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Kasey's Korner: Forget steel, try ice and sawdust

July 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Pykrete, a material made of ice and sawdust, was first introduced by British inventor Geoffrey Pyke during World War II as a solution to the steel shortage.

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From pencil marks to quantum computers

July 7, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the hottest materials in condensed matter research today is graphene. Graphene had an unlikely start: it began with researchers messing around with pencil marks on paper. Pencil "lead" is actually made of graphite, which is a soft crystal lattice made of nothing but carbon atoms....

How knots can swap positions on a DNA strand

July 7, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Graduate School of Excellence "Materials Science in Mainz" (MAINZ) have been able with the aid of computer simulations to confirm and explain a mechanism by which two knots on a DNA strand can interchange their positions....

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Engineering Newswire: Dragon chopper burns down the highway

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In response to a customer's ambitious request to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon, Orange County Choppers (OCC) teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to make that dream a reality. 3D printing allows OCC to custom build parts with ultimate design freedom and durable, lightweight materials....

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High-res images of inner ear could lead to new hearing loss therapies

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Understanding how hearing works has long been hampered by challenges associated with seeing inside the inner ear, but technology being developed by a team of researchers that includes a biomedical engineer from Texas A&M University is generating some of the most detailed images of the inner ...

Switch guards ideal for harsh environments

July 7, 2014 9:13 am | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc (Vista, CA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation....

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A young star's age can be gleamed from nothing but sound waves

July 7, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Determining the age of stars has long been a challenge for astronomers. In experiments published in the journal Science, researchers at KU Leuven's Institute for Astronomy show that 'infant' stars can be distinguished from 'adolescent' stars by measuring the acoustic waves they emit....

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Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

July 7, 2014 8:54 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Wouldn't you love to escape this busy world and just spend some time alone with your thoughts? Maybe not, says a study of volunteers who actually tried it. Some even started giving themselves electric shocks as the minutes ticked by. "I think many of them were trying to shock themselves out of boredom," said psychologist Timothy Wilson....

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Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

July 7, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade. Four years ago, scientists proclaimed they found what could be the first planet outside our solar system in the habitable zone around its star....

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Journal expresses 'concern' over Facebook study

July 7, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities examining people's online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled. In a note of contrition, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that the decision to manipulate the content ...

Germany summons US envoy over spy case

July 7, 2014 8:42 am | by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

German-U.S. relations are facing a new test over a German intelligence employee who reportedly spied for the U.S., with Germany's president saying if the allegations are true, that kind of spying on allies must stop. Prosecutors say a 31-year-old German was arrested last week on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence services....

Explosion-proof light provides 6,020 lumens of light output

July 2, 2014 4:09 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a pedestal mounted explosion proof light, The EPL-BS-70LED-6XMB-150X12, that is a low-voltage lighting solution which uses advanced LED technology and an industrial grade design to provide operators in hazardous locations with excellent illumination....

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Avoid Panel Design Errors!

July 2, 2014 3:52 pm | Events

When selecting panel components, it’s often impossible to tell if they are correct until the manufacturing process begins.  With a direct connection between the circuit diagram and panel layout such errors avoided. Precisely calculated wire lengths with checked wire cross-sections enables wires to be labeled and assembled in advance....

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Photos of the Day: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 2:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Clever Buoy emits sonar into the surrounding water, and a processor in the buoy analyzes the signals, searching for shark-like signatures. The device is able to distinguish between sharks and friendlier animals like dolphins by analyzing how the object moves through the water....

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Top-5 PV countries account for 80 percent of global PV demand

July 2, 2014 12:17 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

The rise of the Chinese and U.S. markets has been occurring steadily over the past few years, with the Chinese market seeing the greater growth in a short period of time, while the U.S. has seen slower, but steadier increases. Now, in the second half of 2014, these two markets are set to reach....

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