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posted in January 2008

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Researchers harvest algae for chip nanofabrication
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1/29/2008   Post a comment
By identifying the 75 genes, out of 13,000, that control silicon dioxide pattern formation in diatoms, researchers hope to precisely control diatoms to pattern chips.
World's darkest material comes to light
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1/28/2008   1 comment
What's claimed to be the world's darkest material is composed of vertical arrays of carbon nanotubes, aiming to boost the sensitivity/efficiency of solar panels, infrared sensors and astronomical observatories.
Nanochip on-track for terabyte chips
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1/25/2008   Post a comment
Nanochip Inc. claims to be on-track to the development of terabyte memory chips that combine phase-change media to cantilever read/write heads controlled by a microelectro-mechanical system.
Acoustic guitar subtleties re-created by DSP
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
Fishman's digital acoustic imaging captures the subtleties of an acoustic guitar in the studio, then harnesses an Analog Devices digital signal processor to re-create that pristine sound on stage or in your home studio.
Nanotech retrofit sharpens X-rays
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1/23/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne have crafted a nanoscale diffraction grating that could be retrofitted into existing X-ray machines, enabling health-care providers to also take dark-field X-rays.
Electronic contact lens debuts
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1/22/2008   1 comment
Electronic contact lens, complete with integrated light-emitting diodes (LEDs), enables heads-up display to be overlaid on wearer's field-of-vision
Verdict in: Darwin's evolution theory confirmed
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1/18/2008   2 comments
Darwin's theory of deterministic inheritance confirmed as mechanism of evolution, as opposed to random providence
Displaytech eyes lead in pico-projector race
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1/17/2008   Post a comment
Most OEMs of pico-projectors are choosing liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) panels from Displaytech Inc., but micromirror chips from both Texas Instruments Inc., with its digital light processor (DLP), and Microvision Inc., with its single micromirror micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) chip, are gaining ground.
Mercury fly-by a success
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1/16/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. Messenger spacecraft has flown its first successful fly-by of the planet Mercury.
Memory goes multicore
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1/14/2008   Post a comment
Ashwood Memory Architecture enables solid-state disks using concepts from cryptography to outperform hard disks, but for a fraction of the price of DRAM.
MEMS measurement scheme could also boost chip yields
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1/11/2008   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a set of testing procedures for MEMS-sized structures could also be used by chip makers.
Researchers claim cloak can render subs invisible to sonar
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1/10/2008   Post a comment
Duke University engineers will reveal details of an acoustic cloak fabricated from metamaterials that they claim can render objects invisible to sonar.
Nano-magnets aim to replace drugs
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1/9/2008   Post a comment
biomedical engineers working with a physicist at Harvard University have demonstrated magnetic nanoparticles that can bind to the same cell receptors as do drugs and trigger the same effects in the presence of a magnetic field--albeit without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Heavy weather: Solar storms expected to disrupt Earth comms
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1/8/2008   Post a comment
A violent sunspot has started a new 11-year long solar season, creating a "space climate" of magnetic storms and strong solar winds that will likely disrupt Earth communications.
Medical magnets said to be a 'swell' therapy
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1/7/2008   Post a comment
Scientists prove that medical magnets actually do that the ability to reduce swelling around injuries by constricting dilated blood vessels.
Sensor design gets systematic
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1/4/2008   Post a comment
EEs invent a unified framework for designing new nanoscale sensors using nanotubes, nanowires, nanocomposites and nanonets, with surprising results.
Don't alienate yourself: SETI@home needs you!
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1/3/2008   Post a comment
Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the National Science Foundation (NSF), has seven new detectors operating for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, streaming 500-times more data than before, prompting SETI to ask for volunteers to help expand the world's largest networked supercomputer to analyze it all--called the SETI@home cluster.
UWB boosts HD audio standard
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology aims to bring order to current spectrum chaos by enabling HD audio to move into the unlicensed 3.1- to 10.6-GHz band designated for personal area networks.
Palm-sized 'pico-projector' enabled by MEMS
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1/2/2008   Post a comment
Microvision debuts its pico-projector technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) using a single digital micro-mirror based on a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) chip to enable a five cubic centimeter battery-powered laser scanning module that projects 8- to 80-inch images.

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