Applied Physics

ASCOT, England, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Micromachined Diamond Device Initiative (MIDDI) led by researchers at Element Six Ltd in collaboration with the Institute of Photonics at The University of Strathclyde has been completed successfully. The aim of MIDDI, which was part-funded by the UK Department of Trade and Industry, was to develop world-leading technologies for diamond microelectronic device manufacturing to give European companies a competitive edge over Japan and the US.

We all know that coffee can cure everything.

Now it turns out that even a coffee roasting process - torrefaction - could give biomass a power boost, increasing the energy content of some energy crops by up to 20 percent, making biofuels merely bad instead of awful.

The study, carried out by engineers from the University of Leeds, examined the combustion behavior of crops grown specifically for energy creation when put through the mild torrefaction thermal process usually associated with coffee production.

New research by the Gladstone Institutes of Cardiovascular Disease (GICD) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has revealed the genetic determinants of fat storage in cells, which may lead to a new understanding of and potential treatments for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. While scientists have long understood that lipid droplets contribute to fat build up in cells, the genes involved in droplet biology have been a focus of extensive research.

In a study published in Nature, scientists in the laboratories of Drs. Robert V. Farese, Jr., of Gladstone and UCSF, and Peter Walter, of UCSF, devised a genetic screen to identify genes responsible for fat storage in cell of fruit flies, and potentially other species.

FREMONT, California, May 20 /PRNewswire/ --

Corsair(R), a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that Corsair Labs has set the world record for the highest achieved DDR3 frequency.

SAN MATEO, California, LONDON and MALMÖ, Sweden, May 20 /PRNewswire/ --

BEIJING, May 20 /PRNewswire/ --

- The Italian Based Software Company, With Operations in Europe, USA, India and Japan and the Chinese Company Have Sealed a Strategic Deal to Become the Leading Supplier of Software Solutions for Manufacturers in China

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, May 19 /PRNewswire/ --

- Founder and CEO Jeffrey Herzog to Serve as Vice Chairman

iCrossing, a global digital marketing company, announced today that Don Scales, president, has taken on the additional role of CEO and will be responsible for worldwide operations for the company. Previously, Scales served as president and COO of iCrossing.

iCrossing founder and CEO Jeffrey Herzog will continue to guide the strategic direction of the company as vice chairman of iCrossing's board of directors.

TROY, Michigan, May 19 /PRNewswire/ --

- Newest version of Altair's simulation platform delivers on-demand access to ISV applications and offers multi-core licensing business model

Altair Engineering, a global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision making, today announced the release of Altair HyperWorks 9.0, the next generation of its popular integrated suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software applications.

HyperWorks is an enterprise simulation platform to support product lifecycle management (PLM) processes. It is the leading simulation-driven design solution for product development across the world's top corporations.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Tonium, the Swedish tech company behind Pacemaker, the pocket-sized DJ system, has announced the launch of the Pacemaker music community. Hosted on , the Pacemaker music community allows members to upload and legally share the mixes of their music, created by them using a Pacemaker or the free Pacemaker Editor software. The Pacemaker music community is the next step in the evolution in social networking.

Engineers and applied physicists from Harvard University have demonstrated the first room-temperature electrically-pumped semiconductor source of coherent Terahertz (THz) radiation, also known as T-rays. The breakthrough in laser technology, based upon commercially available nanotechnology, has the potential to become a standard Terahertz source to support applications ranging from security screening to chemical sensing.

Spearheaded by research associate Mikhail Belkin and Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering, both of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the findings will be published in the May 19 issue of Applied Physics Letters. The researchers have also filed for U.S. patents covering the novel device.

Using lasers in the Terahertz spectral range, which covers wavelengths from 30 to 300å, has long presented a major hurdle to engineers. In particular, making electrically pumped room-temperature and thermoelectrically-cooled Terahertz semiconductor lasers has been a major challenge. These devices require cryogenic cooling, greatly limiting their use in everyday applications.