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Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

September 17, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "As we explore surfaces and structures ...

Nujira and Rohde & Schwarz host joint seminars on testing Envelope Tracking performance for Chinese market

September 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by Nujira Ltd. and Rohde & Schwarz | News | Comments

Nujira Ltd, the global Envelope Tracking (ET) chip company, and Rohde & Schwarz, leaders in test and measurement, will be hosting a series of joint seminars in China on how ET improves LTE battery life. The two companies will demonstrate test ...

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Small, encapsulated 60-W AC/DC supply is available in pcb or chassis mount

September 17, 2014 11:22 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the ECE60 Series of single output encapsulated 60-W AC/DC power supplies. Suiting applications that require a slim profile, a high power density and low no-load power consumption, the ECE60 is available in ...

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2014 Utility Conference

September 17, 2014 10:39 am | Events

On November 2-5, Sensus, a leading provider of clean technology solutions, will host its 2014 Utility Conference, bringing together water, gas and electric utility leaders for training and networking that will help them improve operational efficiency....

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Wireless charging receiving coil delivers high efficiency for 10-W applications

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging receiving coil designed for 10-W applications. Offering a ...

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Analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its data converter portfolio with a new family of small, pin-compatible analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide a best-in-class power-to-performance ratio. The ADC3k family includes ...

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Programmable hall sensor supports direct connection into automotive/industrial designs

September 17, 2014 9:50 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV (Tessenderlo, Belgium) has followed up the success of its initial MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC, which offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation, with a further product introduction....

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Talent shortages? Blame salary, not just training

September 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, MNET | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers ...

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Scientists twist radio beams to send data

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems....

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

September 17, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates, or "breathes," and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor ...

'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing

September 17, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable ...

Water-based nuclear battery developed by MU can be used to generate electrical energy

September 16, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution ...

Computerized emotion detector

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database ...

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Want to print your own cell phone microscope for pennies? Here's how

September 16, 2014 4:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape....

Making quantum dots glow brighter

September 16, 2014 4:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending ...

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