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'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing

September 17, 2014 | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable ...

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Talent shortages? Blame salary, not just training

September 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, MNET | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers ...

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For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

September 17, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact ...

Scientists twist radio beams to send data

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems....

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UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

September 17, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates, or "breathes," and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor ...

Water-based nuclear battery developed by MU can be used to generate electrical energy

September 16, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution ...

Computerized emotion detector

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database ...

Want to print your own cell phone microscope for pennies? Here's how

September 16, 2014 4:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape....

Making quantum dots glow brighter

September 16, 2014 4:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending ...

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Miniature tact switch offers illumination and IP67 ratings

September 16, 2014 4:34 pm | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announces the TL6210 series tact switch, offering a host of features including surface mount termination, miniature footprint, and sealed to IP67 ratings. It also offers illumination, with LED colors that include ...

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A new sensor development could aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a constant....

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High-voltage modules provide an isolated 100 to 1500 VDC output

September 16, 2014 3:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pico Electronics (Pelham, NY) launched their new SAR series of modules available with a 5 VDC or 12 VDC input to provide an isolated 100 to 1500 VDC output at 3 Watts that is adjustable down to 0 VDC output. Features include....

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PXI express remote controller supports high bandwidth up to 4 GB/s

September 16, 2014 3:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (St. Louis, MO) announced the release of its new PCIe-PXIe-8638 high performance PXI Express remote controller, enabling remote control of any PXI Express system directly via PC. Fully software- and driver-transparent ...

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FM-certified intelligent power module designed for wireless transmitters

September 16, 2014 3:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Perpetuum (Austin, TX) released its FM-certified Intelligent Power Module for the Honeywell XYR 6000 series wireless transmitters at the recent Honeywell Users Group meeting in San Antonio, TX. The IPM is a plug-and-play form, function ...

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The future face of molecular electronics

September 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take ...

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

September 16, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work by Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues could keep glass surfaces from windshields....

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