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Nano-forests to reveal secrets of cells

September 2, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Vertical nanowires could be used for detailed studies of what happens on the surface of cells. The findings are important for pharmaceuticals research, among other applications. A group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden have managed to make artificial cell membranes form....

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Monitoring system provides weather intel to help keep the campus community safe

September 2, 2014 11:23 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

September 2, 2014 Atlanta, GA The familiar adage, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody ever seems to do anything about it,” may hold true for the general population, but for the Georgia Tech Police Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), monitoring campus weather...

Future solar panels

September 2, 2014 11:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The solar panels we see tend to be rigid and black. Organic photovoltaic technology, by contrast, enables more translucent and more flexible solar panels in a range of colours to be manufactured. But this technology needs to meet certain requirements if it is to be accepted....

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Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

September 2, 2014 11:19 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race....

Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

September 2, 2014 11:16 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction....

Kris Hauser: Building smarter robots

September 2, 2014 10:20 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Kris Hauser, an expert in computer science, informatics and robotics, joined both the electrical and computer engineering department and the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 3, 2014....

Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

September 2, 2014 9:09 am | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information....

ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

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Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

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Mysteries of space dust revealed

September 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself. This is the first time synchrotron....

Thin film chip resistors address precision resistor requirements of automotive applications

August 28, 2014 4:40 pm | Nic Components | Product Releases | Comments

The NTRA series of automotive-grade thin-film chip resistors from NIC Components addresses precision resistor requirements of automotive applications. The NTRA series products are AEC Q-200 qualified and supported from TS-16494 certified ...

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Dual low-side driver IC designed for SMPS applications

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRB24427S high-current dual low-side driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications used in Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) ...

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System-on-a-chip supports vehicle-to-vehicle technology

August 28, 2014 4:02 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) announced the availability of its R-Car V2H, the company’s newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementing state-of-the-art image recognition technology to support high-resolution surround viewing in advanced driver assistance systems....

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New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung's latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG's has a round screen. Apple is also believed to be working on its own...

VCO operates at 1680 MHz

August 28, 2014 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55CC-1680-1680 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1680 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has desirable linearity....

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