Friday, October 17, 2014

"Hybrid Solar Cells Promise 95% Efficiency"

Hybrid solar cells that harvest all of the suns energy, instead of just a few narrow bands, could transform the energy economies worldwide: R. Colin Johnson @EETimes

High-energy light is absorbed by a special organic coating that produces pairs of triplets that can be efficiently absorbed
by underlying inorganic solar cells.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

"IBM's Watson Spreading Worldwide"

IBM's new global headquarters for Watson and cognitive computing may become its most important asset in the long run. Computers modeled on the brain will eventually make even supercomputers seem like antiques: R.
Colin Johnson @EETimes

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Senior Vice President Mike Rhodin open IBM's new Watson Global Headquarters in New York City, which IBM claims is now the center-of-gravity for next-generation computing systems that learn.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"River Sensors to Clean Up Waterways"

The rivers of the future will be cleaner and safer due to a network of sensors that can track pollutants down to their source: R. Colin Johnson @EETimes

The Recon Sonde cost 20 times less than its competitors and sends its measurements of water quality wirelessly to a central location 24/7.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Med Implants Get Dissolvable

Today medical implants require a second operation to remove, but these researchers have found a sway to command them to dissolve when they have finished doing their job--just like dissolvable stitches: R. Colin Johnson @EETimes

Implant that has been ordered to self-destruct dissolves in bodily fluids like dissolvable stitches.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

"Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels"

The stars are the only stead-state fusion reactors in the universe, but researchers at University of Washington believe they have a new design that will make fusion reactors economical to build on Earth.

The University of Washington's current fusion experiment, HIT-SI3, is about one-tenth the size of the gigaWatt power-producing Dynomak that beats fossil fuels in energy efficiency.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

#LED: "Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize"

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) hit a roadblock after making red and green, but eventually hard working scientists make a breakthrough resulting in LED TVs and more importantly white LED lighting.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three researchers, including Shuji Nakamura, professor of materials and electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Nakamura is also co-director of the UCSB Solid State
Lighting & Energy Electronics Center.

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