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Use of private social media affects work performance

November 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a new study, Use of Social Network Sites at Work: Does it Impair Performance?, Postdoctoral Fellow Cecilie Schou Andreassen and colleagues at the University of Bergen's (UiB) Department of Psychosocial Science looked at the consequences of ...

New findings could help keep satellites and space debris from colliding

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. To predict the orbits--and potential collisions--of all this stuff, scientists must ...

Cats and athletes teach robots to fall

November 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that's how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu ...

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Software to automatically outline bones in x-rays

November 13, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Amidst a national shortage of radiographers in the UK and an increasing requirement for researchers to work with large databases of radiograph images, the software which is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ...

New process isolates promising material

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

After graphene was first produced in the lab in 2004, thousands of laboratories began developing graphene products worldwide. Researchers were amazed by its lightweight and ultra-strong properties. Ten years later, scientists now search for ...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

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Engineering Update #85 Bloopers

November 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor Kasey Panetta and Digital Editor Jason Lomberg for ...

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AC/DC power supplies designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), the MPG-120S series is a family of high performance 120W open-frame AC/DC power supplies specifically designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards. Fabricated on a ...

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Pressure transmitters achieve ATEX certification

November 13, 2014 9:52 am | American Sensor Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (Mt. Olive, NJ) has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability for equipment manufacturers ...

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Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

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Study at SLAC explains atomic action in high-temperature superconductors

November 13, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory suggests for the first time how scientists might deliberately engineer superconductors that work at higher temperatures. In their report, a team led by SLAC and Stanford University ...

Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves

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

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical ...

A new approach to atomic timekeeping

November 13, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be — a wristwatch, a smartphone, or an alarm clock — will always trace back to the atomic clock. The international standard for time is set by atomic clocks — room-sized ...

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New partnership to further commercialization of graphene

November 13, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The University of Manchester have signed a memorandum of understanding to help move the potential benefits of graphene closer to practical use, by accelerating the commercialisation of the remarkable 2D ...

5 questions about the historic comet landing

November 13, 2014 8:59 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency has achieved a historic first - landing a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet speeding through our solar system at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph). Here are answers to five questions about the space mission....

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