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May 2020
Ohio Announces Results of Hyperloop Feasibility Study
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has released the results of their Midwest Connect study, exploring a hyperloop connection between Columbus, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. The study found that the route would create $300 billion in overall economic benefits and reduce CO2 emission by 4 million tons. 
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05/29/2020
Power Purchase Agreement for 160 MW Kentucky Solar Project
Geronimo Energy (Geronimo), a National Grid company, and Big Rivers Electric Corporation (Big Rivers) announced today the execution of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Unbridled Solar Project (Unbridled Solar) in Henderson and Webster Counties, Kentucky. Unbridled Solar is a 160 megawatt (MW) clean solar en
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05/29/2020
Allied Electronics Donates Equipment for First Responders
Allied Electronics & Automation has launched an effort to produce and donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders in the local area. The project is part of a broader global effort by companies in the Electrocomponents plc Group to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. To date, that global effort ha
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05/28/2020

Researchers Develop Library of Atomically Thin 2D Materials

This schematic diagram depicts the step-by-step of how a typical Ta7S12 ic-2D material is formed.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created a whole new library of atomically thin, two-dimensional (2D) materials using a novel and powerful approach of engineering the composition of transition metal dichalcogenides. Materials that are atomically thin offer a platform to explor
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05/26/2020
Next Gen of Drone Surveying System Features from Microdrones
Fresh off the heels of releasing a new Microdrones as a Service (mdaaS) business model that makes drone surveying and LiDAR accessible to geomatics companies of all sizes, Microdrones announces additional developments that demonstrate a constant commitment to customers. According to Microdrones CEO Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil,
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05/22/2020
World's Fastest Internet Speed from a Single Optical Chip
Researchers from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities have successfully tested and recorded Australia's fastest internet data speed, and that of the world, from a single optical chip - capable of downloading 1000 high definition movies in a split second. Published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications
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05/22/2020
Onboard Separation Technology set to Improve Fuel Economy
A technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system. Designed to work with a car's existing fuel, the onboard separation tech
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05/22/2020
Fusion Plasma Discovery Could Help Realize Fusion Power

PPPL physicist Ammar Hakim, left, and graduate student Noah Mandell with figures from Mandell's paper showing the first computer simulations of kinetic plasma turbulence near the edge of fusion devices that can account for fluctuations of magnetic field lines.

A major roadblock to producing safe, clean and abundant fusion energy on Earth is the lack of detailed understanding of how the hot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions behaves at the edge of fusion facilities called "tokamaks." Recent breakthroughs by researchers at the U.S. Department of
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05/22/2020
Koch Industries Acquires Imaging Tech Company DarkVision
Koch Engineered Solutions (KES) announced it has acquired a majority stake in DarkVision Technologies Inc. (DarkVision) in the first step towards developing a broad asset integrity platform within KES. In conjunction with the acquisition, KES has also made a significant growth equity investment in DarkVision to
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05/19/2020
CS Energy Completes Construction of NJ's Largest Solar Plant
CS Energy, LLC, has successfully completed the largest solar project in New Jersey. The project owner, Ben Moreell Solar Farm, LLC and Department of the Navy (DON) executed a lease for approximately 170 acres of underutilized land for the purpose of constructing a 28.5 MW ground-mount project located at Naval We
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05/18/2020
Generator Source Brings Backup Power to Residential Space
Generator Source announced the launch of its new platform to help residential customers plan and purchase backup power equipment. Generator Mart will assist consumers and small businesses find the right generators and accessories to provide reliable power 24/7/365. Generator Mart offers a curated selection o
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05/18/2020
A Theoretical Boost to Nano-Scale Devices

The newly developed formalism and QFL splitting analysis led to new ways of characterizing extremely scaled-down semiconductor devices and the technology computer-aided design (TCAD) of next- generation nano-electronic/energy/bio devices.

Semiconductor companies are struggling to develop devices that are mere nanometers in size, and much of the challenge lies in being able to more accurately describe the underlying physics at that nano-scale. But a new computational approach that has been in the works for a decade could break down these barriers. Devices using sem
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05/18/2020
High-Accuracy GPS-Like System for Flexible Medical Robots

GPS satellites ping smartphones and based on how long it takes for the signal to arrive, the GPS receiver in the smartphone can determine where the cell phone is.

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is much less expensive. Many current methods also require exposure to
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05/18/2020
Making Flexible Thin-Film Electronics More Durable

Professor Jae Eun Jang (back) and Ms. Su Jin Heo (front) next to their experimental setup, with which they observed how cracks formed and propagated in thin flexible conductors with various types of micro-hole arrays.

The prospect of the widespread commercialization and application of flexible electronics has kept researchers worldwide searching for ingenious ways to enhance their performance and durability. From wearable smart devices to solar cells and health sensors, flexible electronics holds much promise in many engineering fi
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05/18/2020
Charge-to-Spin Interconversion in Graphene Heterostructures

Figure. (a) Direct and (b) inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect (inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect also called the spin galvanic effect; SGE) mechanism and measurement setup, (c) Fermi surface of the Rashba state with electric field applied, and (d) the comparison of the direct and inverse Rashba Edelstein effect resistance measured.

KAIST physicists described a route to design the energy-efficient generation, manipulation and detection of spin currents using nonmagnetic two-dimensional materials. The research team, led by Professor Sungjae Cho, observed highly efficient charge-to-spin interconversion via the gate-tunable Rashba-Edelstien ef
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05/18/2020
Graphene-Reinforced Carbon Fiber for Stronger Car Materials

Using lab experiments and computer simulations, shown here, a team of researchers found that adding graphene to the carbon fiber production process greatly strengthens the material, and this may one day pave the way for higher-strength, cost-effective car materials.

A new way of creating carbon fibers -- which are typically expensive to make -- could one day lead to using these lightweight, high-strength materials to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars, according to a team of researchers. Using a mix of computer simulations and laboratory experiments, the te
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05/18/2020
Efficient, 'Green' Quantum-Dot Solar Cells Exploit Defects

Scanning electron microscope image of electrodes infiltrated with quantum dots (left) and the corresponding distributions of Cu, In, Zn and Se across the film thickness.

Novel quantum dot solar cells developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements that most solar cells of this type rely on. "This quantum-dot approach shows great promise for a new type of toxic-element-free, inexpensi
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05/18/2020
Intervalley Transitions can Boost Valleytronic Technology

Image shows intervalley exciton light emission from monolayer WSe2. Monolayer WSe2 consists of a two-dimensional array of tungsten atoms (cyan balls) and selenium atoms (yellow balls).

An international research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has observed light emission from a new type of transition between electronic valleys, known as intervalley transmissions. The research provides a new way to read out valley information, potentially leading to new ty
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05/17/2020
The Path Ahead for Faster, Smaller Computer Processors

From left: Associate Professor Stefano Palomba, Dr Alessandro Tuniz, Professor Martijn De Sterke in the lab at the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

Light is emerging as the leading vehicle for information processing in computers and telecommunications as our need for energy efficiency and bandwidth increases. Already the gold standard for intercontinental communication through fibre-optics, photons are replacing electrons as the main carriers of inform
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05/17/2020
PCIM Asia 2020 Postponed to November
The organisers of PCIM Asia have confirmed that the 2020 edition of the fair will now take place from 16 - 18 November due in part to disruptions to international travel resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Scheduled to take place in early July in Shanghai, the exhibition and conference for power electronics, in
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05/15/2020
Making Quantum 'Waves' in Ultrathin Materials

Illustration of plasmon waves created by an ultrafast laser coupled to an atomic force microscopy tip. The plasmon waves are shown as concentric red and blue rings moving slowly across an atomically thin layer of tantalum disulfide.

Wavelike, collective oscillations of electrons known as "plasmons" are very important for determining the optical and electronic properties of metals. In atomically thin 2D materials, plasmons have an energy that is more useful for applications, including sensors and communication devices, than plas
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05/15/2020
A Soft Touch for Robotic Hardware

A soft tube expands and contracts to create movement.

Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer the same functionality but afford the robot greater flexibility. Soft robots can be more ad
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05/15/2020
Polymer Glass Provides Support for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

The molecular structure of the new polymer glass facilitated the movement of protons (H+) across it under dry conditions at 120°C.

Scientists at Japan's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) are leading efforts to synthesize stronger and efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cell membranes. Most fuel cells currently on the market employ liquid membranes. A new coordination polymer glass membrane, reported in the journal Che
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05/13/2020
Organic Layers Toward Efficient p-i-n Perovskite Solar Cells

Pero-SCs based on blade-coated BDT-TPA-sTh HTL and MAPbI3 active layer: (a) J-V curves in the reverse-scan direction; inset: schematic illustration of blade-coated HTLs. (b) J-V curves of a 1-cm2 pero-SC module in the reverse-scan direction; inset: schematic illustration of device-structure of modules.

Perovskite solar cells (pero-SCs) show great potential in the photoelectric fields due to high power conversion efficiency (PCE), simple processing technology, low fabrication cost, etc.. Recently, the highest certificated PCE of pero-SC has reached 25.2%, which shows great promise for the commercialization. Th
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05/13/2020
Alliance Provides UAS Inspection Services for Texas
Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (TEC) and Exelon Clearsight, LLC (Exelon Clearsight) announced they have formed a partnership to bring advanced UAS (drone), robot, and software enabled inspections to utilities in Texas. Under the agreement, TEC will have exclusive rights to sell Exelon Clearsight's services to
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05/12/2020
Bear Power Supplies Wins Contract to Design EV Charger
Bear Power Supplies has won a contract to design a charger for lithium-ion battery packs for an electrical vehicle (EV) application. The custom 550-Watt AC/DC converter will have a universal 120/240 VAC input for worldwide use. It will feature a fan-less design, rugged aluminum housing, and custom output cable. "Our design engin
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05/12/2020
3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor for Faster Path to Nuclear Energy

The Transformational Challenge Reactor Demonstration Program uses thermal imaging to actively monitor the direct deposition of stainless steel to 3D print a component. The hexagonal structure took close to 40 hours to build, with temperatures reaching over 1,400 degrees Celsius around the melt pool where a laser heats and melts while adding a new layer.

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components. The Transforma
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05/12/2020
Study Analyzes the Unexpected Behavior of Hydrogen Flames

Propagation of an "ultra-lean" hydrogen flame in a very narrow combustion chamber. The images on the left show a flame propagating vertically downward; those on the right are burning in the opposite direction. The dark markings show the path followed by the flame, while the lighter parts show the hydrogen that has not been burned.

Hydrogen flames can propagate even with very little fuel, within surprisingly narrow gaps and can extend breaking up into fractal patterns. That is the unexpected physical behavior of this gas when it burns, which has been detected by a scientific team led by researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (U
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05/12/2020
Researchers Create Electronic Diodes Beyond 5G Performance

David Storm, a research physicist, and Tyler Growden, a National Research Council postdoctoral researcher, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory with their molecular beam epitaxy system that develops gallium nitride-based (GaN) semiconductors in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2020. Storm and Growden published their research on GaN semiconductor materials, which showed high yield and performance well suited for high frequency and high power electronic devices in Applied Physics Letters.

David Storm, a research physicist, and Tyler Growden, an electrical engineer, both with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, developed a new gallium nitride-based electrical component called a resonant tunneling diode (RTD) with performance beyond the anticipated speed of 5G. The fifth-generation network technolog
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05/12/2020
Grant Supports Risk Analysis System for Renewable Energy
With the support of a $2.66 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), a research team led by Aparna Gupta, an associate professor of quantitative finance in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will develop crucial risk management tools for the power sector to better in
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05/12/2020
Defective Graphene has High Electrocatalytic Activity

This is defective graphene.

Scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Skoltech, and the Russian Academy of Sciences Joint Institute for High Temperatures have conducted a theoretical study of the effects of defects in graphene on electron transfer at the graphene-solution interface. Their calculations show that defects ca
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05/11/2020
NIST Scientists Create Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors
Once unimaginable, transistors consisting only of several-atom clusters or even single atoms promise to become the building blocks of a new generation of computers with unparalleled memory and processing power. But to realize the full potential of these tiny transistors -- miniature electrical on-off switches --
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05/11/2020
Computer Vision Helps Scientists Study Lithium Ion Batteries

A new computer vision algorithm for identifying particles in a lithium-ion battery cathode has helped researchers track the cathode's degradation over time.

Lithium-ion batteries lose their juice over time, causing scientists and engineer to work hard to understand that process in detail. Now, scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have combined sophisticated machine learning algorithms with X-ray tomography data to produce a d
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05/11/2020
Computational Imaging Benefits from Untrained Neural Network
Computational imaging (CI) techniques exploit optical device and calculation algorithms to reconstruct object information. A key goal of CI is to develop more advanced algorithms in order to simplify hardware equipment and improve imaging quality. Deep learning, one of the most powerful algorithms, uses a de
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05/06/2020
Could Hotel Robots Help Hospitality Industry After COVID-19?
Lead author Dr Tracy Xu, Lecturer in Hospitality at The University of Surrey's world-renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has had her paper published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. The research behind the paper involved speaking to 19 hotel HR experts to i
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05/06/2020
KIST Develops Large Stretchable and Transparent Electrodes

A Korean research team has developed a large-scale stretchable and transparent electrode for the stretchable display. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that a research team has developed a technology to fabricate a large-area wavy silver nanowire network electrode that is structurally stretchable with a high degree of conductivity and transparency.

A Korean research team has developed a large-scale stretchable and transparent electrode for the stretchable display. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that a research team, led by Dr. Sang-Soo Lee and Dr. Jeong Gon Son at KIST's Photo-Electronic Hybrids Research Center, has developed a t
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05/06/2020
Real-Time Visualization of Solid-Phase Ion Migration

Image: A, Schematic illustration of the ion migration process under e-beam irradiation. B, Reconstructed atomic structure of proposed solid-phase migration within Te nanowire. C, Illustration of the migration path within Te nanowire.

The USTC team led by Prof. YU Shuhong from University of Science and Technology of China, collaborating with Prof. WU Jianbo from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has shed new lights on the topic of solid-phase ion migration. Researchers demonstrated a unique in-situ strategy for visualizing the dynamic solid-phase io
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05/06/2020
Bluetooth Device Detects Fermentation Process Over Days

Block diagram of the multichannel potentiostat with six 3-electrode biosensors producing data that flows through a printed circuit board and transmits wirelessly to a LabVIEW interface using Bluetooth.

Electrochemical reactions that occur in processes like ethanolic fermentation include the transformation of sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Similar processes occur when the human body breaks down food, drugs or other compounds. Monitoring these metabolic processes helps in testing, studying and comba
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05/05/2020
Broadband Enhancement Relies on Precise Tilt

Broadband enhancement of the on-chip single photon extraction via tilted hyperbolic metamaterials. A quantum emitter is positioned very close to a hyperbolic metamaterial, whose optical axis is tilted with respect to the end facet of nanofiber.

Quantum photonics involves a new type of technology that relies on photons, the elementary particle of light. These photons can potentially carry quantum bits of information over large distances. If the photon source could be placed on a single chip and made to produce photons at a high rate, this could enable hi
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05/05/2020
Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion with Air Plasmas

A schematic diagram of a prototype microwave air plasma thruster and the images of the bright plasma jet at different microwave powers. This device consists of a microwave power supply, an air compressor, a compressed microwave waveguide and a flame ignitor.

Humans depend on fossil fuels as their primary energy source, especially in transportation. However, fossil fuels are both unsustainable and unsafe, serving as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and leading to adverse respiratory effects and devastation due to global warming. A team of researche
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05/05/2020
Saving Energy, Lives: A Solar Chimney can Boost Fire Safety
A must-have in green building design, solar chimneys can slash energy costs up to 50%. Now research reveals they could also help save lives in a building fire. In a world-first, researchers designed a solar chimney optimised for both energy saving and fire safety, as part of the sustainable features of a new
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05/05/2020
In Search of the Lighting Material of the Future

Smolentsev in front of SwissFEL

At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers have gained insights into a promising material for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The substance enables high light yields and would be inexpensive to produce on a large scale - that means it is practically made for use in large-area room lighting. Researchers ha
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05/01/2020
Twisting 2D Materials Uncovers Their Superpowers

The twist angle between the layers governs the crystal symmetry and can lead to a variety of interesting physical behaviours, such as unconventional superconductivity, tunnelling conductance, nonlinear optics and structural super-lubricity.

Two-dimensional (2D) materials, which consist of a single layer of atoms, have attracted a lot of attention since the isolation of graphene in 2004. They have unique electrical, optical, and mechanical properties, like high conductivity, flexibility and strength, which makes them promising materials for such th
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05/01/2020
3D-Printed Concrete for Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure

Illustration of a 3D-printed concrete suction pile anchor for connecting floating wind turbines to the seabed via mooring lines.

Wind off the coasts of the U.S. could be used to generate more than double the combined electricity capacity of all the nation's electric power plants, reports have suggested. But building wind turbines offshore is expensive, requiring parts to be shipped at least 30 miles away from a coast. Purdue University engine
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05/01/2020