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Computer-aided diagnosis of rare genetic disorders from family snaps

June 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer analysis of photographs could help doctors diagnose which condition a child with a rare genetic disorder has, say Oxford University researchers. The researchers, funded in part by the Medical Research Council (MRC), have come up with a computer programme that recognises facial features in photographs....

New research finds that cell phones reflect our personal microbiome

June 24, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones are everywhere, and they may be smarter than you think. Our cell phones actually reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, with potential implications for their use as bacterial and environmental sensors, according to new research....

Facelock: A new password alternative which plays to the strengths of human memory

June 24, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Forgotten passwords are a serious problem for both IT managers and users. The root of the problem is a trade-off between memorability and security: simple passwords are easy to remember but easy to crack; complex passwords are hard to crack but hard to remember....

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Memories on Mars

June 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

A student-led, crowdsourced project called Time Capsule to Mars held a press conference June 23, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to kick off its $25 million campaign. Led by Emily Briere, a rising senior in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University ...

650-W PSU is cPCI pluggable

June 24, 2014 11:51 am | Verotec Electronics Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

Verotec (Eastleigh, UK) has extended its range of pluggable power supplies for use in CompactPCI systems with the introduction of a quad output 650-W unit. To meet the PICMG 2.11 Power Interface high power requirements on the 3.3-V and 5-V rails, the compact slimline 6U 8HP 160-mm unit features…

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Three-stage telescoping light mast includes four class 1, division 1 150 watt LED light fixtures

June 24, 2014 11:42 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 25 foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities that is equipped with four explosion proof 150 watt LED light fixtures. The LM-25-3S-EPL-4X150RT-RB is a fold over light mast that produces 48,000 lumens of light....

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Next-generation vault intended for collaboration and ECAD design data management

June 24, 2014 11:27 am | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited (Sydney, Australia)has announced the release of the next-generation of Altium’s enterprise data management and collaboration platform - Altium Vault 2.0. By centralizing, managing and formalizing the component libraries, design data and team collaboration using the Altium Vault ...

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Tool kit cuts cable jacket, insulation, and strips wire

June 24, 2014 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

An upgraded tool kit with three essential hand tools that store in a handy trifold canvas pouch for all types of wire and cable preparation and repairs is being introduced by Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME). The Xuron TK2300 Wire Harness Tool Kit features the three tools used most for assembly and field service wiring applications....

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Phase frequency detector available for automotive applications

June 24, 2014 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. announced the continued availability of the ML145170 circuit originally designed and built by Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.  Lansdale has single-source rights to both globally market and continue to manufacture Motorola’s line of PLL (Phase Lock Loop) Circuits.

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Man moves paralyzed hand with his own thoughts

June 24, 2014 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge....

The great salmon run algorithm

June 24, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solving complex problems is rarely a straightforward process, there are often many variables and countless plausible solutions each one of which has its pros and cons. Mechanical engineers at the Babol University of Technology in Mazandaran, Iran, have turned to nature to devise an algorithm....

Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance

June 24, 2014 10:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it is said, new golf balls were smooth, but became dimpled over time as impacts left permanent dents. Smooth new balls were typically used for tournament play....

Solar project to bring energy to three D.C. institutions

June 24, 2014 10:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The George Washington University (GW), American University (AU) and the George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) announced Tuesday that they will create a renewable energy project that brings solar power from North Carolina to the D.C. institutions, showing that large organizations in an urban setting can meet energy needs....

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New Tokyo museum robot guides look, sound human

June 24, 2014 10:39 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people - almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine....

The F-35 was born of a "dumb piece of Air Force PR spin"

June 24, 2014 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The F-35 doesn’t have a lot of fans these days, and one of her biggest critics is actually the co-designer of the F-16, Pierre Sprey. Calling the Joint Strike Fighter the product of “an exceptionally dumb piece of Air Force PR spin”, Sprey issues a scathing indictment of the F-35 in a viral Internet video that is gaining a ton of traction in the aerospace community....

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