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Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

April 27, 2015 9:10 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets. The new alloy--a potential replacement for high-performance ...

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Outsmarting smartphones: Technology reduces distracted driving among teens

April 27, 2015 9:04 am | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

Technology can bolster efforts by parents, lawmakers and insurance companies to reduce distracted driving among novice teen drivers, according to a study to be presented Monday, April 27 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego....

Current-sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

April 27, 2015 8:57 am | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The CST2010 Series of current sense transformers from Coilcraft detect switching current up to 40 Amps over a frequency range of 50 to 500 kHz while also isolating circuits electrically, resulting in up to 10X lower power dissipation than current sense resistors. This makes them ideal for ...

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New Army technologies support in-flight communications, expeditionary command posts

April 27, 2015 8:01 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army is delivering new technologies to the Global Response Force that will help transform the concept of a command post from a stationary, tented shelter to a mobile enabler for expeditionary mission command - including during operations in flight and early entry into developing situations.

Industrial virtual factory lowers costs and reduces emissions

April 23, 2015 4:34 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

In collaboration with European companies and research institutes, VTT has developed a cloud-based, easily customized, modular software platform for improving the sustainability performance of industrial products by lowering production costs and reducing emissions ...

Pseudoparticles travel through photoactive material

April 23, 2015 4:32 pm | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have unveiled an important step in the conversion of light into storable energy: Together with scientists of the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the Aalto University in Helsinki/Finland, they studied the ...

Mechanical cloaks of invisibility -- without complicated mathematics

April 23, 2015 4:29 pm | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

A honeycomb is a very stable structure. If it has a larger hole, however, stability is largely lost. What might a honeycomb look like, which survives external forces in spite of a hole? Such stable types of known constructions might be useful in architecture or when ...

X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

April 23, 2015 4:25 pm | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.

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The industry’s first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

April 23, 2015 4:17 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. is offering engineering samples of its TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride) transistor in a TO-247 package. Offering 63 mOhm R(on) and 34A ratings, the device utilizes the company’s Quiet Tab source-tab connection design, which reduces EMI at high dv/dt to enable low switching loss and high-speed ...

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How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours like it was a television set.

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How experience may lead to misperception

April 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bernstein Coordination Site (BCOS) | News | Comments

How long is the way from the city hall to the train station? When we estimate distances, something curious happens: short distances seem longer, and long distances shorter than they really are. Similar biases occur during judgments of volume, brightness or time....

Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons

April 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

A Spanish-led team of European researchers at the University of Cambridge has created an electronic device so accurate that it can detect the charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond. It has been dubbed the 'gate sensor' and could be ...

Study: Self-driving 'taxibots' could replace 9 in 10 cars

April 23, 2015 2:12 pm | by ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Transportation experts say car-congested cities could become a thing of the past, provided people are prepared to ride-share with a robot driver. A study published Thursday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests ...

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Autonomous driving: A problem solved?

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death machines" will be too dangerous.

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MEMS: The unseen machines

April 23, 2015 2:03 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

April 23, 2015 Atlanta, GA Hidden inside your smartphone are micron-scale sensors that detect acceleration, rotation and more. Georgia Tech researchers are developing similar micro-electromechanical systems -- known as MEMS -- for applications ranging from health care to agriculture.

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