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Measuring the smallest magnets

July 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous "background noise" that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device, so they bounce together, you can eliminate the noise problem....

The source of the sky's X-ray glow

July 28, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system. The source of this "diffuse X-ray background" has been debated for the past 50 years....

New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data'

July 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In an age of "big data," a single computer cannot always find the solution a user wants. Computational tasks must instead be distributed across a cluster of computers that analyze a massive data set together. It's how Facebook and Google mine your web history to present you with targeted ads....

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Stanford team achieves 'holy grail' of battery design: A stable lithium anode

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step....

Integrated switching regulators enables high-efficiency offline power converters for consumer applications

July 28, 2014 12:08 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Arizona, AZ) has added three new current-mode, fixed-frequency switching regulators to its expansive power management product portfolio. Targeted at use in compact, high-reliability offline AC-DC switched-mode power supplies, the NCP1129, NCP1126, and NCP1124 incorporate an avalanche-rated 650 volt (V) MOSFET....

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Photos of the Day: The Striker II night vision helmet

July 28, 2014 11:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Striker II night vision helmet from BAE Systems aims to free up the pilot by integrating night vision within the helmet itself. According to the company, the system “integrates a center-mounted ISIE-11 sensor based on Intevac Photonics’ patented advanced imaging sensor technology, known as the electron bombarded active pixel sensor (EBAPS)”....

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4K LCD TV panel value chain is changing in 2014

July 28, 2014 11:19 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

With rapid adoption of the 4K in the TV market, the 4K LCD TV panel value chain is changing in 2014. In technology, developments such as RGBW, M+ or 1G1D (One Gate One Drain Driving) are aimed at making 4K LCD panels cheaper and more efficient. In terms of value chain relationships, Samsung...

This helmet lets fighter pilots ditch their night vision goggles

July 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Military jobs are synonymous with stress, but one of the most stressful jobs even by military standards is that of the jet fighter pilot. Not only are they required to process a lot of operational information very quickly, they must do it while wearing headgear that can strain the head and neck the faster the plane flies....

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Industrial base essential to overcome future threats

July 28, 2014 9:20 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, who serves as principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, discussed America's industrial base at the Association of the U.S. Army's monthly breakfast in Arlington, Va., July 24, 2014.

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

July 28, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone....

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Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

July 28, 2014 9:06 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can -at least in some instances- be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission....

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

July 28, 2014 9:05 am | by PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts....

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

July 28, 2014 8:52 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow....

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Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

July 28, 2014 7:15 am | by Youkyung Lee - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS. The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in...

Magnets for fusion energy: A revolutionary manufacturing method developed

July 25, 2014 3:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting tapes....

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