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Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

February 24, 2015 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to break down ...

100W S-Band transistors cover frequencies up to 3.5GHz

February 24, 2015 3:34 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS GaN transistors from TriQuint (Qorvo). These 28V devices offer 107W P3dB for applications in Radar, professional or military communication systems and avionics. Covering frequencies up to 3.5GHz ...

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Space station 3-D printed items, seedlings return in the belly of a Dragon

February 24, 2015 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Newly 3-D printed wrenches, data to improve cooling systems, protein crystals and seedling samples returned Feb. 10 aboard SpaceX's fifth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researchers will ...

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Optocoupler family designed for high-voltage applications

February 24, 2015 3:16 pm | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 has expanded its portfolio of optocouplers from Vishay Intertechnology, a world leader in discrete semiconductors; diodes, MOSFETs and selected ICs, and passive electronic components; resistors, inductors, and capacitors. The VOW Widebody high-isolation and high-creepage optocoupler ...

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Current-sensing resistors improve LED brightness portable battery-powered applications

February 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Vishay Precision Group (VPG) | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors product line (VFR) has introduced two new ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z-Foil current sensing resistors designed to improve LED brightness and efficiency in portable battery-powered applications. The LED1625 and LED221 ...

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BSP enables safe communication between the control unit and the I/O

February 24, 2015 3:05 pm | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. now offers a safe QNX BSP to ensure comprehensive safe communication between the control unit and the I/O in the new Modular Train Control System (MTCS). The MTCS is an application-ready system platform in half 19” that allows safe control of all rail relevant ...

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New electrolyte rids batteries of short-circuiting fibers

February 24, 2015 3:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Dendrites — the microscopic, pin-like fibers that cause rechargeable batteries to short circuit — create fire hazards and can limit the ability of batteries to power our smart phones and store renewable energy for a rainy day. Now a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that's ...

Cyberbystanders: Most don't try to stop online bullies

February 24, 2015 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened....

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Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

February 24, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines. Asphaltene is a complex ...

Detecting defects at the nanoscale will profit solar panel production

February 24, 2015 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research at the University of Huddersfield will lead to major efficiency gains and cost savings in the manufacture of flexible solar panels. It has also resulted in an exceptional number of scholarly articles co-authored by a Libyan scientist ...

Renewable energy obtained from wastewater

February 24, 2015 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Currently, there are treatments in which wastewater can flow out to the river or sea without causing any environmental problems. These technologies however entail high energy costs, mainly in aeration and pumping, and an elevated ...

Optical nanoantennas set the stage for a lab-on-a-chip revolution

February 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Newly developed tiny antennas, likened to spotlights on the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify pollutants in the air and even quickly diagnose and treat cancer, according to the Australian scientists who created them....

Ultra-thin nanowires can trap electron 'twisters' that disrupt superconductors

February 24, 2015 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. These disruptive mini-twisters often form ...

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The little engine that could (run on batteries)

February 24, 2015 12:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train hummed down the tracks in January and February, completing a six-week passenger trial designed to show the British rail industry the benefits of replacing some ...

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LED spot-curing system provides maximum flexibility

February 24, 2015 12:06 pm | Dymax Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Dymax Corporation has released the BlueWave QX4 high-intensity spot-curing system, featuring all the benefits of LED-curing technology in a small and versatile unit.  The system is comprised of a controller and up to four LED heads which are available in 365, 385, and 405 nm and can be outfitted ...

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