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3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

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NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride

November 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have ...

Spiraling light, nanoparticles, and insights into life's structure

November 20, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As hands come in left and right versions that are mirror images of each other, so do the amino acids and sugars within us. But unlike hands, only the left-oriented amino acids and the right-oriented sugars ever make into life as we know it. Scientists know ...

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Two new baryon particles discovered

November 20, 2014 10:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today an international team of researchers announced the discovery of two new particles in the baryon family, which makes them cousins of the familiar proton and neutron. The LHCb collaboration at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research ...

Pac-Man instead of patch: Using video games to improve lazy eye, depth perception

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people - including adults - with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. The training tools, including a Pac-Man-style ...

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'. Researchers at Cardiff University are trying to work out the possible sounds scientists might expect to hear when the ultra-sensitive LIGO ...

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A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

November 20, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light. Polarizers are indispensable in ...

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

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Image-recognition software greatly improves web searches

November 19, 2014 5:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have created an artificial intelligence software that uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before. The new system, which was tested on photos and is now ...

The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Articles | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

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Power electronics market to rise 77% to $23 billion for discrete components in 2024

November 19, 2014 5:09 pm | News | Comments

Power electronics – used to convert and manage electricity in devices ranging from mobile phones to pumps and motors – will grow to a market worth $23 billion for discrete components in 2024, up from $13 billion today  according to Lux Research....

Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become. That is to say ...

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Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

November 19, 2014 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century. Now researchers from ...

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Network switches reliably expand wired connections for any network

November 19, 2014 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the launch of the G8SW, G16SW, and the GP48SW wired network switches. These switches provide a reliable way to quickly and easily expand wired connections for any network. Features of the new ...

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Radiation-hardened ASICs serve military and aerospace applications

November 19, 2014 2:44 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC in order to bring application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to market which are resilient to radiation effects. Radiation hardened by design ...

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