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E-book reaches orbit
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Chinese taikonauts orbiting the Earth last month took with them a five-inch electronic paper display made by Hanwang Technology Co.
Silicon fiber optics debut
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
By inserting crystalline silicon into the core of conventional optical fibers, Clemson University researchers hope to harness the embedded semiconductors to process optical signals.
Semantic search said to surpass Google
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Elsevier's illumin8 search engine uses a technology thesaurus to interpret the meaning of terms, and then summarizes results categorized in separate panes by organization, approach, benefit, author/inventor, company and product.
Research seeks to replace service dogs with robots
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10/28/2008   2 comments
By designing a robot that obeys the same verbal commands as service dogs, Georgia Tech researchers said they are aiming to increase the supply of inexpensive robots to fill the multi-year waiting list for service dogs.
Organic wires interface to body
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Johns Hopkins University researchers have synthesized organic wires that could someday ease the interface between medical electronics and the body.
New Blackfin microcontroller lowers cost, power
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices lowers the cost and power, while increasing the performance, of its Blackfin family of microcontrollers with BF51x series aimed at voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), mobile devices, motor control and automotive applications.
Ziptronix unveils 3-D chip stacking technique
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10/23/2008   Post a comment
Ziptronix unveiled a technology for 3-D stacking that bonds wafer-to-wafer or chip-to-wafer at a low-cost and with high yields.
ST, Nokia unit collaborate on car navigation system
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10/22/2008   1 comment
In-car systems that warn drivers of road hazards like taking a curve too fast have been developed in a collaborative agreement between STMicroelectronics and Nokia subsidiary Navteq.
Solar material absorbs entire spectrum
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
Current solar materials must be chosen to match a specific wavelength of sunlight, but a new hybrid inorganic/organic material could usher in solar cells that absorb all solar wavelengths.
Android gets security suite
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Google Inc. is adding a security software suite from Mocana Corp. to its Android Mobile Platform.
New chips up safety margins for drivers
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Convergence 2008 hosted the debut of vision processing chips aimed at making automobiles safer, greener and easier for drivers to operate.
Freescale rolls auto microcontrollers
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10/20/2008   Post a comment
Souped up 32-bit microcontrollers for both sides of the automobile firewall debuted at Convergence 2008 in Detroit.
Mobile Internet devices adopt WiMax
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10/20/2008   Post a comment
Mobile video chat will be available in South Korea next year with the rollout of a WiMax-based device from a Korean company that uses a chip set from San Diego-based NextWave Wireless.
Silicon ink targets RFIDs
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10/16/2008   Post a comment
Printing thin-film circuits on flexible substrates may be ready for prime time with the introduction of what is claimed as the first commercial application of silicon ink.
Researchers propose flexible power microgrids
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
Virginia Tech researchers want to return to Thomas Edison's concept of local power generation alongside existing large-scale plants connected to transmission and distribution systems.
Conductive adhesive could replace solder
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10/14/2008   Post a comment
Researchers have invented a dry adhesive that they propose using instead of soldering--not only to assemble components on circuit boards, but potentially also patterned onto chips themselves to connect together individual transistors.
Cassini probe buzzes Saturn moon
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10/10/2008   Post a comment
NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn made its closest fly-by of the moon Enceladus. Analyzing molecules being ejected from geysers on the moon's surface, Cassini will provide scientists with data on whether water is present on the satellite.
Electric field boosts fuel economy
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10/9/2008   10 comments
Fuel economy could be boosted by as much as 20 percent by adding a small device that applies an electric field to fuel before it enters internal combustion engines.
U.S. 'smart lighting' effort targets LED-based wireless nets
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
A "smart lighting" initiative being funded by the government seeks to piggyback wireless communications capabilities onto future LED lighting installations to provide more broadband access points.
Mechatronics design simplified
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10/8/2008   1 comment
Simplifying the development of mechatronics, the combination of mechanical and electronincs engineering, is the goal of a new design language extension released by Mathworks Inc.
Researchers target hack-proof pacemakers
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10/8/2008   1 comment
Researchers are designing a prototype pacemaker that could prevent a hacker from sending the implant a potentially fatal signal.
Direct-methanol fuel cell takes DoD prize
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10/6/2008   1 comment
DuPont Fuel Cells and German partner Smart Fuel Cell AG have grabbed a $1 million first prize in the Defense Department's Wearable Power Prize competition.
Optical material could enable universal laser
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10/3/2008   Post a comment
A new optical fiber material could enable laser-based devices to be built operating at multiple frequencies.
Health warning: quantum dots can penetrate skin
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
Semiconducting nanoparticles known as quantum dots can penetrate the skin with unknown health effects, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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