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Murata gets “AMPed” up about new industry coalition

November 4, 2014 3:56 pm | by Murata | News | Comments

On October 14, Murata became a founding member of the Architects of Modern Power (AMP) Consortium.  The new industry group, which also includes CUI and Ericsson Power Modules, aims to advance power system technology and boost supply chain security....

Rack-mount OpenVPX chassis serves commercial and military applications

November 4, 2014 3:08 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new high-power conduction-cooled rack-mount OpenVPX chassis designed for use in commercial and military system development applications....

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Image sensors enable exceptional low-light video capture

November 4, 2014 1:24 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has set a new benchmark in low-light imaging for industrial markets with the introduction of a new class of CCD image sensor technology. Combining ON Semiconductor’s industry-leading Interline Transfer (IT) CCD ...

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IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

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UCLA astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

November 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole. Having studied it during its closest approach to the black hole ...

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Outsmarting thermodynamics in self-assembly of nanostructures

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you're a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials ...

Better bomb-sniffing technology

November 4, 2014 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs. A carbon nanotube is a cylindrical material....

Photos of the Day: The Army's new "smartsuit"

November 4, 2014 10:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit with the aim of reducing injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. The undersuit won’t exactly augment troops’ physical capabilities....

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Top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 4, 2014 10:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We’d like to present the top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT awards, held at the Mirage Las Vegas during EDS 2015. At the ECN IMPACT Awards, all companies, from well-established multinational conglomerates to small firms, are on a level playing field....

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Dual-purpose film designed for next-gen energy

November 4, 2014 10:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has turned molybdenum disulfide's two-dimensional form into a nanoporous film....

A look at Virgin Galactic's feathering technology

November 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Virgin Galactic spaceship destroyed when it broke apart high over the Mojave Desert was designed to take tourists on a fleeting thrill ride through the lower reaches of space. On the way back down, the tail sections of the rocket-powered ship ...

What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Articles | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

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Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

November 4, 2014 8:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement....

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Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

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Putting batteries in a kidsafe coat of armor

November 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) led team has developed a simple "coat of armor" to encase small batteries, rendering them harmless if they are ever swallowed. Children, particularly infants and young toddlers, can ingest these batteries....

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