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July 2017
High-speed winds during a thunderstorm may cause trees around an electric grid to crash into the distribution system feeders causing an outage in that area. Currently, most utility companies diminish such accidents by scheduling regular tree-trimming operations. This effort is costly and is based on a rotational
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07/27/2017
Liquid Electrolyte Contacts for Advanced Characterization of Resistive Switching Memories

(left) schematic of the ionic liquid experiment. (center and right) topographic and current maps obtained with the CAFM after the ionic liquid stress. The CAFM is able to detec a single conductive spot within a circular area with a diameter of 20 micrometers

Memristors are nanosized electronic devices that can be used to fabricate next generation memories, and to build up electronic synapses for neuromorphic computing. A memristor consists on a metal-insulator-metal nanocell, in which electrical impulses are applied between the electrodes to modulate the resistivity
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07/27/2017
PULLMAN, Wash.--Washington State University physicists have found a way to write an electrical circuit into a crystal, opening up the possibility of transparent, three-dimensional electronics that, like an Etch A Sketch, can be erased and reconfigured. The work, to appear in the on-line journal Scientific
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07/27/2017

Reality Check for 'Wonder Material'

This is first author Eric de Vries.

Topological insulators, a class of materials which has been investigated for just over a decade, have been heralded as a new 'wonder material', as has graphene. But so far, topological insulators have not quite lived up to the expectations fueled by theoretical studies. University of Groningen physicists now
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07/27/2017
Nexperia Supports Engineers of the Future With Sponsorship of University Robotics & AI Team
Nijmegen: Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announced that it is proud to be the main industry sponsor for the University of Twente’s RoboTeam, a multidisciplinary student group that aspires to innovate in both robotics and artificial intelligence. One channel that the
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07/25/2017
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with InvenSense, a TDK Group company and a leading provider of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor platforms. InvenSense provides solutions that combine MEMS sensors with proprietary algorithms and firmware to intelligently process,
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07/25/2017
How Enzymes Produce Hydrogen

Martin Winkler (right) and Thomas Happe (left) have captured an enzyme's transient intermediate state.

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Freie Universität Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons and protons into hydrogen. They are thus a candidate for the biotechnological production
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07/21/2017
Energy-Efficient Accelerator was 50 Years in the Making

This is an artist's rendering of the main accelerator components in Wilson Lab.

ITHACA, N.Y. - With the introduction of CBETA, the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator, Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists are following up on the concept of energy-recovering particle accelerators first introduced by physicist Maury Tigner at Cornell more than 50 years ago. CBETA
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07/21/2017
Berkeley Lab to Lead Multimillion-Dollar Geothermal Energy Project

Berkeley Lab scientist Tim Kneafsey demonstrates how he places rock samples, from the Brady Geothermal Field in Nevada, into a stress permeability apparatus, which tests how long a fracture can remain open.

The Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will lead a new $9 million project aimed at removing technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), a clean energy technology with the potential to power 100 million American homes. Berkeley
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07/21/2017
Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention from the battery community. They can deliver 3~5-times higher capacities compared with those using current graphite anodes in lithium ion batteries. A higher capacity means longer battery use per charge, which is particularly critical in extending the driving
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07/21/2017
Vortex Photons From Electrons in Circular Motion

UV radiation from a relativistic electron beam is diffracted by a double-slit. In contrast to the normal light (left), the diffraction shows a deformation in the central part (right), indicating the existence of the phase singularity, which is a definite evidence of the vortex nature.

Researchers at IMS and their coworkers have shown theoretically and experimentally that a high energy electron in circular/spiral motion radiates vortex photons in the entire wavelength range from the radio-wave to the gamma-rays. This greatly broadens application spectra of the vortex photons in the field of
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07/21/2017
When it comes to the current plans to retire U.S. power plants, Carnegie Mellon University researchers believe we are "running towards a cliff with no fence." Published in Energy Policy, CMU's David Rode and Paul Fischbeck and alumnus Antonio Páez, who now works for DAI Management
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07/20/2017
Researchers have made the first direct visual observation and measurement of ultra-fast vortex dynamics in superconductors. Their technique, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, could contribute to the development of novel practical applications by optimizing superconductor properties for use
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07/20/2017
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07/19/2017
Modern diesel cars emit less pollution generally than cars that run on gasoline, says a new six-nation study published today in Scientific Reports whose groundwork was laid in part by an American chemist now working at Université de Montréal. And since diesel is so much cleaner than before,
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07/18/2017
New Hydrocarbon Fuel Cells With High Efficiency and Low Cost

This is the exsolution of a B-site cation with oxygen from layered perovskite in a reducing atmosphere.

The commercialization of the 'natural gas fuel cell' has finally come to the fore, thanks to the recent development of electrode materials that maintain long-term stability in hydrocarbon fuels. Advantage of using this material includes that it uses internal transition metal as a further catalyst in a fuel cell
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07/18/2017
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter rose by one-third in the air of São Paulo, Brazil, when higher ethanol prices induced drivers to switch from ethanol to gasoline, according to a new study by a Northwestern University chemist, a National University
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07/17/2017
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Discover Innovative Traffic Solutions in Latest Shaping Smarter Cities Series
Mouser Electronics, Inc., along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, released a new video for the Shaping Smarter
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07/14/2017
Mouser-Sponsored Vaillante Rebellion Racing Readies for Challenging German Track
The Mouser Electronics-sponsored Vaillante Rebellion racing team is excitedly preparing for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, taking place
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07/14/2017
Dean Technology Certified to ISO 9001:2015
Dean Technology, Inc., announced that it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. Achievement of this certification shows DTI’s commitment to customer satisfaction, high quality, and continuous improvement. ISO 9001 is a quality management system standard that was developed by the International
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07/14/2017
New Material Resembling a Metal Nanosponge Could Reduce Computer Energy Consumption

A metal nanosponge is shown under the microscope.

In order to store information in the conventional magnetic memories of electronic devices, the materials' small magnetic domains work by pointing up or down according to the magnetic fields. To generate these fields it is necessary to produce electric currents, but these currents heat up materials and a large
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07/13/2017
New Biofuel Technology Significantly Cuts Production Time

Cigdem Eskicioglu is a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus.

New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material," says Cigdem Eskicioglu,
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07/13/2017
Mouser and TinyCircuits Enter Global Distribution Deal
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces a global distribution agreement with TinyCircuits, a maker of very small open source electronics. Through the agreement, Mouser is stocking the TinyDuino platform with TinySheld expansion boards. TinyDuino, now available from Mouser Electronics, is a miniature open
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07/11/2017
Harnessing Hopping Hydrogens for High-Efficiency OLEDs

Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) makes possible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that are highly efficient by creating the necessary conditions to enable thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). After excitation of the emitting molecule, a hydrogen atom -- technically, just its nucleus -- is transferred to a different atom in the same molecule through a process called ESIPT. The reconfigured molecule can then undergo TADF to convert a high fraction of the excitations into light. Following emission, the molecule returns to its original state. This mechanism increases the molecular design strategies available for the creation of novel and improved light-emitting materials.

Renewed investigation of a molecule that was originally synthesized with the goal of creating a unique light-absorbing pigment has led to the establishment of a novel design strategy for efficient light-emitting molecules with applications in next-generation displays and lighting. Researchers at Kyushu
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07/11/2017
In the Fast Lane -- Conductive Electrodes are key to Fast-Charging Batteries

Drexel University researchers have developed two new electrode designs, using MXene material, that will allow batteries to charge much faster. The key is a microporous design that allows ions to quickly make their way to redox active sites.

Can you imagine fully charging your cell phone in just a few seconds? Researchers in Drexel University's College of Engineering can, and they took a big step toward making it a reality with their recent work unveiling of a new battery electrode design in the journal Nature Energy. The team,
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07/10/2017
Meniscus-Assisted Technique Produces High-Efficiency Perovskite PV Films

This is an optical micrograph of perovskite crystal grains crafted by meniscus-assisted solution printing.

A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling
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07/10/2017
New Material may Help Cut Battery Costs for Electric Cars, Cellphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Seoul National University have designed a novel battery cathode material that offers a potentially lower-cost, more eco-friendly option to lithium-ion batteries. Their sodium-ion design, which retains the high energy density of a lithium-ion cathode, replaces the most of the lithium atoms (green) with sodium (yellow). The layered structure of the new material also incorporates manganese (purple) and oxygen (red). The research is published in the journal Advanced Materials.

In the battle of the batteries, lithium-ion technology is the reigning champion, powering that cellphone in your pocket as well as an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road. But a novel manganese and sodium-ion-based material developed at The University of Texas at Dallas, in collaboration
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07/07/2017
University of Washington researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries -- a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light. The team also made Skype
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07/06/2017
Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, Other Biofuels and Gasoline

Enzymes, genetically engineered to avoid sticking to the surfaces of biomass such as corn stalks, may lower costs in the production of cellulose-based biofuels like ethanol.

Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme
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07/06/2017
International Team Develops New Way to Produce Pure Hydrogen Efficiently

Christopher J. Kiely is Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University.

Christopher J. Kiely, Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas
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07/05/2017
'Near-Zero-Power' Temperature Sensor Could Make Wearables, Smart Devices Less Power-Hungry

An array of the temperature sensor chips is shown.

Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on only 113 picowatts of power -- 628 times lower power than the state of the art and about 10 billion times smaller than a watt. This near-zero-power temperature sensor could extend the battery life
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07/05/2017
A Whole-Genome Sequenced Rice Mutant Resource for the Study of Biofuel Feedstocks

Genome-wide distribution of fast-neutron-induced mutations in the Kitaake rice mutant population (green). The genome-wide distribution of mutations indicates a non-biased saturation of the genome. Colored lines (center) represent translocations of DNA fragments from one chromosome to another.

Rice is a staple food for over half of the world's population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and Miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits such as yield, resistance to disease, and
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07/05/2017
A member of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with his colleagues has optimized and characterized TiO₂-based solar cell design using diverse plant pigments. Two types of solar cells with two photosensitizers: thylakoid membrane preparations and anthocyanin-enriched
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07/03/2017
In three randomized trials, treatment of chronic low back pain with radiofrequency denervation, a procedure that can be performed with different techniques including the application of an electric current to the pain-conducting nerve, resulted in either no improvement or no clinically important improvement in
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07/03/2017
CAS researchers develop selective electrocatalysts to boost direct methanol fuel cell performance

These are DMFC assemblies. Schematic illustration showing a DMFC fabricated with selective electrocatalysts at the anode and cathode chambers. Inlet is the photograph of the assembled cell.

A research group from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences recently reported the development of a new technology to boost performance of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) using high-concentration methanol as fuel, shedding some light on the design of clean and affordable alternative
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07/03/2017
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