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Computer model enables design of complex DNA shapes

December 3, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

MIT biological engineers have created a new computer model that allows them to design the most complex three-dimensional DNA shapes ever produced, including rings, bowls, and geometric structures such as icosahedrons that resemble viral ...

Cypress Semiconductor buying Spansion for $1.59B

December 3, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Chip maker Cypress Semiconductor is buying flash memory product maker Spansion in an all-stock deal worth $1.59 billion. Spansion stockholders will get 2.457 shares of Cypress stock for every Spansion share they own. Shareholders of each side ...

Gift Guide: Get better at sports with smart gear

December 3, 2014 9:40 am | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter. High-level gear and biometric-analysis software are no longer limited to elite professional athletes. The weekender can now use some tech-savvy ...

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Japanese space explorer to blow crater in asteroid

December 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese space explorer took off Wednesday on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth. The explorer, named Hayabusa2, is expected to reach the ...

Gift Guide: Gadgets for avid TV viewers

December 3, 2014 9:28 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn't enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here's a look at what each does - and why you might want ...

Photos of the Day: A smartgun that calls for automated backup

December 3, 2014 9:14 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The .9 mm pistol would contain a chip that communicated with the officer’s smart phone to send a “yellow” alert when the gun is drawn and a “red” alert when fired. Santa Cruz Sheriff Phil Wowak — whose department is testing the new system ...

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Army's mobile satellite network enables rapid fire missions

December 3, 2014 8:56 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

During the latest test of the Army's mobile tactical communications network, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, a field artillery battalion used the Soldier Network Extension to extend the range of their fire support operations to ...

Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

December 3, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

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Test platform serves up to 512 125 MHz digital I/O channels

December 2, 2014 4:50 pm | Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Marvin Test Solutions (Irvine, CA) announced the TS-960, the newest version of its successful TS-900 PXI semiconductor test platform. The TS-960 brings the performance and features of high-end systems to customers at a fraction of the footprint....

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Thermal protector ideal for motor, lighting, and electronic applications

December 2, 2014 4:20 pm | Portage Electric Products | Product Releases | Comments

Portage Electric Products, Inc. (North Canton, OH) has introduced a round snap-action thermal protector ideal for many motor, lighting, and electronic applications up to 5 AMPS and 250 VAC. The PEPI Model ST01 is the first PEPI product available in ...

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Power amplifier designed for communications and telemetry markets

December 2, 2014 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NuWaves Engineering (Middletown, OH) introduced today the next generation of its NuPower small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier (PA) family of products with the NuPower 13G05A. The NuPower 13G05A provides saturated RF power ...

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Smartgun system calls for police backup in dire situations

December 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Previous smartguns have focused on personalization options that restrict the weapon to authorized users or require a companion bracelet or other trinket to operate it. But Yardarm Technologies is taking a slightly different approach — a tracking module ...

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Strange galaxy perplexes astronomers

December 2, 2014 1:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the help of citizen scientists, a team of astronomers has found an important new example of a very rare type of galaxy that may yield valuable insight on how galaxies developed in the early Universe. The new discovery technique promises to give ...

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Europe agrees to fund Ariane 6 orbital launcher

December 2, 2014 1:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European governments have agreed to fund the development of Ariane 6, a next-generation rocket that will be used to launch satellites into orbit. The decision taken Tuesday at a ministerial meeting in Luxembourg comes as the European Space ...

Penn research shows way to design 'digital' metamaterials

December 2, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices. Figuring out the necessary composition and ...

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