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Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

December 15, 2011 3:49 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Erik Stenehjem speaks on topics including funding, peer review, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology research, and communicating research missions in a social networking environment.

Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship: NASA Glenn Research Center

December 15, 2011 3:44 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

NASA Glenn Research Center's Ramon (Ray) Lugo III speaks on topics including funding, peer review, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology research, and communicating research missions in a social networking environment.

Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship: National Energy Technology Laboratory

December 15, 2011 3:39 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

National Energy Technology Laboratory's Paul E. King speaks on topics including funding, peer review, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology research, and communicating research missions in a social networking environment.

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Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

December 15, 2011 3:35 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Bob Hawsey speaks on topics including funding, peer review, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology research, and communicating research missions in a social networking environment.

Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship: Y-12 National Security Complex

December 15, 2011 3:18 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

Y-12 National Security Complex's Kevin Finney speaks on topics including funding, peer review, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology research, and communicating research missions in a social networking environment.

High Tech, 1960s-style

December 15, 2011 2:55 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

50 years ago—and thousands of technologies ago—the R&D 100 Awards honored the first recipients.

Answering a Call to Power

December 15, 2011 2:39 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

As the semiconductor industry is moving toward higher-voltage applications, the test industry must balance power with accuracy.

Energy-efficient Way to Store, Manage Data

December 15, 2011 2:31 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Replacing traditional, slower hard disk drive (HDD) storage technology in the data center, Intel's Solid State Drive 710 Series (Intel SSD 710) is a purpose-built data center SSD that uses computer-quality Intel 25 nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory with Intel High Endurance Technology (HET).

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Reviewing Big Data on the Cloud

December 14, 2011 12:20 pm | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

IBM has engineered a cloud analytics platform that can expand the number of staff who can explore and capitalize on big data, by simplifying the process of reviewing data.

Deduping Solution for Data Storage

December 14, 2011 11:43 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

HP StoreOnce software from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a deduplication technology used for data protection that allows users to store more data longer, on smaller storage devices. Enabling low-bandwidth replication, the software moves tape to its most-useful role: archiving and long-term storage.

Platform Enhances Virtualization

December 14, 2011 11:36 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

To meet future data management needs, Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas, is pioneering the Dell Fluid Data architecture. The architecture is designed to help users address data management challenges associated with data center virtualization and data growth, and facilitate the movement of data from the server to storage to the cloud.

Small reactors could figure into U.S. energy future

December 14, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

A newly released study from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) concludes that small modular reactors may hold the key to the future of U.S. nuclear power generation.

Livermore Lab ramps up wind energy research

December 14, 2011 5:01 am | News | Comments

As the percentage of wind energy contributing to the power grid continues to increase, the variable nature of wind can make it difficult to keep the generation and the load balanced. But recent work by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in conjunction with AWS Truepower, may help this balance through a project that alerts control room operators of wind conditions and energy forecasts so they can make well-informed scheduling decisions.

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Sharper lines, faster chips

December 14, 2011 4:47 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The microchip revolution has seen a steady shrinking of features on silicon chips, packing in more transistors and wires to boost chips' speed and data capacity. But in recent years, the technologies behind these chips have begun to bump up against fundamental limits, such as the wavelengths of light used for critical steps in chip manufacturing. Now, a new technique offers a way to break through one of these limits.

Microneedle sensors may allow real-time monitoring of body chemistry

December 13, 2011 3:22 am | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of California, San Diego have developed new technology that uses microneedles to allow doctors to detect real-time chemical changes in the body—and to continuously do so for an extended period of time.

High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer

December 13, 2011 3:10 am | News | Comments

Researchers have set a new world record for data transfer, helping to usher in the next generation of high-speed network technology. At the SuperComputing 2011 conference, the international team transferred data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 Gbps in a wide-area network circuit.

Ultimate slow motion

December 13, 2011 2:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion exposures per second. That's fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of a burst of light traveling the length of a 1-L bottle, bouncing off the cap and reflecting back to the bottle's bottom.

Chemically scrubbing carbon dioxide from the air too expensive

December 12, 2011 10:54 am | News | Comments

While it is possible to chemically scrub carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere in order to lessen the severity of global warming, the process is prohibitively expensive for now. Best to focus on controls for coal-burning power plants, say researchers from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Colossal conducting variation at the nanoscale

December 12, 2011 10:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory and in Ecuador have found that, at just the right temperatures, nanoclusters form and improve the flow of electrical current through certain oxide materials. This work could be used in a number of industrial applications including spintronics, which exploit electrical and magnetic properties for use in solid-state electronics.

Survey reveals scientists have trouble accessing stem cell lines

December 12, 2011 9:39 am | News | Comments

The promise of stem cell research for drug discovery and cell-based therapies depends on the ability of scientists to acquire stem cell lines for their research. A survey of more than 200 human embryonic stem cell researchers in the United States found that nearly four in ten researchers have faced excessive delay in acquiring a human embryonic stem cell line and that more than one-quarter were unable to acquire a line they wanted to study.

Fungus violin out-tones the legendary Stradivarius

December 9, 2011 11:01 am | News | Comments

With the help of a Swiss violin maker, researcher Francis Schwarze has created a type of with such extraordinarily good tonal qualities; better, in fact, than even a Stradivarius. The innovation was achieved with the bizarre introduction of a white-rot fungus that attacked and destroyed spruce in just the right way.

Dolomite discovery ends 100-year treasure hunt

December 9, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

The century-old mystery of a missing mineral in coral reefs has been solved by a team from The Australian National University. The team has uncovered a hidden stash of the mineral dolomite in coral reefs around the globe, ending a search that has lasted over 100 years.

Nighttime images help track disease from the sky

December 9, 2011 3:35 am | News | Comments

Normally used to spot where people live, satellite images of nighttime lights can help keep tabs on the diseases festering among them, too, according to new research. Princeton University-led researchers report that nighttime-lights imagery presents a new tool for pinpointing disease hotspots in developing nations by revealing the population boom that typically coincides with seasonal epidemics.

A more efficient way to make molecular hydrogen

December 9, 2011 3:17 am | News | Comments

When it comes to the industrial production of chemicals, often the most indispensable element is one that you can't see, smell, or even taste. It's hydrogen, the lightest element of all. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed an efficient two-step process that electrolyzes hydrogen atoms from water molecules before combining them to make molecular hydrogen.

Nanocrystals go bare

December 9, 2011 3:04 am | News | Comments

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers at the Molecular Foundry have discovered a universal technique for stripping nanocrystals of tether-like molecules that pose as obstacles for their integration into devices. These findings could provide scientists with a clean slate for developing new nanocrystal-based technologies for energy storage, photovoltaics, smart windows, solar fuels, and light-emitting diodes.

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