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Touch sensors on bat wings guide flight

April 30, 2015 1:53 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircraft to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively studied, the contribution of ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Power Sources & Conditioning Devices

April 30, 2015 1:48 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Power is the backbone of the electronics industry, with limitless applications as well as devices used to supply and/or manipulate the power. Here is just a small sampling of some component types that are eligible: power supplies/SMPS, converters ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Microwave & RF

April 30, 2015 1:42 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Whether it’s smart phones/portable devices, electronic warfare, wireless networking or near-field communications (NFC), some of the most exciting advancements in the industry involve over-the-air communications. This category recognizes ...

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Engineering of the Viking Age

April 30, 2015 1:31 pm | by The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) | Videos | Comments

At the Big Bang Fair 2015, IET talked to SV Educational Services to find out what great engineering advancements caused the Vikings to be such a violent and dominating force.

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Big Data reveals classical music creation secrets

April 30, 2015 11:03 am | by Springer | News | Comments

A team of scientists has shed light on the dynamics of the creation, collaboration and dissemination processes involved in classical music works and styles. Their study focuses on analysing networks of composers contemporary to CD publications, using ...

Novel superconducting undulator provides first x-ray light at ANKA

April 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

Synchrotron radiation facilities provide insights into the world of very small structures like microbes, viruses or nanomaterials and rely on dedicated magnet technology, which is optimized to produce highest intensity beams. The ANKA synchrotron radiation facility at KIT and ...

No Hogwarts invitation required: Invisibility cloaks move into the real-life classroom

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Who among us hasn't wanted to don a shimmering piece of fabric and instantly disappear from sight? Unfortunately, we non-magical folk are bound by the laws of physics, which have a way of preventing such fantastical escapes. Real-life invisibility cloaks do exist, in a manner of speaking....

Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

April 30, 2015 10:54 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they're already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top executive told an audience of several thousand ...

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Obama pushes reading through eBook, library initiatives

April 30, 2015 10:52 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Linking reading to technology, the White House marshaled major book publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and is seeking commitments from local governments and schools across the country to ensure that every student has a library card.

House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

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LED offers increased reliability for rear projection systems

April 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced the P2W 01 LED, a highly reliable addition to its Osram Ostar Projection series. This new LED contains four chips that can be controlled in two separate groups. This provides an integrated solution that, in the event of emergencies, offers trouble-free operation in safety-related ...

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Cellular sensing platform supports next-generation bioscience and biotech applications

April 30, 2015 10:03 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel cellular sensing platform that promises to expand the use of semiconductor technology in the development of next-generation bioscience and biotech applications.

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Enclosures

April 29, 2015 4:59 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This category seeks to reward the most impactful contributions in the vertical of enclosures. Examples for this category include cabinets, rack products, enclosure accessories, and various other enclosures....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Electromechanical Devices

April 29, 2015 4:54 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Electromechanical/Mechanical Devices are a mainstay in the industry, but innovations continue to ensure there’s no status quo. This category honors components that move or have moving parts, and example components can include ...

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The physics of heavy ion induced damage in nanotwinned metals

April 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

A group of researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University led by Dr. Xinghang Zhang has investigated defect dynamics in heavy ion (Krypton) irradiated nanotwinned ...

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