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LED gets warmer as it dims

Is it possible for an LED to get redder as it dims? Without swapping current between a warm LED and a cool LED? It is, according to researchers from Philips. They coated a cool white LED with a layer of thermally-responsive liquid crystal. When it is hot, because the…

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Free-space laser comms using 'twisted light'

Austrian researchers have sent data through the turbulent air over Vienna using an orbital angular momentum modulated free-space laser beam. The experiment could open the door to high-speed quantum key distribution. Orbital-angular momentum (OAM) modes are a class of transverse spatial light modes where phase distribution spirals…

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IEDM to showcase IBM/Intel finfet duel

The 60th IEDM – the conference at which most of the IC industry’s technological breakthroughs are announced – takes place between 15 and 17 December…

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Imec's post-silicon NFC tags

Imec subsidiary Holst Centre with the Dutch research institute TNO, and games manufacturer Cartamundi are co-developing ultra-thin flexible NFC tags using metal-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic film. The flexible chips will be integrated into game cards as a part of Cartamundi’s larger…

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Cray looks at ARM64 for supercomputing

Cray is evaluating 64bit ARM processors alongside Intel products for its supercomputers, partly under a US Government program called FastForward 2 which asks the firm to explore 64bit ARMs for high performance computing (HPC). Cray is also working with 64bit ARM chip company Cavium to build processing clusters based on…

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Cyborg insects home in on sounds of distress

Cyborg cockroaches may be the search-and-rescue teams of the future. The enhanced roaches can pinpoint the source of a noise using electric pulses delivered to their antennae, and then crawl towards it. The insects are the work of Alper Bozkurt and his team at North Carolina State University…

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The Breakthrough Awards

The third Breakthrough prize giving ceremony at the weekend distributed $36 million to 13 scientists who have achieved scientific breakthroughs…

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Surrey University leads the way to glass computers

The universities of Surrey, Cambridge and Southampton have found a way to manipulate glass to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light, which could significantly increase computer processing speeds…

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