The Rise of the Personal Power Plant

Smart and agile power systems will let every home and business generate, store, and share electricity

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Photo: Adam Voorhes; Prop Stylist: Robin Finley
Photo: Adam Voorhes; Prop Stylist: Robin Finley

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At first glance, downtown Fort Collins, Colorado, looks like a sweet anachronism. Beautifully preserved 19th-century buildings beckon from leafy streets. A restored trolley car ding-dings its way along Mountain Avenue. It’s safe and spotless, vibrant and unrushed.

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Strange Topological Physics Could Help Enable 6G Tech

Topological chips can enable on-chip data rates of 160 gigabits per second

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A pattern of red triangles with some that are yellow

A new silicon device can help control terahertz communications on chips.

Nanyang Technological University/Nature Communications

The next generation of wireless communications, 6G, will likely rely on terahertz rays to help reach unprecedented speeds. Now research suggests that unusual topological physics may help control terahertz radiation on chips for 6G applications.

Terahertz waves (also called submillimeter radiation or far-infrared light) fall between optical waves and microwaves on the electromagnetic spectrum. Ranging in frequency from 0.1 to 10 terahertz, terahertz waves could be key to future 6G wireless networks.

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Flying Robots 3D-Print Structures in Flight

New drone strategy may help build structures in remote, difficult-to-reach sites

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two drone flying in the air, one printing a 3d structure
University College London

Flying 3D-printing robots modeled after wasps and birds may one day repair and build structures at remote sites beyond the reach of standard construction teams, a new study finds.

Construction robots that can 3D-print structures on sites may one day prove faster, safer and more productive than human teams. However, construction robotics currently mostly focus on ground-based robots. This approach is limited by the heights it can reach, and large-scale systems requiring tethering to a power supply, limiting where they can get deployed.

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Exploring the Value of Power Modules

Learn how power modules can reduce power supply size, EMI, design time, and solution cost

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Texas Instruments

In this training series, we will discuss the high level of integration of DC/DC power modules and the significant implications that this has on power supply design.

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In addition to high power density and small solution size, modules can also simplify EMI mitigation and reduce power supply design time. And thanks to improved process and packaging technology, a power module may even provide all of these benefits with a lower overall solution cost as well.

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