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Carnegie Mellon combines hundreds of videos to reconstruct 3D motion without markers

July 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti.

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Top flight students put Le Mans race car to the test

July 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by The University of Manchester | News | Comments

A group of top aerospace engineering students from the University of Manchester’s School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) had the chance to act as Formula 1 aerodynamicists for the day – and test a full-scale Le Mans LMP2 race car in a world-class wind tunnel.

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that of...

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Imaging Without Limits: Phones Lead Growth but Innovative Applications Expanding the Market

July 16, 2014 6:18 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

GRENOBLE, France — 16 July 2014 — To address the rising demands of imaging systems in mobile, medical, automotive and other technology applications, the Imaging Without Limits Conference (7-8 October) will be introduced at SEMICON Europa 2014 this year to address this surging market....

An anti-glare, anti-reflective display for mobile devices?

July 16, 2014 6:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they've developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection

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ITAR-free OpenVPX rugged mission computer targets compute-intense applications

July 16, 2014 6:07 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully integrated, ITAR-free compact mission computer, the MPMC-9365 Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC). The compact, SWaP-optimized MPMC-9365 supports up to...

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Taking great ideas from the lab to the fab

July 16, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Intel Corporation | News | Comments

A "valley of death" is well-known to entrepreneurs--the lull between government funding for research and industry support for prototypes and products. To confront this problem, in 2013 the National Science Foundation created a new program called InTrans to extend the life of the most high-impact NSF-funded research and help great ideas transition from lab to practice.

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NASA's Van Allen Probes show how to accelerate electrons

July 16, 2014 5:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts. Recent data from the Van Allen Probes -- two nearly identical spacecraft that launched in 2012 -- address this question.

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Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

July 16, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumours, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells.

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NOAA's GOES-R satellite Magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration

July 16, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and...

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Making a mental match: pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients

July 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

July 16, 2014 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech researchers have created a functional MRI-compatible hemiparesis rehab device that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. It is designed to assist stroke victims.  

Eight-channel Type K thermocouple amplifier signal conditioner suits industrial applications

July 16, 2014 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Sensor Connection (Troy, MI) has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4.  This eight-channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal from 8 Type K thermocouple probes to eight…

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Apple may pay $400M in digital book settlement

July 16, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company overturns a court decision attesting to its pivotal role in the collusion. The terms of the settlement disclosed in a Wednesday court filing came a month after...

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How to drive LEDs with power factor correction in a single stage

July 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian King, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

A PFC-SEPIC converter can be controlled using a traditional PFC-boost controller. An important characteristic of the SEPIC is the lack of isolation.  This limits the use of this topology to applications that don’t require safety isolation.  Think about applications that are completely sealed with no user-accessible energized parts, like street lights and high-bay lighting.

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India Cuts Import Duty On TV Categories

July 16, 2014 12:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

In a move that has significance for the TV industry in India, the Indian Government announced on July 10th that, effective immediately, import duties on CRT TV picture tubes as well as displays and other components used to manufacture flat panel TVs under 19” are now exempted from import duty.  The...

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