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Conflictive animations support the development of programming skills

September 29, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Traditional educational tools present information to students in a conventional way: what they present is true and students are expected to learn what is presented. In a PhD study completed recently at the University of Eastern Finland, Andrés Moreno ...

All-SiC power module enables unprecedented reductions in cost and size

September 29, 2014 4:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) releases the industry’s first all-SiC 1.7kV power module in an industry standard 62mm housing. Powered by Cree’s C2M large area SiC chip technology, the new half-bridge module exhibits an impressive 8mOhm on-resistance....

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AIAG Product Development & Technology Forum

September 29, 2014 4:01 pm | Events

Don't miss the second annual AIAG Product Development & Technology Forum! Register now to learn how current and future IT-related technologies are predicted to transform the vehicle and the entire automotive product development system....

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400 watt high-intensity LED light replaces 1,000 watt metal halide

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-LTL-400W-LED fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 52,000 lumens of high intensity light while drawing only 400 watts from a 120 volt electrical system. This high mast LED flood light offers intense light output....

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Turnkey inverter systems offer power range from 6kVA to 90kVA

September 29, 2014 3:33 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) unveils turnkey inverter systems using their Series IT of single or three-phase switch mode inverter systems with a power range from 6kVA to 90kVA. These highly reliable, fully-customizable "built-to-project" ...

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Can cartoons be used to teach machines to understand the visual world?

September 29, 2014 3:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An enormous gap exists between human abilities and machine performance when it comes to understanding the visual world from images and videos. Humans are still way out in front. "People are the best vision systems we have," said Devi Parikh....

Are engineers too smart for their own good?

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I can have an ongoing dialogue with multiple design engineers every day. Sure, sometimes the conversations are a bit feisty as things heat up in the pddnet.com comments section (where cooler heads rarely prevail)....

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Home automation: Conserving energy, lowering your bills

September 29, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Home automation is typically discussed in the context of convenience, but the engineers taking part in element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge also recognize IoT technology can save users a significant amount of money. For example, data collected by My Alarm Center shows households with installed home automation systems see an average savings of 15 percent on monthly energy bills.

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Underwater robot for port security

September 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface....

'Multi-spectra glasses' for scanning electron microscopy

September 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The scanning electron microscope is not only used for precisely surveying the surface topology of samples, but also for determining their chemical compositions. This is done by exciting the atoms to fluoresce under irradiation by an electron beam....

New UT Dallas technology may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

September 29, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn't die after a few hours of heavy use....

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

September 29, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule – one with a branched structure – contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. Like finding a molecular needle in a cosmic haystack ...

SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit

September 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc....

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Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

September 29, 2014 11:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly ...

Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday....

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