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Scientists create self-healing material
Scientists create self-healing material06.01.2017 - 22:42

A transparent, self-healing, stretchable, conductive material has been developed by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The material can be activated electrically to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots. The researchers cla...



Team develops supercapacitor electrodes
Team develops supercapacitor electrodes06.01.2017 - 22:33

A fast and simple method to synthesise different types of copper based nanostructures has been developed by a team from the Nano-fabricated Energy Devices lab at the University of Tehran. By applying electric fields in ammonium hydroxide based solutions, shapes such as rod, flower and cube with an average grain size of 30nm to 1μm were obt...



Multi-gigabit Ethernet controllers for enterprise and SMB networks
Multi-gigabit Ethernet controllers for enterprise and SMB networks19.12.2016 - 23:48

The AQtion product line of multi-gigabit Ethernet BASE-T controllers developed by Aquantia support 10,5 and 2.5Gbit speeds in addition to Gigabit Ethernet. “We are now delivering the last piece of the puzzle in enterprise and SMB networks: the multi-gigabit client connectivity,” said Kamal Dalmia, vice president, sales and marketi...



NIST device for detecting subatomic motion
NIST device for detecting subatomic motion19.12.2016 - 23:45

A device developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can measure the motion of nanoparticles traversing distances shorter than the diameter of a hydrogen atom. "We can detect tiny motion more locally and precisely with these plasmonic resonators than any other way of doing it," said NIST phys...



Radio created from atomic scale defects
Radio created from atomic scale defects19.12.2016 - 23:41

Researchers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have used atomic scale defects in pink diamonds to create the world’s smallest radio receiver. Featuring building blocks the size of two atoms, the radio can withstand harsh environments and is biocompatible. “Diamonds have unique properties,” sa...



Optical fibre sensor enables real time detection
Optical fibre sensor enables real time detection19.12.2016 - 23:26

Optical fibre sensing shows promise for monitoring the condition of structures. By embedding long optical fibres into a structure, strain and temperature distributions along the fibres can be detected. Until now, however, time of distributed measurement took from several tens of seconds to several minutes. Now, a team from the Tokyo Insti...



UCL updates x-ray for range of applications
UCL updates x-ray for range of applications13.12.2016 - 23:36

A five-year EPSRC funded project led by University College London has developed an x-ray imaging technology that is claimed to have applications ranging from healthcare and security to materials analysis. The technique is called phase-contrast x-ray imaging. Instead of measuring the extent to which tissue or materials absorb radiation –...



Graphene photodetectors set speed record
Graphene photodetectors set speed record13.12.2016 - 23:29

Data rates of up to 100Gbit/s in ultrafast photodetectors have been reported by researchers from the Graphene Flagship working at TU Vienna, Austria and AMO, Germany. The scientists claim the photodetectors have the highest bandwidth for graphene-based devices. Simone Schuler, a researcher at TU Vienna, pictured, explained the importance of i...



Lattice expands ice40 range, targets sensor aggregation
Lattice expands ice40 range, targets sensor aggregation13.12.2016 - 23:20

Looking to address a growing need for sensor aggregation in a range of applications, Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its iCE40 Ultra range of FPGAs with a device offering 1.1Mbit of RAM, up to eight DSP blocks and more I/O than previous family members. Available in a choice of three packages, the iCE40 UltraPlus is said to be targeted at d...



Potassium ions keep battery tunnels open, improve capacity
Potassium ions keep battery tunnels open, improve capacity13.12.2016 - 22:57

Looking to improve the performance of lithium based batteries, researchers have focused on ‘tunnelled’ electrode structures, which are believed to make it easier for charge-carrying ions to move in and out of the electrode. As part of this general research, a team from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which includes re...



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