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Engineers build a nanoscale device for brain-inspired computing

Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have delivered a nanoelectronic synapse that might drive a new class of microchips that can learn, adapt and make probability-based decisions in complex environments. Their work might one day lead to real-time brain simulators that enhance our understanding of neuroscience.

Posted: Jul 12th, 2011

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Laser light produces synthetic tissue for regenerative medicine

Using a special laser technique, research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and other Fraunhofer Institutes have succeeded in producing hybrid biomimetic matrices. These serve as a basis for scaffold and implant structures on which the cells can grow effectively.

Posted: Jul 12th, 2011

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Bionic eye hope blends lasers and gold nanoparticles

A novel approach to restoring sight using a 'bionic eye' is being investigated at Swinburne University of Technology. The laser stimulation of optic nerves is the focus of this research to develop a vision prosthesis - perhaps a tiny laser device fitted in a pair of spectacles - much like the cochlear implant for restoring hearing.

Posted: Jul 12th, 2011

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Beijing start-up makes nanostructures that could result In cheaper electric car batteries

A Beijing startup called Wuhe is making electrode materials and batteries that could lower the cost of electric vehicles. The company uses nanostructures for battery materials that, like other recent nanostructures, let the materials deliver the large bursts of power needed for acceleration while maintaining energy storage capacity. But the Wuhe advance also makes the materials easier to work with than similar electrode materials, and as a result, it could cut battery-cell manufacturing costs by 10 percent.

Posted: Jul 12th, 2011

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Engineers control light propagation in photonic chips

Researchers at Columbia Engineering School have built optical nanostructures that enable them to slow photons down and fully control light dispersion. They have shown that it is possible for light (electromagnetic waves) to propagate from point A to point B without accumulating any phase, spreading through the artificial medium as if the medium is completely missing in space. This is the first time simultaneous phase and zero-index observations have been made on the chip-scale and at the infrared wavelength.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2011

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Imec demonstrates 3D integrated DRAM-on-logic for low-power mobile applications

Imec and its 3D integration partners have proven the potential of 3D integration of a commercial DRAM chip on top of a logic IC for next-generation low-power mobile applications. Imec's applied 3D EDA (electronic design automation) tools including thermal models have proven to be valuable means to design next-generation 3D stacked ICs.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2011

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