3D printer makes first wearable ‘battery’

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3D printer makes first wearable ‘battery’

“Imagine printing off a wristband that charges your smartphone or electric car with cheap supplies from a local hardware store. That’s the direction materials research is heading at Brunel University London where scientists have become the first to simply and affordably 3D print a flexible, wearable ‘battery’. The technique opens the way for novel designs for super-efficient, wearable power …

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A faster way to make Bose-Einstein condensates

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A faster way to make Bose-Einstein condensates

“Method of laser cooling may speed up investigations into magnetism and superconductivity. The world of an atom is one of random chaos and heat. At room temperatures, a cloud of atoms is a frenzied mess, with atoms zipping past each other and colliding, constantly changing their direction and speed. Such random motions can be slowed, and even stopped entirely, by …

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Advancing the Path to Organic Electronics Beyond Cell Phone Screens

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Advancing the Path to Organic Electronics Beyond Cell Phone Screens

“A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics. The research, published November 13, 2017, in the journal Nature Materials, focused on organic semiconductors, a class of materials prized for their applications …

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Chinese robot becomes world’s first machine to pass medical exam

Chinese robot becomes world’s first machine to pass medical exam

“A Chinese AI medical robot named “Xiaoyi” became the world’s first to pass the written test of China’s National Medical Licensing Examination, who will now work to improve clinical diagnosis, Beijing News reported. The robot scored 456 points in the exam, well above the national average, according to its research team at the Tsinghua-iFlyTek Joint Lab of Tsinghua …

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mbed OS 5.6.5 released

mbed OS 5.6.5 released

“We are pleased to announce the Mbed OS 5.6.5 release is now available. This is the latest patch release based on the feature set introduced by Mbed OS 5.6. Summary This patch release includes new target support for the following boards: NUCLEO_L496ZG_P L-Tek FF-LPC546XX Mbed Connect Cloud board ADI EV-COG-AD4050LZ RedBear BLE Nano 2 …

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Quantum Internet goes Hybrid

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Quantum Internet goes Hybrid

“ICFO researchers report the first demonstration of an elementary link of a hybrid quantum information network, using a cold atomic cloud and a doped crystal as quantum nodes and single photons as information carriers. _In a recent study, published in Nature, ICFO researchers Nicolas Maring, Pau Farrera, Dr. Kutlu Kutluer, Dr. Margherita Mazzera, and Dr. Georg Heinze led by ICREA …

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Siting Sierra: Lawrence Livermore’s newest and fastest supercomputer is taking shape

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Siting Sierra: Lawrence Livermore’s newest and fastest supercomputer is taking shape

“Work is moving fast and furious in the Livermore Computing Complex at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where siting and installation for Sierra, the Lab’s next advanced technology high-performance supercomputer, is kicking into high gear. Trucks began delivering racks and hardware over the summer for what will eventually be a 125-petaFLOPs/second (peak) machine, projected to provide four to …

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The Microscopic Origin of Efficiency Droop in LEDs

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The Microscopic Origin of Efficiency Droop in LEDs

“Semiconductor study shows that the coupling between electrons and thermal vibrations may be sapping energy from LEDs Light-emitting diodes—or LEDs, as they are commonly known—have been slowly replacing incandescent light bulbs in applications ranging from car taillights to indicators on electronics since their invention in the 1960s. Eschewing the filament of an incandescent bulb and the mercury vapor …

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Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

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Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

“In an underdog city, at an underdog NASA lab, researchers are thinking hard about an undeservedly neglected planet. Venus is Earth’s cousin, closest in composition and size, but for decades it has remained veiled. NASA hasn’t sent a mission there since 1989; more recent European and Japanese orbiters have made halting progress that stops largely at the planet …

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