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$4.6 Million Award to Train Cybersecurity Professionals
A five-year, $4.63 million award from the National Science Foundation will enable a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Arkansas to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The program will provide the knowledge and tools necessary to protect
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07/18/2019
UTSA Launches Open Source Software to Secure Cloud for Users

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched Galahad, an open source revolutionary user computer environment (UCE) for the Amazon Cloud. The software impedes the ability of adversaries to operate within the AWS by making it more difficult to co-locate (either through the use of insiders, compromised hypervisors, witting or unwitting peers, or remote access) with targets, while also requiring adversaries consume more resources.

(San Antonio) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched Galahad, an open source revolutionary user computer environment (UCE) for the Amazon Cloud. The technology, which is named after the Arthurian knight that ultimately secured the Holy Grail, will fight to protect people using desktop
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07/17/2019
Bourns Acquires KEKO-Varicon d.o.o. ŽuÅambrek

KEKO-Varicon overvoltage protection
products

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. announced that a member of the Bourns group of companies has acquired all shares of KEKO-Varicon d.o.o. Žužambrek (KEKO-Varicon) from its three shareholders, consisting of two members of the MSIN Group and one minority shareholder. KEKO-Varicon is a leading manufacturer of
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07/16/2019

Get up and go Bots Getting Closer, Study Says

This robot shape and complex sensors are the result of one single print. The sensors can sense strain and pressure.

Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Researchers
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07/16/2019
Research Shows Black Plastics Could Create Renewable Energy

The process by which plastics are converted to carbon nanotube material.

Research from Swansea University has found how plastics commonly found in food packaging can be recycled to create new materials like wires for electricity - and could help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the future. While a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled
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07/16/2019
Engineering Team Develops 'Beyond 5G' Wireless Transceiver

The 'end-to-end transmitter-receiver' chip boasts a unique architecture combining digital and analog components on a single platform, resulting in ultra-fast data processing and reduced energy consumption.

Irvine, Calif. - A new wireless transceiver invented by electrical engineers at the University of California, Irvine boosts radio frequencies into 100-gigahertz territory, quadruple the speed of the upcoming 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless communications standard. Labeled an "end-to-end transmitter-receiver"
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07/16/2019
New Safer, Inexpensive way to Propel Small Satellites

Purdue University researchers have created a novel micropropulsion system for nanosatellite applications using a liquid fed pulsed-plasma thruster.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Finding inexpensive solutions for propelling CubeSats is one of the most critical components of the rapidly growing industry of commercial launches of satellites the size of a loaf of bread. The small size and relatively low cost have made CubeSats popular choices for commercial launches
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07/16/2019
Dataforth Announces Partnership with eagle.io
Dataforth Corporation has partnered with eagle.io to enable customers to use their MAQ20 system and eagle.io’s cloud-based software to build an IoT cloud-based remote monitoring system. Designed to remotely monitor environmental sensors, their website states that eagle.io enables
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07/15/2019
High-Performance Sodium Ion Batteries Using Copper Sulfide

This is a schematic model demonstrating grain boundaries and phase interfaces formations.

Researchers presented a new strategy for extending sodium ion batteries' cyclability using copper sulfide as the electrode material. This strategy has led to high-performance conversion reactions and is expected to advance the commercialization of sodium ion batteries as they emerge as an alternative to lithium
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07/15/2019
Fluorine Speeds up Two-Dimensional Materials Growth

These are SEM images of graphene domains growing. They showed that 2 seconds was enough for a domain to grow to ~400 μm and that ~1 mm domains were formed after 5 seconds. The statistical growth rate is more than three orders of magnitude faster than typical graphene growth and three times faster than the previous record realized with a continuous oxygen supply.

Back in 2004, the physics community was just beginning to recognize the existence of truly two-dimensional (2D) material, graphene. Fast forward to 2019, scientists explore a breadth of different 2D materials, expecting to uncover more of their fundamental properties. The frenzy behind these new 2D materials
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07/15/2019
2D Perovskite Materials Have Unique, Conductive Edge States

Topographical view of the surface of the perovskite layer (l) and electrical current image of the same layer showing the conductive edges.

A new class of 2D perovskite materials with edges that are conductive like metals and cores that are insulating was found by researchers who said these unique properties have applications in solar cells and nanoelectronics. "This observation of the metal-like conductive states at the layer edges
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07/15/2019
Green Light for a new Generation of Dynamic Materials
Developing synthetic materials that are as dynamic as those found in nature, with reversibly changing properties and which could be used in manufacturing, recycling and other applications, is a strong focus for scientists. In a world-first, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (
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07/15/2019
Coupled Exploration of Light and Matter

White-light reflectivity spectra recorded around a filling factor of 2/3, revealing clear signatures of optical coupling to the quantum Hall state.

The concept of 'quasiparticles' is a highly successful framework for the description of complex phenomena that emerge in many-body systems. One species of quasiparticles that in particular has attracted interest in recent years are polaritons in semiconductor materials. These are created by shining light onto
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07/15/2019
'Artificial Intelligence' fit to Monitor Volcanoes

This is an interferogram of the December 2018 eruption of Etna in southern Italy, based on Sentinel-1 satellite images. Interferograms spatially map ground surface movements.

More than half of the world's active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally. Hence, even eruptions that could potentially have rung an alarm can occur without people at risk having a clue of the upcoming disaster. As a first and early step towards a volcano early warning system, a research project headed
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07/15/2019
A Material for Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavity

The photomontage shows a sample of solid, pure niobium before coating (left), and coated with a thin layer of Nb3Sn (right).

At present, niobium is the material of choice for constructing superconducting radio-frequency cavity resonators. These will be used in projects at the HZB such as bERLinPro and BESSY-VSR, but also for free-electron lasers such as the XFEL and LCLS-II. However, a coating of niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) could lead to
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07/15/2019
How Individuals use Technology to Engage with their Cultures
As the nation continues to get more diverse, it's common for immigrant populations in the United States to identify with two or more cultures at the same time. In a new article published in Lingua, M. Sidury Christiansen argues for a redefinition of how we see transnationalism or the movement
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07/12/2019
AVX Fuels Vehicle Prototyping through Deep Orange
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation will fuel the next chapter of Clemson University's flagship vehicle prototype program Deep Orange with new equipment and lab space at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The 9,000-square foot lab – named the AVX
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07/12/2019
TTI Designs Freedom Shirt to Support Wounded Warrior Project
Fort Worth, Texas – TTI, Inc., a leading distributor of electronic components, continued the company’s tradition of supporting our country’s men and women in uniform by creating a specially designed t-shirt celebrating America’s Independence Day. This year’s t-shirt design, “Let
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07/11/2019
Funding for new Semiconductor Research Centre Announced

An artist's impression of the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM).

A new state-of-the-art facility that will bring together groundbreaking research with technology development in the field of semiconductor science and engineering is to be built at Swansea University, following the announcement of a major £30 million capital investment by the UK Research Partnership Investment
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07/10/2019
Designer Proteins Form Wires and Lattices on Mineral Surface
RICHLAND, Wash. - The goal of the research, published July 11 in the journal Nature, was to engineer artificial proteins to self-assemble on a crystal surface by creating an exact match between the pattern of amino acids in the protein and the atoms of the crystal. The ability to program these interactions
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07/10/2019
Canada's First Utility-Scale Microgrid
CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader improving power reliability and delivery worldwide, and North Bay Hydro Services, an Ontario-based municipal electric utility affiliate services provider, announced the completion of North Bay's Community Energy Park project with the successful
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07/10/2019
Fusion Scientists Develop 'Nano-Scale Sculpture Technique'

Fabrication procedures of "the nano-scale sculpture technique" by using a focused ion beam - electron beam (FIB-SEM) device. The upper series shows the schematic view of the fabrication by Ga ion beam. The images of (1) and (4) in the bottom series are the electron microscope (SEM) image corresponding to image (1) and image (4) in the upper series. The region shown by the yellow rectangle in image (4) is suitable for TEM observation.

A research team of fusion scientists has succeeded in developing "the nano-scale sculpture technique" to fabricate an ultra-thin film by sharpening a tungsten sample with a focused ion beam. This enables the nano-scale observation of a cross-section very near the top surface of the tungsten sample
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07/09/2019
Nanoscale Visualization of Optical Behavior of Dopant in GaN

Results of cathodoluminescence analysis applied to Mg ion-implanted GaN (left) and three-dimensional distribution of Mg atoms introduced into GaN as visualized by atom probe tomography (right).

In Gallium Nitride (GaN) implanted with a small amount of magnesium (Mg), NIMS succeeded for the first time in visualizing the distribution and optical behavior of the implanted Mg at the nanoscale which may help in improving electrical performance of GaN based devices. Some of the mechanisms by which introduced
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07/09/2019
Magnetic Properties for Faster, Low-Energy Spintronics

We discovered a previously unseen mode of giant magneto-resistance, FLEET Ph.D. and study co-author Sultan Albarakati (RMIT).

A theoretical-experimental collaboration across two FLEET nodes has discovered new magnetic properties within 2D structures, with exciting potential for researchers in the emerging field of 'spintronics'. Spintronic
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07/08/2019
Tuning the Energy Levels of Organic Semiconductors

Dr. Frank Ortmann, cfaed Independent Research Group Leader

A diverse set of experiments supported by simulations were able to rationalize the effect of specific electrostatic forces exerted by the molecular building blocks on charge carriers. The study was published recently in Nature Communications. In electronic devices based on organic semiconductors
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07/08/2019
How to Finance Solar Power

Cover for 'Solar Power Finance without the Jargo'.

To borrow a quote from the famous 2011 publication, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, "3,766,800 exajoules of solar energy arrive on earth each year"--but how much of it are we using? And since Earth receives such a huge dose every year for free almost everywhere, why does it still only
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07/08/2019
Quantum Satellite Combines Art with Science

SpooQy-1 was ejected from the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer past the International Space Station's (ISS) solar arrays. This photograph was taken by an astronaut on the ISS.

A satellite built by the National University of Singapore (NUS) entered orbit in June carrying both a high-tech quantum device from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and a quotation from a play written for the NUS Arts Festival. SpooQy-1, as the satellite is known, is testing a quantum light
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07/08/2019
Molecular Energy Machine as a Movie Star

Tobias Weinert, biochemist at PSI, with the experimental set-up for the 'excitation query' crystallography at the SLS: An injector produces a 50 micrometer (like a hair) thin stream of a toothpaste-like mass with the protein crystals grown in it. A small laser diode, comparable to a conventional laser pointer, is guided over mirrors and lenses and focused to the same point where the X-ray beam of the SLS hits (not in the picture). For the photo, the laser was made visible by liquid nitrogen. In the experiment, the laser is then activated for a short moment, followed by the X-rays for the molecular film.

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cellular processes significantly
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07/08/2019
Columbia and Harvard Advance Research in Ultracold Molecules

A computer image of the dissociation process of an ultracold molecule.

Leaders in the field of ultracold molecule research from Columbia and Harvard universities are teaming up to propel understanding of the quantum mechanics of chemical reactions. The partnership will result in the development of new, more precise techniques that will expand the field of ultracold chemistry
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07/08/2019
Semiconducting Nanotubes that Form Spontaneously

The tubes consist of several walls that are perfectly uniform and just a few atoms thick. They display optical properties that make them perfect for use as fluorophores or photocatalysts.

If scientists could find a way to control the process for making semiconductor components on a nanometric scale, they could give those components unique electronic and optical properties - opening the door to a host of useful applications. Researchers at the Laboratory of Microsystems, in EPFL's School
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07/08/2019
A New Way of Making Complex Structures in Thin Films
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now be made into much more complex patterns that may open up new areas of materials design, a team of MIT researchers say. The new findings appear in the journal
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07/05/2019
'Tsunami' on a Silicon Chip: A World First for Light Waves

PhD student and lead author Sahin Ezgi from the Singapore University of Technology and Design holds one of the experimental chips.

A tsunami holds its wave shape over very long distances across the ocean, retaining its power and 'information' far from its source. In communications science, retaining information in an optic fibre that spans continents is vital. Ideally, this requires the manipulation of light in silicon chips
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07/03/2019
AI-Designed Heat Pumps Consume Less Energy

The method uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors.

Researchers at EPFL have developed a method that uses artificial intelligence to design next-generation heat-pump compressors. Their method can cut the pumps' power requirement by around 25%. In Switzerland, 50 - 60% of new homes are equipped with heat pumps. These systems draw in thermal energy from
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07/03/2019
Activity of Fuel Cell Catalysts Doubled

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in optimizing the size of platinum nanoparticles for fuel cell catalysis so that the new catalysts are twice as good as the currently best commercially available processes. The picture shows the first authors: Dr. Batyr Garlyyev, Kathrin Kratzl, and Marlon Rueck (f.l.t.r.).

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available today. Fuel cells may well replace batteries as the power source
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07/03/2019
Black (Nano)gold Combat Climate Change

Use of black gold can get us one step closer to combat climate change.

Global warming is a serious threat to the planet and the living beings. One of the main cause of global warming is the increase in the atmospheric CO2 level. The main source of this CO2 is from the burning of fossil fuels in our daily lives (electricity, vehicles, industry and many more). Researchers
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07/03/2019
Sager Electronics Acquires Technical Power Systems
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics announced that it has completed the acquisition of Technical Power Systems (TPS). The addition of Technical Power Systems enhances the product set and design solution capabilities of Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics, which launched in
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07/03/2019
Sampling of Quantum States of Light in a Silicon Chip

By exploring complex integrated circuits, photonic states can be generated and processed at larger scales.

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have found a promising new way to build the next generation of quantum simulators combining light and silicon micro-chips. In the roadmap to develop quantum machines able to compete and overcome classical supercomputers
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07/02/2019
Building Trust in Artificial Intelligence
From telecommunications to road traffic, from healthcare to the workplace - digital technology is now an intrinsic part of almost every area of life. Yet how can we ensure that developments in this field, especially those that rely on artificial intelligence (AI), meet all our ethical, legal and technological
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07/02/2019
Analog Devices wins award for automotive power management
According to the Electronics Industry Awards judges, the LT8708 ‘shows innovation and demonstrates technical capabilities and usefulness that stand out from other automotive products’.
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07/02/2019
Versatile solution for wireless light management
Tridonic’s basicDIM Wireless system based on Casambi’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology offers an interconnected and interoperable solution for the hassle-free wireless connectivity of luminaires.
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07/02/2019
BioSA -- Bridging the gap with Biodegradable Metals

Scanning Electron Microscopy image of the first BioSA prototype.

Millions of patients all over the world undergo surgical procedures related to bone defect repair every year. With an ever-increasing life expectancy and the issues that come with a decaying skeleton, the number of interventions can only increase in the coming years. This is why orthopaedic surgeons are constantly
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07/01/2019
MiLiQuant: Putting Quantum Technology into Practice

A diamond on a parabolic light collecting lens is the main component of the new angular rate sensor.

Quantum technology is about to make the leap from scientific research to concrete applications. Contributing to this is the new MiLiQuant research project in which businesses and universities are cooperating to develop new applications for quantum technology. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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07/01/2019
Danish Researchers Create Worldwide Solar Energy Model

The graphic shows the total solar energy production for all European countries in the period 2013-2017. Each tiny field represents a week's energy production: The brighter the color the more energy was produced.

Solar cells are currently the world's most talked-about renewable energy source, and for any future sustainable energy system, it is crucial to know about the performance of photovoltaic systems at local, regional and global levels. Danish researchers have just set up an historically accurate model, and all
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07/01/2019
Combing Nanowire Noodles

U-shaped nanowires can record electrical chatter inside a brain or heart cell without causing any damage. The devices are 100 times smaller than their biggest competitors, which kill a cell after recording.

Machines are getting cozy with our cells. Embeddable sensors record how and when neurons fire; electrodes spark heart cells to beat or brain cells to fire; neuron-like devices could even encourage faster regrowth after implantation in the brain. Soon, so-called brain-machine interfaces could do even
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07/01/2019
A Cold-Tolerant Electrolyte for Lithium-Metal Batteries

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 -- liquefied gas electrolytes -- could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode.

Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017 - liquefied gas electrolytes - could pave the way to a high-impact and long-sought advance for rechargeable batteries: replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. The research, published July 1, 2019 by the journal
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07/01/2019