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'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

April 24, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...

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Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

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LED-based light guides accommodate sizes from 0.25 mm to 4 mm thick

April 24, 2014 1:56 pm | Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has increased their capabilities to include non-linear curved light extraction technologies, enabling the design of more complex light guides. These non-linear light guides can be integrated into a variety of products, from overhead lighting and wall sconces to automotive interior/exterior lighting....

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Researchers discover new genetic brain disorder in humans

April 24, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell. The findings were generated by two independent but collaborative scientific teams, one based primarily at Baylor College of Medicine and the Austrian Academy of Sciences....

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Droplet lens

April 24, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas....

Photos of the Day: The Cyborgbeast 3D-printed hand

April 24, 2014 1:17 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

3D Universe created a 3D-printed hand it calls the Cyborgbeast. The company targeted Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. Delgado had previously relied on a myoelectric version that costs $42,000. But the 3D-printed e-NABLE Hand only costs about $50....

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How a plant beckons the bacteria that will do it harm

April 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A common plant puts out a welcome mat to bacteria seeking to invade, and scientists have discovered the mat's molecular mix. The study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals new targets during the battle between microbe and host that researchers can...

Light guide enhancements offer increased flexibility

April 24, 2014 1:02 pm | Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has increased its capabilities to include non-linear curved light extraction technologies, enabling the design of more complex light guides. This new product capability was made possible by two developments.

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Engineering Update Episode 55 bloopers

April 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief David Mantey, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg, and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

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Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize...

Nanoparticle networks promise cheaper batteries for storing renewable energy

April 24, 2014 3:13 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A new battery design could lead to a cheap way to address the intermittency of solar and wind power.Liquids containing a flowing network of nanoscale particles could make batteries cheaper to manufacture, and thereby reduce the cost of using large amounts of solar and wind power....

Making graphene work for real-world devices

April 24, 2014 12:14 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material--strong, light, nearly transparent and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat--and it very well may be. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome before it can emerge as a...

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

April 23, 2014 9:10 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes. The proposed rules also call for enhanced scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm...

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PXIe backplane integrates PCIe into the PXI architecture

April 23, 2014 6:04 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has designed a new 3U 17-slot backplane to meet the PXI Express Hardware Specification Revision 1.0 (with X1 PCIe connections). Designed for OEM embedded control and highly integrated test and measurement applications, the backplane…

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Some notable social media gaffes, missteps

April 23, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes: — JP MORGAN CHASE:...

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