Industry News

November 2019
Mouser, Grant Imahara Explore Innovator Crowd Funding
Mouser Electronics Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara unveiled the third video in the Engineering Big Ideas series, part of their award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program. To watch the third video in the series, go to https://mou.sr/EIT2019-3. In
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11/30/2019
AutoChips and X-FAB Launch China's First TPMS Chipset
AutoChips Inc., in partnership with X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE, has successfully initiated volume production of a highly advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) chipset. The automotive-grade AC5111 chipset has been fully designed in-house by AutoChips’ skilled engineering team and is being manufactured
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11/30/2019
Virgin Hyperloop Tech Ready for 3rd-Party Safety Assessment
Certifer announced they are working with Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) to meet their goal of surpassing the safety of all existing transport systems. Certifer has followed VHO’s progress with the R&D, prototyping and testing stages, and has performed a complete review of their solution design status. The
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11/27/2019

A Record-Setting Transistor

Professor Yuping Zeng (right) and graduate student Peng Cui have worked on designs for transistors that could enable cheaper, faster wireless communications.

Many of the technologies we rely on, from smartphones to wearable devices and more, utilize fast wireless communications. What might we accomplish if those devices transmitted information even faster? That's what Yuping Zeng, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University
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11/26/2019
Big Trucks, Little Emissions
One way of increasing sustainability is to reduce carbon fuel emissions within transportation. In 2017 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from this sector surpassed all others in the U.S., accounting for nearly 30% of total GHG emissions,
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11/26/2019
Grain from Breweries Could be Converted into Fuel for Homes
A Queen's University Belfast researcher has developed a low cost technique to convert left over barley from alcohol breweries into carbon, which could be used as a renewable fuel for homes in winter, charcoal for summer barbecues or water filters in developing countries. Breweries in the EU throw
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11/26/2019
UK Company Ready to Take Purdue Heating Tech to the Market

Alconbury Weston Limited, a science-engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has licensed carbon fiber technology from Purdue Research Foundation.

A novel heating technology based on materials commonly used in the aerospace industry soon may be helping doctors, forensic scientists and automobile manufacturers. Alconbury Weston Limited, a science-engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has licensed carbon fiber technology from Purdue Research Foundation
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11/26/2019
Proposed Barrier Could've Withstood Chernobyl, Fukushima

In December 2017, the 'Chernobyl liquidators' monument by Andrei Kovalchuk was ceremonially unveiled on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow's Victory Park to pay tribute to the people who took part in the clean-up operations after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986.

In the aftermath of the notorious accidents in the history of nuclear energy at Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011), where all three have turned into devastating disasters due to meltdown in the core of a reactor, leading in turn to the release of radiation into the environment, many
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11/26/2019
Nuclear Fusion Plasma Control Expert Pursues Energy Goal

Eugenio Schuster, a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, is an expert in nuclear fusion plasma control. He is pictured at Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) in South Korea.

It's hard to believe, but there is actually one initiative that currently unites the world. It's the quest to build a fusion reactor. The European Union, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, and the United States have all committed funding and scientific resources to build ITER (Latin for "The
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11/26/2019
AVX Receives the South Carolina Life Sciences Pinnacle Award
AVX Corporation was honored with the South Carolina Life Sciences Pinnacle Award for Organizational Contribution at the 2019 SCBIO Annual Conference, which was held October 29–31 in Greenville, South Carolina. Bestowed by SCBIO Life Sciences Industry, an investor-driven economic development organization exclusively
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11/26/2019
Light-Trapping Nanocubes for Cheap Multispectral Camera

A new type of lightweight, inexpensive hyperspectral camera could enable precision agriculture. This graphic shows how different pixels can be tuned to specific frequencies of light that indicate the various needs of a crop field.

Researchers at Duke University have demonstrated photodetectors that could span an unprecedented range of light frequencies by using on-chip spectral filters created by tailored electromagnetic materials. The combination of multiple photodetectors with different frequency responses on a single chip could enable
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11/25/2019
Sonatype Fully Automates Container Security
Sonatype announced an open API that makes it easy for third-party container scanners to integrate with Nexus Lifecycle and equip engineering teams with a holistic solution to automatically and accurately control risk related to containers traversing the modern software development lifecycle (SDLC). In
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11/25/2019
Quik-Pak Acquires Wafer-Preparation Firm QBBS
Quik-Pak announced it has acquired Santa Clara-based QBBS to broaden its portfolio of wafer-preparation services. The addition of QBBS’s automated backgrinding capability will enable Quik-Pak to process customer wafers in larger volumes. The deal was finalized on November 1, and Quik-Pak will integrate the
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11/25/2019
Efficient Memory Device Inspired by Lithium-Ion Batteries

The stacked layers in the proposed memory device form a mini-battery that can be quickly and efficiently switched between three different voltage states (0.95 V, 1.35 V, and 1.80 V).

Virtually all digital devices that perform any sort of processing of information require not only a processing unit, but also a quick memory that can temporarily hold the inputs, partial results, and outputs of the operations performed. In computers, this memory is referred to as dynamic random-access memory,
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11/24/2019
Bridging Surface Plasmon Polaritons and the Digital World

(a) The schematic diagram of the prototype of the digital SSPP waveguide, which is supported by the direct interaction between the incident wave and digital coding. (b) The schematic diagram of a single digital SSPP unit, which is described by the period p = 3.2 mm, strip width w = 0.5 mm, slit width s = 0.45 mm, height of below metallic bar h1 = 3 mm, and height of upper metallic bar h2 = 2.8 mm. (c) The simulated dispersion curves of the digital SSPP unit with different states. (d-f) The Eigen-mode field distributions of the digital SSPP units with '1' state (d & e) and '0' state (f) at 7.2 GHz (d & f) and 10 GHz (e).

Digital coding and digital modulation technologies are important cornerstones of modern information science and technology, but they are limited in the digital world. In 2014, Prof. Tie Jun Cui at Southeast University and his coworkers proposed the concept of digital coding metamaterials, which combine the digital
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11/24/2019
Clear, Conductive Coating Could Protect Advanced Solar Cells
MIT researchers have improved on a transparent, conductive coating material, producing a tenfold gain in its electrical conductivity. When incorporated into a type of high-efficiency solar cell, the material increased the cell's efficiency and stability. The new findings are reported in the journal
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11/24/2019
Detecting Mental and Physical Stress via Smartphone

The smartphone used as an instrument readily available, for simple self-monitoring of one's health.

Can we use our smartphones without any other peripherals or wearables to accurately extract vital parameters, such as heart beat rate and stress level? The team led by Professor Enrico Caiani of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano has shown that it
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11/24/2019
More Power Generation for Grid Reliability w/ Climate Change
Researchers created a new modeling approach that accounts for climate and water impacts on electricity infrastructure development. The new analysis compares results with traditional modeling approaches that may or may not consider climate impacts, revealing that the U.S. power grid may
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11/22/2019
Saving the Planet by Improving Energy Storage

Nanomaterials will be key components for enabling wearable technology, according to an international team of researchers whose comprehensive report on the future of the field was published in science this week.

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. But it all hinges on the charged particles moving through invisibly small materials. Scientists and politicians have recognized the need for an urgent and substantial shift in the world's mechanisms
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11/22/2019
Improving Military Communications by Boosting 5G Technology

An Army project developed a carbon nanotube technology that, for the first time, achieved speeds exceeding 100GHz in radio frequency applications, and may boost military communications and sensing technologies.

An Army-funded project may boost 5G and mm-Wave technologies, improving military communications and sensing equipment. Carbonics, Inc., partnered with the University of Southern California to develop a carbon nanotube technology that, for the first time, achieved speeds exceeding 100GHz in radio frequency
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11/22/2019
Water-Based Optical Device Revolutionizes Optics Research

Extracting light modulation using the interfacial Pockels effect.

Light is versatile in nature. In other words, it shows different characteristics when traveling through different types of materials. This property has been explored in various technologies, but the way in which light interacts with materials needs to be manipulated to get the desired effect. This is done using
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11/21/2019
L3Harris Technologies to Fund Space Foundation STEM Programs
Thanks to funding by L3Harris Technologies, the Space Foundation will present its Space in the Community (SITC) program at six Colorado Springs schools in December. SITC is an immersive program for students, parents, teachers, and community members to reinforce the importance of science, technology,
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11/21/2019
Berlin to be the first site of Tesla’s European factory
This gives Tesla direct access to the European electric vehicles (EV) market, which is expected to be the next biggest EV market after China, due to the country’s stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission regulations, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics
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11/21/2019
SIGA makes investment in Bedfordshire magnetics facility
SIGA has invested in a larger bobbin winding machine, which can wind heavier gauge wire and copper strip, allowing it to offer customers larger transformers with a higher current carrying capacity and higher power ratings. SIGA has also purchased a Wayne Kerr Precision
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11/21/2019
For Rohde & Schwarz, access to these messages is critical to the development of test solutions such as QualiPoc, for example, that captures and analyses these messages for determining network quality and customer quality of experience.
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11/21/2019
Largest Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System in the Nordics
The Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) energy storage system (ESS) will support frequency regulation at a 21 megawatt (MW) wind farm in northwestern Finland. It will also optimize the wind power, as well as provide backup and black start capabilities.
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11/21/2019
Emissions from Electricity Leads to Premature Deaths

University of Washington researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental U.S.

Air pollution doesn't just come from cars on the road — generating electricity from fossil fuels also releases fine particulate matter into the air. In general, fine particulate matter can lead to heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and other diseases, and is responsible for more than 100,000
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11/20/2019
Four-Way Switch Promises Tunability of Layered Materials

Van-der-Waals layered CuInP2S6 has different properties depending on the locations of copper atoms (orange spheres).

A scientific team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties--an
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11/20/2019
How Much Energy do we Really Need?
Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New IIASA research for the first time provides a basis to answer this question, including the tools needed to relate basic needs
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11/20/2019
Four-Way Switch for Greater Tunability of Layered Materials
A scientific team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties--an
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11/18/2019
INCITE Advances Open Science with Supercomputer Grants
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science announced allocations of supercomputer access to 47 science projects for 2020--awarding 60 percent of the available time on some of the nation's most powerful supercomputers, with the ultimate goal of accelerating discovery and innovation. For the
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11/18/2019
UTAC Receives Accreditation to Automotive Quality Standard
UTAC Holdings Ltd. announced that they have been awarded the prestigious automotive-related quality standard ISO26262 for their automotive manufacturing  focused facility UTAC Thailand (UTL) in Bangkok. Many vehicles incorporate significant amounts of electronic content to provide semi-autonomous
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11/18/2019
Hot Electrons Harvested Without Tricks

This is a set up for ultrafast spectroscopy, as used in the study.

Semiconductors convert energy from photons (light) into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy for the material to absorb. These photons produce 'hot electrons', and the excess energy of these electrons is converted into heat. Materials scientists have been looking for ways to harvest
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11/18/2019
ASU Collects 5 Solar Awards in Latest Round of DOE Funding

A gallium arsenide wafer cleaved in half using a Sonic Wafering technology developed in the Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies (DEfECT) Lab at ASU.

Arizona State University has received five prestigious Department of Energy awards totaling $9.8 million in this year's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awards to advance solar energy research and development. Overall SETO funding for fiscal year 2019 totaled $128 million for 75 projects designed
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11/18/2019
Researchers Bring Gaming to Autonomous Vehicles
Researchers have designed multiplayer games occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. A new study, led by researchers from the University of Waterloo details three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles. The researchers also
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11/18/2019
KORE Power and Redetel Sign Memorandum of Understanding
KORE Power announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to enter into a strategic alliance with Redetel, S.A. and Runisol SA (“Redetel”) to promote, market and sell solutions for energy storage projects in Central America. Through this strategic alliance, both KORE Power
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11/16/2019
Ben-Gurion U Solar Power Generator Headed to Space Station

A new solar power generator prototype developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and research teams in the United States, will be deployed on the first 2020 NASA flight launch to the International Space Station.

A new solar power generator prototype developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and research teams in the United States, will be deployed on the first 2020 NASA flight launch to the International Space Station. According to research published in
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11/14/2019
Lehigh Engineers Design More Efficient Tidal Turbine

Arindam Banerjee and his Turbulent Flow Design Group are studying different fairing shapes in a water tunnel facility located at Lehigh University's Packard Laboratory.

Imagine a single tidal turbine capable of powering a community of 50 to 70 homes all year long. That's the potential of turbines being developed by Verdant Power, which builds marine energy systems that harness power generated from currents. Turbines
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11/14/2019
Mouser Electronics Signs Global Agreement with SEARAN
Mouser Electronics, Inc., announces a global distribution agreement with SEARAN, with tens of millions of licenses sold for innovative solutions in consumer, medical, and industrial applications. The SEARAN product line, now available from Mouser Electronics, provides developers with the company’s
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11/14/2019
Smart Meter using Adesto Technologies Begins Pilot Program
Adesto Technologies Corporation announced that its Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) and Power Line Communications chips are designed into a new G3-PLC smart meter that is now in pilot production targeting utility providers in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries. The new meter is available from SIAME(La Société Industrielle
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11/12/2019
Indium Corporation and Mycronic have formed a strategic partnership for the development of no-clean and water soluble solder pastes for jetting applications. The partnership with Mycronic will expand Indium Corporation’s portfolio of proven products designed to address evolving industry challenges.
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11/12/2019
'Messy' Production of Perovskite Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency

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

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

This is an artistic illustration of atomic layer deposition.

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

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

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

Schedule of the quantum data classification protocol

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

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

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

The contact aerial manipulator system

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

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

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

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

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

A 2D prism

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

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

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small satellites, biomedical implants and smart structures. They used pulses of high-energy light to fuse tiny silver wires, resulting
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11/05/2019
Toshiba Joins the Open Invention Network Community
Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, and Toshiba Group (Toshiba) announced that Toshiba has joined as a community member. As a global leader in innovatively pairing real-world technologies and digital technologies, Toshiba is leading the evolution of cyber-physical
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11/05/2019
Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model to help autonomous vehicles determine when it's safe to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views. Navigating intersections can be dangerous for driverless cars and humans alike. In 2016, roughly 23 percent of fatal and 32 percent
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11/05/2019
2D Antimony Holds Promise for Post-Silicon Electronics

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

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

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

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

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

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