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More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure looks more like Jessica Rabbit than Jane Doe, and her physics-defying measurements would kill an ordinary girl. That said, her latest fictional adventure ...

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Ultra-compact power modules feature a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm

November 24, 2014 1:11 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces a new series of ultra-compact EPCOS µDC-DC converters featuring a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm and an insertion height of 1 mm. One 6-MHz power switch is embedded in the miniature PCB. The integrated ...

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IC linearizes temperature sensors with good accuracy

November 24, 2014 1:01 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2983 high-performance digital temperature measurement IC which directly digitizes RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors, and external diodes with 0.1°C accuracy and good resolution....

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Discovery sheds light on nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event

November 24, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents. Using the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office ...

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A coating that protects against heat and oxidation

November 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gases don't conduct heat as well as solids do. Cellular or aerated concretes take advantage of this effect, which experts call "gas-phase insulation". The heat barrier is achieved by air encased in the cavities of the concrete. But gas-phase insulation has ...

Novel robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait

November 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy ...

Researchers get $1.25 million to advance carbon storage

November 24, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clemson University researchers and their partners at Georgia Institute of Technology, UNAVCO and Grand Resources Inc. received a $1.25 million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop technology that will significantly improve the ...

New terahertz device could strengthen security

November 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

We are all familiar with the hassles that accompany air travel. We shuffle through long lines, remove our shoes, and carry liquids in regulation-sized tubes. And even after all the effort, we still wonder if these procedures are making us any safer. Now ...

Theater arts research offers insight for designers, builders of robots

November 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As an actress, producer, director and theatre arts lecturer at The University of Texas at Arlington, Julienne Greer knows the techniques that help draw people's deepest emotions to the surface. Now, she's building on her experience and research to ...

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Battery free RFID weight monitoring tag transmits a unique identifier

November 24, 2014 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Atlas from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated weight measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the ...

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Power supply series extends to 800W 650V output

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 800W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160 ...

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How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet?

November 24, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star. Moreover, they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic ...

New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

November 24, 2014 9:17 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight. There was ...

Crew blasts off for International Space Station

November 24, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into ...

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Does bad behavior really hurt business?

November 24, 2014 9:10 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business? Last week ...

Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

November 24, 2014 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens - and their top-end price tags - and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of ...

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