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Processor family presents higher performance with real-time processing

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced the new Sitara AM437x processor family that integrates support for industrial protocols for both automation and industrial drives and includes new features such as dual camera for data terminals with bar code scanning.

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Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

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Infographic: My boss is going to get somebody killed

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry....

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Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

July 1, 2014 6:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc.,...

July 2014: Opto & Displays

July 1, 2014 5:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While Hollywood often focuses on technology that’s not quite available in the real world, sometimes what’s depicted on-screen eventually makes its way into the market or even into a military convoy. Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood follows the evolution of the display technology seen in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as it moves from just an idea on a screen to a real-life communication tool.

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The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

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Engineering Live: AC vs. DC

July 1, 2014 3:54 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

In the old war of currents between Edison and Tesla, Tesla’s alternating current proved to be the winner in grid distribution. We wonder if it will prevail when it comes to local and regional distribution. The new distribution extends deeper than the power grid....

Multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection

July 1, 2014 3:52 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZVE Series from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) is a low-capacitance, surface-mount multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection. High capacitance can distort or even block communications signals. Since the ZVE Series is a multilayer varistor, it is inherently bi-directional....

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Oscilloscopes integrate a deep measurement toolset

July 1, 2014 3:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has introduces the WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes featuring the MAUI advanced user interface. This user interface integrates a deep measurement toolset and multi-instrument capabilities into a user experience centered on a large 10.1” touch screen....

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Letters to the Editor: The societal risks of self-driving cars

July 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. As exciting as these new technologies may be, some have a few concerns of the risks involved with such advancements....

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Zero tolerance for xenon

July 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the U.S. medical isotope producer NorthStar have signed a RadioXenon Emissions Pledge. Through this document, NorthStar pledges to cooperate with the CTBTO....

Review: Android Wear is about simplifying future

July 1, 2014 1:59 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do....

Research proves shock wave from explosives causes significant eye damage

July 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. According to a recent study, ocular injuries now account for 13 percent of all battlefield injuries....

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Reigning in chaos in particle colliders yields big results

July 1, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When beams with trillions of particles go zipping around at near light speed, there's bound to be some chaos. Limiting that chaos in particle colliders is crucial for the groundbreaking results such experiments are designed to deliver. In a special focus issue of the journal Chaos....

Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study. Around 4 billion years ago, the first molecules of life came together on the early Earth and formed precursors of modern proteins and RNA....

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