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'Smart' lithium-ion battery warns of fire hazard

October 13, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones....

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

October 13, 2014 9:16 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day. Mayor Bill de Blasio - apparently the first mayor to have ...

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

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Facebook's Zuckerberg pushes global Internet in Indonesia

October 13, 2014 4:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On his first visit to Facebook-crazy Indonesia, Mark Zuckerberg met the president-elect, spread the word about his company's global Internet-access initiative and posted a photo of himself at an ancient Buddhist temple. The Facebook CEO arrived Sunday....

Companies are harvesting your "voiceprint"

October 13, 2014 4:30 am | by Raphael Satter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals ...

Automated imaging system will aid world hunger

October 12, 2014 5:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Penn State University have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants. The technique, believed to be the first of its kind ...

AC fans adhere to IP54 standards

October 10, 2014 3:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek (Mentor, OH) introduces a series of high-performance, low-cost AC fans, the HPLC series, which have been tested to IP54 and withstand harsh environmental conditions, including dust and water. With industry-leading prices, these fans ...

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Observing the quantum behavior of light

October 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons — the particle complement of light waves — and sometimes only one photon at a time....

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Big data could accelerate the pace of new medical discoveries

October 10, 2014 2:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets. The 3-year project, a collaboration with ...

Thermocouple logger performs spot temperature readings

October 10, 2014 1:56 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Lascar EL-ENVIROPAD-TC — a conveniently-sized thermocouple-based temperature meter for spot temperature readings with additional built-in data-logging and graphing functionalities....

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Pressure transducers intended for aerospace and defense applications

October 10, 2014 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 Corporation LTD (Grand Island, NY) announced the global market introduction of the Model 7300, a rugged, flight qualified, differential pressure transducer for aerospace and defense testing requirements. Design and development ...

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Casting and encapsulating compound designed for low toxicity requirements

October 10, 2014 1:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Epoxies, Etc. (Cranston, RI) has released a new plant-based potting, casting and encapsulating compound for electronic applications with low toxicity requirements. Called 20-2121 Polyurethane, this environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional ...

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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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