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EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

June 30, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved. The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season....

Caterpillar, Argonne undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project

June 30, 2014 4:14 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges....

IO-Link transceiver includes integrated step-down regulator & LDO

June 30, 2014 4:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LT3669 from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) is an IO-Link PHY compatible (COM1/COM2/COM3) industrial transceiver that includes a high efficiency step-down regulator and a low dropout linear regulator. The device offers cable interface protection to ±60V....

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Photos of the Day: Flying saucer lands safely

June 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This test was the first of three planned for the LDSD project, developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions. While this initial test was designed to determine the flying ability of the vehicle, it also deployed two new landing technologies as a bonus....

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EMI/RFI filter sample kits suited for microwave applications

June 30, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN), through its subsidiary CTS Tusonix, announces the release of two new sample kits of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) filters specifically suited for microwave applications. CTS compiled two “C” type kits, 4300-900 and 4306-900....

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Constant-current LED drivers meet demands of low-wattage intelligent lighting systems

June 30, 2014 2:10 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

The LCM-25(DA) 25 W constant current LED power supply from Sunpower (Aldermaston, UK) allows designers to implement low-wattage intelligent LED lighting control systems and project style lighting designs. The LCM 25(DA) is the latest addition to the LCM series....

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Dust monitor detects particles as small as 0.3 µm

June 30, 2014 1:53 pm | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America (Newnan, GA) announces the release of the model DT450G dust monitor. The DT450G detects the qualitative level of dust or particulate matter by working off of the principle of inductive electrification. This probe provides a highly sensitive measurement....

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19th century math tactic gets a makeover -- and yields answers up to 200 times faster

June 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life....

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Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

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Researchers create quantum dots with single-atom precision

June 30, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of physicists from the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) in Berlin, Germany, NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has used a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes....

Silver in the washing machine

June 30, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If it contains 'nano', it doesn't primarily leak 'nano': at least that's true for silver-coated textiles, explains Bernd Nowack of the Technology and Society division at Empa. During each wash cycle a certain amount of the silver coating is washed out of the textiles and ends up in the waste water....

Green planning needed to maintain city buildings

June 30, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Green spaces in towns and cities need extra consideration as they may be damaging buildings in the area, according to new research from the Universities of Southampton and Surrey. When organic chemicals from trees and vegetation mix with air pollutants ...

Bosses use private social media more than staff

June 30, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The research shows that managers hold more negative attitudes to private use of social media at work than subordinates. About 11,000 Norwegian employees participated in the researchers' study Predictors of Use of Social Network Sites at Work....

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100G processor board is offered in AMC format

June 30, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) processor with a CFP2 front panel port for 100G capabilities. The AMC738 Processor AMC features a Cavium Octeon II CN6880 multi-core processor and a Virtex-7 FPGA.

Interlayer distance in graphite oxide gradually changes when water is added

June 30, 2014 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists from Umeå University and Humboldt University in Berlin have solved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for half a century. They show with the help of powerful microscopes that the distance between graphite oxide layers gradually increases when water molecules are added....

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