Wal-Mart to roll out smart tags on men's basics
(AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is putting electronic identification tags on men's clothing like jeans starting Aug. 1 as the world's largest retailer tries to gain more control of its inventory. But the move is raising eyebrows ...
Tag tech for buried pipes spins out
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new Oxford University spin-out company, Oxford Electromagnetic Solutions Limited (OxEmS), has been set up to commercialise technology to locate and identify buried plastic pipes.
Radio signals research scans new horizons
A study at the University of Leicester aims to understand the reasons why radio signals sometimes act unpredictably- travelling beyond the horizon and interfering with other signals.
Tasty new standards for systems-on-chips
(PhysOrg.com) -- European researchers have developed breakthrough standards that will let microchip designers integrate more complex circuits more easily. It will mean a faster design process, more energy ...
Countering the counterfeiters -- smart technology to secure product supply chains
(PhysOrg.com) -- Counterfeiting is a huge problem. Luxury goods are a favourite target, but so are vital products including medications and aircraft parts. European researchers have created a new way to stem ...
Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
(PhysOrg.com) -- A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus.
Radio tags could save lives after earthquakes
Radio frequency identification, RFID, could be used in the immediate aftermath of a major earthquake to save lives, according to new research published in the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development.
Safer swiping while voting and globetrotting
Since 2007, every new U.S. passport has been outfitted with a computer chip. Embedded in the back cover of the passport, the "e-passport" contains biometric data, electronic fingerprints and pictures of the ...
Nano-based RFID tags could replace bar codes
Long lines at store checkouts could be history if a new technology created in part at Rice University comes to pass.
Molding the Future of Plastic Electronic Production
(PhysOrg.com) -- E-readers that can be bent and folded, "smart" bandages that signal when they need changing based on oxygen levels, and biodegradable radio frequency identification tags that help companies ...
Exotic flowers help bees stay busy in winter
Recent years have seen an unusual rise in the number of bees about in the cold winter months, and scientists are now beginning to find out why.
'Microrings' could nix wires for communications in homes, offices
(PhysOrg.com) -- Purdue University researchers have developed a miniature device capable of converting ultrafast laser pulses into bursts of radio-frequency signals, a step toward making wires obsolete for ...
Chemists create molecule with promising semiconductor properties
A team of chemists from the University of New Hampshire has synthesized the first-ever stable derivative of nonacene, creating a compound that holds significant promise in the manufacture of flexible organic electronics such ...