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Designing the antibiotics of the future

October 17, 2014 10:06 am | by The University of Bristol | News | Comments

Scientists have used computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics – a breakthrough which will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future. Researchers at the University of Bristol focused on the role of enzymes in the bacteria, which split the structure of the antibiotic and stop it working, making the bacteria resistant.

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iPhone glass maker to cut 727 jobs in Arizona

October 16, 2014 10:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant. GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The company on Thursday announced its layoff plans for the Mesa plant as required by the federal Worker...

Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet

October 16, 2014 5:19 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you...

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IGBTs optimized for fast switching applications

October 16, 2014 4:46 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its portfolio of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of a family of rugged, reliable 650V devices optimized for fast switching applications including solar inverters....

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NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

October 16, 2014 4:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year’s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice...

Fabric connector designed for wearable military applications

October 16, 2014 3:54 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand introduced ruggedized, state-of-the-art fabric connectors designed to seamlessly integrate into the fabric of wearable military applications, reducing the weight burden, improving comfort and mobility....

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TVS diode array provides five channels of ESD protection

October 16, 2014 3:39 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes....

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Dispelling a misconception about Mg-ion batteries

October 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries serve us well, powering our laptops, tablets, cell phones and a host of other gadgets and devices. However, for future automotive applications, we will need rechargeable batteries with significant increases in energy density....

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Chicago Innovation Exchange partners with Engineering at Illinois

October 16, 2014 3:21 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The University of Chicago’s new Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), which celebrated its grand opening on October 16, announced a partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. The CIE, in collaboration with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business...

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

October 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles...

Light-bending material facilitates search for new particles

October 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Particle physicists have a hard time identifying all the elementary particles created in their particle accelerators. But now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have designed a material that makes it much easier to distinguish the particles....

The first direct detection of dark matter

October 16, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what appears to be a signature of 'axions'....

Earth's magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

October 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. It's not as bizarre as it sounds. Earth's magnetic field has flipped – though not overnight – many times throughout the planet's history....

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FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

October 16, 2014 12:19 pm | by Eric Tucker - Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI director is warning against smartphone encryption. James Comey is talking about tech companies like Apple and Google that say their new operating systems will be encrypted, or protected by coding. Comey says encrypting smartphone data ...

How do you do math like a girl?

October 16, 2014 12:04 pm | by Bendta Schroeder, School of Science, MIT | News | Comments

On Sept. 27, a warm Saturday afternoon, 270 students, their families, and volunteers gathered in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium to hear the results of the Math Prize for Girls competition, the world’s largest math prize for female students in grades 7 through 12....

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