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Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

September 16, 2014 | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency ...

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A new sensor development could aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 16, 2014 4:23 pm | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a constant....

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High-voltage modules provide an isolated 100 to 1500 VDC output

September 16, 2014 3:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pico Electronics (Pelham, NY) launched their new SAR series of modules available with a 5 VDC or 12 VDC input to provide an isolated 100 to 1500 VDC output at 3 Watts that is adjustable down to 0 VDC output. Features include....

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PXI express remote controller supports high bandwidth up to 4 GB/s

September 16, 2014 3:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (St. Louis, MO) announced the release of its new PCIe-PXIe-8638 high performance PXI Express remote controller, enabling remote control of any PXI Express system directly via PC. Fully software- and driver-transparent ...

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FM-certified intelligent power module designed for wireless transmitters

September 16, 2014 3:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Perpetuum (Austin, TX) released its FM-certified Intelligent Power Module for the Honeywell XYR 6000 series wireless transmitters at the recent Honeywell Users Group meeting in San Antonio, TX. The IPM is a plug-and-play form, function ...

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The future face of molecular electronics

September 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take ...

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

September 16, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work by Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues could keep glass surfaces from windshields....

NASA announcing commercial crew winners

September 16, 2014 2:54 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency planned to announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station....

Cells simply avoid chromosome confusion

September 16, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Reproductive cell division has evolved a simple, mechanical solution to avoid chromosome sorting errors, researchers report in the Sept. 11 Science Express.This natural safeguard prevents incorrect chromosome counts and misalignments....

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Texas A&M professor helps to develop new device that detects radiation better

September 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

In a move that could have huge implications for national security, researchers have created a very sensitive and tiny detector that is capable of detecting radiation from various sources at room temperature. The detector is eight to nine orders of magnitude....

Major Asian markets set to lead growth over next five years

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

With legacy European markets continuing to decline, global solar PV demand is now being driven by Asian markets. Three of the Major Asia-Pacific countries are set to see annual demand double in 2014. The outliers in this trend are the UK and Australia....

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Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

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Miniature tactile switch offers illumination and IP67 ratings

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the TL6210 series tact switch, surface mount termination, miniature footprint, and sealed to IP67 ratings. It also offers illumination, with LED colors that include red, green, yellow, blue, white, and a ...

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Customer support programs becoming increasingly important in SSL industry

September 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Kim Peiler, application engineering manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors | Blogs | Comments

It is understandable for LED system designers to need additional support as they work to determine which products are best. To help them navigate through these new complexities in system design, some optoelectronic makers have established ...

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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

September 16, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Heat drives classical phase transitions—think solid, liquid, and gas—but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations ...

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

September 16, 2014 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager ...

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