At least 10 clues with an asterisk (*)
technology-themed crossword puzzle are pulled from this past week's (7/16 - 7/20)
"Tech Industry Headlines" column on the RF Cafe homepage. For the sake of all the avid
cruciverbalists amongst us, each week I create a new technology-themed crossword puzzle
using only words from my custom-created list related to engineering, science, mathematics,
chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc. You will never find among the words names of politicians,
mountain ranges, exotic foods or plants, movie stars, or anything of the sort. You might,
however, see someone or something in the exclusion list who or that is directly related
to this puzzle's theme, such as Hedy Lamar or the Bikini Atoll ...
"Licensed spectrum remains the lifeblood of the
cellular industry. But which companies actually own all those
spectrum licenses? More importantly, which spectrum licenses do they
own, how much did they pay for them, and where is the market heading? This report aims
to answer these questions. We've collected the below charts from a variety of sources
including spectrum management companies, Wall Street analyst firms and boutique analysis
companies such as Allnet Insights & Analytics. Our goal is to provide an overview
of licensed spectrum ownership in the United States ranging from low-band licenses like
600 MHz to high-band holdings up to 40 GHz ..."
"Researchers have developed a new fabrication
method that makes tiny,
thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique
not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also allows
any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech
sticker. Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and watches to buildings, machine
parts and medical devices have become wireless sensors of their environments, expanding
a network called the 'internet of things.' As society moves toward connecting all objects
to the internet - even furniture and office supplies ..."
This is worth looking at just for the cool image.
"China has revealed plans for two space-based missions to study
gravitational waves. The National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy
of Sciences (CAS), announced on 4 July that the country will launch a mission in 2020
to monitor gamma-ray bursts associated with gravitational-wave events. The CAS also gave
the go-ahead for a fully-fledged gravitational-wave detector to be sent into space in
2033. Gravitational waves are distortions of space-time that occur when massive bodies,
such as black holes, are accelerated. Since their first direct detection in 2015 by the
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors ..."
"The 10 steps of the engineering design process
are fundamental knowledge for all budding engineers. If you're hoping to become an engineer,
one of the most crucial things you need to learn are the 10 steps of the
engineering design process. This process lays out the correct protocol
for any project, allowing everything to go seamlessly. No matter which area of engineering
you intend to work in, the 10 steps will always be important. They're a fundamental part
of engineering, and can always provide a solid foundation for your work. Let's take a
look at each step, and hear what the experts have to say about the importance of the
"Last week, researchers at IBM Research-Zurich
in Switzerland, and the Universities of Basel and Zürich announced in a Letter published
in Nature a new method for creating electrical contacts to
individual molecules on a silicon chip. The advance could open up
a promising new way to develop sensors and possibly other electronic or photonic applications
of manipulating single molecules. When, in the mid-1970s, researchers discovered single
molecules with interesting electronic properties such as that of a diode, hopes
were high that this would spur the development of a new semiconductor technology that
might compete with silicon-based electronics ..."
"Getting photons to interact is a key step toward
using them as qubits. The foundational element of quantum computers is the qubit.
Qubits can be any kind of particle that has quantum properties, such
as an electron or a photon. For these qubits to accomplish their job in a quantum computer,
they need to interact with each other in a quantum process known as entanglement. While
photons would make for great qubits because of their speed, they don't like to interact
with each other, or anything else for that matter, making it difficult to achieve quantum
entanglement. Now researchers at the University of Maryland and the Joint Quantum Institute
have managed ..."
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