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Entries open for ECN IMPACT Awards, celebrating excellence in electronics design

August 12, 2014 | Comments

Companies from across the global electronics design landscape are invited to submit their stand-out products and services — in 24 categories — for consideration by a panel of judges for the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards. The entry period opens today at www.ecnawards.com and ends January 19, 2015....

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Photos of the Day: The Parrot Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 2:32 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor for the flight altitude. An ultrasonic sensor is included for precision flying near the ground, and its vertical camera at 60 fps ...

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Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads

September 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. A paper describing ...

From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation

September 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have succeeded in teleporting the quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometres of optical fibre. The experiment, carried out in the laboratory of Professor Nicolas Gisin, constitutes a first....

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Where is that spacecraft?

September 22, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. "Unlike the air and missile defense environments where objects ...

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The accelerator of molecular motors

September 22, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To their surprise, it turned out to be an old acquaintance: a certain module of the familiar protein Pex22p, which has hitherto always been considered an anchor protein. The researchers report their findings in PLoS One. Peroxisomes are of vital importance....

Breezy science, plant studies and more head to space station on SpaceX-4

September 22, 2014 1:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine a dragon flying through the heavens on mighty, outstretched wings. The majestic beast knows the currents of winds and how to harness their power as it soars above the clouds. SpaceX's real Dragon- the company's spacecraft that transports ...

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New 'star' shaped molecule breakthrough

September 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created. Known as a 'Star of David' molecule, scientists have been trying....

Dartmouth's new ZEBRA bracelet strengthens computer security

September 22, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a big step for securing critical information systems, such as medical records in clinical settings, Dartmouth College researchers have created a new approach to computer security that authenticates users continuously while they are using a terminal....

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Safely on the road in electric cars

September 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Systematic light-weight construction is a decisive component of efficient electric vehicles. Yet, during Euro NACP testing light-weight L7E class vehicles (max. empty weight of 400 kg) show substantial deficits in some areas. Because the requirements ...

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Modern Day Marine: ONR features technology for marines of the future

September 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From virtual training to laser weapons, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) this week is showcasing a range of technologies at Modern Day Marine exposition that will prepare Marines as they continue to face an increasingly complex security landscape....

New RFID technology helps robots find household objects

September 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a new search algorithm that improves a robot’s ability to find and navigate to tagged objects. The team has implemented their system on a PR2 robot , allowing it to travel through a home and correctly locate....

Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars

September 22, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have shown how gravitational waves—invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the universe—might be "seen" by looking at the stars. The new model proposes that a star that oscillates at the same frequency....

Sandia magnetized fusion technique produces significant results

September 22, 2014 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year. The experimental work is described in a paper to be published....

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NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around Red Planet

September 21, 2014 11:31 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is ...

Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinised

September 21, 2014 3:30 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research....

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