Industry News

September 2019
Power Integrations Delivers One-Millionth InnoSwitch3 IC
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced the delivery of its one-millionth InnoSwitch 3 switcher IC featuring the company’s PowiGaN gallium-nitride technology. In an event at the Shenzhen headquarters of Anker Innovations, Power Integrations CEO Balu Balakrishnan presented the one-millionth
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09/30/2019
IEEE Competition Tackles Global Energy Poverty
Baltimore, MD – Twenty-three teams from around the world are converging on Baltimore on September 28/29 to compete in the finals of IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL), a global competition that is crowd-sourcing innovative solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing us today – extreme
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09/27/2019
Army Project Brings Quantum Internet Closer to Reality

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck, funded by the US Army, achieved a record for the transfer of quantum entanglement between matter and light -- a distance of 50 kilometers was covered using fiber optic cables. Researchers said this brings the quantum internet a step closer. In a nonlinear crystal illuminated by a strong laser the photon wavelength was converted to the optimal value for long-distance travel.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- A U.S. Army research result brings the quantum internet a step closer. Such an internet could offer the military security, sensing and timekeeping capabilities not possible with traditional networking approaches. The U.S. Army's Combat Capability Development's Army
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09/26/2019

Compute at the Speed of Light

A research team at the University of Delaware fabricated a tiny metalens - a thin lens that can be designed at the nanoscale to focus light in a specific way - on a silicon-based chip programmed with hundreds of tiny air slots, enabling parallel optical signal processing all within the tiny chip.

The signals from a lighthouse to ships at sea is an early example of optical communication, the use of light to transmit information. Today, researchers in the field of integrated photonics are using optical communications principles to build high-tech devices, like lightning-fast computers, which utilize light
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09/26/2019
Renesas, StradVision Cooperate on Smart Camera Development
TOKYO, Japan, and SAN JOSE, Calif. ― Renesas Electronics Corporation and StradVision, Inc., announced the joint development of a deep learning-based object recognition solution for smart cameras used in next-generation advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications and cameras for ADAS
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09/26/2019
Vicor appoints European director of automotive business development
Prior to joining Vicor, Nicolas worked at IDT (Renesas) as Automotive Sales and Field Applications Engineer focused on technical sales in powertrain, infotainment and ADAS-based systems. His experience includes
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09/26/2019
Business Investment Platform Launched for Batteries
The EBA reconfirms that the business size of the European battery value chain will represent more than 250B€ annually, by 2025. Designed to bridge the gap between financial institutions and businesses, the
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09/26/2019
Driven by falling prices and rising consumer demand for thinner, lighter and more colourful television sets, market revenue for active matrix organic light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) displays used in TVs is expected to more than double during the next six years, according to IHS Markit | Technology, now a part
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09/25/2019
Machine Learning Finds new Metamaterial Designs

An illustration of a dielectric metamaterial with infrared light shining on it.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Electrical engineers at Duke University have harnessed the power of machine learning to design dielectric (non-metal) metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation. The design technique changed what could have been more than 2000 years of calculation into 23 hours,
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09/25/2019
Autonomous Quadruped Designed to Team with Soldiers

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command Army Research Laboratory developed the Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation, or LLAMA, as part of the lab's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance.

ADELPHI, Md. - Imagine a small U.S. Special Forces team conducting covert operations in a hostile territory. The mission requires the team be limited in size, but able to carry extensive equipment, both explosive and inert, in order to execute the mission. What makes this team so unique? It consists of both
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09/25/2019
Award to Boost STEM Proficiency Through Augmented Reality

Explore Interactive, a Purdue University-affiliated startup, has received a $300,000 Phase I SBIR award from the National Institutes of Health.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Explore Interactive, a Purdue University-affiliated startup, has received a $300,000 Phase I SBIR award from the National Institutes of Health for its augmented reality platform to help students learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This latest
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09/25/2019
Light Work for Superconductors

Visualizations of electron energies as the experiment ran.

For the first time researchers successfully used laser pulses to excite an iron-based compound into a superconducting state. This means it conducted electricity without resistance. The iron compound is a known superconductor at ultralow temperatures, but this method enables superconduction at higher temperatures.
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09/25/2019
Bottom-up Synthesis of Crystalline 2D Polymers
Scientists at the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at TU Dresden have succeeded in synthesizing sheet-like 2D polymers by a bottom-up process for the first time. A novel synthetic reaction route was developed for this purpose. The 2D polymers consist of only a few single atomic layers and, due
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09/25/2019
Wencor Group and GMF AeroAsia Materials Solutions Agreement
SINGAPORE -- Wencor Group (Wencor) and PT Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia Tbk. (GMF) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a Total Material Solutions Program. “This new agreement with GMF aligns with Wencor’s mission to provide engineering, program
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09/25/2019
Adesto Ships One Billion Non-Volatile Memory Devices
SANTA CLARA, CA – Adesto Technologies Corporation announced it has now shipped more than one billion units of its non-volatile memory (NVM) products. These NVM products offer unique and powerful features that enable customers to achieve enhanced system performance for IoT devices, and are used in applications
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09/25/2019
Improving Ductility of Ceramic Materials for Missiles

Purdue University researchers have developed a new process to help overcome the brittle nature of ceramics and make it more durable.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Something as simple as an electric field could soon make wartime missiles or drinking mugs easier to produce and more resilient for fracture. Items such as drinking mugs, missile heads, thermal barrier coatings on engine blades, auto parts, electronic and optic components are
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09/24/2019
Graphene is 3D as Well as 2D

The Queen Mary research shows that graphene is 3D as well as 2D.

Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. Realising that it is a 3D material is important for understanding its mechanical properties and for developing novel graphene-based devices. Often hailed as a 'wonder
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09/23/2019
A new way to Turn Heat into Energy
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An international team of scientists has figured out how to capture heat and turn it into electricity. The discovery, published last week in the journal Science Advances, could create more efficient energy generation from heat in things like car exhaust, interplanetary space
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09/23/2019
Artificial Intelligence can Improve Sales by Four Times
INFORMS Journal Marketing Science New Study Key Takeaways: Artificial intelligence can increase sales by four times more than inexperienced workers. If a customer is told about the use of artificial intelligence before purchasing, sales drop by nearly
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09/23/2019
Cree Announces New York Expansion Update
DURHAM, N.C.--Cree, Inc. announced plans to establish a silicon carbide corridor on the East Coast of the United States with the creation of the world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility. The company will build a brand new, state-of-the-art, automotive-qualified 200mm power and RF wafer fabrication
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09/23/2019
Lighting the Path to Renewable Energy
Solar power offers a promising, renewable alternative to fossil fuels. But solar power production is complicated and influenced by ever-changing factors like cloud coverage, the time of day, and even dust particles in the air. Professor Mahesh Bandi of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate
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09/20/2019
'Nanochains' Could Increase Battery Capacity

Artistic depiction of a coin cell battery with a copper electrode (left) containing a black nanochain structure, which researchers have discovered could increase the capacity of a battery and cut charging time.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- How long the battery of your phone or computer lasts depends on how many lithium ions can be stored in the battery's negative electrode material. If the battery runs out of these ions, it can't generate an electrical current to run a device and ultimately fails. Materials with
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09/20/2019
Clean Energy and Grid Cybersecurity Research at UTSA

Through the strategic alliance between the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) at UTSA and CPS Energy, three new projects totaling approximately $750,000 will focus on improving grid security and resilience, solar energy generation and more efficient technology for power generation.

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, faculty members at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will conduct research to enhance green power generation and smart grid security. Through the strategic alliance between the Texas Sustainable Energy Research
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09/20/2019
Highest Efficiency for Flexible CZTSSe Thin-Film Solar Cell

(A) A comparison diagram of the existing 3-story structure of CZTSSe solar cell (left) and the newly developed multi-story structure (right) (B) A mimetic diagram showing the differences of efficiency and uniformity between the existing 3-story structure of CZTSSe solar cell (left) and the newly developed multi-story structure (right)

DGIST announced on Tuesday, September 10 that Dr. Jin-Kyu Kang's research team in Division of Energy Technology achieved 11.4% for the photoelectric conversion1 efficiency of flexible CZTSSe thin-film solar cell, the highest in the world. This research is expected to contribute to the development of future solar
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09/20/2019
AI Helps Reduce Amazon Hydropower Dams' Carbon Footprint
ITHACA, N.Y. - A team of scientists has developed a computational model that uses artificial intelligence to find sites for hydropower dams in order to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hydropower dams can provide large quantities of energy with carbon footprints as low as sources like solar and
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09/20/2019
Miniaturizing Medical Imaging, Sensing Technology

Scientists have used a microchip to map the back of the eye for disease diagnosis. The interference technology used in the microchip has been around for a little while. This is the first time technical obstacles have been overcome to fabricate a miniature device able to capture high quality images.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Scientists in Christine Hendon's and Michal Lipson's research groups at Columbia University, New York, have used a microchip to map the back of the eye for disease diagnosis. The interference technology, like bat sonar but using light instead of sound waves, used in the microchip
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09/18/2019
Researchers Awarded $11 Million+ for Quantum Technologies

Oak Ridge National Laboratory will lead or participate in collaborative research projects aimed at harnessing the power of quantum mechanics to advance a range of technologies including computing, fiber optics and network communication.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.--Three researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will lead or participate in collaborative research projects aimed at harnessing the power of quantum mechanics to advance a range of technologies including computing, fiber optics and network communication. The
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09/17/2019
Mouser Electronics, Transphorm Global Distribution Agreement
Mouser Electronics, Inc., has signed a global distribution agreement with Transphorm, manufacturers of high-quality, high-reliability gallium nitride (GaN) transistors for high-voltage power conversion applications. According to the agreement, Mouser will distribute Transphorm’s lines of JEDEC- and AEC-Q101-qualified
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09/17/2019
New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

Artistic representation of a nickel-based electrode as a broken down fuel pump and of a cerium-based electrode as a new, productive pump.

If the idea of flying on battery-powered commercial jets makes you nervous, you can relax a little. Researchers have discovered a practical starting point for converting carbon dioxide into sustainable liquid fuels, including fuels for heavier modes of transportation that may prove very difficult to electrify,
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09/16/2019
Welcome Indoors, Solar Cells

The organic solar cell optimized to convert ambient indoor light to electricity.

Swedish and Chinese scientists have developed organic solar cells optimised to convert ambient indoor light to electricity. The power they produce is low, but is probably enough to feed the millions of products that the internet of things will bring online. As the internet of things expands, it is
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09/16/2019
Light and Sound in Silicon Chips: The Slower the Better

Top-view microscope image of a surface acoustic wave photonic device in silicon on insulator. A grating of gold stripes (right) is used to drive acoustic waves, which then affect light in standard waveguides.

Integrated circuits in silicon enable our digital era. The capabilities of electronic circuits have been extended even further with the introduction of photonics: components for the generation, guiding and detection of light. Together, electronics and photonics support entire systems for data communication and
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09/16/2019
Advancing Noise Cancelling for Quantum Computers
HANOVER, N.H. - A team from Dartmouth College and MIT has designed and conducted the first lab test to successfully detect and characterize a class of complex, "non-Gaussian" noise processes that are routinely encountered in superconducting quantum computing systems. The characterization
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09/16/2019
Catch-22 in Graphene-Based Molecular Devices Resolved

The researchers produced an electrically effective structure by building a graphene-like molecule stack to form a electron path through the graphene-like molecules P orbitals....

The conductivity of graphene has made it a target for many researchers seeking to exploit it to create molecular scale devices and now a research team jointly led by University of Warwick and EMPA have found a way past a frustrating catch 22 issue of stability and reproducibility that meant that graphene based
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09/16/2019
Cyber Security of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Trialled
The privacy and security of data in CAVs has been improved thanks to WMG, University of Warwick who tested four innovations that were results of the PETRAS project. CAVs can now connect to each other, roadside infrastructure, and roadside infrastructure to each other more securely. In the near future
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09/16/2019
Report: Energy Efficiency Leads Energy Sector Job Growth
LOS ANGELES – Energy efficiency is the fastest-growing segment of U.S. energy-sector employment, now employing more than 2.3 million Americans, according
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09/16/2019
Creating a Record-Breaking Solar Cell

The innovative method allows forming the electrode layer as thin as 1-2 nm, evenly covering even rough surfaces of tandem architectures.

Tandem perovskite-CIGS solar cells, produced as a result of the collaboration between Lithuanian and German researchers, have reached an efficiency of 23.26 per cent, which currently is a world record value in this type of cells. One reason for the success lies in the cell's intermediate layer of organic molecules:
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09/13/2019
Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride

Magnon-electron drag is an advective effect between magnons (waves of precession in the spins of individual atoms & represented as little grey cones) and electrons (green dots).

An international team of researchers has observed that local thermal perturbations of spins in a solid can convert heat to energy even in a paramagnetic material - where spins weren't thought to correlate long enough to do so. This effect, which the researchers call "paramagnon drag thermopower," converts
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09/13/2019
New Health Monitors are Flexible and Graphene-Enabled

Flexible and transparent bracelet that uses graphene to measure heart rate, respiration rate and blood pulse oxygenation continuously.

New technological devices are prioritizing non-invasive tracking of vital signs not only for fitness monitoring, but also for the prevention of common health problems such as heart failure, hypertension, and stress related complications, among others. Wearables based on optical detection mechanisms are proving
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09/13/2019
A Robot With a Firm yet Gentle Grasp

A robotic gripper developed in the lab of University at Buffalo engineer Ehsan Esfahani uses repulsion between magnets to adjust the stiffness of its grip, improving safety.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Human hands are remarkably skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or a strawberry without smashing it. We can hammer a nail. One characteristic that allows us to perform a variety of tasks is the ability to alter the firmness of our grip, and University
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09/13/2019
Charge Change: How Electric Forces Vary in Colloids
Colloidal suspensions heterogenous mixtures of particles with diameters of about 2-500 nanometers, which are permanently suspended in a second phase, usually a liquid. Owing to the small particle size of the suspended material, a colloid does not separate into its characteristic components even if allowed to
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09/13/2019
Battery Icons Define User Identities
New research from Cass Business School has found that battery icons on mobile phones shape how people view time and space, and how battery conservation practices define user identities. The study of London commuters found that respondents viewed their daily trip in terms of the time and distance between
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09/12/2019
Specialized Training Benefits Young STEM Researchers

Students in the First-Year Research Immersion program work in a laboratory.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University, State University of New York has proven that young college students are capable of leading real research. And according to a new study, students in FRI do better when the instructors who oversee their projects are provided
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09/12/2019
Open Source Initiative for Wearable Sensor Algorithms

This is Geoffrey Gill, President, Shimmer Americas.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Shimmer Research announced the launch of a healthcare industry open source initiative for wearable sensor algorithms. The initiative is being co-founded by Shimmer, Dr. Vincent van Hees, author of the GGIR software and algorithms for movement sensor calibration, sensor wear detection, and signal
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09/12/2019
Spin Devices Get a Paint Job
Physicists created a new way to fabricate special kinds of electronic components known as spintronic devices. These high-performance, low-power devices have a promising future, so efficient ways to make them are highly sought after. The new fabrication method is interesting because it uses organic molecules
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09/12/2019
HID Global Acquires HydrantID
AUSTIN, Texas  ̶  HID Global announced that it has acquired HydrantID, a provider of management and automation services to secure enterprise organizations’ data, IT systems, networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). Specializing in public key infrastructure (PKI) as a service, HydrantID has issued
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09/12/2019
Smart Artificial Hand Merges User and Robotic Control
EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands - in particular for amputees - that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested
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09/11/2019
Cell Internet Users Place Privacy Burden on Themselves
A new report from the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center -- a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University -- details the kinds of online privacy tradeoffs that disproportionately impact
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09/11/2019
Betting on Waste
Most of the materials that maintain our modern lives -- fuels, pharmaceuticals and other commodity chemicals -- come from non-renewable sources. Over time the acquisition of these materials becomes more costly as their supplies diminish. A prime example is petroleum, from which we derive fuels that feed our
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09/11/2019
Graphene sets Stage for Next-Gen THz Astronomy Detectors

The image depicts a schematic of terahertz (THz) heterodyne detection with graphene. In this, two THz waves (red) are coupled into graphene, where they are combined or mixed. One of the waves is a high intensity signal generated by a local THz light source (i.e. a local oscillator), at a known THz frequency. The other signal is a faint THz wave that mimics the waves coming from space.

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have demonstrated a detector made from graphene that could revolutionize the sensors used in next-generation space telescopes. The findings were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy. Beyond superconductors,
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09/11/2019
Flexible Solar Cells a Step Closer to Reality
Solar cells that use mixtures of organic molecules to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity, that can be applied to curved surfaces such as the body of a car, could be a step closer thanks to a discovery that challenges conventional thinking about one of the key components of these devices. A
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09/11/2019
Delphi Technologies Partners with Cree for Automotive SiC
DURHAM, N.C. — Delphi Technologies PLC and Cree, Inc. announce a partnership to utilize silicon carbide semiconductor device technology to enable faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic systems for future electric vehicles
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09/10/2019
Are Black Holes Made of Dark Energy?

Objects like Powehi, the recently imaged supermassive compact object at the center of galaxy M87, might actually be GEODEs. The Powehi GEODE, shown to scale, would be approximately 2/3 the radius of the dark region imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope.

Two University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers have identified and corrected a subtle error that was made when applying Einstein's equations to model the growth of the universe. Physicists usually assume that a cosmologically large system, such as the universe, is insensitive to details of the small
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09/10/2019
Not Self-Driving Cars -- More People in Fewer Vehicles

This is Louis A. Merlin, Ph.D., author and an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning within FAU's College for Design and Social Inquiry.

This year alone, there are about 276 million vehicles operating on roads throughout the United States. Despite the current fascination with the concept of self-driving cars and their potential to reduce traffic congestion, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University says that may not be a solution. It now appears
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09/10/2019
Are There Health Consequences for not Using a Smartphone?

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking explores the psychological and social issues surrounding the Internet and interactive technologies.

New Rochelle, NY--Many studies have examined the health effects of smartphone abuse, but a new study looks at the sociodemographic features and health indicators of people who have a smartphone but do not use it regularly. This under-studied group of individuals were significantly more likely to report feelings
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09/09/2019
Sensing Traffic Using Advanced Vehicle-Based Sensor Data
PITTSBURGH, PA - Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering collaborated with Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG) to better understand how advanced vehicle-based sensor data can inform high resolution traffic flow measurements. Henry Posner,
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09/09/2019
New Aspect of Charge Density Modulations in High Temps

Charge density waves are just the tip of the iceberg of the charge modulation phenomenon: charge density fluctuations are much more pervasive, and may be crucial to unlocking the secrets of high temperature superconductors.

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and Politecnico di Milano have identified a crucial new aspect of charge density modulations in cuprate high critical temperature superconductors. They have identified a new electron wave which could help reveal some of the mysteries about superconducting
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09/09/2019
Chroma Opens East Coast Demo Room
Chroma is proud to announce the opening of a new state of the art technology demo room in Marlborough, MA. As Massachusetts is a hub for high technology industries, this location provides prospective and existing customers in the East the opportunity to interact with many of Chroma’s new power conversion
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09/09/2019
Using Magnetic Order to Transcend Conventional Electronics

Combination of Faraday rotation and second-harmonic generation obtained the trajectory of an optically induced coherent spin precession. The time-resolved SHG is a valuable tool for the study of antiferromagnetic spin dynamics providing complementary information that is inaccessible by other techniques.

Researchers around the world are constantly looking for ways to enhance or transcend the capabilities of electronic devices, which seem to be reaching their theoretical limits. Undoubtedly, one of the most important advantages of electronic technology is its speed, which, albeit high, can still be surpassed
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09/06/2019
Experiment: Lithium-Sulphur Battery Nanoparticles Detected
Lithium-sulphur batteries are regarded as one of the most promising candidates for the next generation of energy storage devices. They have a theoretical gravimetric energy density that is five times higher than that of the best lithium-ion batteries currently available. And they even work at sub-zero temperatures
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09/06/2019
LEDs: NIST Introduces New Lamp Calibration Lab
Question: How many measurement scientists does it take to screw in an LED lightbulb? Answer: For researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), half as many as it took a few weeks ago. In June, NIST began offering a faster, more accurate and less labor-intensive calibration
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09/06/2019
A Decade of Renewable Energy Investment Tops $2.5 Trillion

Solar power will have drawn half - USD 1.3 trillion - of the USD 2.6 trillion in renewable energy investments made over the decade.

Frankfurt / Nairobi - Global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade - 2010 to 2019 inclusive - is on course to hit USD 2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology, according to new figures published today. According to the
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09/06/2019
The Future of Mind Control
Electrodes implanted in the brain help alleviate symptoms like the intrusive tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. But current probes face limitations due to their size and inflexibility. "The brain is squishy and these implants are rigid," said Shaun Patel. About four years ago, when he discovered
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09/06/2019
Seoul Semi Files Litigation for Cell Phone Flashlight LEDs

Seoul Semiconductor's headquarters.

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09/05/2019
Silicon Carbide more Efficient than Silicon as Semiconductor

At the interface between silicon dioxide and silicon carbide, irregular clusters of carbon rings occur, which disturb the electronic function.

In power electronics, semiconductors are based on the element silicon - but the energy efficiency of silicon carbide would be much higher. Physicists of the University of Basel, the Paul Scherrer Institute and ABB explain what exactly is preventing the use of this combination of silicon and carbon in the scientific
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09/05/2019
Insulation Technique for More Powerful and Smaller Chips

Seamless filling of nanoscale trenches with a porous metal-organic framework enabled by solvent-free conversion of a dense metal oxide film.

Researchers at KU Leuven and imec have successfully developed a new technique to insulate microchips. The technique uses metal-organic frameworks, a new type of materials consisting of structured nanopores. In the long term, this method can be used for the development of even smaller and more powerful chips
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09/04/2019
Charge Fluctuations, a new Property in Superconductors
Superconductivity enables us to prevent loss when transporting energy from power plants to our homes. However, to do this, the lines must be cooled to temperatures that are so low as to make large-scale use of superconductors uneconomic at present. Therefore, in laboratories across the world researchers are
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09/04/2019
Unexpected new Material is Quenched to Ambient Pressure

Alena Ponomareva and Igor Abrikosov, authors from NUST MISIS discuss the graphic results of the theoretical modedlling.

Scientists from the National University of Science and Technology MISIS together with colleagues from Germany and Sweden achieved a result that seemed impossible. The researchers managed to create at ultra-high pressures a new material that preserves the structure and properties even under normal atmospheric
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09/04/2019
Novel Math Could Bring Machine Learning to the Next Level

The new approach allows artificial intelligence to learn to recognize transformed images much faster.

A team of Italian mathematicians, including one who is also a neuroscientist from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), in Lisbon, Portugal, has shown that artificial vision machines can learn to recognize complex images spectacularly faster by using a mathematical theory that was developed 25 years
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09/02/2019
The Storage, Release of Mechanical Waves Without Energy Loss

Experimental setup, consisting of a waveguide bar with cavity and side channels. The excitation of elastic waves traveling along the bar is provided by piezoelectric actuators placed at the two ends of the system. Credit: Giuseppe Trainiti, Georgia Tech

Their proof-of-concept experiment may have broad implications for efficient harvesting, storing, and control of energy flow for mechanical and optical applications The findings may facilitate improved technology for monitoring the structural integrity of bridges and other structural components The
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09/02/2019
Hydrophobic Silica Colloid Electrolyte Holds Promise

Schematic graph and experimental data showing the lithium dendrite prevention effect of 10 wt% HSCE. Schematic graph and experimental data showing the anticorrosion effect of 10 wt% HSCE.

Traditional lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries cannot satisfy increasing demand for large-scale electricity consumption. Rechargeable aprotic lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries have become potential candidates due to their ultrahigh theoretical energy density, which is about 10 times that of Li-ion batteries. Lithium
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09/02/2019
Technology Could make Fracking Cheaper, more Environmental
LAWRENCE -- Hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as "fracking," has brought about a new era of energy abundance in the United States, slowing American dependence on foreign oil and creating domestic jobs. But the practice of extracting natural gas and oil by using water pressure to fracture shale
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09/02/2019