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New ways to create "smart materials"

October 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Microscopic particles that bind under low temperatures will melt as temperatures rise to moderate levels, but re-connect under hotter conditions, a team of New York University scientists has found. Their discovery points to new ways to create "smart materials"....

Switching on a laser by taking energy away

October 20, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What started out as a mathematical oddity, has now become a new kind of laser technology. Two years ago, physicists at TU Wien predicted a paradoxical laser effect: Under certain conditions, a laser can be switched on not by supplying it with more energy....

"Big Brother" in the palm of your hand?

October 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The new wave of implantables would combine tech like radio-frequency identification (RFID) with the convenience of ubiquitous computing. Contactless payment systems like ExxonMobile’s Speedpass or the voluminous contactless credit cards ...

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Linear actuator series reduces design time, simplifies installation

October 20, 2014 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s (Irwin, PA) Electromechanical Automation Division announces the release of the High Moment Rodless (HMR) electromechanical linear actuator series. The HMR represents one of the most versatile actuator lines on the market today....

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In-dash receivers include enhanced smartphone integration

October 20, 2014 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

JVC Mobile (Long Beach, CA) announced it is shipping four in-dash receivers from its anticipated 20 new-for-2015 products. The immediate availability of two multimedia centers and a pair of CD receivers gives retailers and consumers the latest technology....

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RF chokes offers components for rated currents up to 4450 mA

October 20, 2014 9:15 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces new EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability.The series with designation LBC+ offers components for rated currents up to 4450 mA and saturation currents up to 7700 mA.This corresponds....

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Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the wringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this year. Dubbed the, Really O’Cool, The keyboard has laser etched keys and a sealed silicon design. The company also offers optional features....

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Wobbling of a Saturn moon hints at what lies beneath

October 20, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft to measure the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, a Cornell University astronomer publishing in Science, Oct. 17, has inferred that this small moon's icy surface cloaks either ...

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Magnetic fields form cosmic jets of young stars

October 20, 2014 8:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astrophysical jets are counted among our Universe's most spectacular phenomena: From the centers of black holes, quasars, or protostars, these rays of matter sometimes protrude several light years into space. Now, for the first time ever, an international team ...

Electricity access marginally related to climate change

October 20, 2014 8:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Improving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed only marginally to the nation's total carbon emissions growth during that time, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. "Energy access is fundamental....

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream

October 20, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more. Researchers have been working to master the ability....

New imaging technique helps resolve microbiology controversy

October 20, 2014 8:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say ...

CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

October 20, 2014 8:26 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer....

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Researchers develop world’s thinnest electric generator

October 20, 2014 8:25 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology have reported they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)....

4 teams tackle the future of exploration for NASA

October 20, 2014 8:21 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists....

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