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Notable & Newsworthy

April 2014
Graphene not all good

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobile in lakes or streams

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobile in lakes or streams and therefore likely to cause negative
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04/29/2014
Nanogenerator empowers acoustic energy harvesting

Triboelectrification-based thin-film nanogenerator

As a vastly available energy source in our daily life, acoustic vibrations are usually taken as noise pollution with little use as a power source. Now scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Chongqing University and Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems we have developed a triboelectrification-based
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04/28/2014
Harwin sponsors TUfast ecoTeam from Technical University Munich for Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam

TUfast ecoTeam from Technical University Munich

Harwin, a leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, is proud to announce that it is sponsoring the TUfast ecoTeam from Technical University Munich (TU Munich) for the Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam 2014. The team uses several highly reliable and rugged Datamate and Hotshoe connectors in
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04/25/2014

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pilot the F-35 or a flying robot? Or how cold it is in Antarctica (a region known as the most frigid place on Earth)? In addition to what the next big thing in batteries is, and can medicine really be personalized for every individual? At Festival Expo 2014 you’ll
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04/25/2014
Very compact low-power GPS module has integrated patch antenna

Quectel L80 ultra-compact POT GPS module

MSC Technologies is presenting the L80 module from Quectel, an ultra-compact POT GPS module measuring just 16 mm x 16 mm x 6.45 mm including integrated patch antenna. Based on the MTK3339 platform from Mediatek it is supporting 66 acquisition and 22 tracking channels. The module is characterized not
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04/23/2014
Toshiba starts first mass production of 15nm NAND flash memories

15-nanometer (nm) process technology will apply to 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit NAND flash memories

Toshiba has acheived 15-nanometer (nm) process technology, which will apply to 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) NAND flash memories. Mass production with the technology will start at the end of April at Fab 5 Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba’s NAND flash fabrication facility (fab), replacing second generation
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04/23/2014
Novel Printoo platform empowers printed electronics development

Printoo is a platform created to make today’s printed electronics technologies and components easy to prototype with

Printoo is an Arduino™-compatible platform that brings previously unavailable printed, low power, and flexible electronics technologies directly to anyone interested in developing interactive objects and projects. The goal is to make printed electronics more accessible to a wider group of product designers
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04/22/2014
NREL looks for star science students

NREL postdoctoral researcher Barbara Hughes works on time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy in the Laser Lab at NREL's Solar Energy Research Facility as part of the Research Participant Program

Barbara Hughes grew up and attended high school less than 20 miles from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and earned her doctorate at the nearby University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder—so it may not be too surprising that she has gravitated to the lab. She's currently
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04/22/2014
Are you a self-starter? Do you have a general-management skill set? Are you used to constantly changing roles and responsibilities? Are you disciplined and focused? Are you risk-tolerant and able to manage stress? These are the threshold questions that SBA counselors ask every day to help prospective
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04/21/2014
Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

This schematic shows how the quantum dots are embedded in the plastic matrix and capture sunlight to improve solar panel efficiency

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum
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04/17/2014
The 2015 Ford F-150 to be the first pickup with complete LED forward lighting

The 2015 model of the Ford F-150 will be the world's first pickup on the market with a complete LED forward lighting solution

One of America's legendary pickup trucks, and the biggest seller in the USA, is now blazing the pioneer trail in lighting with help from Osram. The 2015 model of the Ford F-150 will be the world's first pickup on the market with a complete LED forward lighting solution from Osram. "We are proud to be supplying
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04/16/2014
A battery small enough to be injected, energetic enough to track salmon

The microbattery created by Jie Xiao and Daniel Deng and colleagues, amid grains of rice

Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The battery, a cylinder just slightly larger than a long grain of rice, is certainly not the world's smallest
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04/16/2014
Silicon-Germanium chip sets speed record

High-speed silicon-germanium chips and measurements probes can be seen inside a cryogenic probe station in a laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology

A research collaboration consisting of IHP-Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Germany and the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated the world's fastest silicon-based device to date. The investigators operated a silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor at 798 gigahertz (GHz) fMAX, exceeding
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04/15/2014
Flower Technology & EnSilica to develop ASIC mining solutions for scrypt-based cryptocurrencies

Flower Technology & EnSilica partner for ASIC mining solutions

Flower Technology, a Canadian start-up focused on the supply of ASIC mining solutions for scrypt-based cryptocurrencies, has partnered with EnSilica, a leading UK design house and provider of the eSi-RISC family of soft processor cores and associated encryption, communications and peripherals IP, for the development
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04/15/2014
Ikea Just Bought a wind farm big enough to power all its US stores

Wind energy

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile ¢59 kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. Incredibly,
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04/14/2014
ABB and Solar Impulse form technology alliance

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg with their Solar Impulse endeavor,

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced it will support Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their attempt to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane in 2015. The first-ever flight through the night with a solar airplane as well as record-breaking missions across
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04/10/2014
Trees go high-tech: process turns cellulose into energy storage devices

cellulose can be turned into the building blocks for supercapacitors

Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices. OSU chemists have found that cellulose – the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees – can
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04/08/2014
Breakthrough synthesis method to speed commercialization of graphene

Grafene consists of a single layer of carbon atoms

Samsung Electronics announced a breakthrough synthesis method to speed the commercialization of graphene, a unique material ideally suited for electronic devices. Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University, became the first in the world to develop
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04/08/2014
Cheaper fuel from self-destructing trees

Lignins designed to easily degrade have been engineered into the vascular tissues of leaves and wood of poplar trees

Wood is great for building and heating homes, but it’s the bane of biofuels. When converting plants to fuels, engineers must remove a key component of wood, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that’s fermented into alcohols and other energy-rich compounds. That’s costly because it normally
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04/07/2014
The discovery of bugs in software used to run oil rigs, refineries and power plants has prompted a global push to patch the widely used control system. The bugs were found by security researchers and, if exploited, could give attackers remote access to control systems for the installations. The US Department
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04/04/2014
Power management company Eaton announced the release of its Blackout Tracker Annual Report for 2013. For the fifth year running, California topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. On average, 6,543 people were affected for over three hours per outage in 2013 and
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04/02/2014
SelfieBot automated micro UAV eliminates self-portrait issues

SelfieBot autonomous flying robot

Have you ever found yourself trying to get the perfect selfie, but couldn't quite reach your arms far enough? Or had so many friends that you couldn't get everyone in the shot? Or just wanted great photos to help increase your Instagram following? Well, consider your problems solved. Orbotix introduced the SelfieBot
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04/01/2014
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