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Lab-on-chip innovator Michelle Khine to be honored
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Michelle Khine, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, will be honored next month for inventing a method for fabricating microfluidic devices without a clean room.
Failure not an option: Heading off chip flaws during design
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Engineers could detect design flaws resulting in cracks, fractures and interface faults before chip fabrication using a new method that harnesses an electronics failure simulation technique called peridynamic equations.
Small engines get greener
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8/26/2009   7 comments
Emissions from small gasoline engines could be reduced using a new analog chip that Freescale Semiconductor introduced at a technology forum in Shenzhen, China.
MIT's robotic fish target monitoring tasks
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Robotic fish could swim in schools of hundreds to perform surveys, environmental monitoring, reconnaissance and other underwater tasks, according to MIT researchers.
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Bosch acquires MEMS microphone pioneer Akustica
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
MEMS microphone pioneer Akustica Inc. has been acquired by Robert Bosch North America.
Active invisibility cloaks could work at many wavelengths
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8/18/2009   Post a comment
"It is possible to cloak relatively large regions of space, even from multi-frequency sources, using destructive interference," a researcher claims.
IBM harnesses DNA to pattern nanoscale circuits
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8/17/2009   Post a comment
IBM Corp. researchers say they have harnessed DNA to position nanoscale components like carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires into circuits 10 times smaller than can be achieved with current lithographic techniques.
Nanospears promise to supercharge solar cells
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8/14/2009   Post a comment
By studding the top of solar cells with nanospears of zinc oxide, the spectrum of light absorption can be expanded to enhance their efficiency, according to researchers.
Researchers: Ferroelectric DRAM smaller, faster than flash
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8/12/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at Yale University and the Semiconductor Research Corp. claim that ferroelectrics are more appropriate for replacing DRAM than flash.
Neural nets make a comeback at Darpa
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8/10/2009   1 comment
Neural networks are making a comeback at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
MEMS guru heads to Darpa
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8/7/2009   Post a comment
MEMS pioneer Kaigham ("Ken") Gabriel has been appointed deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
NIST scales up quantum computing
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8/6/2009   Post a comment
Sustained operation of a large-scale quantum computer has been demonstrated by government researchers.
Illinois Tool Works aims to become photonics powerhouse
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8/5/2009   Post a comment
Diversified manufacturer Illinois Tool Works Inc. is set to unveil later this month its ITW Photonics Group, which will combine three photonics manufacturing acquisitions.
Lab-on-a-chip said to perform 1,024 simultaneous tests
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8/4/2009   Post a comment
Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology has enabled researchers to conduct over 1,000 tests simultaneously.
Graphene nanoribbons cut power use, cooler than copper
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8/3/2009   Post a comment
Graphene could carry nearly 1,000 times more current and operate at temperatures more than 10 times cooler than conventional copper interconnects below 22-nanometer line widths, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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