Tag Archives: design

New Solar Panel Design Could Charge Your Phone With Ambient Light

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Battery technology is still advancing at a sluggish rate in spite of intense research. The amount of energy you can carry around continues to limit what our mobile devices can do, and current methods of charging can only take us so far. A French solar power startup with the counterintuitive name of Dracula Technologies says it has developed a new type of solar panel that could be integrated into almost any device thanks to its ...

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Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

HAVANA (Reuters) – A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival. Public wait for the beginning of the spectacle “¡Guan melón!, ¡tu melón!” beside a paint of Cuban street artist Yulier Rodriguez in a theatre in Havana, Cuba, October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini The first-time collaboration between veteran theater director Nelda Castillo, 64, and street artist Yulier Rodriguez, 27, underscores unease among some Cubans ...

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Scientists Design New Form of Aluminum That Floats

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Aluminum is probably one of the most familiar metals in the modern world thanks to its usage in everything from smartphones to aluminum foil. Aluminum is so commonly used because it has a low melting point, works well in alloys, and is relatively light compared with its overall strength. What if it could be even lighter, though? A team of international researchers has devised a new structural recipe for crystalline aluminum with extremely low density. It ...

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IBM z14 Mainframe CPUs to Use 14nm FinFET SOI Design

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When GlobalFoundries bought IBM’s semiconductor business two years ago, it signed a number of agreements to continue to manufacture IBM hardware and to provide facilities that would meet IBM’s manufacturing requirements. This week, the company announced that it would deploy a new 14nm FinFET process to build IBM’s z14 mainframe processors — and it’ll use SOI (silicon-on-insulator) as well. IBM’s z mainframes are quite different from the other CPU architectures we’ve discussed on ET over ...

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Ford using hologram goggles to design cars

Ford designers test ideas with HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ Ford designers can now put on a pair of 3D goggles and see an entire car in the middle of the office. It’s a technology that promises to speed up the car design process and make it easier to involve designers on a global scale. The designers are working with Microsoft’s(MSFT, Tech30) Hololens goggles running software created specifically for the task of designing — and altering the designs of — automobiles. With the goggles, designers in different offices can see and work ...

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Scientists Design Micromotor to Deliver Antibiotics

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There are many hurdles a potentially useful antibiotic compound has to clear before it’s used in humans. Many substances can kill bacteria, but they come with unacceptable side effects. Others simply lose their effectiveness in the human body or are difficult to deliver where they are needed. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a “micromotor” capable of transporting antibiotics to the site of infection, making them more effective and reducing side ...

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Toyota Unveils Solid-State Battery Design for EVs

The biggest problems facing EVs like the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf almost all come down to the batteries. Whether we’re talking about range anxiety, cost, charge time, or charging station availability across the US, we’re ultimately discussing battery chemistry, weight, and recharge times. Now, Toyota is apparently hoping to leapfrog its competitors and introduce a solid state lithium-ion battery. According to the Japanese newspaper Chunichi Shimbun (via Reuters), Toyota wants to bring solid-state electrolyte batteries to market by 2022, with a charge time measured in minutes. The ...

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Intel X299 Overheating Problem Implicates Skylake-X Design

About two weeks ago, we covered a report from overclocker der8auer, who claimed that the X299 VRM cooling situation was a disaster due to improper cooling decisions from a number of motherboard manufacturers. This kind of claim is always controversial, but it’s now been verified — and to some extent, sharpened and clarified — by more advanced testing. Tom’s Hardware has published an extensive article on how the top-end Skylake-X parts, like the Core i9-7900X behave under heavy load in a variety of conditions and when mounted with top-end water cooler ...

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Google Pixel 2 Leak Points to Snapdragon 835 and New Design

Google’s Nexus phones were usually priced low as a way to promote the Android brand and give developers something cool to play around with. However, the Pixel and Pixel XL signified a change in direction. Google wants to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple, and the Pixel was an impressive first attempt. So, what’s in store for the Pixel 2? A new leak offers some plausible details. As usual, the code names for several upcoming Google devices have leaked in recent months thanks to the public Android issue tracker. ...

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Judge: Ivanka Trump must answer questions in shoe design lawsuit

Ivanka Trump must give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian shoemaker claiming her fashion label copied its designs, a federal judge has ruled. Aquazurra Italia filed the suit against Ivanka Trump and her company in June 2016. It claims the brand has produced cheaper knockoffs of Aquazurra’s “coveted” and highly publicized shoe designs. At the heart of the lawsuit is Aquazurra’s “Wild Things” shoe. The company says the Ivanka Trump brand’s “Hettie” shoe too closely resembles the Aquazurra design. Ivanka Trump’s lawyers have staunchly denied those allegations, according ...

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