Tech Insights
May. 29, 2013

Method creates atomic-scale semiconductors
An inexpensive material that can be "grown" in layers only one-atom thick has yielded atomic-scale semiconductor thin films. The technique could be applied to make these devices wide enough to coat wafers that are 2 inches wide or larger.More

Tech Titans nominations extended until May 31
Amazing Tech Titans nominations have been submitted, but we're making one last call. Submit a nomination by May 31 to be considered for one of these prestigious awards. Tech Titans celebrates the tech talent within — revealing today's tech superhero and bringing innovation to the forefront. These awards recognize the most elite in North Texas technology — individuals currently transforming the high-tech industry and giving companies that competitive edge. The Tech Titan awards showcase the innovators, adopters and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good. More

MIT develops power electronics from organic semiconductors
Printed Electronics World
A group of scientists, directed by Prof Akinwande at MIT have fabricated the first high-voltage field effect transistor using thin-film organic semiconductor technology. High-driving voltages have been achieved by the group by offsetting the drain or source electrode from the gate creating an ungated semiconductor region in series with a gated semiconductor region.More

Obama to raise cybersecurity concerns with China
Voice of America
The White House says President Barack Obama will talk cybersecurity with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid fresh reports of cyberattacks on critical U.S. defense systems. U.S. officials have not commented on the latest reports, but White House spokesman Jay Carney says he is sure cybersecurity will be discussed when Obama meets with Jinping in California. Carney called the issue a "key concern" of the administration that U.S. officials raise at every level in meetings with Chinese counterparts.More

Business cloud computing: Privacy is just as important as security
Security and privacy are often mentioned in the same breath, but when it comes to cloud computing, security tends to be the dominant subject. But should it be? While there are seemingly endless security threats, cloud providers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and capable in addressing them.More

Huawei faces uphill battle in enterprise IT market
If you follow network and telecom industry news in the U.S., most of what you hear about Huawei, the Chinese maker of IT infrastructure equipment, is negative. Articles have detailed how various governments and private entities worldwide have placed restrictions on Chinese infrastructure technology in general or on Huawei in particular. The claims against Huawei range from it being a quasi-private extension of China's army to an intellectual property thief to a maker of poor-quality products.More

Phonon lasers make a more practical sound
IEEE Spectrum
Ever since the laser saw the light of day a half century ago, researchers have been playing with the idea that something similar could be created using sound rather than light. But the concept made little headway in the ensuing decades. In 2009, the situation changed abruptly when scientists at Caltech and the University of Nottingham in England, using tiny drums and stacked semiconductors, respectively, employed conventional lasers to stimulate or probe the emission of a stream of "phonons" — the quasiparticles of sound — proving that phonon lasers, or "sasers," were indeed a sound idea.More

Modern-day alchemists turn cement into metal
It's not quite lead into gold, but a team of international researchers have succeeded in turning cement into metal. This metallic form of cement, which is electrically conductive and has increased corrosion resistance, might find applications in protective coatings, thin films and computer chips.More

Robots, drones tested to help Australians with farming
NBC News
Moving carefully along a row of apple trees, two of Australia's newest agricultural workers check if the fruit is ripe or the soil needs water or fertilizer. Meet "Mantis" and "Shrimp," agricultural robots being tested to do these tasks and more in a bid to cut costs and improve productivity in Australia's economically vital farm sector, which exported the U.S. equivalent of $38.8 billion of produce in 2012. More

Big data and simulations are transforming marketing
Business Insider
In the old days, marketers sought to identify a target consumer and would then spend millions to catch her at the right time, in the right place, with the right message.More

Why IT is struggling to build private clouds
IT is under pressure to build private clouds, which means creating a data center architecture that can deliver the same kind of flexible, scalable computing as public clouds from Amazon Web Services and other providers.More

The $7,000 computer science degree and the future of higher education
While a new report puts the average debt load of new college grads at a stomach-churning $35,200, the Georgia Institute of Technology is rolling out an alternative program: a three-year master's degree in computer science that can be earned entirely online and cost less than $7,000.More

Electricity from thin air: Using nanotechnology to capture the energy around us
Nanowerk News
Energy exists all around us — in the motion of a heartbeat, the fluorescent light in an office building and even the flow of blood cells through the body. These individual units of energy are relatively small, but they are numerous. Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, professor of materials science and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed a way to harness this ambient energy. More

Are fractals the new nanotechnology?
Plastics News
Researchers in the Netherlands have found ways to making fractal structures in polymers that are more finely organized than nanostructures now taking the market by storm. Fractal examples include the roots of a plant, where rootlet patterns are similar to the main root patterns. Other natural fractal examples include lightning strikes, structures of trees and the topography of coastlines. Essentially a fractal pattern is one whose fine structure mirrors its gross structure. By magnifying the fine structure one gets similar patterns in the overall structure.More

New Columbia institute to tackle big data
As data sets grow larger and more complex in the digital age, Columbia University is forming an institute to train the next generation of technologists — a group you might call "big data crunchers." Starting in the fall, the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering will offer a four-course certification program where professionals with quantitative backgrounds can study topics like algorithms in data, machine learning and data visualization. More

Big data and simulations are transforming marketing
Business Insider
In the old days, marketers sought to identify a target consumer and would then spend millions to catch her at the right time, in the right place, with the right message. Success was like winning the lottery, you were never quite sure what you had until the results were in.More

The problem with squeezing employees too hard
These are still tough economic times, which means business owners are asking employees to do more with less. It might be logical or even necessary, but be warned: It creates risk for fraud and corruption, according to a new study by Ernst & Young.More

How to lead when you're not in charge
Harvard Business Review
For all of the books written on leadership, individuals who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of bureaucratic power. More