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Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing

January 28, 2015 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in ...

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Professor advances fuel cell car technology

January 28, 2015 11:16 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Electrochemical energy and polymer research unite in new ways to deliver best-case power scenarios behind the wheel—or specifically, under the hood. Environmentalists and road aficionados alike have applauded the production of fuel cell vehicles, but to sustain the appeal and ...

Obama calls for more drone regulations

January 28, 2015 9:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The inebriated government employee who went on a late-night misadventure and crashed his friend’s quadcopter on the White House lawn has set off a chain reaction that finally reached the Chief Executive, as President Obama called for more drone regulations....

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Power cords comply with safety agency regulations

January 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek offers a comprehensive selection of 2 and 3 Conductor North American Power Cords, International Power Cords and Hospital Grade Power Cords, fully stocked and available in various configurations. A large selection of North American ...

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Software boasts a next-generation UI

January 28, 2015 8:32 am | by Omnify Software | Product Releases | Comments

Omnify Software announced the immediate availability of its next-generation Empower PLM product, version 6.0. This product release highlights Omnify’s commitment to their customers, boasting a new User Interface (UI), customer communication portal ...

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25 W DC/DC converters provide high power density

January 28, 2015 8:10 am | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MI2500RU series, a family of miniature 25W DC/DC converters, is available immediately from MicroPower Direct. These high-performance power converters are designed to provide the high power density, long field reliability, and high-performance features required ...

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AC-DC power supplies include input voltage range of 277/347/480VAC

January 28, 2015 8:08 am | by ROAL Electronics | ROAL Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics announces the release of a new series of very compact, lightweight, high efficiency 400W AC-DC power supplies called DDP400HV. This new series of high input voltage power supplies operates at the worldwide input voltage ...

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Embedded video and graphics XMC features 2 GB of GDDR5

January 28, 2015 8:07 am | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has released the rugged M596 embedded video and graphics XMC based on AMD’s Radeon E8860 GPU, featuring 2 GB of GDDR5. Capable of routing simultaneous digital and analog video streams in multiple output formats ...

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Former Samsung engineer develops file sharing app

January 27, 2015 4:16 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to smaller ...

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Researchers make magnetic graphene

January 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this doping tends to ...

Patents provide insight on Wall Street 'technology arms race'

January 27, 2015 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study by New Zealand's University of Otago has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street's ongoing 'technology arms race'. The way financial assets are traded, and the nature of the markets themselves, has dramatically ...

Brain's on-off thirst switch identified

January 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Neurons that trigger our sense of thirst--and neurons that turn it off--have been identified by Columbia University Medical Center neuroscientists. The paper was published today in the online edition of Nature. For years, researchers have suspected that thirst is regulated by ...

Electronic circuits with reconfigurable pathways closer to reality

January 27, 2015 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Will it be possible one day to reconfigure electronic microchips however we want, even when they are in use? A recent discovery by a team at EPFL suggests as much. The researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to create conductive pathways several atoms ...

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Engineering self-assembling amyloid fibers

January 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease -- but ...

Breakthrough promises secure communications and faster computers

January 27, 2015 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies. Entanglement - the instantaneous connection between two ...

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