A small company in Massachusetts has built what they believe is the most powerful direct-diode laser in the world. Their technology, developed at MIT, employs an optical system to couple multiple individual semiconductor laser beams into a single stronger one that rates at 1,000 W in a 200-?m fiber.
Arizona State University researchers have released a striking image of the Moon’s prominent impact crater Tycho, taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera last month. The photograph was planned for its dramatic effect. The boulder in this closeup detail is about 400 feet wide.
In Europe, where there are an estimated 300,000 contaminated sites that require testing and treating before further development, a new portable tester that uses live bioluminescent bacteria to assess toxicity has proven popular. With tests taking only 12 to 15 minutes per sample, the device could be used to find out, in less than a day, whether a field contains carcinogenic toxins, and map precisely where the hot spots of the pollution are.
Researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks, and satellite communications systems. By collecting this extra ambient energy from the air, the engineeres have found a way to provide power for their printed wireless sensors.
Lumex and element14 have announced a strategic partnership created to enhance LED and LCD product portfolios across Asia Pacific. The new partnership strengthens the global distribution agreement between the two companies.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft must be equipped with a new tracking system that broadcasts GPS data, providing more accurate location information than ground-based radar. In anticipation of the deadline, the FAA has also charged Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers with leading an investigation of the system’s limits and capacities.
Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. But the standard test to detect the cloudy patches in the eye's lens requires a $5,000 piece of equipment called a slit lamp, and a trained physician to interpret its results. Now a team of MIT researchers has developed a simple device that can clip onto an ordinary smartphone (or smart device such as an iPod) and provide a diagnosis of cataracts within a few minutes.
Building on a revolutionary 3-D microscope technique that introduced the function of time, chemistry Nobel Laureate Ahmed H. Zewail and his colleagues have overcome limitations to supply high-resolution imaging information of nanoscale objects in four dimensions.
The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it's challenging wires and soldering irons. Univ. of Illinois engineers have developed a silver-inked rollerball pen capable of writing electrical circuits and interconnects on paper, wood, and other surfaces. The pen is writing whole new chapters in low-cost, flexible, and disposable electronics.
The eye of the peacock mantis shrimp has led an international team of researchers to develop a two-part waveplate that could improve CD, DVD, blu-ray, and holographic technology, creating even higher definition and larger storage density.
A team of researchers from NIST, George Mason Univ., and the Univ. of Maryland has made nano-sized sensors that detect volatile organic compounds that offer several advantages over today's commercial gas sensors, including low-power room-temperature operation and the ability to detect one or several compounds over a wide range of concentrations.
Today's television programs are designed to trigger your emotions and your mind through your senses of sound and sight. But what if they could trigger a few more? What if you could smell or taste the cheesy slices of pizza being eaten by your favorite characters on TV? Is it possible?
Huawei Technologies Co., a leading Chinese telecommunications company, has flown under the radar on its way to becoming multi-billion dollar company with 110,000 employees (and an R&D 100 Award under its belt). Now, the company wants to become a globally recognized brand alongside the likes of Apple and Cisco Systems.
Researchers from North Carolina State Univ. have designed a sensor that can measure strain in structural materials and is capable of healing itself—an important advance for collecting data to help make informed decisions about structural safety in the wake of earthquakes, explosions, or other unexpected events.
Magma Design Automation has launched Silicon One, an initiative intended to bring focus to making silicon profitable for customers by providing differentiated solutions and technologies that address business imperatives facing semiconductor makers.
Kodak remains the world's biggest film manufacturer, with Japan's Fuji right on its tail. But the consumer and professional films they make have dwindled to a precious few dozen film stocks in a handful of formats, becoming one more factor in a mammoth drop-off in film processing. Digital photography is closing the quality gap with film, and may soon consign the once-ubiquitous technology to the bin containing vinyl records and magnetic tape.
Two digital color cameras riding high on the mast of NASA's next Mars rover will complement each other in showing the surface of Mars in exquisite detail. They are the left and right eyes of the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, instrument on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launching in late 2011.
As part of its move to strengthen its position and product offerings within the RF market, National Instruments this week has announced the acquisition of Phase Matrix, Inc., a maker of RF and microwave test and measurement equipment, and the definitive merger agreement with AWR Corporation, a maker of design software for RF and wireless technology.
Electrical engineers at Duke Univ. have determined that unique man-made materials should theoretically make it possible to improve the power transfer to small devices, such as laptops or cell phones, or ultimately to larger ones, such as cars or elevators, without wires. This advance is made possible by the recent ability to fabricate metamaterials.
In Science , MIT researchers and their colleagues at the Univ. of Augsburg in Germany report the discovery of a new physical phenomenon that could yield transistors with greatly enhanced capacitance. And that, in turn, could lead to the revival of clock speed as the measure of a computer’s power.
A new sensor recently developed at NIST is hundreds of times faster and more sensitive than other similar technologies, in part because it rotates (or measures) gas molecules at fast rates and high sensitivity. But the key to its rapid detection capability is how it utilizes these terahertz frequencies.
New research paves way for the nanoscale self-assembly of organic building blocks, a promising new route towards the next generation of ultra-small electronic devices.
Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, announced it is leading an effort to address key roadblocks for wide-scale adoption of the emerging 3D integration of integrated circuits (IC) and systems. These new initiatives will develop solutions that address critical reliability and design tool issues and leverage a partnership formed by researchers from universities and the semiconductor industry at large.
A patent battle between two technology heavyweights, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp., has entered court as they try to stake their territory in the European mobile phone market. The dispute centers on alleged patent infringement by ZTE on Huawei’s fourth-generation mobile technology. At stake are billions of dollars in future sales.
Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have developed a fundamentally new approach to glasses-free 3D, called HR3D, which they say could double the battery life of devices like the 3DS without compromising screen brightness or resolution.