More than 30 years ago when I started my career as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there was a common phrase that went something like this: “Patents are not valid until they are litigated.”
More efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes and transparency levels are helping modules become less expensive and more versatile.
June 1, 2016
Solar modules for building skin integration are still niche products due to high costs, a lack of integration possibilities and interest on the part of architects—but this could soon change. Due to more efficient solar cells and new dimensions, shapes, and transparency levels, modules are becoming less expensive and more versatile.
USC scientists have developed a material that is incredibly hard but also elastic, making it potentially useful for applications ranging from drill bits and body armor to meteor-resistant satellite casints.
Engineers have created a new material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard yet elastic. The material can withstand heavy impacts without deforming; even when pushed beyond its elastic limits, it doesn’t fracture, but instead retains most of its original strength.
PolyU researchers have achieved record-breaking speed for optical communications in data centers.
June 1, 2016
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has reportedly achieved the world’s fastest optical communications speed for data centers by reaching 240 G bit/s over 2 km, which is 24 times the existing speed available.
“Glass seems to work pretty well,” says glass expert Mark Ediger, gesturing at windows overlooking the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) power plant on Dayton Street. They are the only obvious bits of glass in his office, and so the discussion of 21st century glass entails repeated references toward windows that, ironically, are exactly the kind of glass that doesn’t much interest him.