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October 1, 2014 | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

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All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

October 1, 2014 10:32 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A study by researchers at Illinois has shown that standard thermal models will lead to the wrong answer....

Fluorescent lamp fixture designed for low- to medium-bay construction sites

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Products Company (Minneapolis, MN) announced the availability of its new TIGRESS Temporary Light Fixture, the low-cost, energy-efficient lighting solution for low- to medium-bay construction sites and a recommended alternative....

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S-Band high-power pallet and hybrid amplifiers optimized for commercial air traffic control

October 1, 2014 9:25 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new portfolio of surface mount S-Band GaN power products optimized for commercial air traffic control, weather radar, and military radar applications. The new products are available....

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Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

September 30, 2014 7:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices. The company on Tuesday gave an early preview of the new Windows 10 software, which it aims to...

LED light modeling and simulation shortens time-to-market, enhances light delivery

September 30, 2014 4:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) offers advanced design services that include LED light modeling and human vision simulation that predicts light behavior and provides a complete analysis of all photometric and colorimetric characteristics of any product design....

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Ultrafast remote switching of light emission

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The researchers etched a photonic crystal around several quantum dots in a semiconductor layer. Quantum dots are small structures that spontaneously emit light as a consequence of atomic processes. If a short laser pulse is fired at the photonic....

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'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

September 30, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect....

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Scientists make droplets move on their own

September 30, 2014 3:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable of doing anything on their own. But now researchers have made droplets of alcohol move through water. In the future, such moving droplets may deliver medicines, etc....

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A safer approach for diagnostic medical imaging

September 30, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades....

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Modeling shockwaves through the brain

September 30, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive....

Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun

September 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets....

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Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars

September 30, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Certain primordial stars—those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe's first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned....

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Off-the-shelf vehicle-duty motors feature rated power from 2.6kW to 30kW+

September 30, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) announces the second phase of its HEV motors: the GVM142. The GVM142 generator and auxiliary motor series is a highly advanced electric machine intended to be used....

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Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

September 30, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major step in developing....

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Lighting ballast transformers ideal for reliable aerospace & commercial systems

September 30, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The highly efficient Lighting Ballast Transformer Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (Perris, CA) offer superior performance, excellent reliability, and rugged construction for aerospace, industrial, and commercial lighting systems. Features include....

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