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Polymer chip capacitors sized for space-conscious applications

December 9, 2014 9:24 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater ...

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This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

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Exploding batteries among 4 design fails this week

December 8, 2014 3:45 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Horizon Hobby is recalling its HobbyZone Super Cub S radio-controlled aircraft due to a fire hazard. Manufactured in China, the power supply units and chargers can overcharge the battery. The company has received 18 incident reports, including reports ...

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Linear position sensor designed for factory automation

December 8, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty ...

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Light propagation in solar cells made visible

December 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? Jülich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick. The photovoltaics researchers are working on periodic nanostructures that ...

New technique offers spray-on solar power

December 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Pretty soon, powering your tablet could be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap. That's Illan Kramer's hope. Kramer and colleagues have just invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using miniscule light-sensitive materials known a ...

Computers that teach by example

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society's conference next week, MIT researchers ...

45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors

December 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An odd, iridescent material that's puzzled physicists for decades turns out to be an exotic state of matter that could open a new path to quantum computers and other next-generation electronics. Physicists at the University of Michigan have discovered or confirmed ...

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X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry

December 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic ...

How many atoms does it take to predict the thermal expansion of liquid metals?

December 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to predict macroscopic physical and chemical properties from information derived at the micro-scale or atomic scale for various kinds of materials has yet to be perfected in the field of materials physics and chemistry. Although macro-scopic ...

Finding the Achilles' heel of GaN-based LEDs in harsh radiation environments

December 8, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials....

New research will help robots know their limits

December 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of UK researchers is embarking on a collaborative project to ensure that the autonomous robots we build in the future will be safer, making decisions that are ethical and follow legislation on robotics. Robots that can think and act without ...

Wearable fitness software automatically senses and interprets activity

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Lab (San Francisco, CA) unveils the ARDA Coaching Engine, a new, patented software platform that will redefine the wearable fitness tracker market by bringing real time context and intelligence to wearable fitness devices. The ARDA ...

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Motor driver family reduces spin-up time to just seconds

December 8, 2014 1:03 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its motor driver portfolio with a new 12-V motor driver family that reduces spin-up time to just seconds and makes tuning stepper and brushed DC motors easier than ever before. The DRV8846 incorporates a ...

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Evidence of life on Mars?

December 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2012 the Mars Science Laboratory landed in the fascinating Gale crater. The Gale crater is of such great interest because of the 5.5 km high mountain of layered materials in the middle. This material tells an intricate story of the history of Mars, perhaps ...

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