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Photos of the Day: Using 3D-printing to land a spacecraft on a comet

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rosetta spacecraft was launched in 2004, with the intent to give the most in depth understanding of a comet that humanity has to date. Last August, the spacecraft became the first to successfully rendezvous with a comet with the intent to orbit....

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New electron spin secrets revealed

November 10, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Cambridge in the UK have demonstrated that it is possible to directly generate an electric current in a magnetic material by rotating its magnetization....

Good vibrations give electrons excitations that rock an insulator to go metallic

November 10, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For more than 50 years, scientists have debated what turns particular oxide insulators, in which electrons barely move, into metals, in which electrons flow freely. Some scientists sided with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Nevill Mott in thinking direct interactions ...

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A billion holes can make a battery

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maryland have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components. The structure is called ...

Heat transfer sets the noise floor for ultrasensitive electronics

November 10, 2014 12:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments....

Laptop-cooling technology are way to less-thirsty power plants

November 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Every minute in the United States, power plants that generate electricity use nearly triple the amount of water that surges over Niagara Falls during that same time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. In an era of drought and diminishing aquifers ...

Kasey's Korner: A new treatment for bone fractures

November 10, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials have come up with a solution that uses anchors made from biodegradable materials via a powder injection molding process. The advantages to using this process means that the researchers can adjust the density and porosity of the anchors, which is imperative to their structural integrity.

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NASA: Comet bombarded Mars sky with meteor shower

November 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet ...

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US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks

November 10, 2014 11:59 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors....

Accidental discoveries that changed the world

November 10, 2014 10:10 am | Videos | Comments

Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly dead-end experiment....

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The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Articles | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

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Ethernet module maximizes process efficiency, boosts reliability

November 10, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

On the PLUG-IN Electronic stand at Electronica, Brainboxes (Liverpool, England) launched the ED-504 3-in-1 industrial Ethernet networking solution, which combines four digital input or output (I/O) channels, a software-selectable RS232/422/485 ...

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Circuit protection diode targets industrial equipment CAN bus lines

November 10, 2014 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) debuts a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuit protection diode for industrial applications such as assembly line automation, access control systems, machinery, and more. The new overvoltage protection component ...

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Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he would ...

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The only 3D printer you'll ever need to buy

November 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD | Blogs | Comments

With myriad 3D printers seeking funding on Kickstarter, it is hard to discern what makes each one unique. Calling itself the first “one size fits all” model, the MakerMex stands out with modular add-ons that allows the printer to adapt to future technologies.

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