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Xerox Says New Material Will Allow Plastic Transistors

December 3, 2002

Xerox researchers are developing an experimental polymer that can be used to make organic transistors on a plastic substrate and could be easier to manufacture at lower cost.

Xerox Rolls Out Semantics-Based Search

June 21, 2007

Xerox Corp. says its new search engine based on semantics will analyze the meaning behind questions and documents to help researchers find information more quickly.

Xerox reveals transient documents

September 8, 2006

Xerox is developing “transient documents” — reusable paper that allows content to be automatically erased after a period of time, ready for fresh printing.

The paper has a photochromic compound that changes from a clear state to a colored state under ultraviolet light and will fade with time.

Xerox Inkless Printer

February 26, 2007

Xerox is developing a new printing technology which does not require ink of any kind. The new technology includes reusable paper that can be printed and erased dozens of times and has the potential to revolutionize printing.

Xerox hopes plastic ink leads to printed chips

April 19, 2004

Xerox researchers have discovered a way to print plastic transistors using a semiconductive ink at room temperature, paving the way for flexible displays and low-cost RFID (radio frequency identification) chips.

The new technique builds on a polythiophene semiconductor, an organic compound that resists degradation in open air better than other semiconductor liquids and also exhibits self-assembling properties.

The researchers found a way to process this material to form… read more

Xerox Develops New Way to Print Invisible Ink

May 31, 2007

Xerox scientists have perfected a new method for printing hidden fluorescent wording using standard digital printing equipment, allowing for an additional layer of security to commonly printed materials such as checks, tickets, coupons, and other high-value documents.

Xerox Claims Printable Electronics Breakthrough

October 30, 2009

Xerox has announced a new silver ink that is apparently a breakthrough in printable electronics.

The possibilities range from printing on flexible plastic, paper and cardboard, and fabric, to printing RFID tags on almost anything.

Xbox 720 document leak reveals $299 console with Kinect 2 for 2013, Kinect Glasses project

June 18, 2012


Microsoft is planning to introduce its $299 next-generation Xbox console ( ”Xbox 720″)  in 2013, with improvements like SmartGlass, a Metro dashboard, Kinect 2 hardware, and Xbox TV apps, according to a leaked document (now removed)..

It will include support for Blu-ray, native 3D output and glasses, concurrent apps, additional sensor and peripheral support, 6x performance increase, and true 1080p output with full 3D support and an “always… read more

Xbox 360 Project Natal: Full-Body Motion Control One-Ups the Wii

June 2, 2009

Microsoft’s Project Natal, a bar that sits above or below your TV, lets you control games just by moving around, using a camera, sensors and a microphone.

It lets you move through menus by swiping your hands back and forth. The camera allows for facial and voice recognition and will recognize your face and sign you in automatically.

It also tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while… read more

X-ray nanocrystallography captures 3D images of biomolecules

How to shoot 3D movies of biomolecules at atomic resolution
July 27, 2012


By outrunning a X-ray laser’s path of destruction, an international research team has created 3D images of fragile but biologically important molecules inside protein nanocrystals.

Using the Linac Coherence Light Source (LCLS), a powerful at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif., the scientists fired femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) bursts of light at a stream of tumbling molecules, obliterating them as they passed — but… read more

X-ray lasers take spectroscopy to a new extreme

June 13, 2012


In experiments resembling an atomic-scale shooting gallery, researchers are pioneering a new method for chemical analysis by zapping the innermost electrons out of atoms with powerful X-ray laser pulses from SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

The technique, developed by an international research team, allows chemical analysis with atomic resolution, taking spectroscopy to a new extreme.

“This is a powerful method to investigate complex molecules… read more

X-ray laser simulates the 2-million-degree heart of a star

January 26, 2012

This photograph shows the interior of a Linac Coherent Light Source SXR experimental chamber, set up for an investigation to create and measure a form of extreme, 2-million-degree matter known as “hot, dense matter.” The central part of the frame contains the holder for the material that will be converted by the powerful LCLS laser into hot, dense matter. To the left is an XUV spectrometer and to the right is a small red laser set up for alignment and positioning (credit: University of Oxford / Sam Vinko)


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory researchers have used the world’s most powerful X-ray laser to create and probe a 2-million-degree piece of matter in a controlled way for the first time.

This feat takes scientists a significant step forward in understanding the most extreme matter found in the hearts of stars and giant planets, and could help experiments aimed at recreating the… read more

X-ray imaging protein molecules at atomic resolution using a graphene cage

New imaging method could provide new insights into illness at the molecular level
February 10, 2014


Michigan Technological University researchers have developed a method of achieving transmission electron microscopy (TEM) atomic-resolution images and nanometer-resolution spectroscopy of biological samples by encapsulating them between two layers of graphene.

The method overcomes the limitations* of TEM imaging of biological samples, and uses a low-dose-rate X-ray imaging technique, so electron beam radiation damage can be reduced to hydrogen-bond-breakage level.

The researchers tried their technique on a biochemical… read more

X-51A WaveRider expected to fly at 3,600 mph in key test Tuesday

August 14, 2012


The unmanned experimental aircraft X-51A WaveRider is expected to fly above the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu at Mach 6 — at 3,600 mph — for 300 seconds Tuesday, Los Angeles Times reports.

A passenger aircraft traveling at that speed could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 46 minutes.

Aerospace engineers say that harnessing technology capable of sustaining hypersonic speeds is crucial to the next generation… read more

X Prize winners, finalists: A 100 mpg mandate

September 17, 2010


Very Light Car No. 98 by the team Edison2 will receive $5 million for winning the mainstream, four-seater category of the Automotive X Prize sponsored by Progressive Insurance.

The aerodynamic car has a combustion engine running on E85, an ethanol-gas blend, and has a total efficiency of 102.5 MPGe.

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