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Linear position sensor designed for factory automation

December 8, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty ...

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Light propagation in solar cells made visible

December 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? Jülich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick. The photovoltaics researchers are working on periodic nanostructures that ...

New technique offers spray-on solar power

December 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Pretty soon, powering your tablet could be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap. That's Illan Kramer's hope. Kramer and colleagues have just invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using miniscule light-sensitive materials known a ...

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Computers that teach by example

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society's conference next week, MIT researchers ...

45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors

December 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An odd, iridescent material that's puzzled physicists for decades turns out to be an exotic state of matter that could open a new path to quantum computers and other next-generation electronics. Physicists at the University of Michigan have discovered or confirmed ...

X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry

December 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic ...

How many atoms does it take to predict the thermal expansion of liquid metals?

December 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to predict macroscopic physical and chemical properties from information derived at the micro-scale or atomic scale for various kinds of materials has yet to be perfected in the field of materials physics and chemistry. Although macro-scopic ...

Finding the Achilles' heel of GaN-based LEDs in harsh radiation environments

December 8, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials....

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New research will help robots know their limits

December 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of UK researchers is embarking on a collaborative project to ensure that the autonomous robots we build in the future will be safer, making decisions that are ethical and follow legislation on robotics. Robots that can think and act without ...

Wearable fitness software automatically senses and interprets activity

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Lab (San Francisco, CA) unveils the ARDA Coaching Engine, a new, patented software platform that will redefine the wearable fitness tracker market by bringing real time context and intelligence to wearable fitness devices. The ARDA ...

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Motor driver family reduces spin-up time to just seconds

December 8, 2014 1:03 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its motor driver portfolio with a new 12-V motor driver family that reduces spin-up time to just seconds and makes tuning stepper and brushed DC motors easier than ever before. The DRV8846 incorporates a ...

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Evidence of life on Mars?

December 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2012 the Mars Science Laboratory landed in the fascinating Gale crater. The Gale crater is of such great interest because of the 5.5 km high mountain of layered materials in the middle. This material tells an intricate story of the history of Mars, perhaps ...

High engagement in comment sections can curb internet trolling

December 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scrolling through the comments section on a news site is like seeing a verbal war before your eyes. Internet trolls flourish in an anonymous world, so much so that sites like Reuters and Popular Science have done away with the comment sections altogether....

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Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

December 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage ...

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

December 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of ...

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