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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Sensors

May 1, 2015 2:01 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Our increasingly automated world makes sensors a prime category for innovation. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category include, but are not limited to: sensors, MEMS, accelerometers, gyroscopes/position sensors ...

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Bourns’ FLAT Gas Discharge Tube named as 2015 ECN Impact Award Finalist

May 1, 2015 1:56 pm | Comments

Bourns, Inc. announced that its FLAT Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technology has been named a finalist for a 2015 ECN IMPACT Award in the “passive components and discrete” category. Compared to a Bournssurface mount 8 mm GDT ...

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IU researcher looks to Internet as new frontier in collecting data on the mind

May 1, 2015 10:54 am | by Indiana University | Comments

With Apple's launch of new health tracking tools for the iPhone and medical researchers' forays into Facebook to recruit clinical trial volunteers, Web and mobile apps are increasingly seen as a new source for health data. But psychologists are also looking to the Internet as ...

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Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster

May 1, 2015 10:51 am | by Princeton University | Comments

During the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice the amount of ice in its western portion compared with what it accumulated in the east, according to Princeton University researchers who came to one overall conclusion ...

Online voting a step closer thanks to breakthrough in security technology

May 1, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Birmingham | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a technique to allow people to cast their election vote online - even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses. Taking inspiration from the security devices issued by ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: RF Amplifiers

May 1, 2015 10:45 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Amplifiers are important in wireless communications for increasing the voltage, current, or power of a signal. They accept a varying input signal and produce an output signal that varies the same way, but with larger amplitude.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Passive Components & Discrete Semiconductors

May 1, 2015 10:41 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Passive components don’t require external power to function, but they play a powerful role in today’s electronics by performing a variety of tasks. Resistors, capacitors, coils, inductors and filters are just some of the product types this category aims to honor.

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Photos of the Day: Amazon CEO launches unmanned test flight

May 1, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In the latest development in the commercial space race, the private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos launched their unmanned spaceship in its maiden test flight.

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High-tech 'Smart Care' apartment aims to improve health care for seniors

May 1, 2015 9:58 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to ...

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Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

May 1, 2015 9:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writers | Comments

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and ...

Engineering a better solar cell

April 30, 2015 4:18 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more ...

Rehab robot HARMONY introduced by UT Austin engineers

April 30, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton that could provide a new method of high-quality, data-driven therapy to patients suffering ...

UH-led team successfully observes the solar eclipse over the Arctic

April 30, 2015 4:12 pm | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

The international Solar Wind Sherpas team, led by Dr. Shadia Habbal of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy, braved Arctic weather to successfully observe the total solar eclipse of March 20 from Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen ...

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Japanese premier to tout bullet train in California visit

April 30, 2015 4:07 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is starting a three-day visit to California with plans to check out some of the region's tech innovations, lend support to expanded commercial ties and even promote a Japanese-made bullet train during a meeting with the state's governor.

A BRAIN Initiative first: New tool can switch behavior 'on' and 'off'

April 30, 2015 3:59 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have perfected a noninvasive "chemogenetic" technique that allows them to switch off a specific behavior in mice - such as voracious eating....

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