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Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

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Printed Electronics USA 2014

July 24, 2014 3:02 pm | Events

This event will focus on the commercialization of the technology, covering broadly organic, inorganic, thin film and flexible nanotechnologies. To that end, we have some of the world's largest user companies presenting on their needs and experience with printed electronics....

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This Army helicopter can fit in your pocket

July 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops. Information is king on the battlefield....

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Chemist develops X-ray vision for quality assurance

July 24, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It is seldom sufficient to read the declaration of contents if you need to know precisely what substances a product contains. In fact, to do this you need to be a highly skilled chemist or to have genuine X-ray vision so that you can look directly into the molecular structure of the various substances....

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Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality

July 24, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To reduce fire hazard in the United States, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees (ladder fuels). These cuttings and other post-logging debris are then burned during periods of low fire danger in order to dispose of the material....

FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

July 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit. Leaders at the FX network are trying something new....

SEMI Announces New South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

July 24, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

SEMI announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America. The inaugural SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held November 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina-based Unitec Blue and the Brazil Development Bank BNDES are supporting the event.

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Laser therapy on the repair of a large-gap transected sciatic nerve in a reinforced nerve conduit

July 24, 2014 10:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, led by Prof. Liu, Dr. Shen and Mrs. Yang have developed a biodegradable nerve conduit containing genipin-cross-linked gelatin was annexed using beta-tricalcium phosphate....

Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets

July 24, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field....

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Motion controllers expand their program memory

July 24, 2014 10:40 am | Galil Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) announced more program memory for the DMC-40x0 and DMC-41x3. This release doubles the program memory from 2000 x 80 characters to 4000 x 80 characters and increases the total array elements from …

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Nano-supercapacitors for electric cars

July 24, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric cars are very much welcomed in Norway and they are a common sight on the roads of the Scandinavian country – so much so that electric cars topped the list of new vehicle registrations for the second time. This poses a stark contrast to the situation in Germany, where electric vehicles claim only a small portion of the market....

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Formula calculates thickness of bombproof concrete

July 24, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Earthquakes and explosions produce tremendous forces. Pressures in the immediate vicinity of a car bomb are in the range of several thousand megapascals, and even further away from the detonation itself, pressures are still in the order of several hundred kilopascals....

Custom print service offers one-stop shopping experience

July 24, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Customers can now get industrial enclosures with custom printing from Altech Corp., at very competitive prices. In response to growing demand, Altech offers its industrial enclosure customers with a one-stop shopping experience to purchase customized enclosures....

EMerge Alliance expands DC power initiative to South Asia

July 24, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The EMerge Alliance announced it will start teaming with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is a system of local power generation and distribution that can...

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Efficiently Power that Op Amp

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Glazer, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

In many applications, such as temperature sensing, two supply voltages are needed to power an op amp in the system—one positive and one negative. This dual supply is needed by the amplifier in order to properly measure signals very close to or even below ground. If the negative supply input of the op amp was just grounded and a single, positive supply voltage used, these signals would not be processed properly.

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BlackForest aggregates threat information to warn of possible cyber attacks

July 23, 2014 11:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new open source intelligence gathering system designed to create a picture of developing threats. BlackForest complements other GTRI systems designed to help corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations battle....

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