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Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

December 18, 2014 10:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity ...

The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

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Spider's web weaves way to advanced networks and displays

December 17, 2014 5:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University. Structures as commonplace as ...

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Pointing a new way toward spintronics

December 17, 2014 5:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to ...

Getting robot emergency responders into shape

December 17, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. Through a project supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sandia is developing technology that will ...

BLDC controller features reliable sensorless startup

December 17, 2014 2:02 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can ...

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Panel meter includes field-selectable inputs

December 17, 2014 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Digital Corporation (Holliston, MA) announced the latest ProVu family member, the PD6001 Feet & Inches 1/8 DIN Panel Meter. A NEMA 4X panel mounted indicator, the PD6001 is based on a reliable, economical design that features an ...

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Breakthrough capability keeps subs, ships on safe track

December 17, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the ...

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First steps for Hector the robot stick insect

December 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called ...

The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into 'graphene'

December 17, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New work from Carnegie's Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme pressures. Their work is the ...

SMU cyber warrior Fred Chang receives annual 'Security 7' award

December 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

SMU's cyber warrior, Fred Chang, has been named an Information Security Magazine "Security 7" award winner, which annually spotlights information security leaders at the top of their profession. Chang, who is former research director for the National ...

Resistor saves space with 7 W rating and resistance to 1 mΩ

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor designed to save space in automotive, industrial, computer, and consumer applications. The Vishay Dale WSHM2818 combines a high 7 W power rating with ...

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NASA Goddard instrument makes first detection of organic matter on Mars

December 17, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. Organic molecules are the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, and consist of ...

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How information moves between cultures

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By analyzing data on multilingual Twitter users and Wikipedia editors and on 30 years' worth of book translations in 150 countries, researchers at MIT, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Aix Marseille University have developed network maps that ...

How much are medical companies outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 11:14 am | by Sean Fenske Editor MDT and Eileen Whitmore Art Director | Blogs | Comments

"I started with a qualifier question. Simply, I asked, “Does your company outsource any of the processes in the development and manufacture of medical devices?” I got back the response of “No” from 36 percent of the survey participants. This number was staggering to me...

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