Electronics

Video: Watch how a little paint can turn a basic wall into an interactive surface

By Faye Oney / May 23, 2018

Using conductive paint, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have transformed an ordinary wall into an interactive surface that can track electrical devices, appliances, and even a human’s touch.

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Video: Watch this 3-D printer print an electronic device on human skin

By Faye Oney / May 16, 2018

Researchers have successfully used a 3-D printer to print an electronic circuit on human skin. The technology could help soldiers on the battlefield to detect chemical or biological agents, and the medical field for treating wounds and constructing skin grafts.

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New simpler recycling process extracts rare-earth magnets from discarded electronics

By Faye Oney / May 11, 2018

Researchers have developed a simple process for extracting rare-earth magnets from discarded electronic devices. Their method reduces manufactured waste and recycles materials into magnets for other uses.

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Video: Your skin becomes the touchscreen for this futuristic projector smartwatch

By April Gocha / May 9, 2018

Researchers and engineers at Carnegie Mellon University and ASU Tech Co. Ltd. in China have a solution that thinks outside the box—a smartwatch that has a built-in projector that instead turns your skin into the touchscreen.

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More MXenes coming? New synthesis method widens range of MAX phases for MXene fabrication

By April Gocha / April 27, 2018

Scientists at Drexel University have devised a new method to produce MXenes from MAX phases containing an “A” element other than aluminum—a development that could open novel opportunities in MXene synthesis.

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Apple’s new robot, Daisy, recycles high-quality materials from up to 200 devices per hour

By April Gocha / April 24, 2018

In an effort to increase its sustainability and materials recycling efforts, Apple just unveiled a new robotic iPhone disassembly system, Daisy, that can separate and recover valuable materials from used iPhone devices in a matter of minutes.

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Not-so-rare-earth elements? Massive discovery of rare earth deposit near Japan could allay supply woes

By April Gocha / April 13, 2018

Scientists reportedly discovered a massive deposit of rare-earth elements off the coast of Japan in 2013—and now, they report that not only is the deposit sufficiently massive in terms of its estimated rare-earth resource supply, but that recovery of said minerals is rather feasible.

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Kyocera set to break ground on new $52M ceramic microelectronic manufacturing plant

By April Gocha / April 2, 2018

Kyocera Corporation just announced that it will invest $52.4 million to build a new manufacturing plant in Japan to boost production of ceramic microelectronic packages.

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Ceramics in the semiconductor industry and more inside April 2018 ACerS Bulletin, now available online

By April Gocha / March 15, 2018

The April 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about ceramics in the semiconductor industry, refractory firebricks for energy storage, high-temperature furnace coatings, ceramic proppant supply, and additive manufacturing at Ceramics Expo 2018—is now available online.

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New materials for flexible electronics: Deposition technique bends possibilities with MXene thin films

By April Gocha / March 13, 2018

A team of scientists from Texas A&M University has developed an aqueous deposition technique to build flexible MXene thin films that could enable new possibilities for future flexible electronics.

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