Fujitsu's next-generation version of its ImageSite(TM) flat-panel plasma display offers a new high-contrast screen. The screen improves contrast by a factor of six to let the new display deliver clearer, brighter pictures with quality comparable to that of conventional CRT technology, say company officials. Other improvements include: twice the brightness of the previous model, quieter operation, improved SVGA compatibility, white balance adjustment, and better image quality from such new source materials as DVD and other broadcast video formats. The 42-inch-diagonal monitor costs $10,999--20% less than its predecessor. Fujitsu Micro-electronics: Product Code 4203
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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