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Why contraception by remote control is a troubling idea

July 14, 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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The first guided .50-caliber bullets

July 14, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Snipers have to take numerous factors into account, including the terrain, weather, wind-resistance, and over long distances, even the curvature of the Earth — at 1,000 yards, the Coreolis Effect will alter a bullet’s trajectory by about .5 moa (Minute of angle). But until now, we haven’t been able to intentionally alter the course of a bullet....

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Rugged 6U VPX radar solution is SWaP-optimized

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the VPX6000, a rugged 6U VPX blade featuring a dual processor design based on quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700EQ processors.

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Data loggers features wireless two-way communication with pulse input

July 14, 2014 10:30 am | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s (Stamford, CT) new series of wireless pulse data loggers features wireless two-way communication with pulse input for monitoring wind speed, energy or flow rate. The data logger has a digital display that shows data in real time, a battery life indicator and audible and LED alarm indicators.

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Microwave assemblies deliver the lowest insertion loss before and after installation

July 14, 2014 10:25 am | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Landenberg, PA) has introduced new GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series – lightweight cable solutions that deliver the lowest insertion loss before and after installation, ensuring reliable performance for the life of the system....

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ORNL wins eight R&D 100s

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year's top technological innovations. "These awards recognize the tremendous value of our National Labs," said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz....

Out of an hours-long explosion, a stand-in for the first stars

July 14, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars. If this interpretation is correct, the outburst validates ideas about a recently identified class of gamma-ray burst....

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Deep within spinach leaves, vibrations enhance efficiency of photosynthesis

July 14, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biophysics researchers at the University of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet....

Researchers discover boron 'buckyball'

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a new ball on the pitch. Researchers from Brown University, Shanxi University and Tsinghua University in China have shown that a cluster of 40 boron atoms forms a hollow molecular cage....

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Rutgers chemists develop technology to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel

July 14, 2014 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel – a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. The new technology is a novel catalyst that performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum for so-called electrolysis reactions....

Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

July 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday....

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

July 14, 2014 9:12 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones....

LED replacements for incandescent lamps aim to increase the lamp life by 10 times

July 11, 2014 10:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has enhanced its series of LED replacements for traditional incandescent lamps. Providing a complete drop-in replacement solution, the company’s expanded offering of LED replacement lamps and holders combine simple and fast assembly with…

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50 VA rugged pure sine wave inverter targets CCTV systems

July 11, 2014 10:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics (Ottawa, Canada) has released the CSI 50-24/24-FT, an industrial quality low voltage DC-AC sine wave inverter specifically designed for powering CCTV systems. The inverter uses...

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Current sense resistors combine low TCR down to ±2 ppm/°C with power ratings to 80 W

July 11, 2014 8:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VPG (Malvern, PA) announced that its Powertron resistor brand has introduced the first seven devices in its S Series of precision foil current sense resistors. Offering a TCR of ±2 ppm/°C — said to be the industry's lowest for high-power current shunts…

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VCO operates from 1000 MHz to 2000 MHz

July 11, 2014 4:44 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55BE-1000-2000 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 1000 MHz to 2000 MHz with a control voltage range of 1.0V~20V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity....

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