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$1.5M State Grant Kickstarts Efforts to use Fungal Molecules in Batteries, Photovoltaics and Electronic Circuitry

MSX60519, a Shiraia fungal strain, grows on oatmeal in a flask in the Oberlies Research Group lab at UNCG. The researchers are investigating how the fungus creates light-absorbing molecules called perylenequinones.

­With a $1.5 million state grant, UNC Greensboro (UNCG) faculty are leading a unique research effort to explore how complex molecules found in living organisms, such as fungi, could be used to engineer more environmentally friendly energy systems. “People have been looking at natural products for centuries
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07/23/2024
Webasto Selects Monolith as AI Technology Provider for EV Battery Validation

Dr. Richard Ahlfeld, CEO and Founder of Monolith

­Monolith, artificial intelligence (AI) software provider to the world’s most innovative engineering teams, has been selected by global automotive systems supplier Webasto as its AI partner for electric vehicle (EV) battery validation.  The R&D team at Webasto, one of the global auto industry’s top 100 s
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07/23/2024
ABB Technology Automates Giant Solar Energy Farm in Abu Dhabi

ABB Technology Automates Giant Solar Energy Farm in Abu Dhabi

­The Al Dhafra PV2 Solar project in Abu Dhabi – for which ABB supplies automation and optimization power generation solutions – is now exporting 100 percent of its designed capacity onto the grid. Covering an area of 20 square km in the Al Dhafra region, located around 30 km south of Abu Dhabi City, the 2
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07/23/2024
GridBeyond and OBM Forge Partnership to Revolutionize Energy Management for Mining Operations

Michael Phelan, CEO of GridBeyond

­GridBeyond, an AI-powered smart energy company and global pioneer in intelligent energy management solutions, announced a strategic partnership with ​energy curtailment software provider OBM, Inc. (“OBM”). ​​​  This new collaboration is set to transform energy management for operations of all si
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07/23/2024
Engineers Explore Intelligence Augmentation to Improve Safety

Dr. Faisal Khan, professor and chemical engineering department head at Texas A&M University

­Artificial intelligence (AI) has grown rapidly in the last few years, and with that increase, industries have been able to automate and improve their efficiency in operations. A feature article published in AIChE Journal identifies the challenges and benefits of using Intelligence Augmentation (IA) in p
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07/22/2024
DOE Opens Bids to Construct ORNL's Next-Generation Supercomputer

The Department of Energy released a request for proposals today to advance its leadership in high-performance computing, inviting vendors to submit their plans for a successor to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s exascale (a quintillion or more calculations per second) supercomputer, Frontier.

­The Department of Energy released a request for proposals today to advance its leadership in high-performance computing, inviting vendors to submit their plans for a successor to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s exascale (a quintillion or more calculations per second) supercomputer, Frontier.  The future sy
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07/22/2024
Cognitec Contributes Face Recognition Technology to Billingpay's Public Transport Payment Devices

Face Recognition Technology

­Cognitec Systems is providing reliable face recognition technology to Brazilian payment solutions provider Billingpay for use in Rio de Janeiro’s public transport system. Billingpay has implemented automated face recognition to facilitate digital ticketing via the transport application Jaé, to be used b
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07/22/2024
onsemi Selected to Power Volkswagen Group’s Next-Generation Electric Vehicles

Hassane El-Khoury, president and CEO of onsemi

­onsemi announced it has signed a multi-year deal with Volkswagen Group to be the primary supplier of a complete power box solution as part of its next-generation traction inverter for its Scalable Systems Platform (SSP). The solution features silicon carbide-based technologies in an integrated module th
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07/22/2024
Graphene Market Surges to USD 3786.88 Million by 2031, Propelled by 46.60% CAGR

Graphene Market Surges to USD 3786.88 Million by 2031, Propelled by 46.60% CAGR

­The Global Graphene Market Size is projected to grow at a CAGR of 46.60% from 2024 to 2031, according to a new report published by Verified Market Research®. The report reveals that the market was valued at USD 257.87 Million in 2023 and is expected to reach USD 3786.88 Mi
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07/19/2024
 First Solar Announces Ownership of TOPCon Technology Patents, Undertakes Infringement Investigation

Jason Dymbort, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of First Solar

­First Solar, Inc. announced its ownership of patents related to the manufacturing of Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact (“TOPCon”) crystalline-silicon (“c-Si”) photovoltaic (“PV”) solar cells. First Solar secured the U.S. patent and related international counterparts through its acquisition of TetraSun, In
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07/19/2024
Ant Insights Lead to Robot Navigation Breakthrough

Tiny drones have can only carry very small computer processors with little computation and memory. This makes it very challenging for them to navigate by themselves, as current state-of-the-art approaches to autonomous navigation are computation- and memory intensive.

­Have you ever wondered how insects are able to go so far beyond their home and still find their way? The answer to this question is not only relevant to biology but also to making the AI for tiny, autonomous robots.  TU Delft drone-researchers felt inspired by biological findings on how ants visually re
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Date:
07/19/2024
Smart Card IC Market Size Projected to Expand to USD 5.2 Billion by 2034 Exhibiting 3.7% CAGR

Smart Card IC Market Size Projected to Expand to USD 5.2 Billion by 2034 Exhibiting 3.7% CAGR

­The global smart card IC market (스마트 카드 IC 시장) stood at US$ 3.5 billion in 2023, and the global market is projected to reach US$ 5.2 billion in 2034. The Smart Card IC market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 3.7% between 2024 and 2034. The smart card IC market is
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07/18/2024
Soft, Stretchy 'Jelly Batteries' Inspired by Electric Eels

Researchers have developed soft, stretchable ‘jelly batteries’ that could be used for wearable devices or soft robotics, or even implanted in the brain to deliver drugs or treat conditions such as epilepsy.

­Researchers have developed soft, stretchable ‘jelly batteries’ that could be used for wearable devices or soft robotics, or even implanted in the brain to deliver drugs or treat conditions such as epilepsy. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, took their inspiration from electric eels, whi
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07/18/2024
New Technique Pinpoints Nanoscale 'Hot Spots' in Electronics to Improve Their Longevity

Department of Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor and Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) scientist Andrea Pickel (right), assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester and her materials science PhD students Benjamin Harrington (left) and Ziyang Ye...

­When electronic devices like laptops or smartphones overheat, they are fundamentally suffering from a nanoscale heat transfer problem. Pinpointing the source of that problem can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. “The building blocks of our modern electronics are transistors with nanoscale features,
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07/18/2024
Data Protection Laws Reduced Breaches but Affected Firms' Value

Data Protection Laws Reduced Breaches but Affected Firms' Value

­The introduction of new data protection rules significantly reduced breaches by firms but negatively impacted their market value, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Texas. Researchers looked at what happened when the European Union’s General Data Protectio
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07/18/2024
Innovative Smart Cockpit Offering from Infineon and MediaTek Enable Cost-Efficient Infotainment Solutions for Smart Mobility

Infineon and MediaTek have developed a cost-effective digital cockpit solution using TRAVEO™ CYT4DN MCU and MediaTek Dimensity Auto SoC

­The trend in the automotive industry is towards digital cockpits, with buttons and controls disappearing from the dashboard and being replaced by advanced displays. As one of the key systems in a vehicle, the digital cockpit system needs to deliver high performance features to the vehicle users while meeting fu
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Date:
07/16/2024
Laser Technology Market Size to Reach USD 34.5 Billion Driven by a 4.4% CAGR from 2024 to 2034

Laser Technology Market Size to Reach USD 34.5 Billion Driven by a 4.4% CAGR from 2024 to 2034

­The laser technology market (レーザー技術市場) was projected to attain US$ 21.3 billion in 2023. It is likely to garner a 4.4% CAGR from 2024 to 2034, and by 2034, the market is expected to attain US$ 34.5 billion.  Lasers play a crucial role in fiber optic com
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07/16/2024
Melexis Opens its Largest Wafer Testing Site Worldwide in Malaysia, Marking Strategic Expansion

Françoise Chombar, Chairwoman of the Board at Melexis

­Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company, has opened its largest wafer testing site worldwide in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. This expansion signals Melexis' commitment to meeting the increasing demand for semiconductors and strengthening its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.  The expansion
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07/15/2024
Oxford Ionics Breaks Global Quantum Performance Records

The team from ­Oxford Ionics.

­Oxford Ionics has demonstrated the highest performing quantum chip in the world, which can be produced at scale in a standard semiconductor fabrication plant.  Building stable, high-performance quantum computers is hugely challenging. It demands the creation of high-performance qubits and a way to
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Date:
07/12/2024
Contactless Connectors Market to Reach USD 700 million by 2034

Contactless Connectors Market to Reach USD 700 million by 2034

­The global contactless connectors market (無接点コネクタ市場) was projected to attain US$ 330 million in 2023. It is to garner a 6.8% CAGR from 2024 to 2034, and by 2034, the market is expected to attain US$ 700 million.  A state-of-the-art technological advanceme
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Date:
07/12/2024
Autonomous Trucking – Delivering on Hopes and Goods

Three pain points in the commercialization of Autonomous Trucks. Source: IDTechEx

­The autonomous truck industry is experiencing a revival after the initial hype, with vehicle delivery numbers continuously breaking records. Companies in Asia, Europe, and the United States are eagerly entering the commercialization testing phase. Autonomous trucks are addressing real-world problems by saving tr
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Date:
07/11/2024
SHARC Energy Secures $2 Million Debenture from Sole Subscriber

Lynn Mueller, President and CEO of SHARC Energy

­SHARC International Systems Inc. is pleased to announce that, further to its news release dated June 24, 2024, the Company has closed a non-brokered private placement of debenture units of the Company (“DebentureUnits”) at a price of $1,000 per Debenture Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of $2
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Date:
07/09/2024
The Dominican Republic aims to become a Destination for the Semiconductor Industry

The Dominican Republic aims to become a Destination for the Semiconductor Industry

­Aiming to become the main logistics hub in the region, the Dominican Republic is seeking a new space in its strategic development with the semiconductors industry. This ambition is backed by half a century of continued robust economic growth, social stability, and a vibrant democratic system. On June 13th
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07/08/2024
UT Leads $25M Nuclear Technology Consortium

UT Leads $25M Nuclear Technology Consortium

­The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the lead institution for a $25 million cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation to support research that underlies its nuclear security and nonproliferation mi
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Date:
07/02/2024
Scientists Observe Record-Setting Electron Mobility in a New Crystal Film

The thin film’s microscopic crystal structure, with minimized defects, allows electrons to flow through with high mobility.

­A material with a high electron mobility is like a highway without traffic. Any electrons that flow into the material experience a commuter’s dream, breezing through without any obstacles or congestion to slow or scatter them off their path.  The higher a material’s electron mobility, the more effi
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Date:
07/02/2024
UCF Researcher Clearing the Way for Smart Wireless Networks

Murat Yuksel, a professor in UCF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working to improve the quality of high frequency networks using machine learning. (Photo by Antoine Hart)

­Communicating unimpeded at distances near and far is a dream Murat Yuksel is hoping to realize. His ongoing research, titled “INWADE: INtelligent Waveform Adaptation with DEep Learning,” and funded by the U.S. Air Force Research, aims to get us closer to that dream by improving the quality of high freq
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Date:
07/02/2024
Self-Assembling, Highly Conductive Sensors Could Improve Wearable Devices

Penn State researchers developed a new soft and stretchable material that can be 3D-printed. The material can be used to fabricate wearable devices, such a sensor that can be worn on a finger, as shown here.

­To advance soft robotics, skin-integrated electronics and biomedical devices, researchers at Penn State have developed a 3D-printed material that is soft and stretchable — traits needed for matching the properties of tissues and organs — and that self-assembles. Their approach employs a process that eliminates ma
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Date:
07/02/2024
World's Most Accurate and Precise Atomic Clock Pushes New Frontiers in Physics

An extremely cold gas of strontium atoms is trapped in a web of light known as an optical lattice. The atoms are held in an ultrahigh-vacuum environment, which means there is almost no air or other gases present. This vacuum helps preserve the atoms' delicate quantum states, which are fragile.

­In humankind’s ever-ticking pursuit of perfection, scientists have developed an atomic clock that is more precise and accurate than any clock previously created. The new clock was built by researchers at JILA, a joint institution of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of
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Date:
07/02/2024
Ilika Ships First Batch of Prototype Goliath Batteries to Automotive Customer

Ilika Ships First Batch of Prototype Goliath Batteries to Automotive Customer

­Ilika, a pioneer in solid state battery technology, announces that it has shipped its first batch of prototype Goliath batteries for customer testing by a tier 1 automotive company.   In May 2024, Ilika announced it had commenced in-house testing of its P1 Goliath prototype batteries, in a cust
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Date:
07/02/2024
ETRI Pioneers Mass Production of Quantum Dot Lasers for Optical Communications

Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD)

­South Korean researchers have successfully developed technology to mass-produce quantum dot lasers, widely used in data centers and quantum communications. This breakthrough paves the way for reducing the production cost of semiconductor lasers to one-sixth of the current cost. Electronics and Telecommunications Research
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Date:
07/01/2024
Soft, Stretchy Electrode Simulates Touch Sensations Using Electrical Signals

Soft, stretchable electrode recreates sensations of vibration or pressure on the skin through electrical stimulation.

­A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has developed a soft, stretchy electronic device capable of simulating the feeling of pressure or vibration when worn on the skin. This device, reported in a paper published in Science Robotics, represents a step towards creating haptic te
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Date:
07/01/2024
Aston University Researchers Break 'World Record' Again for Data Transmission Speed

Dr Ian Philips

­Aston University researchers are part of a team that has sent data at a record rate of 402 terabits per second using commercially available optical fibre. This beats their previous record, announced in March 2024, of 301 terabits or 301,000,000 megabits per second using a single, standard optical f
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Date:
07/01/2024
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