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Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device more famous for its brief appearance in a kitschy ‘80s flick than any real functionality. And since then — for better or worse — most hand motion-sense devices have been gloves....

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Lord of the microrings

October 30, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang, a physicist with ...

Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

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Why solar power is the future

October 30, 2014 4:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

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EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise

October 30, 2014 4:06 pm | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks. The director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, Udo Helmbrecht, told The Associated Press....

Army "smartsuit" would create stronger, faster soldiers

October 30, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

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LED power supply includes universal input range of 100 to 277VAC

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co. Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the low-cost 40 Watt GLC Series. The 40 Watt GLC has a universal input range of 100 to 277VAC and offers output currents of 900, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1800, 2200, and 2400mA....

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New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans

October 30, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets....

The science of charismatic voices

October 30, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi's perception among his party's followers -- from appearing authoritarian to benevolent....

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Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings

October 30, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative. In a study to be published in an upcoming issue of Current Biology ...

Through 3D-printed prosthetic, Illinois students lending a hand in Ecuador

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For most amputees, the road to a more fun recreactional prosthetic device is slow and costly. However, thanks to a student-led research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, that might be changing, which is especially good news....

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for simpler device manufacturing

October 30, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface....

Scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds

October 30, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. In a paper published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X ...

Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet

October 30, 2014 9:32 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I dropped my cable TV service more than a year ago and have been relying on Netflix, Hulu and other services to fill my television needs. But I get my shows at least a day late. With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air....

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Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect us all

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Ohio University: Russ College of Engineering and Technology | Blogs | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world....

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EMC probe set detect EMI emissions up to 12GHz

October 29, 2014 5:38 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the availability of the TNP6Gx Near-Field EMI Probe Set - ideal for investigating interference sources, estimating interference field strengths, verifying shielding and filtering designs, identifying faulty components ...

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