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Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster

May 1, 2015 10:51 am | by Princeton University | News | Comments

During the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice the amount of ice in its western portion compared with what it accumulated in the east, according to Princeton University researchers who came to one overall conclusion ...

Online voting a step closer thanks to breakthrough in security technology

May 1, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Birmingham | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a technique to allow people to cast their election vote online - even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses. Taking inspiration from the security devices issued by ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: RF Amplifiers

May 1, 2015 10:45 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Amplifiers are important in wireless communications for increasing the voltage, current, or power of a signal. They accept a varying input signal and produce an output signal that varies the same way, but with larger amplitude.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Passive Components & Discrete Semiconductors

May 1, 2015 10:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Passive components don’t require external power to function, but they play a powerful role in today’s electronics by performing a variety of tasks. Resistors, capacitors, coils, inductors and filters are just some of the product types this category aims to honor.

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High-tech 'Smart Care' apartment aims to improve health care for seniors

May 1, 2015 9:58 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to ...

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Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

May 1, 2015 9:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and ...

Power supplies include a repeatable waveform from 600 Hz to 3000 Hz

May 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Amada Miyachi | Product Releases | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation announces its new IS-800CR and IS-1400CR mid-frequency inverter power supplies. These new power supplies are perfect for a wide range of aerospace, electronic automotive, battery, and appliance applications, including commutator fusing, copper wire to terminal, sheet metal, and bus bar....

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All-in-one universal transmitter features a unique infrared interface

May 1, 2015 9:15 am | by Knick USA | Product Releases | Comments

Knick USA announced the North American market introduction of its PolyTrans P 32000 universal sensor transmitters. Measurements of temperature, strain, force and position are common within virtually all market sectors. This is especially true within control and monitoring and safety shutdown systems. As a result, today’s commercial sensing technologies ...

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Engineering a better solar cell

April 30, 2015 4:18 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more ...

UH-led team successfully observes the solar eclipse over the Arctic

April 30, 2015 4:12 pm | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | News | Comments

The international Solar Wind Sherpas team, led by Dr. Shadia Habbal of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy, braved Arctic weather to successfully observe the total solar eclipse of March 20 from Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen ...

Japanese premier to tout bullet train in California visit

April 30, 2015 4:07 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is starting a three-day visit to California with plans to check out some of the region's tech innovations, lend support to expanded commercial ties and even promote a Japanese-made bullet train during a meeting with the state's governor.

A BRAIN Initiative first: New tool can switch behavior 'on' and 'off'

April 30, 2015 3:59 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have perfected a noninvasive "chemogenetic" technique that allows them to switch off a specific behavior in mice - such as voracious eating....

Engineering Update #108: An all-girls engineering class

April 30, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....

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Dual ETC cabinet cooler includes cooling capacities up to 5,600 Btu/Hr

April 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Exair Corp | Exair Corp | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR's digital ETC (Electronic Temperature Control) is now available for Dual Cabinet Cooler Systems installed on large or high heat load enclosures. An ETC Dual Cabinet Cooler system will keep electrical enclosures cool while minimizing compressed air use. Systems produce 20°F air to eliminate high temperature malfunctions ...

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Inspired by humans, a robot takes a walk in the grass

April 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers at Oregon State University last week successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged robot with technology that they ...

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