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Visible light from planet observed orbiting distant star
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12/28/2007   Post a comment
Scientists have for the first time detected visible light from a planet orbiting a star other than the Sun.
My aching back! Ergonomics targets worker health
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12/27/2007   Post a comment
Ergonomic practices can eliminate the repetitive motions that cause hand, neck and back pain for computer users, a researcher says.
Ford: hydrogen fuel feasible
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12/26/2007   1 comment
Ford Motor Co. has developed an autocatalytic reaction scheme involving three hydrides that could someday enable hydrogen to be pumped into tanks as easily as gasoline.
Explosives-on-a-chip smarten munitions
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12/21/2007   Post a comment
Georgia Institute of Technology wants to use microelectromechanical systems with the Naval Surface Warfare Center to make "smart" munitions and explosives using MEMS fuzes.
HD audio immune to interference
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12/19/2007   Post a comment
STS debuts high-definition wireless audio connections in its chip for wireless headphones and surround sound speakers.
Sandia's synthetic-fuel recipe: Mix CO2 , water; heat with sun
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12/19/2007   Post a comment
The Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5), invented at Sandia National Laboratories, harnesses solar power to create renewable energy from carbon dioxide and water, converting the mix into gasoline and other fuels.
NIST aims at 32 nm
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12/17/2007   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in a program funded by the SEmiconductor MAnufacturing TECHnology consortium (SEMATECH), has invented a neutron beam measurement technique for imaging the edge of photoresist lines made by masks during photolithography and found that new formulations are needed for the 32-nanometer node.
EEs explain rogue waves
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12/14/2007   2 comments
Rogue ocean waves as high as 10-story buildings have now been explained by University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) EEs, who engineered rogue light waves in optical fibers, but say the same mechanisms apply to rogue waves in all media.
Optical supercontinua finally explained
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Supercontinua that convert short pulses of light into ultrawide spectrums have finally been explained by optical solitons.
Optical supercontinua finally explained
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12/13/2007   Post a comment
Supercontinua that convert short pulses of light into ultrawide spectrums have finally been explained by optical solitons.
Super simulations slow time to catch quantum mechanics of explosions
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12/12/2007   1 comment
Scientists are finally able to explain the violent transformation that explosives undergo after creating detailed simulations on a supercomputer that slow time down long enough to conjure the explosives' quantum mechanisms.
Coated nanotubes kill anthrax in Rensselaer trial
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12/11/2007   Post a comment
Rensselaer researchers have developed a way to pinpoint and neutralize harmful proteins, such as anthrax toxin or even cancer cells, by coating nanotubes with a peptide that attracts the proteins and then exposing the proteins to light.
Researchers aren't resistant to properties of 'supersolid'
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12/10/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Alberta claim to be close to demonstrating supersolidity in supercooled helium. When cooled below .25 degrees Kelvin, the solid helium began exhibiting characteristics that indicate the resistanceless flow of a solid. Supersolidity could enable persistent flows on the surface of chips and eventually, perhaps, perpetual motion.
Dark matter spawns dark stars
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12/7/2007   Post a comment
University of Utah astrophysicists propose "dark stars" as an explanation of where all the universe's missing dark matter is, as well as what it's made of and how it got there.
IBM unveils smallest silicon modulator
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12/6/2007   Post a comment
IBM researchers have succeeded in shrinking a 10 Gbit/sec Mach-Zehnder electro-optic modulator down to 100 microns, at power levels comparable to today's discrete optical devices.
Smartpen aids blind engineering students
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12/5/2007   Post a comment
Innovation plus invention have been combined to enable blind students to attend college engineering classes on a equal basis.
Gate leakage, down and out?
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12/4/2007   5 comments
A high-k dielectric process for CMOS transistors promises to turn the International Semiconductor Roadmap into a freeway by eliminating the gate-leakage problem at advanced nodes down to 10 nanometers.
Energy harvesting matures
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12/3/2007   1 comment
At least two energy harvesting companies are reporting sharp increases in sales to customers who are finding all types of ordinary uses for power harvesting devices in advance of widespread deployment of wireless sensor networks.


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