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The best apps for holiday shopping

December 17, 2014 | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps regularly to keep my phone “clean,” what I like to think of as highly “efficient.” If I haven’t opened the app in over a month, boom—it’s deleted. So trust me when I tell you that these three apps are ...

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BLDC controller features reliable sensorless startup

December 17, 2014 2:02 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can ...

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Panel meter includes field-selectable inputs

December 17, 2014 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Digital Corporation (Holliston, MA) announced the latest ProVu family member, the PD6001 Feet & Inches 1/8 DIN Panel Meter. A NEMA 4X panel mounted indicator, the PD6001 is based on a reliable, economical design that features an ...

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NIR drills into the energy industry

December 17, 2014 1:39 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

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Breakthrough capability keeps subs, ships on safe track

December 17, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the ...

First steps for Hector the robot stick insect

December 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called ...

The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into 'graphene'

December 17, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New work from Carnegie's Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme pressures. Their work is the ...

SMU cyber warrior Fred Chang receives annual 'Security 7' award

December 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

SMU's cyber warrior, Fred Chang, has been named an Information Security Magazine "Security 7" award winner, which annually spotlights information security leaders at the top of their profession. Chang, who is former research director for the National ...

Resistor saves space with 7 W rating and resistance to 1 mΩ

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor designed to save space in automotive, industrial, computer, and consumer applications. The Vishay Dale WSHM2818 combines a high 7 W power rating with ...

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NASA Goddard instrument makes first detection of organic matter on Mars

December 17, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. Organic molecules are the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, and consist of ...

How information moves between cultures

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By analyzing data on multilingual Twitter users and Wikipedia editors and on 30 years' worth of book translations in 150 countries, researchers at MIT, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Aix Marseille University have developed network maps that ...

How much are medical companies outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 11:14 am | by Sean Fenske Editor MDT and Eileen Whitmore Art Director | Blogs | Comments

"I started with a qualifier question. Simply, I asked, “Does your company outsource any of the processes in the development and manufacture of medical devices?” I got back the response of “No” from 36 percent of the survey participants. This number was staggering to me...

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New findings from mind-controlled robot arm project

December 17, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her ...

NTU Singapore invents smart window that tints and powers itself

December 17, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a smart window which can darken or brighten without the need for an external power source. This unique self-tinting window requires zero electricity to operate and ...

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Linde, Sandia partnership looks to expand hydrogen fueling network

December 17, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories and industrial gas giant Linde LLC have signed an umbrella Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that is expected to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning ...

Global carbon dioxide emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down

December 17, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in emerging economies over the past ten years. However, emissions increased at ...

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