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32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

July 8, 2014 2:26 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion....

The War on Error

July 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

Product recall is a key issue for the global medical devices industry. With expensively manufactured devices, as well as hard-earned brand reputations, routinely destroyed in the wake of a recall notice, the costs are high; productivity, profitability and speed to market are blown apart, while patient care also takes a hit....

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Reflective optical encoders target low power miniaturized motion control systems

July 8, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) announced a new series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices, the AEDR-87xx. The devices are suitable for use in low power miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators, piezoelectric drives and …

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3-position panel mount connector handles 22 A at 600 V

July 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Product (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of the Panel Mount Connector to the 3 Position Mini PL family of SPEC Pak sealed connectors. This compact, panel mountable connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V AC/DC (UL). The Panel Mount Connector is secured to a panel via a jam nut....

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5-A, 15-V 2-phase synchronous boost regulator offers 95 percent efficiency

July 8, 2014 12:40 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC3124, a dual-phase, 3-MHz, current-mode, synchronous boost DC/DC converter with output disconnect and inrush current limiting. According to the company, dual-phase operation significantly reduces …

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Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

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How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

July 8, 2014 8:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn....

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Bioelectronics could lead to a new class of medicine

July 7, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That's the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made enough promising advances to draw a big investment by a pharmaceutical giant....

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Finding real value in big data for public health

July 7, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of their kind....

Toward a new way to keep electronics from overheating

July 7, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer technology has transformed the way we live, but as consumers expect ever more from their devices at faster speeds, personal computers as well as larger electronic systems can overheat. This can cause them to slow down, or worse, completely shut down....

Inspired by nature, researchers create tougher metal materials

July 7, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Drawing inspiration from the structure of bones and bamboo, researchers have found that by gradually changing the internal structure of metals they can make stronger, tougher materials that can be customized for a wide variety of applications – from body armor to automobile parts....

The time devoted to both conventional and social media each day is growing

July 7, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones have made it far easier for people to find and exchange information and to make their views heard. In 2010, 14 per cent of the people of Sweden had access to a smartphone; three years later, in 2013, the figure is 67 per cent. More time is devoted to both online editions of traditional media and social media....

A million times better

July 7, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lasers have a fixed place in many fields of application. Yet, there are still wavelengths for which either no systems exist, or at best only large and expensive ones. On the other hand remote sensing and medical applications call for compact laser systems....

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Customization as standard

July 7, 2014 1:13 pm | by Hitaltech | Blogs | Comments

As design engineers are pushed by marketing to design an aesthetically pleasing product which can be differentiated from the competition, they are increasingly facing a situation where a standard, off the shelf enclosure no longer meets their requirements....

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Photos of the Day: A dragon motorcycle

July 7, 2014 12:54 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Orange County Choppers (OCC) partnered with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon. It includes a 3D-printed head, tail, and spikes made out of PC-ABS. The body, arms, and legs were machined out of a high density foam....

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