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Miniature diffuse mode photoelectric sensors suit complex applications

July 9, 2014 12:34 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has added three high performance diffuse mode sensors to its family of user-friendly and field-proven ML100 Series photoelectric sensors. These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.

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Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

July 9, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations....

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NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare

July 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground....

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New app widens opportunities for dementia assessments

July 9, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of clinicians from Plymouth, UK, and Sydney, Australia, have today (Wednesday 9th July 2014 UK, Thursday 10th July Australia) launched ACEmobile - a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia, worldwide. ACEmobile is the first of its kind....

SMD fuseholder has stabilizing posts

July 9, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) equips its FPG7 shock-safe SMD fuseholder with two stabilizing posts. The added posts extend from the existing front standoffs, providing increased stability during board assembly, and when replacing the panel accessible fuse.

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Nearly 50 percent of grade 12 students in Ontario report texting while driving

July 9, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An ongoing survey of Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 conducted for Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) reveals a number of significant behavioural trends, including an alarming number of young people who are texting while driving....

25-Watt 1”x 1” DC/DC converter offers a 2:1 input range

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | Contech, A Division Of Calex | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech (Concord, CA) announced the “QMS” Series of DC/DC converters. The QMS Series offers up to 25 Watts of fully regulated output power. The series offers a 2:1 input range with nominal input voltages of 12 V, 24 V, and 48 VDC.

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Discovery of new drug targets for memory impairment in Alzheimer's disease

July 9, 2014 11:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common cause of dementia, is fatal and currently, there is no cure. In Alzheimer's disease, brain cells are damaged and destroyed, leading to devastating memory loss. It is reported that 1 in 8 Americans aged 65 or over have Alzheimer's disease....

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Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

July 9, 2014 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a drawback: they don't produce energy as predictably as plants powered by oil, coal or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk....

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The Grim Reaper drone prank

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | Videos | Comments

Tom Mabe is a notorious internet prankster specializing in hidden camera pranks and telemarketer prank calls. In this video, he manages to scare the bejesus out of unwitting bystanders with what appears to be the Grim Reaper, the living embodiment of Death. How did he do it? Watch to find out....

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Neuroprotective effects of low concentration of lithium

July 9, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium, as a neuroprotective agent, benefits for neuronal survival. Recent cDNA array studies have demonstrated that mood stabilizer lithium exhibits neuroprotective effects through multiple targets. Dr. Riadh Nciri and his team, Purpan Medicine Faculty, Paul Sabatier University, France, exposed SH-SY5Y cells to 0.5 mmol/L lithium carbonate for 25-50 weeks....

Short circuit in the food web

July 9, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

They are amongst the most numerous inhabitants of the sea: tiny haptophytes of the type Emiliania huxleyi. Not visible to the naked eye, when they are in bloom in spring, they form square kilometer sized patches, they are even visible on satellite images....

DARPA selects Lawrence Livermore to develop world's first neural device to restore memory

July 9, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory, DARPA officials announced this week....

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Two-way 90-degree power splitter suits CATV, broadband and FTTx applications

July 9, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new two-way 90-degree power splitter suited for CATV, Broadband and FTTx applications. The MAPD-011018 is both 260ºC reflow compatible and surface mountable.

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Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project

July 9, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union....

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