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New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery

August 15, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of sky scholars, including a key researcher from Johns Hopkins, has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century....

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Predicting fracking policy

August 15, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Hydraulic fracturing is emerging as one of the primary methods of drilling for natural gas, yet is equally controversial in its potential to induce harm to humans and the environment. The uncertainties of the health risks associated with horizontal drilling using fluid pressure ...

Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

August 15, 2014 10:54 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

In 2013, wearable devices began to take off in the consumer and medical industries, particularly with fitness and health tracking devices. The NPD group believes that the market will swell to 91 million units in 2015, but some insiders predict that fitness wearables only have two more years....

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Plenum-rated cable features smaller diameter of 0.265 inches

August 15, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Superior Essex (Atlanta, GA) announces it has decreased the diameter of its 10Gain XP CAT 6A plenum-rated cable to 0.265 inches, making it the smallest Category 6A UTP cable available. The smaller diameter provides an improved cable pathway fill ratio....

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Transmitters and converters provide fast response time and low temperature drift

August 15, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

With selected devices featuring HART 7 technology, the entire 3000 series of compact best-in-class temperature transmitters and converters from PR Electronics (San Diego, CA) provides high accuracy, fast response time, and low temperature drift....

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Smarter ground robots partnering with soldiers

August 15, 2014 9:20 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology Shyu, provided the keynote address at National Defense Industrial Association's Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition in Hyattsville, Md., Aug. 13, 2014, emphasized common architecture, open-source ...

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

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A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. "Form a sea star shape," directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves....

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Memories of errors foster faster learning

August 14, 2014 4:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, researchers at Johns Hopkins have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are aided not only by memories of how to perform the task....

UT Arlington and Pediatrix partner to bring simulation training direct to practice

August 14, 2014 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A real-time video feed, a laptop and a computerized manikin baby are key components for a new simulation training initiative that allows UT Arlington College of Nursing educators to put Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) and physicians through the paces of an emergency scenario....

Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand

August 14, 2014 4:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Using just a single strand of RNA, many complicated shapes can be fabricated by this technique. Unlike existing methods for folding DNA molecules, RNA origamis are produced by enzymes....

Flip-chip underfill solution features a high Tg of >240°C

August 14, 2014 4:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AI Technology (Princeton Junction, NJ) material scientists have developed a series of new generation underfills that withstand RoHS compliant higher temperature processing and applications. The main advanced features and functions are listed below....

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Stardust team reports discovery of first potential interstellar space particles

August 14, 2014 4:17 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first ...

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University of Tennessee research uncovers forces that hold gravity-defying near-earth asteroid together

August 14, 2014 3:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. The team studied near-Earth asteroid 1950 DA and discovered that the body, which rotates so quickly it defies gravity ...

New test reveals purity of graphene

August 14, 2014 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Graphene may be tough, but those who handle it had better be tender. The environment surrounding the atom-thick carbon material can influence its electronic performance, according to researchers at Rice and Osaka universities who have come up with a simple way to spot contaminants....

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