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Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

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Researchers use common spray gun to create self-assembling nanoparticle films

April 10, 2014 10:18 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

The promise of nanoparticles stems from their potential to modify the physical and mechanical properties of polymers for diverse applications, such as photovoltaic cells, sensors, and separation membranes. Methods currently used to create desired nanostructure, however, rely on complex and...

VCSA: Fiscal constraints mean 'greater risk' in modernization

April 10, 2014 8:16 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell said the Army is reducing its end strength as "rapidly and as responsibly," while doing its best to meet its operational requirements, during testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on Airland, April 9, 2014, in...

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A less resource-intensive way to make ethanol

April 10, 2014 8:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Stanford researchers develop a copper catalyst that can efficiently convert carbon monoxide and water to ethanol.Today, nearly all ethanol fuel is made from corn or sugarcane, which requires vast tracts of land and huge quantities of water and fertilizer. Researchers at Stanford University have now...

This technology could save your car from disaster

April 10, 2014 8:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The automotive industry is making some pretty large improvements in terms of technology. In the past few years, there have been improvements in vehicle communications—including V2V and V2X systems—as well as in areas like vehicle safety and infotainment systems....

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Men vs. women: Seated at the tech table

April 10, 2014 8:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Remember Larry Summers, the one-time aspirant for the Fed's top job, former Treasury secretary, ex- president of Harvard, and generally opinionated busybody, and his remarks on women and science? Folks like him have got their ultimate comeuppance with recent news...

Domain walls in nanowires cleverly set in motion

April 10, 2014 7:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of methods of information processing in nanomagnets. Using a new trick, they have been able to induce synchronous motion of the domain walls in a ferromagnetic nanowire....

Into the abyss: Scientists explore one of Earth's deepest ocean trenches

April 10, 2014 6:13 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

What lives in the deepest part of the ocean--the abyss?A team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will use the world's only full-ocean-depth, hybrid, remotely-operated vehicle, Nereus, and other advanced technology to find out. They will explore the Kermadec Trench at the...

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Online community combats obsolescence and counterfeit risk in the supply chain with crowdsourcing

April 9, 2014 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Network Product Solutions, LLC (Keller, TX) announced the launch of the Trusted Global Buyers Network (TGBN). The network harnesses the power of social media and online community to match buyers to member-rated sources of supply.

Inductive sensor designed as a drop-in replacement for potentiometers in hydraulic cylinders

April 9, 2014 4:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) is pleased to announce the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile, or subsea applications. The ME Series is designed to be drop-in form, fit, and function replacements....

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Chipsets drive 15 meters of coax or STP cabling

April 9, 2014 2:58 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers can now design high-resolution automotive infotainment applications with either traditional STP or lighter, less expensive coax cables using a new family of Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SerDes chipsets from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)....

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RFID device with I2C interface enables wireless configuration during and after production

April 9, 2014 2:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Smyrna, GA) announced that it has developed the LXMS2HACNF-165, the latest addition in the company’s MAGICSTRAP RFID product line. Measuring 2.5 mm x 2.0 mm x 1. 0mm, it has the same features as the standard MAGICSTRAP products, but with

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1.8V oscillators intended for low-cost EMI reduction

April 9, 2014 2:41 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY has introduced another oscillator to the Euroquartz range of Spread Spectrum low-EMI oscillators that uses spread spectrum (dithered) techniques to reduce electromagnetic interference by up to 15dB. The new 18HM series oscillators have a supply voltage of 1.8V....

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Flexible strain relief boots offer tight bend radius and custom cable exit paths

April 9, 2014 2:12 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated(Walldorf, Germany) recently introduced FlexiBend MPO/MTP flexible-boot cable assemblies designed to optimize cable routing and support low profile installations where cabinet doors or front panels might interfere with traditional straight style bend limiting boots. These optical cables can

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Expanding particles to engineer defects

April 9, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Materials scientists have long known that introducing defects into three-dimensional materials can improve their mechanical and electronic properties. Now a new Northwestern study finds how defects affect two-dimensional crystalline structures, and the results hold information for designing new materials....

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