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Study gives new perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality

July 24, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To reduce fire hazard in the United States, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees (ladder fuels). These cuttings and other post-logging debris are then burned during periods of low fire danger in order to dispose of the material....

FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

July 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit. Leaders at the FX network are trying something new....

Design to a standard

July 24, 2014 11:57 am | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and broadening the possibilities for many consumer and enterprise applications....

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SEMI Announces New South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

July 24, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

SEMI announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America. The inaugural SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held November 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina-based Unitec Blue and the Brazil Development Bank BNDES are supporting the event.

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Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

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Laser therapy on the repair of a large-gap transected sciatic nerve in a reinforced nerve conduit

July 24, 2014 10:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, led by Prof. Liu, Dr. Shen and Mrs. Yang have developed a biodegradable nerve conduit containing genipin-cross-linked gelatin was annexed using beta-tricalcium phosphate....

Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets

July 24, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field....

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Motion controllers expand their program memory

July 24, 2014 10:40 am | Galil Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) announced more program memory for the DMC-40x0 and DMC-41x3. This release doubles the program memory from 2000 x 80 characters to 4000 x 80 characters and increases the total array elements from …

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Nano-supercapacitors for electric cars

July 24, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric cars are very much welcomed in Norway and they are a common sight on the roads of the Scandinavian country – so much so that electric cars topped the list of new vehicle registrations for the second time. This poses a stark contrast to the situation in Germany, where electric vehicles claim only a small portion of the market....

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Formula calculates thickness of bombproof concrete

July 24, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Earthquakes and explosions produce tremendous forces. Pressures in the immediate vicinity of a car bomb are in the range of several thousand megapascals, and even further away from the detonation itself, pressures are still in the order of several hundred kilopascals....

Custom print service offers one-stop shopping experience

July 24, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Customers can now get industrial enclosures with custom printing from Altech Corp., at very competitive prices. In response to growing demand, Altech offers its industrial enclosure customers with a one-stop shopping experience to purchase customized enclosures....

EMerge Alliance expands DC power initiative to South Asia

July 24, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The EMerge Alliance announced it will start teaming with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is a system of local power generation and distribution that can...

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Efficiently Power that Op Amp

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Glazer, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

In many applications, such as temperature sensing, two supply voltages are needed to power an op amp in the system—one positive and one negative. This dual supply is needed by the amplifier in order to properly measure signals very close to or even below ground. If the negative supply input of the op amp was just grounded and a single, positive supply voltage used, these signals would not be processed properly.

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The electric slide dance of DNA knots

July 24, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

DNA has the nasty habit of getting tangled and forming knots. Scientists study these knots to understand their function and learn how to disentangle them (e.g. useful for gene sequencing techniques). Cristian Micheletti, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and his team have been carrying out research....

Photos of the Day: Giant robotic creature is 14-feet tall

July 24, 2014 8:44 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters — worked closely with Stratasys to build dozens of 3D-printed parts to create the character....

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