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The IoT Uplink: Connecting with a $12 billion technology

July 11, 2014 8:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration....

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Engineering Newswire: Airbus details windowless cockpit of the future

July 11, 2014 9:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new patent from Airbus has recently been released detailing an aircraft with a cockpit including a viewing surface for piloting which is at least particularly virtual. This virtual surface would most likely be an OLED screen, and may include the use of holograms....

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COTS demi-brick size converters come in package size less than 2 ounces

July 10, 2014 4:29 pm | Synqor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SynQor, Inc. (Boxborough, MA) announces the release of its Military Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Demi Brick Series of DC-DC converters. The new Demi Brick is an isolated and fully regulated converter in a 1.55" x 1.52" x 0.50" size package....

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Why contraception by remote control is a troubling idea

July 10, 2014 4:08 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates plans to bring an implantable contraceptive chip that can be turned on or off via remote control to market as early as...

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300 watt LED spotlight tower ideal for security and corrections applications

July 10, 2014 3:24 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-TSL-300W-LED security spotlight tower from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to be an effective security and corrections lighting solution that produces a powerful spot beam that can be adjusted to track moving objects on the ground....

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Ethernet cables provide high data rate in lightweight package for aerospace applications

July 10, 2014 3:17 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Landenberg, PA) introduces GORE Ethernet Cables to meet the military and civil aerospace markets' emerging need for higher data rate cables in a lightweight, flexible, and routable package. Featuring the unique cable jacket material found in GORE 1394b FireWire Cables ...

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Kasey's Korner: This 3D-printed material will replace Balsa wood

July 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

When it comes to materials, high density usually equals high strength, while light low density materials are generally pretty fragile. However researchers at Harvard were able to 3D print a composite material using epoxy resin that they claim is even better than Balsa wood, generally revered for its lightweight, but strong properties.

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FMCs designed for network interface

July 10, 2014 1:11 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers FMCs with high-speed interfaces up to 40GB speeds. This includes cages for dual QSPF+, SPF+, and RJ-45 as well as some quad cage versions. The latest in the network interface series of FMCs is the FMC108....

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AC & DC axial fans available for harsh environments and IP56 rated

July 9, 2014 3:31 pm | Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek (Mentor, Ohio) introduces its series of high-performance, low-cost HPLC series, AC and DC axial fans tested to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including dust and water. The axial fan series, with sizes ranging from 172mm to 280mm, have met or exceeds the international standard IEC 60529....

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RFID light detector is battery-free

July 9, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SHADOW from Farsens S.L., (San Sebastián, Spain), is a battery free RFID ambient light detector tag. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers. It features a LPRS N5AC501085 Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) to detect exposure to light or darkness.

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Signal may send cancer's cellular factories into overdrive

July 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A network of signals active in almost all types of cancer sends the protein factories in our cells into overdrive, and may help fuel a tumour's uncontrolled growth, new research suggests. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, identified a molecular trigger responsible for ratcheting up activity of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)....

New technology illuminates colder objects in deep space

July 9, 2014 2:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Too cool and faint, many objects in the universe are impossible to detect with visible light. Now a Northwestern University team has refined a new technology that could make these colder objects more visible, paving the way for enhanced exploration of deep space....

A transparent touchable display wall

July 9, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

At a busy shopping mall, shoppers walk by store windows to find attractive items to purchase. Through the windows, shoppers can see the products displayed, but may have a hard time imagining doing something beyond just looking, such as touching the displayed items or communicating with sales assistants inside the store....

Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar

July 9, 2014 2:12 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

What you study — math and science are a plus — seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department....

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Google selects 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work.After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers....

Engineering challenge offers $1M in seed money to inventors

July 9, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Few people mention marine iguanas, honey bees and oil sands in the same breath, but scientist Brian Gregg believes the combination might hold an elegant solution to a hard engineering riddle. Extracting oil from oil sands generates copious amounts of low grade waste heat....

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