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New manufacturing technique could improve common problem in printing technology

( Binghamton University) A new manufacturing technique developed by researchers from Binghamton University, State University at New York may be able to avoid the 'coffee ring' effect that plagues inkjet printers.

ShareBackup could keep data in the fast lane

( Rice University) Rice University engineers develop ShareBackup, a hardware and software solution to help data centers recover from failures without slowing applications.

Most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world engineered at Sandia National Laboratories

( DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Sandia's materials science team has engineered a platinum-gold alloy believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world. It's 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, making it the first alloy, or combination of metals, in the same class as diamond and sapphire, nature's most wear-resistant materials.

ASRC at GC/CUNY Photonics Initiative wins $3.2 million DARPA grant

( Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY) Andrea Alù, director of the Photonics Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and Einstein Professor of Physics at The Graduate Center, has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) award of up to $3.2 million to support basic nanophotonics research. The funded work will enable development of next-generation defense equipment based on engineered materials that manipulate electromagnetic waves, including light.

Scientists create antilaser for ultracold atoms condensate

( ITMO University) An international team of scientists developed the world's first antilaser for nonlinear Bose-Einstein condensate of ultracold atoms. For the first time, scientists demonstrated that it is possible to absorb the selected signal completely, even though the nonlinear system makes it difficult to predict the waves behaviour. The results can be used to manipulate superfluid flows, create atomic lasers, and also study nonlinear optical systems. The study was published in Science Advances.

Children put on by robots

( Bielefeld University) Can robots induce the same social influence and peer pressure as hu-mans do? A new study shows that children adopt a false claim when this is expressed by a group of robots.

Internet of Things technology can boost classroom learning and bridge gender divide

( University of Kent) The use of Internet of Things devices in the classroom can have major educational benefits and appeal to both genders if designed and used in the right way, according to new research carried out by the University of Kent.

Smallest transistor worldwide switches current with a single atom in solid electrolyte

( Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), physicist Professor Thomas Schimmel and his team have developed a single-atom transistor, the smallest transistor worldwide. This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte. The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and consumes very little energy, which opens up entirely new perspectives for information technology. The transistor is presented in Advanced Materials.

CELEST: New benchmarks in energy storage research

( Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Electrochemical energy storage is a key technology of the 21st century. Now, the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST), one of the most ambitious research platforms in this area worldwide, has started operation. It combines finding-oriented research with close-to-practice development and innovative production technology. CELEST pools the know-how of 29 institutes of its partners, namely, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Ulm University, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

Interactive software tool makes complex mold design simple

( Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Most of the plastic objects we see are created using injection molding, but designing such molds is a difficult task, usually requiring experts. Now, computer scientists have created an interactive design tool that allows non-experts to create molds for an object of their choice. The software will be presented at this year's prestigious SIGGRAPH conference, as one of IST Austria's five successful submissions.

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