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1.9W amplifier delivers high SPL and extends battery life

May 14, 2015 9:56 am | by Diodes, Inc. | Diodes, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Aimed at smartphones operating from a single-cell lithium-ion battery, the PAM8905 from Diodes Incorporated is a 1.9W class-D audio amplifier designed for audio systems that need to deliver a high sound pressure level (SPL) output from a low supply voltage. It achieves this with a built-in boost converter that generates the voltage rail for the output stage while...

Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

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Study: Six times more expensive to travel by car than by bicycle

May 13, 2015 10:50 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

It is six times more expensive for society - and for you individually - if you travel by car instead of cycling. This has been shown in a Lund University study of Copenhagen, a city of cyclists. It is the first time a ...

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New device could greatly improve speech and image recognition

May 13, 2015 9:59 am | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Sciences have successfully demonstrated pattern recognition using a magnonic holographic memory device....

University of Miami's RoboCanes win RoboCup US Open 2015

May 13, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Miami | News | Comments

The RoboCanes, the University of Miami's team of autonomous soccer-playing robots developed by students and faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences Computer Science Department, won the 2015 RoboCup US Open....

NASA funds SwRI instrument to date moon and Mars rocks

May 12, 2015 6:48 pm | by Southwest Research Institute | News | Comments

NASA has approved $2.6 million to advance development of Southwest Research Institute's (SwRI) Chemistry, Organics, and Dating Experiment (CODEX) instrument. The device will allow unmanned rovers to ...

Scientists unravel the mystery of the tubulin code

May 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Driving down the highway, you encounter ever-changing signs -- speed limits, exits, food and gas options. Seeing these roadside markers may cause you to slow down, change lanes or start thinking about lunch....

Photos of the Day: Slow wind might be the latest thing in sustainable living

May 12, 2015 6:43 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Sailors know that wind can be a fickle servant and they’ve come up with ingenious ways to trap it in their sails. Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums....

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Mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services for policy and decision making

May 12, 2015 6:33 pm | by Pensoft Publishers | News | Comments

Humankind benefits in multitude ways from biodiversity, ecosystems and the services they provide. Such services include for example the provisioning of drinking water, food security, air quality regulation or recreation.

The weakest magnetic field in the solar system

May 12, 2015 6:29 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Magnetic fields easily penetrate matter. Creating a space practically devoid of magnetic fields thus presents a great challenge. An international team of physicists has now developed a shielding that dampens ...

E-skin and pocket-sized diagnostic machines give patients the power back

May 12, 2015 6:24 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new bio-sensing technologies presented ...

Researchers theoretically demonstrate detection of spin of atoms at room temperature

May 12, 2015 6:22 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

For the first time, a researcher at the University of Waterloo has theoretically demonstrated that it is possible to detect a single nuclear spin at room temperature, which could pave the way for new approaches to medical diagnostics.

NetSage tool will help us understand big data networks

May 12, 2015 6:20 pm | by University of California - Davis | News | Comments

Every day, thousands of researchers rely on robust data networks to share petabytes of data with their colleagues around the world. A new $5 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant, awarded to ...

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A metal composite that will (literally) float your boat

May 12, 2015 6:17 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated a new metal matrix composite that is so light that it can float on water. A boat made of such lightweight composites will not sink despite damage to its structure. The new material also promises to ...

Molecular switch that promotes heart cell maturation discovered

May 12, 2015 6:12 pm | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how ...

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