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Hardware-based solutions counter medical device security concerns

April 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep security features that cannot be bypassed by traditional software methods....

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Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 21, 2014 8:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the cleanest fluids in the human body. And on a protracted space mission lasting more than a year (one-way) — to Mars, for example — that fact becomes critically important....

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5 features an Amazon phone might offer

April 18, 2014 2:10 pm | by Mae Anderson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone, and it isn't clear what such a device might offer in the way of distinctive features. Some...

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

April 18, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found. The team successfully took thermal images of a person through a piece of the new plastic....

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Bright points in sun's atmosphere mark patterns deep in its interior

April 18, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface. New research that uses data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, to track bright points in the solar atmosphere...

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Photos of the Day: Helicat 22 looks like hybrid between helicopter and boat

April 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is a catamaran that looks like a helicopter but glides like a decadent boat. It’s able to cruise 0-30 mph in whitecap waves at 5 mpg. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy. The HeliCat 22 burns only 4-13 gph, getting 5 to 3.5 miles per gallon....

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First Earth-size planet is discovered in another star's habitable zone

April 18, 2014 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of astronomers that includes Penn State scientists has discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery was made with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope....

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Impurity size affects performance of emerging superconductive material

April 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University finds that impurities can hurt performance – or possibly provide benefits – in a key superconductive material that is expected to find use in a host of applications, including future particle colliders. The size of the impurities determines whether they help or hinder the material's performance....

UT Dallas professor to develop framework to protect computers' cores

April 18, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas cybersecurity expert Dr. Zhiqiang Lin has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to develop a defense framework that burrows deep into a computer system to protect its core. The Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) provides up to $360,000....

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'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning

April 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it," may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida's College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds....

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years

April 18, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Asteroid and comet impacts can cause widespread ecological havoc, killing off plants and animals on regional or even global scales. But new research from Brown University shows that impacts can also preserve the signatures of ancient life at the time of an impact....

White House updating online privacy policy

April 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain....

AC/DC Hall effect measurement system includes 7-inch magnet

April 18, 2014 10:52 am | Lake Shore Cryotronics | Product Releases | Comments

The new Model 8407 Hall effect measurement system from Lake Shore Cryotronics (Westerville, OH) features a 7-inch magnet for measuring mobilities at the low end of the DC field measurement range, from 1 to 106 cm2/V s. Like Lake Shore’s existing Model 8404 with 4-inch magnet, it can be ordered with AC field measurement capabilities....

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90-degree PCB connector system promises space savings

April 18, 2014 10:31 am | Erni Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ERNI (Richmond, VA) has expanded its M12 wire-to-board connector product offering to include a center axis, PCB edge mounting connector that saves significant board space when compared to top mount right angle connectors, according to the company. The M12 90-Degree PCB Connector System mates according to

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Under some LED bulbs, whites aren't 'whiter than white'

April 18, 2014 10:24 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer | News | Comments

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white," but now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of whites may all look the same, according to experts in lighting....

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This is what shooting a drone with a machine gun looks like

April 18, 2014 9:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On today’s edition of destroying things with machine guns, we find ourselves in Arizona during the semi-annual Big Sandy Shoot, which is the largest machine-gun shoot in the US. We also find ourselves learning a valuable lesson: It’s really hard to shoot down drones....

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