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Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

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Miniature tactile switch offers illumination and IP67 ratings

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the TL6210 series tact switch, surface mount termination, miniature footprint, and sealed to IP67 ratings. It also offers illumination, with LED colors that include red, green, yellow, blue, white, and a ...

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Customer support programs becoming increasingly important in SSL industry

September 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Kim Peiler, application engineering manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors | Blogs | Comments

It is understandable for LED system designers to need additional support as they work to determine which products are best. To help them navigate through these new complexities in system design, some optoelectronic makers have established ...

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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

September 16, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Heat drives classical phase transitions—think solid, liquid, and gas—but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations ...

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

September 16, 2014 9:54 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets....

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

September 16, 2014 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager ...

Kremlin-friendly tycoon buys Russian social media

September 16, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has paid $1.5 billion to gain full control of one of Russia's most popular social media websites, VKontakte. Mail.Ru, owned by Usmanov, said in a statement on Tuesday ...

DC/DC regulators feature an input voltage range of up to 60 V

September 16, 2014 9:36 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced seven SIMPLE SWITCHER regulators that simplify wide VIN synchronous power supply design and help engineers create energy-efficient, electromagnetic interference (EMI) compliant products....

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Photos of the Day: Vintage artifacts of a bygone era

September 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Green-Wood Historic Fund shows a detail from an amusment park shooting range built by William Mangels in an exhibit of his creations at the the Green-Wood Cemetery, where he is buried, in the Brooklyn ...

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'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The quest to create artificial "squid skin" -- camouflaging metamaterials that can "see" colors and automatically blend into the background -- is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice....

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Collaboration drives achievement in protein structure research

September 16, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When this week's print issue of the journal Science comes out, a collective cheer will go up from New Mexico, Montana and even the Netherlands, thanks to the type of collaborative effort that is more and more the norm in these connected times....

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Data visualisation page illustrates the power consumption of smartphones

September 16, 2014 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The NODES research group at the University of Helsinki's Department of Computer Science has published a live graph comparing the fragmentation and power consumption of Android and iOS devices. The visualisation employs more than two....

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Component reliability in the automotive industry

September 16, 2014 8:08 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Articles | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth, GPS ...

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Piezo actuators feature operating life of more than 1 billion switching cycles

September 15, 2014 4:27 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces the third generation of EPCOS piezo actuators with copper internal electrodes, which offer both improved performance and higher cost-effectiveness. These innovative actuators are characterized....

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4-channel oscilloscope includes extended memory depth to 24Mpts

September 15, 2014 4:09 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced a new addition to their range of Rigol 4-channel DS1000Z oscilloscopes — the DS1054Z, priced at the cost of an introductory two-channel instrument, $399.00. This oscilloscope ...

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