Industry News

February 2021
Airplanes to cell phones: Equipment Finds the Flaws

Sandia National Laboratories researchers in the Mechanics of Materials department utilize the new fracture testing hangers for traditional interlaminar composite fracture testing as well as advanced hybrid composite laminates, as shown here.

Tim Briggs has built a career at Sandia National Laboratories tearing and breaking things apart with his team of collaborators. Now, he's developed a fracture-testing tool that could help make everything from aircraft structural frames to cellphones stronger. Briggs has filed a patent for a device associated
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02/18/2021

Will Consumers Adopt AI for Banking Advice?
A new study published in Economic Inquiry is the first to assess the willingness of consumers to adopt advisory services in the banking sector that are based on artificial intelligence (AI). Investigators examined whether the likelihood that consumers adopt AI in banking services depends on tastes for human inter
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02/18/2021
3D-Printing Perovskites on Graphene for X-ray Detectors

Example of the deposited perovskite pillars, defining a pixel for the creation of an image.

Since Wilhelm Röntgen discovered them in 1895, X-rays have become a staple of medical imaging. In fact, barely a month after Röntgen's famous paper was published, doctors in Connecticut took the first ever radiograph of a boy's broken wrist. There has been a lot of progress since. Aside from radiographs, which most
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02/18/2021
New Physics Rules Tested on Quantum Computer

A quantum circuit

Aalto researchers have used an IBM quantum computer to explore an overlooked area of physics, and have challenged 100 year old cherished notions about information at the quantum level. The rules of quantum physics - which govern how very small things behave - use mathematical operators called Hermitian Hamiltoni
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02/16/2021
Committee Releases Plan for U.S. Fusion, Plasma Program

This BELLA HTT laser system enables multipulse, high-energy-density photon sources for LaserNetUS and other experiments.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) has adopted and endorsed a new report that lays out a strategic plan for fusion energy and plasma science research over the next decade. The report has been two years in the making, gathering an unprecedented level of input and su
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02/16/2021
A Sharper Look at the Interior of Semiconductors

Prof. Dr Gerhard Paulus, PhD student Felix Wiesner and Dr Silvio Fuchs (from left) in a laser lab of the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics at the University of Jena.

Images provide information - what we can observe with our own eyes enables us to understand. Constantly expanding the field of perception into dimensions that are initially hidden from the naked eye, drives science forward. Today, increasingly powerful microscopes let us see into the cells and tissues of living or
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02/16/2021
Performance Leap for Graphene Modulators in Next-Gen Telecom

Artistic illustration of the graphene-based electro-absorption modulator.

Over the past years, global data traffic has experienced a boom, with over 12.5 billion connected devices all over the world. The current world-wide deployment of the 5G telecommunications standard is triggering the need for smaller devices with enhanced performances, such as higher speed, lower power consumption an
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02/16/2021
Army Researchers Expand Study of Ethics, AI
The Army of the future will involve humans and autonomous machines working together to accomplish the mission. According to Army researchers, this vision will only succeed if artificial intelligence is perceived to be ethical. Researchers, based at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known
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02/16/2021
Light for Quantum Information Stored in 100,000 Quantum Bits
Researchers have found a way to use light and a single electron to communicate with a cloud of quantum bits and sense their behaviour, making it possible to detect a single quantum bit in a dense cloud. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, were able to inject a 'needle' of highly fragile quantum inf
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02/15/2021
Twelve States Announce Steps to Plan for Grid of the Future
As part of the conclusion of a national, two-year initiative hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Association of State Energy Officials, 12 states made commitments today to implement key innovations to electricity planning in their states to better meet system an
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02/12/2021
CSD Energy Advisors Launches 100% Renewable Energy Program
CSD Energy Advisors announced that their Houston office will operate on 100 percent renewable energy in 2021. The company successfully achieved its “green” initiative through Texas sourced wind Renewable Energy Credits (REC), which align with the company’s projected annual energy consumption. Roots Clean Energy customized the sustainable energy program that will reduce CSD’s Scope 2 emissions and provide them with zero emission electricity in 2021. “We’re excited to announce that our company has taken the first steps to achieve our ESG goals by lowering our carbon footprint and acquiring 100 percent renewable wind power for our office in 2021,” said Andrew Barth, partner and co-founder of CSD Energy Advisors. “Working closely with Roots Clean Energy we tailored a multi-year program that will not only reduce our indirect emissions, but financially s
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02/03/2021
Hands-off Probe uses Light to Explore Electron Behavior

Researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University discovered that focusing intense, circularly polarized laser light on a topological insulator generates harmonics that can be used to probe electron behavior in the material's topological surface, a sort of electron superhighway where electrons flow with no loss. The technique should be applicable to a wide range of quantum materials.

Topological insulators are one of the most puzzling quantum materials - a class of materials whose electrons cooperate in surprising ways to produce unexpected properties. The edges of a TI are electron superhighways where electrons flow with no loss, ignoring any impurities or other obstacles in their path, wh
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02/02/2021
Mouser Partners w/ DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT Formula E Racing
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is delighted to once again partner with the DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT Formula E team as they kick off the series’ seventh season, and the first Formula E racing season as an FIA World Championship, with double-header races on Feb. 26 and 27. The third consecutive season-opener at Diriyah E-P
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Date:
02/01/2021
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