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This electric car is cheap, efficient, and safe

October 21, 2014 | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

More and more people are considering the purchase of an electric car. Whenever possible, it should run on renewably generated electricity. They want to conserve fossil resources and make a contribution to the environment – while playing the role....

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Our dreams have come true – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

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Garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

October 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission ...

Hackers and deathmobiles in the age of IoT

October 21, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, MNET | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses....

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Analog controllers offer digital power supply flexibility

October 21, 2014 2:51 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers—the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9).  They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck ...

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Solar energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013

October 21, 2014 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)....

Gaining a deeper understanding of catalytic reactions

October 21, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine....

A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

October 21, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet. Apple said it has worked....

Narrow band transmitter offers frequencies between 425MHz and 470MHz

October 21, 2014 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Radiometrix Ltd (England) has launched a new range of highly flexible, frequency programmable, RF power adjustable radios. The new NTX2B Transmitter offers industry-leading true Narrow Band FM performance and is available on user/factory programmable ...

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Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things

October 21, 2014 12:38 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age....

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The most creative way to use LEDs

October 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

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Researchers build "smart city" to test the smart grid

October 20, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive "smart city" laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. Scientists have received ...

New type of microelectrode simplifies study of brain disorders

October 20, 2014 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene -- a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick -- to fabricate....

Unlocking the power of experimental superconducting computer chips

October 20, 2014 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today's chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power....

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Ku-band switch capable of handling 5W RF power

October 20, 2014 3:24 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a Ku-band SPDT switch capable of handling 5W RF power. The TriQuint TGS4310 offers >20 isolation with a low insertion loss of <1.7dB. Other features include support for ...

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Scientists create possible precursor to life

October 20, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If we can create artificial living systems, we may not ...

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