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Cheap solar power—at night

April 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

New solar thermal technologies could address solar power’s intermittency problem.When the world’s largest solar thermal power plant—in Ivanpah, California—opened earlier this year, it was greeted with skepticism. The power plant is undeniably impressive....

Terminal block with pushbuttons ideal for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) introduces the new 2061 Series SMD PCB Terminal Blocks with Pushbuttons, ideal for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics. The perfect connection for incoming power to an LED driver, or for higher power LED modules...

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Planar transformers combine high efficiency and low leakage inductance

April 8, 2014 1:31 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) has released two new series of surface-mount planar transformers for power over Ethernet (PoE) and -48V network power applications. The PL160 Series is rated for 160 Watts between 200 kHz and 700 kHz with a nominal 48 V input....

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Photos of the Day: 'Electronic skin' can store and deliver medicine

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas in Austin have developed a wearable device known as “electronic skin” that can store and transmit data and release drugs into the skin. The device is a bit like an electronic parfait — layers of stretchable nanomaterials in a tiny package....

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Watch an engineer deal with moronic requests from marketing

April 8, 2014 10:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

This sketch provides a decent approximation of what meetings feel like for engineers — or anyone with a technical job, really — as they try to interpret the vague, confusing, and otherwise bizarre requests from non-technical people. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this on occasion....

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Flush-mountable infrared LED offers high radiant intensity

April 8, 2014 9:54 am | by ECN Staff | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors now enables remote control functionality to be incorporated in a lower profile than ever before thanks to the first flush-mountable infrared LED. The compact side-looking T-shaped Midled SFH 4140 offers high radiant intensity....

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This ‘electronic skin’ will revolutionize medicine

April 8, 2014 8:56 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It’s as thin as a temporary tattoo, but you definitely won’t get one in a cereal box. The creators of this “electronic skin” say that the technology could “one day aid patients with movement disorders or epilepsy.” It’s the first of its kind that can store information and deliver medicine through the skin....

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Aircraft Interiors Expo

April 8, 2014 8:32 am | Events

Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 is the world's biggest aircraft interiors exhibition! Make sure you don't miss out on experiencing everything the industry has to offer all under one roof in just 3 days. Be a part of the world's largest Aircraft Interiors exhibition to view the latest and best innovations....

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Five from EELive, part one

April 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | eConais, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The 2014 edition of EELive is in the rear-view mirror. Along with the damp weather, spirits were dampened, too. Perhaps the show is going through an identity crisis given the recent name changes or the success of Embedded World. In fact, when I spoke to exhibitors about their new product offerings that coincide with the show, some responses began with

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Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels

April 7, 2014 4:42 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week....

Watching for a black hole to gobble up a gas cloud

April 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Right now a doomed gas cloud is edging ever closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. These black holes feed on gas and dust all the time, but astronomers rarely get to see mealtime in action. Northwestern University's Daryl Haggard has been closely watching the little cloud....

Iowa State scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered

April 7, 2014 4:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person's body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain....

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To bridge LEDs' green gap, scientists think small ... really small

April 7, 2014 4:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the "green gap," a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown....

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Identify strategies for cultivating microalgae more efficiently to produce biodiesel

April 7, 2014 4:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, the public body that reports to the Sub-ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community, has coordinated a research project to cultivate microalgae....

New algorithm aids in both robot navigation and scene understanding

April 7, 2014 4:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you're using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some odd turns, and for a while you lose sight of your landmarks....

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