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Notable & Newsworthy

February 2014
Frank L. Wright’s Taliesin gets a 21st-century upgrade

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Spring

Frank Lloyd Wright’s imaginative Taliesin Spring will receive an innovative update from award winning green lighting designer and founder of Studio Lux, Christopher Thompson who will introduce energy-efficient technology to the historic site. “It is an honor to be involved in any Frank Lloyd Wright
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02/25/2014
World's first wind tunnel for bikes is empowered by National Instruments

Bicycle wind tunnel

Anyone who thinks cycling is a simple matter of pedal power has overlooked the growing role of scientific research in helping both amateurs and professionals travel faster on two wheels. In pursuit of maximum speed and efficiency, bike and equipment manufacturer Specialized has created the world’s first wind
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02/24/2014
Wind River, a leader in embedded software for intelligent connected systems, has announced that Bosch Motorsport, part of the Bosch Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive components, is using VxWorks® for its engine control units (ECUs) for endurance motorsport race cars. During the 2013
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02/24/2014

Using holograms to improve electronic devices

Holographic memory device

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and Russian Academy of Science have demonstrated a new type of holographic memory device that could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data processing capabilities in electronic devices. The
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02/21/2014
Florida Student Astronaut Challenge finals set for March 2014

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. With Mercury "Friendship 7" Spacecraft

The action is at the Kennedy Space Center March 7, 8 and 9, as almost 100 Florida high school students launch their final efforts to take the prize. The Florida Student Astronaut Challenge is a unique opportunity for high school students to engage in a competition focused on aerospace science. In
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02/20/2014
Scientists find novel path to loss-free electricity

Brookhaven Lab scientists and study coauthors (from left) Lijun Wu, Yimei Zhu, Chris Homes, and Weiguo Yin stand by the electron microscope used to reveal the multi-orbital distributions with a technique called quantitative convergent beam electron diffraction

Armed with just the right atomic arrangements, superconductors allow electricity to flow without loss and radically enhance energy generation, delivery, and storage. Scientists tweak these superconductor recipes by swapping out elements or manipulating the valence electrons in an atom's outermost orbital shell
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02/20/2014
Georgia Tech researchers discover ant-inspired process for simultaneously storing and dissipating energy within structures

The collective dynamics of the fire ants reveal a number of novel cohesive properties beyond energy dissipation. In this figure, the entangled mass takes on hydrophobic properties, which also allows the ants to survive floods

U.S. Army-sponsored researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered a process for simultaneously storing and dissipating energy within structures that could lead to design rules for new types of active, reconfigurable materials for structural morphing, vibration attenuation and dynamic load mitigation. The
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02/20/2014
Renesas to launch First Renesas European MCU Car Rally Competition at embedded world 2014

Renesas to launch MCU Car Rally competition for students at embedded world 2014

Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced that it will be launching Europe’s first MCU Car Rally competition for students at embedded world 2014. Teams of students from across Europe will use this exciting learning opportunity to build an autonomous,
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02/19/2014
Putting the power in power-dressing

energy harvesting textile

Scientists in the UK developing wearable electronics have knitted a flexible fabric that delivers twice the power output of current energy harvesting textiles. There is considerable interest and research into wearable piezoelectric energy harvesters that use waste energy from human movement or the
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02/13/2014
Geek Force forum to crowd-source product design

Geek Pulse designs created by Geek Force

LH Labs has begun sourcing out new hardware designs in their rapidly growing forum, Geek Force. The company, a division of Light Harmonic, maker of luxury audio components, has raised more than $1.5 million dollars with their recent crowd-funding success. “Of course raising that kind of money has great advantages
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02/13/2014
  During the 'Visual Synthesisers' Workshop by Ludwig Zeller in February 2014, Cyrill and Lazar Jeremic took Daniel Shiffman's
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02/12/2014
Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper issued the results of water sampling from the Dan River in the wake of the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history. A certified laboratory analysis of Waterkeeper’s samples reveals that the water immediately downstream of Duke Energy’s ash spill is contaminated
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02/07/2014
3D printing: a look ahead through 2014

Dr Wendy Kneissl, IDTechEx

Last year was an outstanding one for 3D printing, with share prices of the listed companies doubling or more, conferences on the subject proliferating, and media attention exploding. So what does the year ahead hold for the industry? Whilst a new mutual fund for 3D printing was established only 2
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02/06/2014
Researchers of Freie Universität Berlin, of the Bernstein Fokus Neuronal Basis of Learning, and of the Bernstein Center Berlin and have developed a robot that perceives environmental
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02/05/2014
Solving a physics mystery: those â€solitons’ are really vortex rings

A vortex ring is a doughnut-shaped phenomenon where fluids or gases knot and spin in a closed, usually circular loop.

The same physics that gives tornadoes their ferocious stability lies at the heart of recent University of Washington research, and could lead to a better understanding of nuclear dynamics in studying fission, superconductors and the workings of neutron stars. The work seeks to clarify what Massachusetts
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02/04/2014
Researchers develop first single-molecule LED

Artist impression of electroluminescence in a single polythiophene molecular wire suspended between the tip and the surface of a scanning tunneling microscope.

The ultimate challenge in the race to miniaturize light emitting diodes (LED) has now been met: a team led by the Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS, CNRS/Université de Strasbourg), in collaboration with UPMC and CEA, has developed the first ever single-molecule LED. The device
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02/03/2014

 



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