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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

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Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

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Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

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Miniature chip bead ferrite comes in 0201 package

April 24, 2014 5:06 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Miniaturization of electronic circuits not only requires small components, but also interference-free operation. With the WE-TMSB product family, Würth Elektronik eiSos offers the smallest chip bead ferrite in the standard 0201 chip format. This package design increases packing density of components....

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Wide-frequency universal clocks offer ultra-low jitter

April 24, 2014 4:48 pm | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) announced an addition to its range of telecommunications timing products with a new family of Universal Clocks. The XR811xx series offers a wide range of output frequencies from 10MHz to 1.5GHz, with ultra-low phase noise jitter of less than 200fs....

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Wide-band, unmatched transistor enables efficiencies up to 77%

April 24, 2014 4:40 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the T2G6001528-SG from TriQuint. This wide band, unmatched transistor offers up to 15W P3dB of power from DC to 6GHz. GaN on SiC HEMT enables efficiencies up to 77%. Other features include....

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SOIC to DIP adapters offer competitive pricing and lead-free options

April 24, 2014 4:23 pm | Advanced Interconnections Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Interconnections Corp. (West Warwick, RI) recently reduced pricing on the 4414 Series SOIC to DIP Adapters. Whether you're battling device obsolescence or need a pluggable device for easy in-field replacement, SOIC to DIP Adapters from Advanced Interconnections now fit your board and your budget....

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Two-watt DC-DC converter suits "high/low" side IGBT drive applications

April 24, 2014 4:12 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the MGJ2 series of 2-Watt high-isolation dual-output DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These compact encapsulated devices are suitable for powering "high side" and "low side" gate drives in bridge circuits using insulated-gate bipolar transistors....

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Designers of Things 2014

April 24, 2014 3:43 pm | Events

You're a designer. A developer. A maker, entrepreneur and innovator. You're shaping the future of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, and you belong at the Designers of Things Conference. Three of the most revolutionary topics in future tech come together on September 23 & 24 in San Francisco, CA at Designers of Things 2014....

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Fully integrated hardware/software platform designed for for THz materials characterization

April 24, 2014 2:23 pm | Lake Shore Cryotronics | Product Releases | Comments

Lake Shore’s (Westerville, OH) new 8500 Series THz system is a fully integrated hardware/software platform for characterization of electronic, magnetic and chemical materials. The system uses non-contact THz-frequency energy and an integrated low-temperature, high-field cryostat....

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Handheld TDR locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables

April 24, 2014 2:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, PA) now offers a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR) that locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables. The CFL535G can test the capabilities of connections and locate faults for up to 12 miles (20 km). This high resolution, compact TDR features dual channel capability and dual aspect display....

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Researchers discover new genetic brain disorder in humans

April 24, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell. The findings were generated by two independent but collaborative scientific teams, one based primarily at Baylor College of Medicine and the Austrian Academy of Sciences....

Droplet lens

April 24, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas....

How a plant beckons the bacteria that will do it harm

April 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A common plant puts out a welcome mat to bacteria seeking to invade, and scientists have discovered the mat's molecular mix. The study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals new targets during the battle between microbe and host that researchers can...

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Engineering Update Episode 55 bloopers

April 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief David Mantey, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg, and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize...

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