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August 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Within twenty years, hands-free driving will be a reality. The prediction (at least for freeway driving), from Jim Toal, senior manager of product marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics has me in a state of skeptical excitement. While I’m ready for the day when I can hit “Home” ...

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Stackpole adds product verification feature

August 12, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Counterfeit components are an increasing problem in the electronic components industry, and according to some estimates cost the industry up to US$100 billion per year. Stackpole is committed to assisting customers in confirming that the products ...

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

August 12, 2014 1:51 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral....

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NIST therapy for ultraviolet laser beams: Hydrogen-treated fibers

August 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. And yet, scientists have known for years that hydrogen can alter the performance of optical fibers....

Follow the radio waves to exomoons, UT Arlington physicists say

August 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now, physicists from The University of Texas at Arlington believe following a trail of radio wave emissions ...

Robotic-assisted imaging: From trans-Atlantic evaluation to help in daily practice

August 12, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In another study Kurt Boman, MD, of Umeå University in Sweden in collaboration with Mount Sinai ...

Surface-mount connector simplifies field installation

August 12, 2014 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA) announces its new low-profile, surface-mount technology (SMT) releasable poke-in wire connectors. Addressing the trend for increased simplicity of wire termination and ease of proper assembly, TE’s new solderless connectors simplify multiple wire terminations....

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TVS diode array offers 15 percent lower clamping voltage than alternative technologies

August 12, 2014 12:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP2574NUTG TVS Diode Array (SPA Diode), designed to protect high-speed, differential data lines from damage due to ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDE (cable discharge events), EFT (electrical fast transients) ...

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Digital-to-analog converter includes 10ppm/°C reference

August 12, 2014 12:44 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs....

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Neutrino detectors could help curb nuclear weapons activity

August 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and even in the fictional world of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" look to subatomic particles called neutrinos to answer the big questions about the universe. Now, a group of scientists led by a physics professor ...

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

August 12, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen. In a study published today, 12 August, in IOP Publishing's journal 2D Materials ...

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor?

August 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They're presenting their research....

A toe above the competition: KEEN's story

August 12, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country. The floors and walls are made of reclaimed materials....

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Mostly positive reviews for NFL's new tablets

August 12, 2014 12:14 pm | by Teresa M. Walker, AP Pro Football Writer | News | Comments

Adjusting to new technology just isn't easy for some people, even in the NFL where everyone is trying to find that winning edge.Even in a pouring rain, Titans assistant coach Louie Cioffi flipped through soggy black-and-white printouts reviewing the opening series with his defensive backs....

Photos of the Day: A self-folding origami robot

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robert Wood is a self-assembling plastic robot that is capable of walking — it’s really more of a scooting motion — away in four minutes. The robot starts as a completely flat, vaguely crab-shaped (technically butterfly-shaped) piece of shape memory plastic....

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