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Digital signal controllers provide 5V operation

November 25, 2014 3:34 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced from the SPS IPC Drives Conference in Germany a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) with the dsPIC33 "EV" family. This new family provides 5V operation for improved ...

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HotSpot: Mercedes' self-driving cars

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars are changing the way designers think about the interiors of vehicles. the car of the future will be more than purely a means of transport – rather, it will become a variable and private area of retreat in increasingly dense urban traffic. By virtue of ...

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Laser lift-off enables breakthrough in flexible electronics

November 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from ...

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A hybrid vehicle that delivers DNA

November 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn't measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies....

Study supports free 'super Wi-Fi'

November 25, 2014 2:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wireless data transmission largely takes place via WLAN networks, such as WiFi. However, these networks are currently limited to high frequency ranges at 2 GHz and above and, hence, have a limited range. The authors of the study, Arnd Weber ...

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

November 25, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Who knew Blu-ray discs were so useful? Already one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance of solar cells -- suggesting ...

Heat-conducting plastic developed at U-Michigan

November 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. Plastics are inexpensive, lightweight ...

Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

November 25, 2014 2:19 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves ...

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ASU, IBM move DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality

November 25, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put cheap ...

Beer and the Eywa Economy (or how to profit from the IoT)

November 25, 2014 1:59 pm | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In my previous article, we saw how sensors combined with processing and networking form a structure very similar to a brain. We suggested that the power of that structure could be seen through movies like “Avatar” and “Terminator”. Eywa of “Avatar” ...

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Converting food waste to energy

November 25, 2014 1:52 pm | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and City of San Jose will celebrate the city’s successful food-waste-to-energy program at a tour of the nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by ...

Rigid flex circuitry streamlines mission-critical power

November 25, 2014 1:22 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its Rigid Flex Circuits and Assemblies. Ultra-reliable Molex rigid flex circuits and assemblies minimize impedance discontinuities in high-speed military and aerospace data and telecommunications ...

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New iPhones push Apple's market cap past $700B

November 25, 2014 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple, already the world's most valuable company, surpassed $700 billion in market capitalization Tuesday as its stock hit another all-time high. The company unveiled the latest version if the iPhone two months ago and sales have been surging....

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Time in space exposes materials to the test of time

November 25, 2014 11:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Much like that pickup truck rusting in your backyard thanks to time, rain and the elements, extended stays in the brutal environment of space can take its toll on spacecraft, satellites and space stations. In fact, anything outside the protective blanket ...

Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally bizarre diamonds

November 25, 2014 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have argued for half a century about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite, which is associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. A group of scientists based mostly at Arizona State University now show that what ...

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