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Tech Xplore / This tiny device can scavenge wind energy from the breeze you make when you walk

Most of the wind available on land is too gentle to push commercial wind turbine blades, but now researchers in China have designed a kind of "tiny wind turbine" that can scavenge wind energy from breezes as little as those ...

Sep 23, 2020 in Engineering
Tech Xplore / AMD brings Ryzen and Athlon to Chromebooks

AMD announced Tuesday a series of Chromebook mobile processors that are based on optimized Ryzen hardware and VEGA graphics. The CPUs are based on 14 nm and 12 nm process nodes and will give the popular entry-level notebook ...

Sep 23, 2020 in Consumer & Gadgets
Tech Xplore / Researchers create ambient vibration energy harvester with automatic resonance tuning mechanism

Korean researchers have developed an energy harvester that can generate electric power from ambient vibrations with diverse frequencies through a novel automatic resonance tuning mechanism. It was recently announced by the ...

Tech Xplore / Microsoft adds features to its Teams groupchat product

Microsoft Corp. has announced on its blog that it has added new features to Microsoft Teams, a group chat competitor to Zoom. In its announcement, Microsoft outlined the new features and included screen grabs to demonstrate ...

Sep 23, 2020 in Internet
Tech Xplore / Researchers combine CAT scans and advanced computing to fight wildfires

As wildfires rage across much of the American West, researchers at Stanford have used CAT scanners, the same instruments used in medicine to peer inside the human body, to understand the process of smoldering—the state ...

Sep 23, 2020 in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Tesla cuts battery cost on road to $25K model

Tesla on Tuesday said it is slashing battery costs to speed a global shift to renewable energy, and could have a $25,000 self-driving model available in three years or so.

Sep 23, 2020 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Optical Wi-Fi allows for ultrafast underwater communications

EPFL spin-off Hydromea has developed a miniature optical modem that can operate down to 6,000 meters below the ocean's surface. It is sensitive enough to collect data at very high speeds from sources more than 50 meters away.

Sep 22, 2020 in Telecom
Tech Xplore / A three-agent robotic system for Mars exploration

Mars, also known as the red planet, has been the focus of numerous research studies, as some of its characteristics have sparked discussions about its possible inhabitability. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...

Sep 22, 2020 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / New research says sodium-ion batteries are a valid alternative to lithium-ion batteries

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries (LIBs) are the electrochemical energy storage systems of choice for a wide variety of applications, however other types of emerging battery technologies are currently on the path to share their ...

Sep 22, 2020 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Scientists identify solid electrolyte materials that boost lithium-ion battery performance

Stanford University scientists have identified a new class of solid materials that could replace flammable liquid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries.

Sep 22, 2020 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Thin and ultra-fast photodetector sees the full spectrum

Researchers have developed the world's first photodetector that can see all shades of light, in a prototype device that radically shrinks one of the most fundamental elements of modern technology.

Tech Xplore / Amazon Sidewalk to boost neighborhood connectivity

Former presidential contender Hillary Clinton authored a book titled, "It Takes a Village," about communities working together for the wellbeing of one another.

Sep 22, 2020 in Consumer & Gadgets