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Graphene nanoribbons lower power, cooler than copper
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7/31/2009   1 comment
Graphene nanoribbons below 20-nanometer widths will carry 1000-times more current, and run up to 12-time cooler, than copper interconnects according to carbon semiconductor researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology.
MIT's 'bokode' chip said to outperform bar codes
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
A new kind of identification tag that combines the security of a bar code with the capacity of an RFID tag will debut at the Siggraph 2009 conference.
Natural iridescence harnessed for reflective displays
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7/27/2009   1 comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology said they have unearthed the secret of natural liquid crystals that reflect light as bright as a back-lit LCD.
Metamaterial cloak could render buildings 'invisible' to earthquakes
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7/23/2009   3 comments
Earthquakes can be made to bypass buildings surrounded by seismic invisibility cloaks, claim researchers at the University of Liverpool.
Quantum Internet heralds networking qubits
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
MIT researchers say they have demonstrated a quantum "herald" pulse that acknowledges the transfer of quantum bits, a necessary step toward a future network topology.
Wind power on track for 20% share by 2030
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy's annual report Wind Power Report claims that with $16 billion invested in 2008 that U.S. wind power development was leading the world, and is on track to contribute 20 percent to U.S. electricity generation by 2030.
Google Voice seeks to bypass long-distance charges
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Google is aiming to take a bite out of long-distance carriers' market share by enabling free calls over the Internet from Blackberry and Android handsets.
Woven optical fibers seek to replace lens
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7/15/2009   2 comments
By combining semiconductor layers and metal electrodes within optical fibers, researchers have demonstrated a distributed camera lens that can be woven into a fabric.
Stirling engine solar dish farms also seek to restart Detroit
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7/15/2009   1 comment
The solar power industry could help put Detroit back to work, according to Sandia National Laboratories and their commercial collaborators who plan to break ground next year on the first commercial Stirling engine-based solar energy collectors.
Wireless VoIP previews LTE capabilities
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7/10/2009   7 comments
Wireless voice-over-IP services will begin previewing 4G-like capabilties in August for the "last mile" to the home.
NIST advances quantum computing
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Quantum computers have inched closer to reality after the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers demonstrated the ability to read and write individual quantum bits using a combination of microwaves and polarized lasers.
Paper-thin batteries set to arrive by 2010
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7/7/2009   1 comment
As researchers rush to commercialize printable batteries that pattern organic semiconductors onto paper-thin, flexible substrates, a German team claims to be on-track for a 2010 product launch.
Carbon chip technology goes commercial
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
Carbon--the basis of all organic compounds--appears destined to supplant silicon as the material of choice for future semiconductors.
GE, art institute collaborate on flexible lighting panels
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7/2/2009   Post a comment
General Electric will begin volume production next year for flexible, paper-thin lighting panels.
Retrofit kit said to transform cars into hybrids
Design How-To  
7/1/2009   10 comments
A former IBM electrical engineer has designed a retrofit kit that he claims can transform existing automobiles into hybrids by placing an electric motor inside each wheel, thereby doubling gas mileage.


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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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