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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/30/19 9:00 AM

The quest for ultra-miniaturization in nanoelectronics has led researchers to explore the intersection of physical and chemical properties at the molecular scale. New research on the electrical conductance of single …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/29/19 9:00 AM

Scientists have been searching for the “holy grail” of superconductors—materials that behave as superconductors at room temperature, known as “high-temperature superconductors”—because of the possibility for a wide range of revolutionary …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/26/19 9:00 AM

Researchers in the US have created a self-healing rubber that can repair a tear even at room temperature, allowing for much better durability and longevity of everyday objects like shoes …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/25/19 9:00 AM

Lightfoot Defence, supplier of refrigeration equipment and support to the UK’s Ministry of Defense, teamed up with Swagelok to solve a costly issue for the Eurofighter. Working on a replacement …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/24/19 9:00 AM

Watch and learn for useful tips on how to get top performance "Once you have placed the tube in the bender, you must calibrate it to account for tube springback" …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/23/19 9:00 AM

A new coating for metal can self-heal within seconds when cracked, scraped, or scratched—and can do so in the same spot close to 200 times. It sticks well, even under …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/22/19 9:00 AM

Antireflection (AR) coatings on plastics are widely used to reduce glare on eyeglasses, computer monitors, smartphone displays. A new AR coating is such an improvement over the existing coatings that …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/19/19 9:00 AM

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) may finally have found the path to nuclear fusion as a feasible energy source. They have developed a …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/18/19 9:00 AM

There are numerous common system design errors that can render a back-pressure regulator useless, simply because the device is misunderstood. System designers may overlook the importance of an upstream flow …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/17/19 8:45 AM

As baby boomers retire, they take decades of knowledge and experience "2 million engineering and manufacturing jobs will go unfilled as baby boomers retire" - Prediction from Deloitte and The Manufacturing …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/16/19 9:00 AM

Irish researcher examines how AI trends and emerging data can help businesses. Her central focus is the powerful combination of AI with human creativity. Read the full article on Silicon …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/15/19 9:00 AM

AI has made enormous strides in recent decades such that most resource and implementation difficulties are a thing of the past. Companies and individuals have a greater trust of AI-assisted …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/12/19 11:05 AM

Researchers at RMIT university have developed a new type of transistor that sends electrons through the air rather than silicon. This new “air-channel transistor technology” has no need for superconductors, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/11/19 9:00 AM

In a process analyzer sampling system, there is always a delay between the moment you grab the sample and the time you obtain a reading. Time delay is cumulative, accounting …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/10/19 8:55 AM

We have a training video and printed instructions to show you how it's done "CAUTION: Use of tubing below the recommended minimum wall thickness may result in the tube sticking …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/9/19 12:30 PM

One of the theories that would prove the existence of “dark energy” or “dark matter” can now be ruled out. The “symmetron field,” theorized to pervade space, cannot be detected …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/9/19 9:00 AM

University of Illinois at Chicago scientists are developing a nuclear-powered “tunnelbot” designed to penetrate the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The probe would have to make its way through …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/5/19 11:58 AM

Iridium, the world’s rarest naturally occurring element, is what provides the color and light for OLED screens in your phone or TV—but it won’t last forever. It exists in a …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/4/19 9:00 AM

You want your analytical instrumentation (AI) system to provide a timely analytical result that is representative of the fluid in the process line at the time the sample was taken …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/3/19 8:45 AM

Follow these best practices for designing and building safer fluid systems "Where seizing opportunity means assuming more risk, how can you minimize safety concerns? Start with careful design considerations. Before …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/2/19 9:00 AM

A new type of material, based on ethylene (used to make most plastics), exhibits both shape memory and self-healing. Unlike other self-healing materials, it requires no external stimulus, so it …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/1/19 9:00 AM

New research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) aims to make it efficient and cost-effective to harness the planet’s natural heat as a green energy source. Rather than exploit existing natural …

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