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How much gravity is enough?

September 4, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Keeping upright in a low-gravity environment is not easy, and NASA documents abound with examples of astronauts falling on the lunar surface. Now, a new study by an international team of researchers led by York University professors Laurence Harris and Michael Jenkin ...

Forming consensus in social networks

September 4, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Social networks have become a dominant force in society. Family, friends, peers, community leaders and media communicators are all part of people's social networks. Individuals within a network may have different opinions on important issues, but it's their collective actions....

High-voltage metal film resistors suit harsh environments

September 4, 2014 10:43 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's RNV Series uses proprietary manufacturing processes and materials to provide a robust product that performs under prolonged high temperature and high humidity stress. It can withstand ...

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Titania-based material holds promise as new insulator for superconductors

September 4, 2014 10:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University shows that a type of modified titania, or titanium dioxide, holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the electrical paths along which current flows....

To clean air and beyond: Catching greenhouse gases with advanced membranes

September 4, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features capable of removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Their findings, published in the British journal Nature Communications, may one day contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions....

Nano-pea pod model widens electronics applications

September 4, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Periodic chain-like nanostructures are widely used in nanoelectronics. Typically, chain elements include the likes of quantum rings, quantum dots, or quantum graphs. Such a structure enables electrons to move along the chain, in theory, indefinitely....

Power supply provides universal AC input from 100V to 240V

September 4, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (New Taipei City, Taiwan) announces the newest addition to its DALI product lineup — the GP-DP004N-16V. A DALI power supply outputting 200mA, the GP-DP004N is enough for a full 64 device DALI network. Compatible with DALI standard IEC62386 ...

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Engineers seek enhanced grenade lethality on concealed enemies

September 4, 2014 9:21 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Small Arms Grenade Munitions are munitions rounds that aim to provide warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted....

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This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

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Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings

September 4, 2014 5:17 am | by Frank Jordans - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies. Both devices are under the Lumia brand Microsoft bought from Nokia. They run the latest version of Windows...

Part 2, Screaming Circuits and the maker community

September 3, 2014 7:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

My last post mused on the affordability of assembly at Screaming Circuits for the maker/very small business/kickstarter community. My hypothetical Arduino-compatible dual motor driver Kickstarter came out to $9.81 per board at a quantity of 250. That's probably more than ...

Low-profile button-type lens assemblies intended for heavy duty panel solutions

September 3, 2014 4:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has strengthened its LED lens product offering with the development of NEMA 4-rated, low-profile button type lens assemblies. The CMS 442 and HMS 462 Series lens assemblies have been designed not only to meet the needs of all indoor indication lighting applications....

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Energy-efficient solutions for the industry and consumers at electronica 2014

September 3, 2014 4:24 pm | News | Comments

Machines account for two-thirds of all electricity consumed by the industrial sector. According to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, 10–15 percent of all energy used in Germany's industrial sector could be saved through the use of intelligent automation systems alone....

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Ben-Gurion University researchers develop new program to evaluate prominent individuals' personalities

September 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a new program that automates classification of personality traits of prominent individuals -- both friend and foe -- according to a paper soon to be published in the American Intelligence Journal....

New synthesis method may shape future of nanostructures, clean energy

September 3, 2014 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of University of Maryland physicists has published new nanoscience advances that they and other scientists say make possible new nanostructures and nanotechnologies with huge potential applications ranging from clean energy and quantum computing advances to new sensor development....

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