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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....

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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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A Closer Look: Multitasking on mobile devices

August 12, 2014 10:30 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. When I'm watching video, for instance, I have to pause it to read an email or text that comes in. When I'm composing a message to make plans ...

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

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DIN rail DC-DC converter line range up to 600 W

August 12, 2014 9:32 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. (Tualatin, OR) announced the expansion of their DIN rail dc-dc product line with the addition of over 90 new high wattage models ranging from 50~600 W. The VHK and VFK DIN families are high efficiency isolated dc-dc converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case....

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Coaxial to waveguide adapters available from WR229 (3.30-4.90) to WR22 (33-50 GHz)

August 12, 2014 9:20 am | Rlc Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

RLC Electronics (Mt. Kisco, NY) offers coaxial to waveguide adapters in a variety of configurations for your specific application. They offer both broadband adapters (whose excellent electrical specs are maintained over the entire adapter bandwidth) and also narrow band adapters....

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High school STEM Engineering Program will incorporate 3-D design and printing projects in fall curriculum

August 12, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education's (CIJE) CIJE-Tech programs in schools nationwide will add advanced 3-D printing and software design as part of its CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program. The CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program ...

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

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Synthetic bones may help in search for shock wave defense

August 12, 2014 8:19 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain....

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The world's leading trade fair for the electronics industry is 50

August 11, 2014 4:45 pm | News | Comments

The world's leading trade fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. Since 1964, electronica has been showing the electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry....

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The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | News | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

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