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Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

March 30, 2015 5:00 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. "Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens ...

Carnegie Mellon researchers create 'Wikipedia' for neurons

March 30, 2015 4:56 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this "brain big data," researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create http://www.neuroelectro.org....

Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality

March 30, 2015 4:54 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Until recently, virtual reality's widespread use, both commercially and in scientific research, has been hampered by the need to develop custom virtual worlds using labor-intensive 3D animation. Researchers and engineers from EPFL's Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience ...

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This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 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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Crowdsourced tool for depression

March 30, 2015 2:42 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques. In a study involving 166 subjects who had ...

Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought

March 30, 2015 2:40 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much ...

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Comet dust: Planet Mercury's 'invisible paint'

March 30, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A team of scientists has a new explanation for the planet Mercury's dark, barely reflective surface. In a paper published in Nature Geoscience, the researchers suggest that a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets has slowly painted Mercury black over billions of years.

Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

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'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

March 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

A UNSW Australia collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States has been told....

A second life for ammeter shunt resistors

March 30, 2015 2:14 pm | by Phil Ebbert, VP of Engineering, Riedon Inc. | Articles | Comments

The growth in energy supply from renewable sources: solar, wind, and wave or tidal power, is also prompting an increased demand for more accurate high-current measurement solutions

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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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An Intel-Altera merger would be the second-largest industrial semiconductor company in the world

March 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Robbie Galoso, principal analyst, industrial semiconductors, for IHS | News | Comments

A potential Intel-Altera merger will generate almost $2 billion in industrial semiconductor revenues in 2014, which equates to nearly 5 percent of the overall global industrial semiconductor market. The merger of Intel-Altera would rank the company second, behind Texas Instruments....

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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 ...

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