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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 ...

Replacing mailmen with drones

November 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

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Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

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Manchester researchers develop computer games to prevent falls in the elderly

November 24, 2014 7:52 am | by The University of Manchester | News | Comments

A team from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester has developed new computer games in collaboration with MIRA Rehab Limited and tested by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust’s ...

PWM controller features integrated power stage driver

November 20, 2014 4:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) announces the release of the ZSPM2000, a configurable true digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. ZMDI’s ZSPM2000 operates as a synchronous step-down ...

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Power connector provides high-current capacity

November 20, 2014 3:59 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed the DF65 Series connector, a small, vertical-mating wire-to-board connector that provides high-current capacity and high reliability for power supplies, up to 4 Amps (with 24 AWG wire) and 50 V AC/DC....

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Soldiers of the future will generate their own power

November 20, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Wearable technologies may provide U.S. soldiers with on-the-move, portable energy and reduce the weight of gear they carry into combat. Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) are developing ...

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Teaching self-driving cars ethics of the road

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second ...

Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

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Health screening for industrial machines

November 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Metal forming machines have to withstand considerable forces and yet remain in operation for a long time. When cold forming parts for automobiles, washing machines, refrigerators and the like, the exerted pressure can easily amount to several ...

Versatile bonding for lightweight components

November 20, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Shedding pounds is all the rage these days and the global trend toward weight reduction has even spread to the automobile industry. Cars are to get even lighter - using new materials such as ultra-high-strength steels or carbon, and carbon-fiber ...

New technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

November 20, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called "aberrating layers." "We've designed ...

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Fundamental research continues to advance cooperative robots

November 20, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent ...

Brain training using sounds can help aging brain ignore distractions

November 20, 2014 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we age, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. But new research online November 20 in the Cell Press journal Neuron reveals that by learning to make discriminations of a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions ...

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