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Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5m Distance

Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5m Distance

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also shifted from wired to wireless. Now, researchers and engineers are trying to remove […]

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Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Devices

Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Devices

Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) presented these commercial possibilities and a unique vision for […]

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New Live-Cell Printing Technology Works Like Ancient Chinese Woodblocking

New Live-Cell Printing Technology Works Like Ancient Chinese Woodblocking

With a nod to 3rd century Chinese woodblock printing and children’s rubber stamp toys, researchers in Houston have developed a way to print living cells onto any surface, in virtually any shape. Unlike recent, similar work using inkjet printing approaches, almost all cells survive the process, scientists report in this week’s Proceedings of the National […]

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New computer, Edison, electrifies scientific computing

New computer, Edison, electrifies scientific computing

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity.   Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Feb. 5, and scientists […]

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Laser Light at Useful Wavelengths from Semiconductor Nanowires

Laser Light at Useful Wavelengths from Semiconductor Nanowires

Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and sensing. Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated laser action in semiconductor nanowires that emit light at technologically useful wavelengths and operate at room temperature.   They now have documented this […]

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Superconducting Wire Yields Unprecedented Performance

Superconducting Wire Yields Unprecedented Performance

The ability to control nanoscale imperfections in superconducting wires results in materials with unparalleled and customized performance, according to a new study from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.   Applications for superconducting wires, which carry electricity without resistance when cooled to a critical temperature, include underground transmission cables, transformers and large-scale motors […]

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Computer Chip Based On Human Brain Developed

Computer Chip Based On Human Brain Developed

Today’s computing chips are incredibly complex and contain billions of nano-scale transistors, allowing for fast, high-performance computers, pocket-sized smartphones that far outpace early desktop computers, and an explosion in handheld tablets.   Despite their ability to perform thousands of tasks in the blink of an eye, none of these devices even come close to rivaling […]

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Make It Yourself With a 3D Printer and Save Big Time

Make It Yourself With a 3D Printer and Save Big Time

It may seem like a stretch to envision a 3D printer in every home. However, a Michigan Technological University researcher is predicting that personal manufacturing, like personal computing before it, is about to enter the mainstream in a big way.   “For the average American consumer, 3D printing is ready for showtime,” said Associate Professor […]

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High Performance Semiconductor Spray Paint Could Be a Game Changer for Organic Electronics

Researchers at Wake Forest University’s Organic Electronics group have come up with a novel solution to one of the biggest technological barriers facing the organic semiconductor industry today. Oana Jurchescu, an assistant professor of physics, and a team of researchers developed a high performance organic semiconductor ‘spray paint’ that can be applied to large surface […]

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New Keyboard for Touchscreens Enables Faster Thumb-Typing

New Keyboard for Touchscreens Enables Faster Thumb-Typing

The research team of Antti Oulasvirta at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics has created a new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices. They used computational optimization techniques in conjunction with a model of thumb movement to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance. A […]

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