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Motor driver family reduces spin-up time to just seconds

December 8, 2014 1:03 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its motor driver portfolio with a new 12-V motor driver family that reduces spin-up time to just seconds and makes tuning stepper and brushed DC motors easier than ever before. The DRV8846 incorporates a ...

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Evidence of life on Mars?

December 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2012 the Mars Science Laboratory landed in the fascinating Gale crater. The Gale crater is of such great interest because of the 5.5 km high mountain of layered materials in the middle. This material tells an intricate story of the history of Mars, perhaps ...

High engagement in comment sections can curb internet trolling

December 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scrolling through the comments section on a news site is like seeing a verbal war before your eyes. Internet trolls flourish in an anonymous world, so much so that sites like Reuters and Popular Science have done away with the comment sections altogether....

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Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

December 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage ...

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

December 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of ...

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Mobile apps still collect information on kids

December 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile consumers hasn't stopped app developers from collecting vast ...

7 largest US districts to teach computer science

December 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday. The school districts encompassing New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami ...

VCO features output power of +5 dBm min

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CC-2500-2500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.0V~3.3 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent ...

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Power amplifier serves 27 – 31GHz applications

December 8, 2014 9:47 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a 36.5 dBm GaN power amplifier serving 27 – 31GHz applications in SatCom, Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint radios. The TriQuint TGA2594-HM is a hermetic, 7x7mm ...

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Researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency!

December 8, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UNSW Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The record efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by ...

Unusual electronic state found in new class of superconductors

December 8, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional ...

Technique allows low-cost creation of 3-D nanostructures

December 8, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3-D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is ...

Review: Standout phone features, but do you need?

December 8, 2014 9:03 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life. The novel features in these phones aren't going to be necessities for everyone (especially at these prices). But if ...

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How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

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This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

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