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Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers

November 24, 2014 3:37 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes, or lock ...

Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites

November 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Enzymes carry out fundamental biological processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and respiration, with the help of clusters of metal atoms as "active" sites. But scientists lack basic information about their function because the states thought ...

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

November 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately ...

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Industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

November 24, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers. To increase light-harvesting efficiency of ...

Deep-earth carbon offers clues on origin of life on Earth

November 24, 2014 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New findings by a Johns Hopkins University-led team reveal long unknown details about carbon deep beneath the Earth's surface and suggest ways this subterranean carbon might have influenced the history of life on the planet. The team also ...

Testing virtual reality in balance dysfunction after TBI

November 24, 2014 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation is the recipient of a four-year grant for nearly $3 million from the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Department of Defense (DOD) titled, "Improving Balance in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Using a ...

Sexual Violence Resources, Support Continue to Grow

November 24, 2014 2:57 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

November 24, 2014 Atlanta, GA As sexual assault on college campuses continues to be in the national spotlight, Georgia Tech is working to enhance survivor support programs, campus resources, and prevention initiatives to make Tech a safer place for all students.

Arduino Day 2015

November 24, 2014 2:44 pm | Events

Sure, with the holiday season just around the corner, what’s not to be excited about? However, there’s one special occasion that us Makers just can’t help but love — that’s Arduino Day! It is a 24-hour celebration — both official and independent ...

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Researching the physics of cooling liquid metals on the ISS

November 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sure, it's easy to say that research in microgravity is cool, but the European Space Agency's (ESA) new electromagnetic levitator brings new meaning to the word. A new ESA facility aboard the International Space Station will serve as a furnace capable ...

Engineering Update #87: Virtual reality beach vacations

November 24, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last week, we talked about a system of targeted advertising very similar to the film Minority Report, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. And this time, we shine the spotlight on a famous hotel chain — rhymes with “chariot” — that’s introducing ...

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Ultra-compact power modules feature a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm

November 24, 2014 1:11 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces a new series of ultra-compact EPCOS µDC-DC converters featuring a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm and an insertion height of 1 mm. One 6-MHz power switch is embedded in the miniature PCB. The integrated ...

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IC linearizes temperature sensors with good accuracy

November 24, 2014 1:01 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2983 high-performance digital temperature measurement IC which directly digitizes RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors, and external diodes with 0.1°C accuracy and good resolution....

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Discovery sheds light on nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event

November 24, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents. Using the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office ...

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A coating that protects against heat and oxidation

November 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gases don't conduct heat as well as solids do. Cellular or aerated concretes take advantage of this effect, which experts call "gas-phase insulation". The heat barrier is achieved by air encased in the cavities of the concrete. But gas-phase insulation has ...

Novel robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait

November 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy ...

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