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We are in danger of losing control of our technology and our lives

December 10, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Future technology will be more intelligent and more living than most people can imagine today. We need clear guidelines on how to implement and use technology, or else citizens will lose their rights to their identity and their life. This is the prediction by ...

Theory details how 'hot' monomers affect thin-film formation

December 10, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Like a baseball player sliding into third, a hot monomer skids in a straight line along a cold surface until it's safely among its fellow molecules. This is not what usually happens when scientists assemble monomers to make thin films for next-generation ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

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'Smart windows' can keep heat out and save energy

December 10, 2014 11:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in warm weather, we often counter with energy-consuming air conditioning. Now scientists are developing a new kind of "smart window" that can ...

Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

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Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

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Link between power lines and ill-health called into question

December 10, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several past studies have suggested that the magnetic fields created by phones, high-voltage power lines and other electrical equipment are harmful for humans. Research first carried out in the 1970's and again subsequently, found an association between ...

What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

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Saving old information can boost memory for new information

December 10, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science....

Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene

December 10, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and ...

Amazon introduces 'make an offer' service

December 10, 2014 9:16 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

Top 10 topics on Facebook in 2014

December 10, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

What's popular? Facebook has a good gauge based on what people type into the box that says, "What's on your mind?" On Tuesday, the company released top 10 lists for 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared....

Sweden targets Pirate Bay again after complaint

December 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish police have raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Police spokesman Paul Pinder said Wednesday the raid took place after Rights Alliance, a Swedish Internet anti-piracy group ...

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Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 8:38 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

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