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Company refuses to ship milling machine for 3D-printed firearms

February 25, 2015 8:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business partners – including 3D-printer manufacturers – the heebie jeebies. Some have outright refused to have their name associated with 3D-printed firearms....

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Bar-Ilan University neuroscientists literally change the way we think

February 24, 2015 4:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

Porsche enters the battery powered car race

February 24, 2015 4:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Porsche may be drawing closer to Tesla territory with a high-end battery-powered car, according to a report from Car Magazine. The rumored Tesla rival is currently going by the name Porsche 717, a moniker that might be changed ...

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9 experiments that shaped the future of engineering

February 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Ohio University, Russ College of Engineering. | Blogs | Comments

The electrical research event most people know of is Benjamin Franklin’s Kite & Key. The legend goes that Benjamin Franklin tied a key to a kite and flew that kite in a lightning storm to prove electricity was a natural occurrence.

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Here's what it takes to to win a robotics competition

February 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think college campus, you might think classes, parties, and dorms, but for some students at the University of Illinois at Chicago the college experience is all about the robots. Well, maybe not ALL about the robots, but there is a serious devotion to robotics among the members of the Chicago Engineering Design Team.

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Nanotechnology and genetic interference may tackle 'untreatable' brain tumors

February 24, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There are no effective available treatments for sufferers of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and devastating form of brain tumor. The disease, always fatal, has a survival rate of only 6-18 months. Now a new Tel Aviv University study may offer ...

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Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

February 24, 2015 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to break down ...

100W S-Band transistors cover frequencies up to 3.5GHz

February 24, 2015 3:34 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS GaN transistors from TriQuint (Qorvo). These 28V devices offer 107W P3dB for applications in Radar, professional or military communication systems and avionics. Covering frequencies up to 3.5GHz ...

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Space station 3-D printed items, seedlings return in the belly of a Dragon

February 24, 2015 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Newly 3-D printed wrenches, data to improve cooling systems, protein crystals and seedling samples returned Feb. 10 aboard SpaceX's fifth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researchers will ...

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Optocoupler family designed for high-voltage applications

February 24, 2015 3:16 pm | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 has expanded its portfolio of optocouplers from Vishay Intertechnology, a world leader in discrete semiconductors; diodes, MOSFETs and selected ICs, and passive electronic components; resistors, inductors, and capacitors. The VOW Widebody high-isolation and high-creepage optocoupler ...

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Current-sensing resistors improve LED brightness portable battery-powered applications

February 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Vishay Precision Group (VPG) | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors product line (VFR) has introduced two new ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z-Foil current sensing resistors designed to improve LED brightness and efficiency in portable battery-powered applications. The LED1625 and LED221 ...

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BSP enables safe communication between the control unit and the I/O

February 24, 2015 3:05 pm | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. now offers a safe QNX BSP to ensure comprehensive safe communication between the control unit and the I/O in the new Modular Train Control System (MTCS). The MTCS is an application-ready system platform in half 19” that allows safe control of all rail relevant ...

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New electrolyte rids batteries of short-circuiting fibers

February 24, 2015 3:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Dendrites — the microscopic, pin-like fibers that cause rechargeable batteries to short circuit — create fire hazards and can limit the ability of batteries to power our smart phones and store renewable energy for a rainy day. Now a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that's ...

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Cyberbystanders: Most don't try to stop online bullies

February 24, 2015 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened....

Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

February 24, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines. Asphaltene is a complex ...

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