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Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

March 30, 2015 | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change. The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light....

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10 lies engineers tell themselves about patents

March 30, 2015 11:21 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In early January, I was in Las Vegas at CES with around 170,000 of my closest friends.  While there, the Q&A portion of a panel discussion of several industry CEOs shocked me and led me to write this column. An audience member asked the panel moderator how patent rights were dealt with....

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Adhesive-backed nylon PCB lock-fit supports

March 30, 2015 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new assortment of adhesive-backed Nylon stacking Spacers/Supports is among the latest circuit board hardware components available from Keystone Electronics Corp. Supports are engineered to lock-fit a chassis-to-board without the use of tools. These devices have an adhesive backing for securing ...

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Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Articles | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

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Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures

March 30, 2015 9:51 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a novel technique for crafting nanometer-scale necklaces based on tiny star-like structures threaded onto a polymeric backbone. The technique could provide a new way to produce hybrid organic-inorganic shish kebab structures from semiconducting ...

Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem

March 30, 2015 9:47 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

The promising new material molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has an inherent issue that's steeped in irony. The material's greatest asset--its monolayer thickness--is also its biggest challenge. Monolayer MoS2's ultra-thin structure is strong, lightweight ...

Shape-shifting sensor can report conditions from deep in the body

March 30, 2015 9:44 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution ...

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing

March 30, 2015 9:41 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, according to a new paper from an energy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The researcher found that the kingdom is reshaping itself as a supplier of refined petroleum products while moving beyond ...

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 27, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

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Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space?

March 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

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Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

March 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

In a new paper, a team of Yale researchers assesses the "criticality" of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs ...

A tool is created to improve the sustainability of the transport sector

March 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

Transport is responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, so the European Commission has developed various strategies and directives designed to reduce dependence on oil, and the transport gas emissions responsible for this effect ...

A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state

March 27, 2015 12:28 pm | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | News | Comments

In a recent study published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Morgan Mitchell has detected, for the first time, entanglement among individual photon pairs in a beam of squeezed light.

Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated

March 27, 2015 12:24 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.

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Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US

March 27, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In many cases, information is transmitted at high speeds through light waves carried in slender glass fibers that are bundled together and strung along rights of way such as highways, railroads and pipelines. When covering long distances ...

NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public

March 27, 2015 10:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy ...

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