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Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light

October 16, 2014 9:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As in Alice's journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no other. As reported today in The Optical Society's ...

Predicting fatigue in aircraft parts

October 16, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UT Arlington engineering professors have received a $451,781 Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant to examine the material surface at the micro- and nano-scale level that will provide clues for predicting fatigue in aircraft parts. Haiying Huang ...

New catalyst could improve biofuels production

October 16, 2014 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. Led by Voiland Distinguished Professor Yong Wang, the researchers mixed inexpensive iron with a tiny amount....

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HBO to offer stand-alone streaming service

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by MAE ANDERSON AND MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" ...

Google tries to upstage Apple with latest devices

October 16, 2014 9:38 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device....

The skills gap & why we need a modern Rosie the Riveter

October 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States ...

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Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

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IGBT power modules offer complete integrated solutions

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced four new IGBT power modules designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Combining Ultrafast Trench IGBTs, high-efficiency HEXFRED ...

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'Dressing' explains superconductivity in conventional superconductors

October 15, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Imagine a heavy ball rolling on an elastic net: what happens?" asks Daniele Fausti, researcher at Elettra Sincrotrone of Trieste and the University of Trieste. That's how Fausti explains the concept of "dressing" in physics: "the ball's movement is slowed down....

Interactive typewriter allows communication through internet forums

October 15, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An antique typewriter has been transformed for the digital generation, using sensors and circuit boards to turn it into an interactive social tool. Joe Hounsham, a graduate of the BA (Hons) Digital Art and Technology programme at Plymouth University ...

3-D technology helps examine the formation of cliffband landscapes

October 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A blend of photos and technology takes a new twist on studying cliff landscapes and how they were formed. Dylan Ward, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of geology, will present a case study on this unique technology application....

LED light bulbs that don't require rare earth elements

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The phase-out of traditional incandescent bulbs in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as a growing interest in energy efficiency, has given LED lighting a sales boost. However, that trend could be short-lived as key materials known as rare earth elements ...

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Navy’s new missile features autonomous targeting

October 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) doesn’t have the sexiest name, but it more than makes up for it with its range, maneuverability, and automated targeting capabilities — the NSM can autonomously target specific sections of a ship based on its silhouette....

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Micro SIM connector features a slim 1.50 mm profile

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn (Boca Raton, FL) has launched a brand new Push-Push Micro SIM connector, which delivers functionality, combined with cost effective pricing. Suitable for 3ff Micro SIM cards, the CH03-GB has a 1.50 mm profile and measures just .620” x .676”....

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Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

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