National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have developed a dc and ac Josephson voltage standard system that produces output voltages of up to 0.25V, making possible far more precise measurements and comparisons with existing power-detection-based ac voltage standards. Currently, the team is striving to achieve output voltages of 0.5 to 1V, which would reduce uncertainties in ac voltage measurements by three to four orders of magnitude, similar to today's dc volt standards that are based on quantum effects.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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