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Current-loop transmitter board provides channel-to-channel isolation

October 10, 2014 1:23 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) adds a new 4-20 mA current loop board to the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion designed for Relio industrial computers. The 4-20 mA signal standard remains a popular method for signal transmission in harsh environments....

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Circuits that melt away when you're done

October 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate ...

Banning plastic bags may be bad science

October 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Manufacturing.net comment boards blew up when California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a state-wide plastic bag ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store, and liquor shop....

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Decay rates of radioactive substances are constant

October 10, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The distance between the Earth and the Sun has no influence on the decay rate of radioactive chlorine. You could ask: "And why should it anyway?", because it is well known that the decay of radionuclides is as reliable as a Swiss clock. Recently, US-American scientists ...

Leaky galaxies lead researchers to better understand the universe

October 10, 2014 11:06 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | News | Comments

Focusing on large, star-forming galaxies, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University were able to measure radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed. Sanchayeeta Borthakur, an assistant research scientist ...

Sensor uses radio waves to detect subtle changes in pressure

October 10, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a wireless pressure sensor that has already been used to measure brain pressure in lab mice with brain injuries. The underlying technology has such broad potential that it could one day be used to create....

Tesla's 'D' adds all-wheel drive, safety features

October 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features. The open-to-the-public event Thursday night included free alcohol and test rides....

Coil offers high efficiency for Qi wireless charging pads

October 10, 2014 9:56 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging transmitter coil for Qi wireless charging pads. Offering a durable construction and high permeability shielding ...

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Colored LED offers high light output from a compact form factor

October 10, 2014 9:38 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a new low profile LED wall pack light with an optional red, blue, green, amber, purple, pink and white color output. This 60 watt LED light offers high light output from a compact form factor....

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Multi-head camera system features frame rates up to 750,000 fps

October 10, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) announces the FASTCAM Multi, a flexible, multi-head camera system that is tethered to a remote processor — current cable lengths are 16 ft. (5m) and 33 ft. (10m) with longer lengths planned. The small, sealed camera heads ...

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Dead star shines on

October 10, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A supernova is the cataclysmic death of a star, but it seems its remnants shine on. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar -- a dense stellar remnant....

Hubble reveals most detailed exoplanet weather map ever

October 10, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet's atmosphere, and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both of the investigations ...

'Plasmonic paper' detects chemical warfare agents

October 10, 2014 9:12 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Using a common laboratory filter paper decorated with gold nanoparticles, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a unique platform, known as "plasmonic paper," for detecting and characterizing even trace amounts of chemicals....

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DNA nano-foundries cast custom-shaped metal nanoparticles

October 10, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction mold....

Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells

October 10, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultrathin antistatic coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft. Researchers have established....

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