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Coulomb blockade detected in organic conductors
05.01.2016 - 23:30

In experiments, a team of researchers from Osaka University claims to have detected Coulomb blockades in two dimensional organic conducting polymer films. The group says its work could change the conventional understanding of organic conductors and help in the design of organic and molecular devices, such as single-electron transistors or a memo...



Test company launches its first handheld oscilloscope
05.01.2016 - 23:27

Rohde & Schwarz has launched its first handheld oscilloscope and claims the device – called Scope Rider – has the functionality and touch and feel of a state of the art lab device. Scope Rider integrates five instruments in a rugged housing. It features isolated input and communications interfaces, meets CAT IV standards and c...



Gold nanoparticles etch straight channels in III-V semiconductors
04.01.2016 - 23:33

Scientists from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and IBM have determined that gold nanoparticles can be used to create straight paths in a range of III-V semiconductors. The discovery is said to be an ‘important addition’ to self assembly techniques. First, the team patterned the surface of indium phosp...



Resin film and materials developed for stretchable electronics
28.12.2015 - 23:45

Panasonic has developed a soft, flexible, and stretchable polymer resin film using its proprietary stretchable resin technology. The Company will also provide a transparent electrode material and conductive paste along with this insulating film. This insulating film material is claimed to stretch to 2.5 times its original length and then retu...



Prototype optoelectronic microprocessor built using existing chip manufacturing
28.12.2015 - 23:09

Researchers at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have produced a working optoelectronic microprocessor, which computes electronically but uses light to move information. The chip was produced using only processes found in existing microchip fabrication facilities, proving that the design can be scaled ...



Boron nanotubes are stronger than carbon nanotubes
28.12.2015 - 23:04

Carbon nanotubes are legendary in their strength - at least 30 times stronger than Kevlar by some estimates. When mixed with lightweight polymers such as plastics and epoxy resins, the tiny tubes reinforce the material, like the rebar in a block of concrete, promising lightweight and strong materials for airplanes, spaceships, cars and even spor...



First ‘metasurface’ high-power laser for terahertz range
28.12.2015 - 23:00

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have identified a way to make a semiconductor laser that operates at terahertz frequencies. Terahertz waves can be used to analyse plastics, clothing, semiconductors and works of art without damaging the materials being examined; for chemical sensing and identific...



Hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries
27.12.2015 - 23:33

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that is claimed to overcome many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes. Berke...



Neuromorphic chip based on Spiking Neural Networks
27.12.2015 - 23:30

Researchers from Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Dianzi University, China have developed the Darwin Neural Processing Unit (NPU), a neuromorphic hardware co-processor based on Spiking Neural Networks (SNN), fabricated by standard CMOS technology. Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is a type of information processing system based on mimicking th...



Organic battery will be cheaper than standard vanadium flow battery
22.12.2015 - 23:45

According to US researchers, energy storage system owners could see significant savings from a new flow battery technology that is projected to cost 60% less than today's standard flow batteries. The organic aqueous flow battery is expected to cost £120 per kilowatt-hour once the technology is fully developed. The lower cost is due ...



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