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New molecule found in space connotes life origins

September 29, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule – one with a branched structure – contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. Like finding a molecular needle in a cosmic haystack ...

SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit

September 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc....

Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

September 29, 2014 11:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly ...

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Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday....

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

September 29, 2014 10:57 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will start and attempt to finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday....

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How to improve system efficiency for electric motors

September 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ams-Taos Usa Inc, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Digi-Key, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important considerations for engineers designing an electric motor system. Several IC vendors have made significant offerings that help deliver system efficiency, environmental benefits and cost savings....

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Europe Union OKs constant chatting on flights

September 29, 2014 10:01 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency ...

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European Space Agency sets date for comet landing

September 29, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at 0835 GMT (0335 EST)....

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Femtoamp bias current op amps achieve 500-MHz gain bandwidth

September 29, 2014 9:42 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6268 and LTC6269 FET-input single and dual op amps, which deliver desirable performance for high speed and high dynamic range transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and buffer applications.

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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 9:40 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

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Murata's robot cheerleaders

September 29, 2014 8:51 am | by Murata | Videos | Comments

Using the latest sensing and communication technologies, as well as advanced group control technology, the Murata Cheerleaders are the latest addition to Murata’s family of Robots. Unlike their predecessors, bicycle-riding MURATA BOY ...

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Microsoft touches the large interactive display market

September 29, 2014 8:33 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Soon after Microsoft purchased Perceptive Pixel (PPI) in 2012, PPI founder Jeff Han spoke at their Build developers’ conference, stating “There’s no reason why large scale devices like PPI shouldn’t be in every meeting room, every conference room ...

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In-flight sensor tests a step toward Structural Health Monitoring for safer flights

September 29, 2014 8:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia Labs testing advanced technology to enhance aviation safety ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance....

Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

September 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole....

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