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Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

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Current probe boosts immunity to local dV/dt transients

March 31, 2015 7:44 am | by Power Electronic Measurements Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the demands of measuring transient currents in semiconductors using new technology, such as SiC and GaN, Power Electronic Measurements Ltd (PEM) has designed the CWT MiniHF Rogowski current probe. Combining a novel shielding technique, utilising a low sensitivity coil and patented low-noise signal-conditioning circuitry ...

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Digital Point-of-Load module series powers advanced ICs

March 31, 2015 7:41 am | by Cui Inc | Cui Inc | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced the release of its highest current digital POL family to date. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power requirements of today’s most advanced integrated circuits, the NDM3Z-90 is a non-isolated module outputting 90 A in ultra low-profile vertical and horizontal packages....

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High-tech method allows rapid imaging of functions in living brain

March 30, 2015 5:05 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Researchers studying cancer and other invasive diseases rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within the body's tissues. Using a new high-speed, high-resolution imaging method, Lihong Wang, PhD, and his team at ...

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Roll up your screen and stow it away?

March 30, 2015 5:02 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices ...

Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

March 30, 2015 5:00 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. "Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens ...

Carnegie Mellon researchers create 'Wikipedia' for neurons

March 30, 2015 4:56 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this "brain big data," researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create http://www.neuroelectro.org....

Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality

March 30, 2015 4:54 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Until recently, virtual reality's widespread use, both commercially and in scientific research, has been hampered by the need to develop custom virtual worlds using labor-intensive 3D animation. Researchers and engineers from EPFL's Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience ...

Crowdsourced tool for depression

March 30, 2015 2:42 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques. In a study involving 166 subjects who had ...

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Comet dust: Planet Mercury's 'invisible paint'

March 30, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A team of scientists has a new explanation for the planet Mercury's dark, barely reflective surface. In a paper published in Nature Geoscience, the researchers suggest that a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets has slowly painted Mercury black over billions of years.

Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

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'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

March 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

A UNSW Australia collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States has been told....

10 lies engineers tell themselves about patents

March 30, 2015 11:21 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In early January, I was in Las Vegas at CES with around 170,000 of my closest friends.  While there, the Q&A portion of a panel discussion of several industry CEOs shocked me and led me to write this column. An audience member asked the panel moderator how patent rights were dealt with....

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Adhesive-backed nylon PCB lock-fit supports

March 30, 2015 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new assortment of adhesive-backed Nylon stacking Spacers/Supports is among the latest circuit board hardware components available from Keystone Electronics Corp. Supports are engineered to lock-fit a chassis-to-board without the use of tools. These devices have an adhesive backing for securing ...

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Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Articles | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

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An Intel-Altera merger would be the second-largest industrial semiconductor company in the world

March 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Robbie Galoso, principal analyst, industrial semiconductors, for IHS | News | Comments

A potential Intel-Altera merger will generate almost $2 billion in industrial semiconductor revenues in 2014, which equates to nearly 5 percent of the overall global industrial semiconductor market. The merger of Intel-Altera would rank the company second, behind Texas Instruments....

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