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Photos of the Day: A spectacular landscape of star formation

August 20, 2014 | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NGC 3603 is a very bright star cluster and is famed for having the highest concentration of massive stars that have been discovered in our galaxy so far. At the centre lies a Wolf–Rayet multiple star system, known as HD 97950. Wolf–Rayet stars are at an advanced stage of stellar evolution....

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Solar energy that doesn't block the view

August 20, 2014 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator....

Wide input DC/DC regulators target smart grid and industrial applications

August 20, 2014 10:08 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America (Santa Clara, CA) announced 16-V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to   continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8 V. The new power supply ICs are appropriate for ...

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Is China's 50 percent cesarean section delivery rate too high?

August 20, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

China has one of the highest caesarean delivery rates in the world. Of 16 million babies born in 2010, approximately half were by caesarean. Although the exact rate is not known, the current Chinese language literature on caesarean rates in China reports total caesarean rates ranging from 36% to 58%....

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Solar salad, anyone?

August 20, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An Arizona State University alumna has devised the largest catalog ever produced for stellar compositions. Called the Hypatia Catalog, after one of the first female astronomers who lived ~350 AD in Alexandria, the work is critical to understanding the properties of stars, how they form....

Review of clinical treatment of bronchiolitis in infants reveals over-reliance on one test

August 20, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An editorial published in this week's JAMA highlights the importance of physicians using all available clinical assessment tools when considering how to treat patients. Written by Robert Vinci, MD, chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and chair of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine....

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Growing up poor affects adults' sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty

August 20, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Growing up poor can influence people's sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly give up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association....

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First indirect evidence of so-far undetected strange baryons

August 20, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New supercomputing calculations provide the first evidence that particles predicted by the theory of quark-gluon interactions but never before observed are being produced in heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a facility that is dedicated to studying nuclear physics....

Moving single cells around -- accurately and cheaply

August 20, 2014 9:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute have figured out how to pick up and transfer single cells using a pipette -- a common laboratory tool that's been tweaked slightly. They describe this engineering feat and preliminary test results in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society....

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Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems

August 20, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wind and solar power are inherently intermittent energy sources. If a large amount of electricity is to be produced with renewable energy sources in the future, excess energy will have to be stored during productive periods so that these fluctuations can be compensated for....

NMR using Earth's magnetic field

August 20, 2014 8:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Earth's magnetic field, a familiar directional indicator over long distances, is routinely probed in applications ranging from geology to archaeology. Now it has provided the basis for a technique which might, one day, be used to characterize the chemical composition of fluid mixtures in their native environments....

Community Health details attack on patient records

August 20, 2014 8:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack....

Tips for parents: To post or not to post?

August 20, 2014 8:31 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots....

Pre-driver IC targets automotive high-current DC motor applications

August 19, 2014 4:47 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis (Nashua, NH) introduces the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a very flexible, inexpensive and space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors. The MLX83100 has the capability to simultaneously drive ...

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Thin-film chip resistors offer resistance values from 24.9 ohms to 100K ohms

August 19, 2014 4:20 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The RNCF Series thin film chip resistors from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) offer a wide resistance range in tight tolerance and low TCR precision. Resistance values from 24.9 ohms to 100K ohms are available in the 2010 and 2512 sizes in 0.01% tolerances and +/- 5 ppm TCR....

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Accelerometers designed to measure both vibration and acceleration

August 19, 2014 4:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs, Inc., (Kirkland, WA) announced the global market introduction of the Model 1410. Model 1410 is a family of digital pulse density output MEMS variable capacitive (VC) accelerometers, designed to reliably measure both vibration and acceleration, with very low power consumption....

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