Subscribe to ECN Magazine News
View Sample

FREE Email Newsletter

ECN Daily

When noise gets electrons moving

December 4, 2014 4:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Studying the motion of electrons in a disordered environment is no simple task. Often, understanding such effects requires a quantum simulator designed to expose them in a different physical setup. This was precisely the approach adopted by ...

EU companies must boost R&D to stay globally competitive

December 4, 2014 4:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world ...

Pulsars with black holes could hold the 'holy grail' of gravity

December 4, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein's theory of relativity, especially when these objects are paired up with another neutron star or white dwarf that interferes with ...


Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

December 4, 2014 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with ...

Technology breakthrough reveals cellular transcription process

December 4, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new technology that reveals cellular gene transcription in greater detail has been developed by Dr. Daniel Kaufmann of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the research team he directed. "This new research tool offers ...

New optical technique extracts audio from video

December 4, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Those formerly silent walls can "talk" now: Researchers have demonstrated a simple optical technique by which audio information can be extracted from high-speed video recordings. The method uses an image-matching process based on vibration from ...

Experts see Korean parallels in Sony hack

December 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY and YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year. Sony is ...

Laser sniffs out toxic gases from afar

December 4, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have developed a way to sniff out tiny amounts of toxic gases -- a whiff of nerve gas, for example, or a hint of a chemical spill -- from up to one kilometer away. The new technology can discriminate one type of gas from another with ...


White House uses web intelligence against climate change

December 4, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

Following a presentation by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the White House has just released the Climate Resilience Toolkit, a new decision support initiative that makes use of the innovative text analysis and knowledge visualization services of ...

Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Pennywell | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell (


Avnet Embedded named Dell OEM’s Americas OEM Partner of the Year

December 4, 2014 9:14 am | by Avnet | Comments

Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., today announced it has been named a winner in Dell OEM’s channel program Partner of the Year Awards for Dell’s Fiscal Year 2015. The annual awards ...

"Bionic Bra" inches closer to reality

December 4, 2014 8:27 am | by University of Wollongong | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics ...


The first artificially intelligent cat toy

December 3, 2014 5:39 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Three ECE ILLINOIS alumni are on their way to crowdfunding the first artificially intelligent cat toy. Dave Cohen, Michael Friedman, and David Jun have created Mousr, a robotic toy for cats that's taken the Internet by storm. The team's Kickstarter page ...


Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?

December 3, 2014 5:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The ability to detect when to harvest "climacteric" fruits -- such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes -- at the precise moment to ensure "peak edibleness" in terms of both taste and texture may soon be within reach for farmers, thanks to the work of a team of researchers from ...

Clothes can monitor and transmit biomedical info on wearers

December 3, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks. This technological ...


You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.