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Confessions of a gadget hoarder

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget-hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics: life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding. The revelation forced me to take a moment to reflect, since topics — particularly via email — no longer physically cross a desk....

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Non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors suit audio, medical apps

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a series of non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors with high power ratings to 12 W and high-temperature operation to +350°C, which is appropriate for high-end audio and medical imaging equipment.

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Are LEDs poised for success?

April 21, 2014 10:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about LEDs for our June Issue.  This technology has been a really hot topic over the past few years with arguments about efficiency, price, preference and even environmental factors of utilizing different types of bulbs taking center stage.

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Hardware-based solutions counter medical device security concerns

April 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep security features that cannot be bypassed by traditional software methods....

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Fifth generation Army tank cartridge reports loudly for duty

April 21, 2014 8:17 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The U.S. Army fired the first of a new fifth-generation tank cartridge, the M829E4, from an Abrams tank at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., March 18, 2014, as part of a series of critical trials preceding the cartridge's entry into the Army's inventory....

Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 21, 2014 8:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the cleanest fluids in the human body. And on a protracted space mission lasting more than a year (one-way) — to Mars, for example — that fact becomes critically important....

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Airport security officers at TSA gaining insight from Sandia human behavior studies

April 21, 2014 7:14 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

A recent Sandia National Laboratories study offers insight into how a federal transportation security officer’s thought process can influence decisions made during airport baggage screening, findings that are helping the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) improve the...

A Dropbox for the Internet of Things

April 21, 2014 1:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Amid a wide range of new platforms to manage streams of data from the Internet of things, a simple version emerges that anyone can use.With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas...

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5 features an Amazon phone might offer

April 18, 2014 2:10 pm | by Mae Anderson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone, and it isn't clear what such a device might offer in the way of distinctive features. Some...

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

April 18, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found. The team successfully took thermal images of a person through a piece of the new plastic....

Bright points in sun's atmosphere mark patterns deep in its interior

April 18, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface. New research that uses data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, to track bright points in the solar atmosphere...

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Photos of the Day: Helicat 22 looks like hybrid between helicopter and boat

April 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is a catamaran that looks like a helicopter but glides like a decadent boat. It’s able to cruise 0-30 mph in whitecap waves at 5 mpg. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy. The HeliCat 22 burns only 4-13 gph, getting 5 to 3.5 miles per gallon....

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First Earth-size planet is discovered in another star's habitable zone

April 18, 2014 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of astronomers that includes Penn State scientists has discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery was made with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope....

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Impurity size affects performance of emerging superconductive material

April 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University finds that impurities can hurt performance – or possibly provide benefits – in a key superconductive material that is expected to find use in a host of applications, including future particle colliders. The size of the impurities determines whether they help or hinder the material's performance....

UT Dallas professor to develop framework to protect computers' cores

April 18, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas cybersecurity expert Dr. Zhiqiang Lin has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to develop a defense framework that burrows deep into a computer system to protect its core. The Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) provides up to $360,000....

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