Texas Instruments and MIT make microchip ten times more energy efficient

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today unveiled a new chip design for portable electronics that can be up to ten times more energy-efficient than present technology. The design could lead to cell phones, implantable medical devices and sensors that last far longer when running from a battery in about five years …

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Another new take on solar power and thermoelectric conversion

Another potentially more efficient way to convert heat into electricity, from x-NASA super soaker inventor. Here’s how it works: One MEA stack is coupled to a high- temperature heat source (such as solar heat concentrated by mirrors), and the other to a low-temperature heat sink (ambient air). The low-temperature stack acts as the compressor stage …

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Ultrasensitive prototype device approaches gold standard for magnetic field detection

A tiny sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 70 femtoteslas-equivalent to the brain waves of a person daydreaming-has been demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The sensor could be battery-operated and could reduce the costs of non-invasive biomagnetic measurements such as fetal heart monitoring. The device also …

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High endurance and enhanced longevity mouse created

One of my readers, Mav, pointed out that physorg.com has announced: Case Western Reserve University researchers have bred a line of “mighty mice” (PEPCK-Cmus mice) that have the capability of running five to six kilometers at a speed of 20 meters per minute on a treadmill for up to six hours before stopping. This announcement …

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Scanning tunneling microscope made 100 to 1000 times faster

From physorg.com, using an existing technique in a novel way, Cornell physicist Keith Schwab and colleagues at Cornell and Boston University have made the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) — which can image individual atoms on a surface — at least 100 times faster. The simple adaptation, based on a method of measurement currently used in …

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