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'Freezing a bullet' to find clues to ribosome assembly process

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Ribosomes are vital to the function of all living cells. Using the genetic information from RNA, these large molecular complexes build proteins by linking amino acids together in a specific order. Scientists have known for more than half a century that these cellular ...

'Microcombing' creates stronger, more conductive carbon nanotube films

May 5, 2015 9:47 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science and Nano-Biotics have developed an inexpensive technique called "microcombing" to align carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which can be used to create large, pure ...

Google is starting small, thinking big with 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful. More time ...

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Pitt team follows zinc to uncover pathway that fine-tunes brain signaling

May 5, 2015 8:29 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

A study team led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who used specially developed technologies to "follow the zinc" have uncovered a previously unknown pathway the brain uses to fine-tune neural signaling -- and that may play a ...

Real stereotypes continue to exist in virtual worlds

May 5, 2015 8:27 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

Stereotypes related to gender and appearance that burden women in the real world could follow them into virtual ones, according to researchers. In a study of how people interacted with avatars in an online game, women received less help from ...

Combining computer vision and brain computer interface for faster mine detection

May 5, 2015 8:24 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows that the new method speeds detection up....

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Google tractor-beams Star Wars universe into Knowledge Graph

May 5, 2015 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Star Wars fans no longer have to search their feelings to discover the truth. They can just Google it. The search engine and the Lucasfilm movie franchise said Monday they have put information from the Star Wars universe into Google's Knowledge Graph....

Arnold Spielberg & the birth of personal computing

May 5, 2015 8:17 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

From Thomas Edison to former President Ronald Reagan and novelist Kurt Vonnegut, GE has employed a number of luminaries over the course of its 123-year history. One famous last name that’s been missing from this list is Spielberg.

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Space technology 'could reduce cost of renewable energy'

May 4, 2015 2:09 pm | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology is currently used to ...

Clean air and health benefits of clean power plan hinge on key policy decisions

May 4, 2015 2:06 pm | by Syracuse University | News | Comments

States will gain large, widespread, and nearly immediate health benefits if EPA sets strong standards in the final Clean Power Plan, according to the first independent, peer-reviewed paper of its kind, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Rapid Prototyping

May 4, 2015 1:26 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Rapid prototyping serves the design engineer by helping to improve time-to-market and control costs by expediting the early stages of design and development. This category serves to recognize outstanding achievement in the prototyping category....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Distributor Innovation

May 4, 2015 1:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Who really stands out to help engineers get access to the technology and tools critical to their designs? The category honors the very best in solutions from electronics OEM distributors. Judges will look at web tools, value-add programs, FAE programs ...

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Rectifiers offer increased power density and system efficiency

May 4, 2015 1:05 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced 16 new 10 A to 30 A FRED Pt Hyperfast and Ultrafast recovery rectifiers in the low-profile SMPD (TO-263AC) package. Combining extremely fast and soft recovery characteristics with low leakage current and low forward voltage drop, the Vishay Semiconductors rectifiers reduce switching losses and ...

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Clamshell spring pin socket designed for power transistors

May 4, 2015 1:03 pm | by Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new QFN socket addressing high performance requirements for testing power transistor - CBT-QFN-7043. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.93 nH, insertion loss ...

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Signal analyzer intended for sound and vibration applications

May 4, 2015 12:58 pm | by Data Translation, Inc. | Data Translation, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VIBbox is a high-accuracy, high channel count, dynamic signal analyzer system for sound and vibration applications. VIBbox packages four DT9857E modules in a rugged enclosure for field use. It includes 64 IEPE 24-bit Delta-Sigma sensor inputs, eight 32-bit D/A stimulus outputs, four 32-bit C/Ts, 4 tachometers ...

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