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Struggling BlackBerry releases new phone

September 24, 2014 3:29 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback. Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience. London and Dubai ...

Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

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Drivers, don't trade in your smartphone for Google Glass yet

September 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles....

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Most metal-poor star hints at universe's first supernovae

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

A team of researchers, led by Miho N. Ishigaki, at the Kavli IPMU, The University of Tokyo, pointed out that the elemental abundance of the most iron-poor star can be explained by elements ejected from supernova explosions of the universe's first stars....

Project aims to turn mobile phones into detectors of disease-spreading insects

September 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Insects transmit many of the world's most infectious diseases, but there has been a decline in the expertise needed to recognize species of insects most likely to transmit illness to people. In a new effort to safeguard human populations ...

German man banned from Yellowstone in drone crash

September 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A German citizen who crashed a drone into a lake in Yellowstone National Park this summer has been banned from the park for a year and was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines and restitution. Andreas Meissner of Koenigswinter, Germany, was charged....

Protecting our processors

September 24, 2014 2:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million under a joint program focused on Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient ...

11 ways to keep data safe when traveling overseas

September 24, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jeff Multz, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.” Computers, mobile phones and any other electronic devices that contain personal ...

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Solar energy-driven process could revolutionize oil sands tailings reclamation

September 24, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Edmonton—Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry....

GaN power transistor half bridge enables 12-V to 1.2-V PoL system efficiency at 25 A

September 24, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EPC (El Segundo, CA) announced the EPC2100, an enhancement-mode monolithic GaN transistor half bridge. By integrating two eGaN power FETs into a single device, interconnect inductances and the interstitial space needed on the PCB are ...

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Grant to help find why people reveal information online

September 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Penn State researchers have received a $262,383 grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand why people disclose or withhold private information during online transactions. Researchers from Penn State's College of Communications ...

2-D materials' crystalline defects key to new properties

September 24, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Understanding how atoms "glide" and "climb" on the surface of 2D crystals like tungsten disulphide may pave the way for researchers to develop materials with unusual or unique characteristics, according to an international team of researchers....

Nanotechnology leads to better, cheaper LEDs for phones and lighting

September 24, 2014 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting....

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Cyber Week 2014: Netanyahu, Kaspersky, and Gold tackle cyber 'game-changers'

September 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that cyber defense solutions will serve as the essential basis for human development and economic growth in this century — I think it's happening before our very eyes," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ...

MOSFET driver addresses technology advances in battery operated tools

September 24, 2014 12:45 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC4606, a 85V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85V MOSFET Driver family first launched in 2013....

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