Graphene Goes Ultra-Thin, Absorbent

SAN FRANCISCO—Researchers at the University of Surrey in the U.K. have developed nanometer-thin graphene sheets that can better absorb light and heat. Traditionally a poor absorber of light, the sheets could power smart wallpaper or other applications in the Internet of Things. A team at Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) employed nanotexturing, a technique involves…

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FBI Request Exceeds ‘Just 1 iPhone’

SAN FRANCISCO — After five hours of testimony in the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (March 1), we are still walking the “encryption tightrope” in the Apple vs. FBI debate that is pitting national security against smartphone privacy. Although no resolutions are in sight, the court of public opinion may have turned…

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IPC: PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Rises to 1.04

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the January 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders slumped in January, but orders continued to outpace sales, bringing the book-to-bill ratio up to 1.04. Total North American PCB shipments declined 1.6 percent in January 2016 compared…

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