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ERA elects new officers for 2015-17 term

May 19, 2015 2:34 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Electronic Representatives Association (ERA) reports that its board of directors recently elected new national officers for the 2015-17 term. They are: chairman of the board - Paul Nielsen, CPMR, of Brainard-Nielsen Marketing in Elk Grove Village, Ill ...

Triad awards Digi-Key Corporation Top Global Distributor Award at EDS 2015

May 19, 2015 2:31 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Triad Magnetics has awarded Digi-Key Corporation its Top Global Distributor Award during the Electronic Distribution Show in Las Vegas. Digi-Key is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components, distributing products to more than 170 countries worldwide.

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Euro-drone project gets lift-off to challenge US

May 19, 2015 2:28 pm | by Agence France-Presse, Defence Talk | Comments

Brussels: A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models.

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Cicadas inspiration for US military’s new mini-drones

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Agence France-Presse, Defence Talk | Comments

US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.  

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Nature inspires first artificial molecular pump

May 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Using nature for inspiration, a team of Northwestern University scientists is the first to develop an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. This tiny machine is no small feat. The pump one day might be used to power other molecular machines, such as artificial muscles.

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element 14 announces build your own dreamboard finalists

May 19, 2015 2:04 pm | by element14 | Comments

element14 has unveiled the 16 finalists in its global DreamBoard initiative to find the ultimate development kit

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AT&T evolves beyond phones

May 19, 2015 1:55 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

AT&T's transition has been years in the making as wireless supplanted landline phones. But the move beyond phones - wireless or otherwise - is accelerating with the impending DirecTV purchase and a growth in car models with connectivity built in.

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Liquid metal antennas to play huge role in IoT

May 19, 2015 1:38 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers have held tremendous interest in liquid metal electronics for many years, but a significant and unfortunate drawback slowing the advance of such devices is that they tend to require external pumps that can't be easily integrated into electronic systems

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What makes cancer cells spread? New device offers clues

May 19, 2015 1:26 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Why do some cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body? A team of oncologists and engineers from the University of Michigan teamed up to help understand this crucial question.  

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Photos of the Day: Engineers test hydrogen burn-off igniters

May 19, 2015 10:49 am | by NASA | Comments

Sparks fly as a hydrogen burn-off igniter test is conducted May 5 at the Redstone Test Center on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. The igniters will be used for NASA's Space Launch System to burn off any free hydrogen that can potentially collect ...

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Scientist to develop virtual 'CyberHeart' to test, improve implantable cardiac devices

May 18, 2015 4:36 pm | by University of Maryland | Comments

A University of Maryland expert in the model-based testing of embedded software is working to accelerate the development of improved implantable medical devices used in the treatment of heart disease. W. Rance Cleaveland, a professor of computer science ...

Stanford scientists discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane

May 18, 2015 4:24 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Stanford University scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane. In a new study, the Stanford team demonstrates for the first time how methanogens ...

Trading in Bitcoin made easy through Stockholm exchange

May 18, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Investors can for the first time bet on the value of bitcoins through an established stock exchange after Nasdaq launched an index based on the cybercurrency in Stockholm, Sweden. Monday's launch of a bitcoin-based security on the Stockholm Stock Exchange allows ...

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Court agrees Samsung copied Apple, but reduces damage award

May 18, 2015 4:07 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A federal appeals court has agreed that Samsung illegally copied some of the patented features in Apple's iPhone. But the court sided with Samsung on one point in a long-running dispute, which means the South Korean company may end up paying less than the $930 million in ...

Tiny device could save lives on battlefield

May 18, 2015 3:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

Getting rapid treatment for wounds or injuries suffered on the battlefield can mean the difference between life and death. Army medical researchers recently developed "a device that will revolutionize triage," said Lt. Col. Robert Carter. In other words ...

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