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MIT claims 24/7 solar power
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7/31/2008   3 comments
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have combined a liquid catalyst with photovoltaic cells to achieve what they claim is a solar energy system that could generate electricity around the clock.
Microscope-on-a-chip debuts
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Today's bulky, expensive microscopes could be come smaller and cheaper after researchers found a way to combine pinhole optics, microfluidics and a charge-coupled device to assemble a working microscope on a single chip.
Lasers need lenses no more
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7/29/2008   1 comment
Researchers have demonstrated a plasmonic collimator that utilizes grooves etched directly into the semiconductor laser facet. The technique could eliminate costly, bulky lenses.
Nano-inks could advance printed electronics
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Nano-inks for aerosol printing of electronics circuitry are being jointly developed by Applied Nanotech Inc. and Optomec for its M3D aerosol jet printer.
'Attack graphs' predict computer security
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology and George Mason University have developed attack graphs using NIST's National Vulnerability Database to predict the probability of hackers being able to crack a computer system's security.
MIT: Optical lithography good to 12 nanometers
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Optical lithography can be extended to 12 nanometers, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers who have so far demonstrated 25-nm lines using a new technique called scanning beam interference lithography.
CherryPal attempts to redefine PC
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
A new "green" PC that consumes only 2 watts of power also lays claim to integrated software and "cloud computing" on a par with desktop PCs.
Tool targets faulty, 'one-size-fits-all' computer interfaces
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
User interfaces should adapt to individual skills and style, rather than forcing users to adapt to the layout of buttons and menus in computer application software, researchers told the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
White OLEDs made brighter than light bulbs
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7/17/2008   Post a comment
A solid-state, white-light source that is said to be brighter on a per-watt basis than incandescent bulbs has been described by a University of Michigan researcher.
NASA drone's sensors help battle California wildfires
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
At California's behest, NASA is flying a Predator drone retrofitted with sensors for firefighting over the more than 300 fires burning in the state.
Solar cars racing across North America
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
Start you solar engines: The North American Solar Challenge car race from Dallas to Calgary, Canada--over 2,400 miles in 10 days--is under way. So far the University of Michigan's Continuum entry is leading, with Principia College's Ra-7 16 minutes behind.
Nanoelectrodes boost electrolysis to cut hydrogen fuel cost
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7/14/2008   2 comments
QuantumSphere's nanoparticle-coated electrodes boost electrolysis by 300 percent and could enable consumers to refill their hydrogen fuel-cell cars in the garage.
UC claims EUV source breakthrough
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7/11/2008   Post a comment
A new, cheaper laser light source for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography has been patented by the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in cooperation with Cymer Inc.
3-D chip stacks standardized
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
The Intimate Memory Interconnect Standard being promoted by the 3D-IC Alliance recently released its official specification for 3-D stacking memory chips.
Paint-on solar panels could cut cost, boost efficiency
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
Paint-on solar panels could boost current energy efficiency by 50 percent while making new solar panel installations virtually invisible by painting organic dyes onto windows.
Memristors ready for prime time
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7/8/2008   2 comments
Memristors, the fourth passive circuit in electronic circuit theory, have moved a step closer to prototyping with the harnessing of a substrate material that could yield a new memory device by 2009.
Robots aim to top humans at air hockey
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7/8/2008   Post a comment
First, a supercomputer beats a chess master. Then, an artificial intelligence program deals defeat to a poker champion. Next: A robot takes on humans in air hockey.
AI beats human poker champions
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
Humanity was dealt a decisive blow by a poker-playing artificial intelligence program called Polaris during the Man-Machine Poker Competition in Las Vegas.
MEMS microphone measures two millimeters square
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
What is touted as the world's smallest analog microphone fits into a package as much as four times smaller than existing analog microphones, according to developer Akustica Inc.
A lot of hot air! Cutting energy prices with compressed air
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7/2/2008   Post a comment
An engineer at Sandia National Laboratories thinks compressed air stored in underground caverns could help cut in half the cost of electricity from generators.
Gallium nitride photodetector targets bioterrorism
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7/1/2008   Post a comment
New sensors based on gallium nitride could improve the detection of bioterror agents like anthrax.


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