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Scientists discover interstellar stardust

August 18, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

We may joke about looking for a needle in a haystack, but that's nothing compared to searching for stardust in a foil! A new paper published in Science reveals that such work has led to the discovery of seven dust particles that are not only out of this world, they're out of this solar system....

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'Cavity protection effect' helps to conserve quantum information

August 18, 2014 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The electronics we use for our computers only knows two different states: zero or one. Quantum systems on the other hand can be in different states at once, they can store a superposition of "zero" and "one". This phenomenon could be used to build ultrafast quantum computers....

Fascinating rhythm: Light pulses illuminate a rare black hole

August 18, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The universe has so many black holes that it's impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our galaxy alone. Nearly all black holes fall into one of two classes: big, and colossal. Astronomers know that black holes ranging from about 10 times to 100 times....

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Microchip reveals how tumor cells transition to invasion

August 18, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a microengineered device that acts as an obstacle course for cells, researchers have shed new light on a cellular metamorphosis thought to play a role in tumor cell invasion throughout the body. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells ...

A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape

August 18, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health. In fact, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function, leading to diseases from autism to cancer....

Artificial cells act like the real thing

August 18, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent to living cells is difficult to achieve outside the cell. Now, as published in Science, Weizmann Institute scientists have created an artificial, network-like cell system....

Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

August 18, 2014 9:16 am | by CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press | News | Comments

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast. HitchBOT, created by team of Ontario-based communication researchers ...

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

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Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

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Warped PC boards

August 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

So... You just got a nice big PC board back from the fab shop. You set one on your desk to admire only to discover that it's warped. What do you do? There are two primary types of causes of...

600V ultra-fast trench IGBTs optimized for welding applications

August 15, 2014 1:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IR66xx series of high-performance 600V ultra-fast Trench-gate Field Stop insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The new rugged, reliable family of devices features extremely low conduction....

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Explosion-proof LED light fixture intended for applications requiring Group B approvals

August 15, 2014 1:27 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a Group B approved temporary manhole mount LED light fixture, the MMLP-1MLED-B-24OD-12P, that provides operators with a powerful and highly convenient alternative....

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All-in-one power solution combines the requirements for several applications

August 15, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Altech Corp. (Flemington, NJ) offers an all-in-one power solution to ease customers’ minds and to keep power running without interruption. CBI All In One UPS Power Solution is a unique product that combines the requirements for several applications into just one device....

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UK PCB Technology Day

August 15, 2014 12:51 pm | Events

Isola Group S.à r.l. and Holders Technology plc announced that registration is now open for a complimentary PCB Technology Day taking place September 16, 2014 at the Sixways Stadium in the City of Worcester, England. PCB fabricators, electronic design engineers and those interested in learning ...

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Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges

August 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities....

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