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posted in May 2008

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Nanotech pioneers win Kavli Prize
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5/30/2008   Post a comment
Two nanotechnology pioneers were honored with the Kavli Prize, a $3 million award shared among seven recipients.
High-temp superconductors pave way for 'supermagnets'
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5/29/2008   Post a comment
New iron-based superconductors show a strong affinity for magnetism, unlike low-temperature materials, whose superconducting is quelled by magnetism, promising a new era for super electric motors, electrical transmission lines and magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI).
Computer models how nanoparticles harm cells
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5/28/2008   Post a comment
Named for Buckminster Fuller, buckyballs--tiny nanoparticles composed of just 60 carbon atoms (carbon-60)--can enter cells and accumulate to cause damage, according to research scientists at two universities.
Analog design expertise is rare, valuable
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5/27/2008   1 comment
An enduring shortage of analog engineers--that may be getting worse rather than better--is requiring digital chip powerhouses to redouble their efforts to recruit and groom analog engineers.
Nanotubes may be as bad as asbestos
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5/23/2008   Post a comment
Carbon nanotubes could cause the same maladies as asbestos, according to a study by University of Edinburgh.
Beetle solves photonic-crystal mystery that's bugged researchers
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5/22/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor makers should take a hint from Mother Nature when pursuing photonic crystals for optical computing, according to University of Utah researchers studying the Brazilian beetle: this bug's eerie iridescence is evidence of its unique photonic lattice structure--called the "champion" architecture in photonic circles.
Room-temperature terahertz laser invented
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5/21/2008   Post a comment
What's claimed to be the world's first room-temperature terahertz laser harnesses the optical equivalent of heterodyning to bridge the terahertz gap.
Nanotech makes radioactive sensors obsolete
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5/20/2008   Post a comment
Dangerous radioactive isotopes in household "smoke alarms" and similar sensors could be economically replaced by carbon nanotube emitters, according to Applied Nanotech and Sionex.
Freescale, ST sampling first jointly developed automotive microcontroller
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5/19/2008   Post a comment
Freescale and STMicroelectronics are sampling their first jointly developed microcontroller, which is aimed at the emerging "green" automotive market in China and similar markets.
HP targets silicon photonics
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5/14/2008   Post a comment
Using silicon photonics to connect blades, boards, chips and eventually cores on the same chip has become a strategic goal for Hewlett Packard Co.
Testbed streamlines RFID development
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5/14/2008   1 comment
A test bed for RFID tags allows up to 256 to be tested simultaneously, while an emulator simplifies rapid prototyping of new antenna designs.
DriveCam identifies risky driving
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5/13/2008   Post a comment
By using pattern recognition to detect risky driving and on human experts to give advice on how to improve each individual's driving safety record, companies like DriveCam Inc. are lowering costs for fleet owners and bringing peace of mind to parents worried about reckless driving by their teenagers.
Avago claims first RF chip-scale packaging solution
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5/12/2008   Post a comment
Wafer-level chip-scale packaging squeezes radio frequency (RF) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) into world's smallest package.
Ultra-fast laser goes searching for planets
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5/8/2008   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the University of Konstanz, claims to boost planet-searching capabilities by 100 times with a new ultra-fast, ultra-short-pulse laser with a "gap-toothed" frequency comb.
Major leagues draft electronics for performance-boosting mouthpiece
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5/6/2008   Post a comment
Athletes including the Red Sox's Manny Ramirez are optimizing their performance by submitting to a dental procedure that combines electronic stimulation, measurement and analysis to create a custom "pure power mouthpiece" (PPM), according to its orthdondist inventor and others certified to use the technology.
MEMS vibration sensor debuts
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5/5/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices' micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) chip senses high-frequency vibrations, enabling repairs to be made to equipment before failure, thereby causing serious damage.
First RF MEMS listed in distributor catalog
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5/2/2008   Post a comment
The first MEMS oscillator to be listed in the world's biggest catalog distributor, Digi-Key, comes from Discera through its original equipment manufacturer partner, Abracon Corp.
Raytheon Exoskeleton brings 'Iron Man' to life
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5/2/2008   1 comment
The "Iron Man" movie is not as far-fetched as it might appear. The Exoskeleton project from Raytheon's Sarcos team enables soldiers in the U.S. Army to lift and carry 200 pound payloads and more without tiring.


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