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NASA scientists watching, studying Arctic changes this summer

August 22, 2014 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we near the final month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists are watching the annual seasonal melting of the Arctic sea ice cover. The floating, frozen cap that stretches across the Arctic Ocean shrinks throughout summer until beginning to regrow, typically around mid-September....

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Space Station inspired robot to help heal sick children

August 22, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys. They are lending a helping arm to pediatric doctors for children who require intensive surgical care....

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DC/DC converters feature typical efficiency of 86%

August 22, 2014 9:15 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The FWA15S and FWA15D series from Beta Dyne (Bridgewater, MA) of regulated 15W single & dual DC/DC converters feature industry standard pinout in a standard 2" x 1" metal package with a minimum isolation voltage of 2000Vdc, maximum efficiency of 86%....

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Playing hunger games: Are gamified health apps putting odds in your favor?

August 22, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For many people, finding motivation to exercise is a challenge. Thankfully, there are Zombies chasing you. At least that's the approach of Zombies, Run!—one of more than 31,000 health and fitness apps on the market today, and one of the growing number of apps that use games to increase physical activity....

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Scientists observe quantum vortices in cold helium droplets

August 22, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research team including DESY scientists has observed tiny quantum vortices in cold droplets of liquid helium. The team reports in the journal Science that the exotic vortices arrange themselves as densely packed lattices inside the nanodroplets....

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Shaping the future of nanocrystals

August 22, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes point the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and reveal that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale....

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Engineering Newswire: Giant darts probe Mars for signs of life

August 22, 2014 8:46 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

There is a new Indiegogo campaign, and it’s mission: To find life on Mars. Explore Mars, Inc. believes that in order to find life on mars, we must look deep beneath the surface instead of just scratching it like we have been with rover bots and cameras....

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Stanford scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery

August 22, 2014 8:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming....

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Part 1, Screaming Circuits and the Maker community

August 22, 2014 8:36 am | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Can Screaming Circuits, a full-service assembly provider, compete with a “no-frills” assembly house? Upon first thought, it might seem like like Screaming Circuits, would be too expensive for anything but well-funded big-business and big-education. In reality, that may not at...

Sunlight, not microbes, key to CO2 in Arctic

August 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The vast reservoir of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost is gradually being converted to carbon dioxide (CO2) after entering the freshwater system in a process thought to be controlled largely by microbial activity. However, a new study – funded by the National Science Foundation and published this week in the journal Science – concludes that sunlight and not bacteria is the key to triggering the production of CO2....

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Celebrating 100 years of crystallography

August 21, 2014 4:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of a revolutionary technique that underpins much of modern science, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) magazine last week released a special edition on X-ray crystallography — its past, present and a tantalizing glimpse of its future....

Arctic sea ice influenced force of the Gulf Stream

August 21, 2014 4:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For AWI geologist Juliane Müller the Fram Strait is a key region in the global oceanic circulation. "On the east side of this passage between Greenland and Svalbard warm Atlantic water flows to the north into the Arctic Ocean while on the west side cold Arctic water masses and sea ice push their way out of the Arctic into the North Atlantic....

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Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success

August 21, 2014 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users....

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Objectification in romantic relationships related to sexual pressure and coercion

August 21, 2014 4:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To sexually objectify a woman is to focus on her body in terms of how it can provide sexual pleasure rather than viewing her as a complete human being with thoughts and feelings. While objectification has long been considered a problem in the media, how does it affect individual romantic relationships?....

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USB pen scope displays signals from 5mV to 50V

August 21, 2014 4:27 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the new Owon RDS1021 Wave Rambler — a new, USB pen scope that packs the features of a high-performance bench top oscilloscope in a small, lightweight and ergonomic probe that fits perfectly in the hand....

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