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Semiconductors from algae? It's no fish tale
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
Using chemical deposition and other techniques, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated that microscopic algae — silicon-dioxide diatoms — can be converted into semiconductors without changing the intricate structure of the organism's shell. The ability to mass-produce the shellfish easily and form thin films of them in uniform arrays prompted the researchers to convert them into semiconductors.
Construction plan for the nanozone
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
Nanotechnology-tool maker FEI Co. (Hillsboro, Ore.) broke the angstrom barrier this year, announcing imaging features as small as half an angstrom (1/20 of a nanometer). It did so under the leadership of chairman, president and CEO Vahé Sarkissian, a chip industry veteran and cofounder of AMD's processor business, who took on day-to-day oversight when he joined FEI in 1998. Sarkissian shared his opinions on what it will take for nanotechnology pioneers in semiconductors, materials and the life s
Prof: 'Rational' geometry simplifies EE toolbox staple
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
Engineers today model alternating current, magnetic flux and other quantities using trigonometric calculations that require the use of a computer, calculator or, at the least, lookup tables.
Virginia Tech to smarten up cognitive radio
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9/20/2005   Post a comment
Virginia Tech hopes to smarten up experimental cognitive radios so that ad hoc communications networks can adapt to aid in disaster relief and other cognitive radio applications.
Inventor's 'recipe' makes polymers conductive
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9/19/2005   Post a comment
A new type of conductive polymer created at Integral Technologies Inc. promises to offer a plastic material that can be used as a substitute for metal.
NSF panel to assess U.S. robotics technology
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9/13/2005   Post a comment
The World Technology Evaluation Center will release its International Study of Robotics at an upcoming National Science Foundation conference.
Conductive diamond/nanotubes promise ice chips
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9/12/2005   Post a comment
Argonne National Laboratories has found a way to make diamond a conductor as well as an insulator and semiconductor, opening the door to a new era of all-diamond chips.
Varying speed of light a fiber-optics plus?
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9/5/2005   Post a comment
In an experiment at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, researchers have been able to speed up or slow down light transmitted through an optical fiber with precise control.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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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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