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Making smart materials even smarter

January 30, 2015 | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Pablo Tarazaga speaks of solid structures such as aluminum beams as if they were living organisms. From his unique mechanical engineering perspective Tarazaga, of Virginia Tech, wants to grow mechanical waves in solid, one- and two-dimensional materials to ...

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Powerful tool promises to change the way scientists view proteins

January 30, 2015 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Life scientists now have access to a publicly available web resource that streamlines and simplifies the process of gleaning insight from 3D protein structures. Known as Aquaria, the powerful tool is announced today in Nature Methods. The Aquaria project was led by ...

Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

January 30, 2015 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. "These perovskite crystals offer ...

Complex environments push 'brain' evolution

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Little animations trying to master a computer game are teaching neuroscience researchers how the brain evolves when faced with difficult tasks. Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have programmed animated critters that ...

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New light-converting materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power

January 30, 2015 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs....

Smart cameras designed for use in intelligent transportation systems

January 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Vision Components.com | Product Releases | Comments

Smart cameras from Vision Components’ new VC F series are designed for use in intelligent transportation systems, e.g. for automatic license plate recognition (freeflow ALPR applications) in combination with the company’s software tool CARRIDA....

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The Super Bowl is a "No Drone Zone" (really?)

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Just in case you wanted to try something dumb in front of the largest audience in the world, the FAA is here to tell you ... no. I’m not sure why this needed clarification in the first place, but the FAA has clarified that Super Bowl XLIX is a “No Drone Zone”....

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Module stores the last 30 daily total flows

January 30, 2015 11:43 am | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

With a built-in user-configurable, real-time clock, the wireless Totalizer Module stores the last 30 daily total flows. Data can be accessed wirelessly when connected to the SignalFire Modbus-in-a-Stick, a rugged, integrated device combining ...

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Varistors provide bi-directional transient voltage protection

January 30, 2015 11:34 am | by Avx Corporation | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the voltage and energy ratings of its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series with the addition of its new VR20 varistors, expanding both the number and type of applications for which the series is an ideal solution. Based on ...

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DC/DC module simplifies power supply design

January 30, 2015 11:18 am | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the ISL8203M, a dual 3A/single 6A step-down DC/DC power module that simplifies power supply design for FPGAs, ASICs, microprocessors, DSPs and other point of load conversions in communications, test and measurement ...

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Building trustworthy big data algorithms

January 30, 2015 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and classify their text data in a meaningful way. One of the leading ...

MIT accepting applications for Integrated Design program

January 30, 2015 10:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Are you an engineer or businessperson looking to further your education? Starting in the fall semester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, geared toward engineering, business and design professionals in the early ...

Army, Air Force Joint Interoperability provides intelligence products for consumers

January 30, 2015 10:13 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and the Air Force's 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing are taking the lead in guiding military intelligence units in the analysis of intelligence and creation of the clearest possible products for ...

`Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

January 30, 2015 9:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction ...

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How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

January 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins. Those factors have left some investors ...

SXSW names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables ...

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