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Team finds a better way to grow motor neurons from stem cells

March 31, 2014 6:14 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed. The finding, described in Nature Communications, will aid efforts to model human motor neuron development, and to understand and treat spinal cord...

Self-healing engineered muscle grown in the laboratory

March 31, 2014 4:16 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal....

What is a Black Box ?

March 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

What is a Black Box ? A flight data recorder is a highly sophisticated electronic recording device which is generally placed in an airplane. This device helps in facilitating the investigation the cause of an airplane accident or incident. If...

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Explosion-proof work light outputs 12,500 lumens

March 31, 2014 2:03 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a 150 watt Class 2 Division 1 explosion proof LED light mounted on a non-sparking aluminum base. The EPLC2-PM-150LED-100 explosion proof LED light can illuminate up to 10,000 square feet of work space....

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The best internship I’ve ever had

March 31, 2014 1:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and editor, but before working here I was ready to shelve that dream. I came to ECN from several solid months of terrible luck on the job front. Before my interview, I remember painstakingly researching the magazine and feeling my knees shake....

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Beginning FPGAs

March 31, 2014 1:36 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

An hour later, you can join me to explore the very basics of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in FPGAs - Light at the End of the Learning Curve. The session is on Tuesday, April 1st, from 3:30 - 4:30, in...

HD and FHD smartphones ramping quickly in 2014

March 31, 2014 1:15 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Display resolution in smartphones is changing rapidly. In our Smartphone Quarterly report, we forecast that HD (720×1280) and FHD (1080×1920) resolution smartphones are growing the fastest this year. The key drivers are adoption of LTE, application processor development, and display cost...

U.N. climate report warns of increased risk to crops

March 31, 2014 1:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Crop yields are expected to decline due to climate change faster than scientists thought.A few years ago scientists thought climate change wouldn’t cause much harm to overall food production until temperatures in a region rose by three to four degrees Celsius compared to current levels....

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Power shunt resistors provide precise sensing of high currents

March 31, 2014 1:06 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) has expanded their line of Power Shunt Resistors to include the PSI and PSE series, which address higher-current applications. The power ratings of the PSE (5 Watts) and PSI (3 Watts) allow these resistors to offer a smooth current flow....

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Intelligent LED controller offers I2C control and low standby power

March 31, 2014 12:58 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced its new AC/DC LED driver Integrated Circuit (IC), the Marvell 88EM8189 featuring I2C compatible digital interface integration to connect with a networking microcontroller that runs a lighting control protocol, such as Zigbee, for smart wireless bulbs....

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A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

March 31, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Controlling and bending light around an object so it appears invisible to the naked eye is the theory behind fictional invisibility cloaks. It may seem easy in Hollywood movies, but is hard to create in real life because no material in nature has the properties necessary to bend light in such a way....

A robot walks into a bar

March 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The image of a joke-telling robot, that can tailor its repartee while performing a stand-up comedy routine, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)....

Researchers develop device that simulates gastro-intestinal tract

March 31, 2014 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A breakthrough in drug testing developed by a University of Huddersfield lecturer could lead to cheaper, more effective medicines. Dr Hamid Merchant is a member of the team that has created a device which accurately simulates the gastro-intestinal tract and how it absorbs medication....

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Never say never in the nano-world

March 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Objects with sizes in the nanometer range, such as the molecular building blocks of living cells or nanotechnological devices, are continuously exposed to random collisions with surrounding molecules. In such fluctuating environments the fundamental laws of thermodynamics...

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

March 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants....

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