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August '17: Newest Class of Supercarrier Is All-Electric


Newport News, VA — The U.S. Navy's supercarriers are getting even more super. Having just completed sea trials, the first member of a totally new class of carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been designed to operate more efficiently and with a smaller crew than the 10 Nimitz ...

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July '17: ASM and RIT Strengthen R&D Partnership


Rochester, NY — Pushing the conventional boundaries of academia, while building on an almost two-decade-long relationship, ASM Assembly Systems has expanded its partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The company is supplying equipment and a dedicated engineer to ...

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June '17: Food Color Material Repurposed as Sensors


Atlanta, GA — Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found a material that has been used for decades to color food items ranging from corn chips to ice cream could potentially have uses far beyond food dyes. In a study published in March, the researchers described how ...

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May '17:Wacker's Global Growth Prompts Investment in R&D


Munich, Germany — Wacker Chemical grew its worldwide sales by two percent in 2016, in spite of modest growth in GDP around the world, achieving a record 5.4 billion euro (USD $5.8 billion) in sales, representing a worldwide growth of 2 percent. The company's polysilicon group benefitted ...

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March '17: Energy Storage at the Nanoparticle Scale

Palo Alto, CA — In a lab below the engineering quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction.
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February '17: Medical Breakthrough: Mind-Controlled Robots

Duluth, MN — Mind control of robots has taken a giant leap forward according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Scientists there have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people ...
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December '16: ASM Munich Named "Factory of the Year"

Munich, Germany — ASM Assembly Systems has been named the overall winner in Produktion magazine's annual "Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations" contest. Sponsored by Produktion and by consultancy A.T. Kearney, the respected award recognizes the exceptional flexibility ...
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October '16: Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Replace Silicon

Madison, WI — Will Moore's Law continue to dominate semiconductor development, or will silicon finally reach its limits? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, may have found just the answer that the semiconductor industry has been anticipating for many years. The answer may well be ...
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September '16: Resuscitating Expired Medical Devices at NEO Tech


Chatsworth, CA — Medical devices must be in top operating condition at all times. A failed electronic device can result in a life-and-death healthcare situation. In this respect, medical electronics are no different from those used by the military; they must be ultra-reliable at ...

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August '16: Advanced Screening for Bombs and Nuclear Threats


Cambridge, MA — Terrorist attacks have added a new urgency to the increased screening of cargo coming into the U.S. This has given rise to a company dedicated to helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other organizations worldwide to better detect nuclear and other ...

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July '16: Wacker Chemie Opens Polysilicon Plant in Tennessee


Charleston, TN — Wacker Chemie AG, in what is the Munich-based company's largest single investment to date, has opened a $2.5 billion production site in Charleston, Tennessee. At full capacity, the plant will produce 20,000 metric tons of pure polysilicon per year. The company expects ...

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June '16: Saki: True 3D Makes the Difference


In today's litigious world, 3D automated X-ray inspection has become a necessity, especially in the automotive, medical, and aerospace industries. When boards are exposed to high heat, voids can result in explosions and electrical failures. Head-in-pillow and non-wetting solder joints ...

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May '16: Quantum Information Transfer: From Microwaves to Motion to Light

Gaithersburg, MD — When a long-awaited quantum information network finally arrives, in whatever form, it will incorporate two essential technologies: a method of generating and manipulating quantum bits (qubits); and a method of moving those qubits from one network node to another one far away without ...
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March '16:Ice Sheet Modeling Using Supercomputers at Sandia

Livermore, CA — Computational models are making a significant contribution to understanding sea-level rise due to melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. If current climate trends continue, they will affect 21st Century sea-level rise. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet ...
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February '16: Here Comes Fusion Again


Ever since the first thermonuclear ("hydrogen") bombs were tested, there has been a determined effort to find a way to harness this form of energy to displace fossil fuels, creating nuclear fusion reactors as an energy source. The scramble is still on, but today's scientists devoted ...

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December '15: Safer Radar to Protect Next Gen Warships


The military uses radar for many purposes, including guiding missiles to targets, directing the firing of weapon systems, and providing long-distance surveillance and navigation information. However, for the next generation of systems currently in development, the most critical requirement ...

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October '15: Fuel Cell Power: Coming to a Showroom Near You


Sacramento, CA — It's happening right now — fuel cell cars are being offered for sale by Toyota in California. Prices for fuel cell stacks have been dropping with almost predictable regularity, and the new Toyota Mirai can be purchased for just $58,325 or leased for $499 a month ...

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September '15: Hi-Tech Electronics Boosts Its Game with New ASM SMT Line


A firm that started over 38 years ago in an apartment-sized facility has grown into a well-established, electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company serving military, aerospace, medical, consumer, and industrial markets from a 20-acre, 33,000-square-ft. manufacturing operation in ...

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August '15: Storing Solar Energy for Rainy Days

Albuquerque, NM — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, all due to a system of small particles.
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July '15: Personalized Service Reigns Supreme at BGS


Apopka, FL — Located only a few miles north of Orlando, Best Global Source (BGS) is a full-service electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) that specializes in printed-circuit-board (PCB) assembly and electro-mechanical box builds. Founded in 2000, the minority-owned small business ...

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