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Solar energy-driven process could revolutionize oil sands tailings reclamation

September 24, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Edmonton—Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry....

GaN power transistor half bridge enables 12-V to 1.2-V PoL system efficiency at 25 A

September 24, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EPC (El Segundo, CA) announced the EPC2100, an enhancement-mode monolithic GaN transistor half bridge. By integrating two eGaN power FETs into a single device, interconnect inductances and the interstitial space needed on the PCB are ...

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Grant to help find why people reveal information online

September 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Penn State researchers have received a $262,383 grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand why people disclose or withhold private information during online transactions. Researchers from Penn State's College of Communications ...

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2-D materials' crystalline defects key to new properties

September 24, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Understanding how atoms "glide" and "climb" on the surface of 2D crystals like tungsten disulphide may pave the way for researchers to develop materials with unusual or unique characteristics, according to an international team of researchers....

Nanotechnology leads to better, cheaper LEDs for phones and lighting

September 24, 2014 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting....

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Cyber Week 2014: Netanyahu, Kaspersky, and Gold tackle cyber 'game-changers'

September 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that cyber defense solutions will serve as the essential basis for human development and economic growth in this century — I think it's happening before our very eyes," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ...

MOSFET driver addresses technology advances in battery operated tools

September 24, 2014 12:45 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC4606, a 85V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85V MOSFET Driver family first launched in 2013....

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NRL researchers develop novel method to synthesize nanoparticles

September 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a novel one-step process using, for the first time in these types of syntheses, potassium superoxide (KO2) to rapidly form oxide nanoparticles....

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Most stars are born in clusters, some leave 'home'

September 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New modeling studies from Carnegie's Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up. These protostars are born out of rotating clouds of dust and gas, which act....

Solar explosions inside a computer

September 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The shorter the interval between two explosions in the solar atmosphere, the more likely it is that the second flare will be stronger than the first one. ETH Professor Hans Jürgen Herrmann and his team have been able to demonstrate this, using model calculations....

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China developing subsonic stealth bomber

September 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to early reports, China is developing a new stealth bomber to counter American influence in the Far East and firm up its own leadership and force-projection ability. We’ve previously discussed America’s plans to replace the illustrious SR-71 Blackbird ...

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3U Open VPX VITA 62-compliant power supply offers five outputs, 550 Watts of power

September 24, 2014 11:58 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced its fourth COTS VPXtra Power Supply designed to support the rigors of mission critical airborne, shipboard, vehicle and mobile VPX applications, as well as high-end industrial applications.

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Laser sensor promises optimized performance for positioning and measuring

September 24, 2014 11:25 am | Banner Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) has expanded its L-Gage LE family of laser sensors with the new LE250. Optimized for measurements ranging from 100 mm to 400 mm, the LE250 features desirable measurement precision and a small laser spot size.

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Micro coaxial cable assemblies carry EMI hardened DC power

September 24, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a broad range of highly-custom, micro coaxial cable assemblies intended to deliver signal and power. Leveraging its in-house and proprietary coaxial cable extrusion and termination capabilities …

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Taking advantage of graphene defects

September 24, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electronic transport in graphene contributes to its characteristics. Now, a Russian scientist proposes a new theoretical approach to describe graphene with defects—in the form of artificial triangular holes—resulting in the rectification of the electric current....

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