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Physics - Innovation - 08.07.2013
Heat Radiation of Small Objects: Beyond Planck’s Equations
Objects that are smaller than the wavelength of thermal radiation cannot radiate heat efficiently. A generalized theory of thermal radiation has now been experimentally confirmed at the level of a single object at the Vienna University of Technology. All the objects around us emit thermal radiation.

Innovation - Electroengineering - 10.04.2013
Aircraft Sensors without Batteries or Cables
An idea from EADS and Vienna University of Technology is taking off: in a joint project, Energy Harvester Modules suitable for aircrafts have been tested, which should supply sensor nodes with electrical power in the future. Like a nervous system in a human body, sensor networks attached to the aircraft fuselage will in future record and transmit essential data concerning the structural health of the aircraft.

Innovation - 16.11.2012
Tracking facial features to make driving safer
Tracking facial features to make driving safer
For those familiar with its language, the face reflects much about an individual's identity and emotional state. Scientists are developing a tool that will be able to use facial information to make the cars of the future safer and more comfortable. Today's "intelligent" cars, equipped with multiple sensors and algorithms, can react to emergency situations, regulate speed, assist with parking and respond to voice commands.

Physics - Innovation - 12.11.2012
CERN Collider to Become the World’s Fastest Stopwatch?
Light pulses a million times shorter than previously possible: Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology are proposing a new measuring method, using equipment which will soon be available at CERN. Heavy ion collisions at CERN should be able to produce the shortest light pulses ever created. This was demonstrated by computer simulations at the Vienna University of Technology.

Physics - Innovation - 05.11.2012
Electron Microscopes With a Twist
Vortex beams, rotating like a tornado, offer completely new possibilities for electron microscopy. A method of producing extremely intense vortex beams has been discovered at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna). Nowadays, electron microscopes are an essential tool, especially in the field of materials science.

Innovation - 22.10.2012
Lower Costs Thanks to Smart Plugs
Lower Costs Thanks to Smart Plugs
Residents of a new eco-development on the coast can better control and understand their energy usage, thanks to a system that allows outlets to communicate with each other through the power grid.

Physics - Innovation - 08.06.2012
Bright X-Ray Flashes Created in Laser Lab
A breakthrough in laser science was achieved in Vienna: In the labs of the Photonics Institute at the Vienna University of Technology, a new method of producing bright laser pulses at x-ray energies was developed. The radiation covers a broad energy spectrum and can therefore be used for a wide range of applications, from materials science to medicine.

Physics - Innovation - 12.03.2012
3D-Printer with Nano-Precision
Printing three dimensional objects with incredibly fine details is now possible using "two-photon lithography". With this technology, tiny structures on a nanometer scale can be fabricated. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have now made a major breakthrough in speeding up this printing technique: The high-precision-3D-printer at TU Vienna is orders of magnitude faster than similar devices (see video).

Life Sciences - Innovation - 06.03.2012
A Heating System with a Brain
A Heating System with a Brain
A start-up company is putting on the market a thermal regulator that uses neural networks to learn about your house as the seasons change, allowing for savings of up to 65% on fuel.

Innovation - 22.02.2012
Fiber Optics in Computer Screens
Fiber Optics in Computer Screens
A single fiber-optic can light up computer screens. This innovation put in place by a spin-off, brings energy savings of 30% while boosting processors.

Innovation - 01.02.2012
Swimming goes high tech
Swimming goes high tech
Scientists have developed inertial systems, worn in a full-body swimming suit, which can analyse the strengths and weaknesses of elite-level swimmers during workout sessions. It's a revolutionary new tool for coaches. Will scientists play a role in creating the next Michael Phelps or Laure Manaudou? Researchers from EPFL and University of Lausanne have at least taken the first step, by developing a tool that can help improve elite swimmers' workouts.

Materials Science - Innovation - 16.11.2011
Touchscreen with texture
Touchscreen with texture
Researchers have invented a new generation of tactile surfaces with relief effects - users can feel actual raised keys under their fingers.

Innovation - 15.11.2011
Terahertz boost detection
Terahertz boost detection
A new system boosts the performance of detection systems and helps to create new antennas for mobile telephony and on-board satellite systems: An innovative transmission system takes advantage of a previously under-utilized wavelength: the terahertz.

Innovation - Computer Science - 16.09.2011
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree - or does it?
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree - or does it?
Research has shown that contrary to what was thought from previous studies, spin-outs don't systematically set up shop near their parent companies. To stay or to leave, what's the best strategy? "I was really surprised, when doing this research, to find that 50% of spin-outs don't necessarily establish themselves near the parent company," observes Christopher Tucci from EPFL.

Innovation - 14.06.2011
From a Bachelor's project to the top of the charts
From a Bachelor’s project to the top of the charts
Aelios is an application that was developed by Bachelor students. Two weeks after its launch, it topped download charts in Switzerland and Germany.

Innovation - Chemistry - 17.05.2011
The World’s Smallest 3D Printer
[ Florian Aigner A research project at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) could turn futuristic 3D-printers into affordable everyday items. Printers which can produce three-dimensional objects have been available for years. However, at the Vienna University of Technology, a printing device has now been developed, which is much smaller, lighter and cheaper than ordinary 3D-printers.

Physics - Innovation - 30.03.2011
Physicists rotate beams of light
Controlling the rotation of light - this amazing feat was accomplished at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), by means of a ultra thin semiconductor. This can be used to create a transistor that works with light instead of electrical current. Light waves can oscillate in different directions - much like a string that can vibrate up and down or left and right - depending on the direction in which it is picked.

Computer Science - Innovation - 28.02.2011
Supercomputers with the size of sugar cubes
Supercomputers with the size of sugar cubes
Energy consumption poses a critical challenge in the development of next-generation supercomputers and IT systems.

Physics - Innovation - 23.08.2010
High-precision experiments to determine the future of the world’s energy
One of the world's most accurate scales is currently being used for fusion research at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT). A clean, eco-friendly and virtually inexhaustible source of energy: using nuclear fusion to produce electricity has been the dream of countless scientists for many years.

Environment - Innovation - 19.07.2010
Research for the world’s climate
Vienna (TU). Preventing global warming, obtaining energy from renewable sources in an environmentally friendly way - these tasks rank amongst the most important challenges facing us in the twenty-first century. In light of the importance of this topic, the Vienna University of Technology has declared the field of energy and environment to be one of its key areas of research.
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