agents can adopt human design strategies to solve problems, according to findings published in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Big design problems require creative and exploratory decision making, a skill in which humans excel. When engineers use artificial intelligence
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11/07/2019
Researchers Take Flight with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are getting smarter with the help of an international team of researchers. They developed a way for multiple UAVS to fall into formation while still automatically controlling their own flight needs, just like the drones used by the villain portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2019
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11/07/2019
GaN Systems Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification
GaN Systems announced that the company received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification for the design and manufacture of power semiconductor products. Both GaN Systems’ Canadian headquarters and Taiwanese operations facilities received
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11/05/2019
Renesas, Altair Semiconductor Collaborate for Cellular IoT
Renesas Electronics Corporation and Altair Semiconductor jointly announced a partnership aimed at bringing ultra-small and ultra-low-power cellular IoT solutions to the global IoT market. Cellular IoT device makers will be able to use this combination of best-in-classsolutions tocreate highly differentiated
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11/05/2019
Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model to help autonomous vehicles determine when it's safe to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views. Navigating intersections can be dangerous for driverless cars and humans alike. In 2016, roughly 23 percent of fatal and 32 percent
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11/05/2019
3D-Printed Plastics w/ High-Performance Electrical Circuits

This is an example of simple light-sensing electronics with an LED (light-emitting diode), a light-sensitive diode (semiconductor) and power connected by a high-performance circuit inside polymer. The LED is on when exposed to light and off when light from the diode is blocked.

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small satellites, biomedical implants and smart structures. They used pulses of high-energy light to fuse tiny silver wires, resulting
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11/05/2019
Toshiba Joins the Open Invention Network Community
Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, and Toshiba Group (Toshiba) announced that Toshiba has joined as a community member. As a global leader in innovatively pairing real-world technologies and digital technologies, Toshiba is leading the evolution of cyber-physical
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11/05/2019
2D Antimony Holds Promise for Post-Silicon Electronics

Unlike other materials with electrons that scatter in many directions (bottom left), the electrons in 2D antimony (top left) can be made to move together in an orderly way, giving it high charge mobility and making the material an efficient semiconductor.

Not everything is bigger in Texas -- some things are really, really small. A group of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a new material for manufacturing even smaller computer chips that could replace silicon and help overcome one of the biggest challenges facing the tech industry
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11/04/2019
Worker Robots -- Learning from Mistakes
Practice makes perfect -- it is an adage that has helped humans become highly dexterous and now it is an approach that is being applied to robots. Computer scientists at the University of Leeds are using the artificial intelligence (AI) techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to
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11/04/2019
Cyber-SHIP Lab to Address Maritime Cyber Security Challenges

The new Cyber_SHIP Lab at the University of Plymouth will complement existing world-leading facilities such as its ship simulator

A unique new research facility designed to address the key cyber security challenges facing the shipping industry is being established at the University of Plymouth. The £3 million Cyber-SHIP Lab, supported by funding from Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation, and industry, will bring
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11/04/2019
New Technology Could Benefit Veterans with PTSD

Dr. Sudie Back of the Medical University of South Carolina holds the type of camera that will be used in the experimental PTSD treatment. It can be disguised as a shirt button.

New technology aims to improve the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder by allowing veterans to virtually take their doctor with them during prolonged exposure therapy. The system gives the doctor physical and psychological information about the veterans in real time. "This is something
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11/02/2019
Cage Molecules = Sieves for Hydrogen Isotope Separation
A new hybrid material developed by scientists at the University of Liverpool may bring the dream of carbon-free nuclear fusion power a step closer. The separation of hydrogen's three isotopes (hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium) is of key importance for fusion power technology, but current technologies
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11/02/2019
AVX Acquires Chengdu OK New Energy, Ltd.
AVX Corporation announced that it has completed the purchase of Chengdu OK New Energy, Ltd. After four years of strong collaborative efforts between COKNE and AVX on the manufacturing and development of supercapacitors, AVX is delighted to complete the full vertical integration under the AVX umbrella. During
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Date:
11/01/2019