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Boost converter LED driver ICs include fault tolerant protection

October 29, 2014 3:22 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces two new devices to complement their existing portfolio of LED Driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications. Allegro’s A8518 and A8519 devices integrate a current-mode boost converter....

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Current sense resistors offer a 0.25W power rating

October 29, 2014 3:14 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) CSRF Series is now available with the option for higher power ratings for the 0402 and 0603 chip sizes. The higher power option of the CSRF0402 (denoted with a “-HP” suffix) offers a 0.25W power rating in resistance values ...

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Microrockets neutralize chemical and biological warfare agents

October 29, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With fears growing over chemical and biological weapons falling into the wrong hands, scientists are developing microrockets to fight back against these dangerous agents, should the need arise. In the journal ACS Nano, they describe new spherical micromotors....

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NASA team proposes to use laser to track orbital debris

October 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

As participation in space exploration grows worldwide, so does the impact of orbital debris — man-made "space junk" that poses significant hazards to live spacecraft and astronauts should they cross paths and collide.Barry Coyle and Paul Stysley ...

Line camera makes magnetic field lines visible in 3D & real time

October 29, 2014 2:33 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Fraunhofer scientists have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be made visible using this camera....

Global market for gas flow meters, sensors, & monitors to reach $6.4B by 2019

October 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research (www.bccresearch.com) reveals in its new report, Gas Sensors and Gas Metering: Applications and Markets, the global market for gas flow meters, sensors, monitors, and secondary flow instrumentation is estimated to exceed $6.4 billion by 2019....

How do we make the breast pump 'not suck'?

October 29, 2014 1:50 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular breastfeeding regimen ...

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Free urban data -- what's it good for?

October 29, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cities around the world are increasingly making urban data freely available to the public. But is the content or structure of these vast data sets easy to access and of value? A new study of more than 9,000 data sets from 20 cities presents encouraging results....

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ORNL technology transfer continues strong upward trend

October 29, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years. Mike Paulus, director of Technology Transfer ...

Meaghan's Minute: Ford Motor's pre-collision assist system

October 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Ford Motor’s new driver assist system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk ...

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Projecting a robot's intentions

October 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who's pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot ...

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

October 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures....

Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots

October 29, 2014 12:22 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested at an Orchard Supply Hardware store....

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Using radio waves to control the density in a fusion plasma

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recent fusion experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics (San Diego) and the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), show that beaming microwaves into the center of the plasma can be used to control the density....

Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays

October 29, 2014 11:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers at the Institute of Psychology of Johannes Gutenberg ...

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