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Infrared Technology Could Help Spot Nuclear Weapons Plants
2014-03-21 08:55:56

Brigham Young University BYU research advances a technology to monitor nuclear production For most people, infrared technology calls to mind soldiers with night-vision goggles or energy audits that identify where heat escapes from homes during the winter season. But for two Brigham Young University professors, infrared holds the potential to spot from afar whether a site is being used to make nuclear weapons. Statistics professor Candace Berrett developed a model that precisely...

2014-03-03 08:35:29

SHANGHAI, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shanghai U-times Chemical Technology Co., LTD was established in 2005, and has always focused on R&D and supply of the raw materials and additives in high-end plastic industries. Since 2008, we have paid more attention to the environmentally friendly material "barium sulfate," and have continually launched several grades of functional barium sulfate to be used in different kinds of plastics for different functions, especially in the LED...

First Circuit With Stretchable Optical Interconnections Built By Belgian Researchers
2014-02-18 12:50:15

The Optical Society For futuristic applications like wearable body sensors and robotic skin, researchers need to ferry information along flexible routes. Electronics that bend and stretch have become possible in recent years, but similar work in the field of optics – communicating with light instead of electrons – has lagged behind. Particularly difficult to engineer have been optics that stretch, lengthening when someone wearing body sensors bends to tie their shoe, or when a robotic...

2014-01-23 23:01:13

New Work in OSA's Journal Optics Express Suggests That Fur Coats and Down Feathers Might Derive Much of Their Impressive Insulating Power from an Unexpected Optical Mechanism Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 In work that has major implications for improving the performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs that reflect infrared light may contribute significant insulating...

See Through Screen MIT
2014-01-22 13:23:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at MIT have designed a new type of see-through screen that could be used as a heads-up data display system. The new system, reported in the journal Nature Communications, adds wide angle viewing, simplicity and low cost to current transparent display systems. Some heads-up display systems can already be seen in cars, where the bottom of the windshield is used to display information like miles-per-hour. Heads-up display...

Flawed Diamonds Are Gems For New Technology
2013-10-09 07:57:21

University of Arizona Using ultra-fast laser pulses, researchers have made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds containing nitrogen-vacancy centers -- promising candidates for a variety of technological advances such as quantum computing A team of researchers led by University of Arizona assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers – defects in...

Female Squid Have Two Ways To Switch Color According To Study
2013-09-19 11:30:34

University of California - Santa Barbara The female common market squid –– AKA Doryteuthis opalescens –– may not be so common after all. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have discovered that this glamorous cephalopod possesses a pair of stripes that can sparkle with rainbow iridescence. These flank a single stripe, which can go from complete transparency to bright white. This marks the first time that switchable white cells based on reflectins –– the proteins responsible for...

New Technique Allows Closer Look At How Radiation Damages Materials
2013-08-06 12:41:39

North Carolina State University A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has developed a technique that provides real-time images of how magnesium changes at the atomic scale when exposed to radiation. The technique may give researchers new insights into how radiation weakens the integrity of radiation-tolerant materials, such as those used in space exploration and in nuclear energy technologies. "We used high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) to...

Practical New Approach To Holographic Video: MIT
2013-06-20 05:17:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are reporting in the journal Nature that they have developed a new approach that could lead to cheaper, color holographic-video displays. Researchers are using this new technique to build a prototype color holographic-video display with a resolution similar to that of a standard-definition TV that can update video images 30 times a second. The heart of the display features an optical chip that resembles a microscopic slide....

2013-05-28 23:01:58

Surmet has successfully delivered 18x35-in size monolithic ALON® windows, achieving a major milestone on its scale-up program supported by US Dept. of Defense funding from DMS&T, Air Force ManTech and DPA Title III programs. These windows, designed to meet a particular high priority defense application, are the largest transparent ceramic armor windows produced anywhere in the world. Burlington, MA. (PRWEB) May 28, 2013 These 18x35-in ALON windows will now be laminated and...