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Smart Chip Could Enable Low-powered, Wireless Neural Implants

February 11, 2016 | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

The versatile chip offers multiple applications in various electronic devices.

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Combating Deadly Food Contamination

February 11, 2016 1:24 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor | Articles | Comments

What are food and beverage companies doing to fight contamination and illness outbreaks?

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Hand-Held Electrostatic Voltmeter

February 11, 2016 1:14 pm | by TREK | TREK, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Trek’s Model 821HH Infinitron Hand-Held Electrostatic Voltmeter represents the next generation of contacting precision surface voltage measuring instruments. The device measures the voltage level of both conductive and insulative objects and surfaces with virtually zero charge transfer to the measurement probe.

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Laboratory Design Conference

February 11, 2016 1:12 pm | Events

The 2016 Laboratory Design Conference will be held April 25-27 in Houston, Texas.

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Professional Profile: Katherine M. Everett, PE, LEED AP

February 10, 2016 11:42 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor | Articles | Comments

Controlled Environments spoke with Katherine M. Everett, PE, LEED AP, the author of the CE column "Ask the Facilities Gal." Kate will be a featured speaker at the 2016 Laboratory Design Conference, which will be held April 25-27 in Houston. 

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Thin-film Transistor Paves the Way for Flexible Devices

February 10, 2016 11:17 am | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

An engineering research team has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices.

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Single-celled Algae Organisms Are Super-Strong

February 10, 2016 11:02 am | by Lori Dajose, Caltech | News | Comments

Researchers have found that the shells that contain diatoms have the highest specific strength — the strength at which a structure breaks with respect to its density — of any known biological material, including bone, antlers, and teeth.

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Nanotech Develops Ultra-thin Condoms from Native Grass

February 10, 2016 10:38 am | by The University of Queensland | News | Comments

Fibers from the Australian native spinifex grass are being used to improve latex that could be used to make condoms as thin as a human hair without any loss in strength.

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Ultralight Supercapacitors Created with 3D Printing

February 10, 2016 9:57 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

For the first time ever, scientists have successfully 3D-printed supercapacitors using an ultra-lightweight graphene aerogel, opening the door to novel, unconstrained designs of highly efficient energy storage systems for smartphones, wearables, implantable devices, electric cars, and wireless sensors.

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Robot Controller

February 10, 2016 12:00 am | by DENSO Robotics | DENSO Robotics | Product Releases | Comments

DENSO Robotics offers its RC8 robot controller, featuring a built-in I/O command-slave function that allows the robots to be controlled directly by Rockwell and Omron PLCs or PACs.

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Pharma Solutions Software

February 10, 2016 12:00 am | by Rondaxe Enterprises | Product Releases | Comments

Rondaxe Enterprises offers its Resource Pharma Solutions, a suite of pharmaceutical manufacturing process software products. The software comprises applications for development and manufacturing data management, cost of goods, and productivity analysis, among other features.

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Testing Methods for ESD Control Packaging Products

February 10, 2016 12:00 am | by Bob Vermillion, CPP | Articles | Comments

Suspect counterfeit ESD control and non-compliant packaging is a growing issue throughout the global supply chain.

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Chipotle Tries to Make Amends Following Contamination Crisis

February 9, 2016 1:12 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Fast-food chain Chipotle closed its doors for a few hours yesterday, for a company-wide meeting on its recent E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus outbreaks. Here's what they said.

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Polymers Change Shape When Triggered by Body Heat

February 9, 2016 12:03 pm | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

The material can lift 1,000 times its mass.

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Quantum Current Generated from Chiral Magnetic Effect

February 9, 2016 11:39 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Separating left- and right-handed particles in a semi-metallic material produces anomalously high conductivity.

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Laser-activated Superconductors Work at Higher Temperatures

February 9, 2016 11:03 am | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Currently superconductors only work at very low temperatures, requiring liquid nitrogen or helium to maintain their temperature. Now, scientists have found a way to make certain materials superconduct at higher temperatures.

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