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Improved method for isotope enrichment could secure a vital global commodity

June 30, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world's most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics. For many isotopes, the new method is cheaper than existing methods....

Watching individual neurons respond to magnetic therapy

June 30, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers and neuroscientists at Duke University have developed a method to measure the response of an individual neuron to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. The advance will help researchers understand the underlying physiological effects of TMS -- a procedure used to treat psychiatric disorders....

Noninvasive brain control

June 30, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source to be implanted in the brain, where it can reach the cells to be controlled....

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Single-pixel 'multiplex' captures elusive terahertz images

June 30, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel metamaterial enables a fast, efficient and high-fidelity terahertz radiation imaging system capable of manipulating the stubborn electromagnetic waves, advancing a technology with potential applications in medical and security imaging, a team led by Boston College researchers reports in the online edition of the journal Nature Photonics....

Bending the rules

June 30, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For his doctoral dissertation in the Goldman Superconductivity Research Group at the University of Minnesota, Yu Chen, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, developed a novel way to fabricate superconducting nanocircuitry. However, the extremely small zinc nanowires he designed did some unexpected — and sort of funky — things....

Study finds videoconferencing with family, friends lowers stress for pediatric patients

June 30, 2014 8:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children's Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits....

Underwater robot event ends at marine sanctuary

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Student teams controlling underwater robots from the United States, Canada and Russia were the winners Saturday in a global competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States. The high school and university teams were among 60 from 18 states and 13 countries....

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

June 30, 2014 8:49 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy - this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes....

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Watch these drones fight to the death

June 30, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

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Semi-rigid cables contain insertion loss better than -1.75dB

June 27, 2014 4:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

D-COAX, Inc. (Newberg, OR) has introduced high-performance semi-rigid coaxial cable assemblies through 65GHz in the standard or custom configurations in the greater metropolitan area of Portland Oregon. The standard assemblies deliver excellent return loss and low insertion loss....

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Cosmic caffeine: Astronauts getting espresso maker

June 27, 2014 3:55 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine. Astronauts of all nationalities - but especially the Italians - have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws 260 miles above Earth....

New form of brain signaling affects addiction-related behavior

June 27, 2014 3:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Iowa researchers have discovered a new form of neurotransmission that influences the long-lasting memory created by addictive drugs, like cocaine and opioids, and the subsequent craving for these drugs of abuse. Loss of this type of neurotransmission creates changes in brains cells that resemble the changes caused by drug addiction....

LED power supplies offer output current ratings to 700mA

June 27, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power (Concord CA) announces the 20 Watt GLCT Series of constant current Triac/ELV dimmable LED Power Supplies. The Series consist of four models with output current ratings of 400, 500, 600 and 700mA. The current range with dimming is 10% to 100% of the full rated output....

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Guide to designing a device incorporating MEMS-based pico projection

June 27, 2014 2:49 pm | by Carlos Lopez, Strategic Marketing Manager for Pico Products at Texas Instruments DLP | Articles | Comments

Over the last few years, millions of products incorporating pico projection have shipped, and developers are innovating new applications for this rapidly growing display category. Ideal applications for pico projection include near eye display, interactive digital signage, head mounted display, ultra short throw (UST) TV, standalone portable projectors and embedded projection in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

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Machine vision smart camera includes embedded ethernet

June 27, 2014 2:35 pm | Microscan | Product Releases | Comments

Microscan (Renton, WA) announces the availability of the Vision MINI Xi industrial compact smart camera with embedded Ethernet. As part of Microscan’s award-winning AutoVISION machine vision product suite, this tiny powerhouse is packed with features for close-range industrial auto ID....

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