Researchers at Northwestern University are studying superconductors using a hybrid magnet weighing 34 tons and standing 22 ft tall at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. The huge magnet improves the imaging of high-temperature superconductors so much that William Halperin, a professor of physics and astronomy, saw the cores of vortices, which he describes as tiny electrical tornadoes swirling in the superconductor's copper oxide compound. His findings include evidence of an electronic Doppler effect. The professor is hoping to improve resolution of MRI machines used in hospitals. For more information, visit www.northwestern.edu.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
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