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    MIT printing technique enables flexible circuit stamping

    Functional features at nanoscale dimensions.

    An alternative to photolithography?

    An alternative to photolithography?

    To create electronic devices like those in today’s mobile phones requires complex chemical and physical process, not unlike those used to capture and develop images with film-based cameras.

    Smart devices starts with a series of etched circuit images projected onto a silicon photolithic surface that is then sucessively submerged in a series of chemical, metal, and acid ‘developer’ baths that take away layers of extraneous metal and silicon – and everything that isn’t, say, a microprocessor.

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      How tech’s lack of empathy is demonizing Silicon Valley

      A scene from the HBO series Silicon Valley

      A scene from the HBO series ‘Silicon Valley’

      Silicon Valley is in danger of becoming the next ‘Wall Street,’ the villainous epicenter of America’s heartless financial industry – a magnet for ambitious bankers bound for greed and glory.

      So concludes Om Malik, the highly respected founder and former senior writer for GigaOM, now a partner in the San Francisco venture capital firm True Ventures, writing in this week’s The New Yorker.

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        Similar to graphene, new material scales like silicon

        InSe moleculeResearchers in the UK have developed a new ultra-thin material, Indium Selenide (InSe), that has silicon-like semiconductor properties that make it ideal for creating super-fast electronic devices.

        InSe is similar to graphene, consisting of a naturally thin body that allows scaling at nanometre dimensions. Also similar to silicon, InSe has the properties of a semiconductor.

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          Homage to Kickstarter at London Design Museum

          There’s nothing like a visit to the art world to remind us that great design sometimes is kickstarted by mere strokes across space – by a genius.

          Something like that happened in the UK when a young startup asked: 

          What if you could use a box of crayons and brushes instead of a soldering iron to create circuits for components?

          It turns out that you can, and Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint, a company launched on Kickstarter – is showing the way with a curious high-tech pencil box that allows makers and explorers of all ages to get creative building circuits using techniques that swap smoking-flux-and-lead for pens, brushes, and stencils.

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            New cutting-edge materials for designers of the future

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            Materials science advances come from many sources, including research labs like the Multi-Scale Laboratory of the Mechanics of Materials group at Eindhoven University of Technology.

            A new palette of next-generation high-tech materials – coupled with new business concepts – is empowering designers to push the outer limits of the possible in fields like electronics, biomedicine, architecture, consumer products, fashion and a host of other disciplines.

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              More overheating problems loom large as devices shrink

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              Lithium-ion batteries are on the hot seat following reports of explosions and fires caused by the power packs in Samsung Electronics Note 7 smartphones.

              But according to a new MIT study reported by eengineering.com, potential heat problems with electronic devices are lurking even deeper, inside semiconductor devices themselves. The study suggests that as electron concentrations rise due to the ever-decreasing size of transistors, electronic devices of all kinds may face an increasingly high risk of overheating.

              Nano-scale discovery mimics electron tube principles

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              Before the 1947 invention of the transistor the electron tube was the basis of virtually all electronic devices.

              A team of researchers has built the first nano-scale semiconductor-free, laser-controlled microelectronics device, tapping into the electronic properties of a bygone device – the vacuum tube.

              When a low DC voltage (less than 10 Volts) and a low power infrared laser were both applied to an experimental gold meta-surface with mushroom-shaped nano-structures on an array of parallel gold strips it generated “hot spots” with enough energy to pull electrons from the metal and liberate them into space.

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                Technology, turtle, push limits of space

                With hundreds of millions of dollars in global innovation fund backing, this space pioneer is testing the outer limits of aerospace, high-precision machinery, advanced biomaterials and new-energy vehicle technology – and a turtle – in an upcoming balloon exploration that’s a precursor to human flights 20-100km above the earth.

                Thinking SpaceX, Elon Musk or Richard Branson?