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Professors' super waterproof surfaces cause water to bounce like a ball

May 20, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a basement lab on BYU's campus, mechanical engineering professor Julie Crockett analyzes water as it bounces like a ball and rolls down a ramp. This phenomenon occurs because Crockett and her colleague Dan Maynes have created a sloped channel that is super-hydrophobic, or a surface that is extremely difficult to wet....

Termite genome lays roadmap for 'greener' control measures

May 20, 2014 1:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has sequenced the genome of the Nevada dampwood termite, providing an inside look into the biology of the social insect and uncovering new genetic targets for pest control. Michael Scharf, a Purdue University professor of entomology who participated in the collaborative study, said the genome could help researchers....

Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength

May 20, 2014 1:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A recent study into the biomechanics of the necks of ants – a common insect that can amazingly lift objects many times heavier than its own body – might unlock one of nature's little mysteries and, quite possibly, open the door to advancements in robotic engineering....

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Engineers build world's smallest, fastest nanomotor

May 20, 2014 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body....

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Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Blogs | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

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4 major phone carriers providing text-to-911

May 20, 2014 1:01 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sometimes a voice call to 911 just won't work, such as for deaf people in need of help or in certain domestic violence cases. Now, in a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s ...

Photos of the Day: "Glorious Leader!" satirizes North Korea with unicorns and Dennis Rodman

May 20, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Remember when North Korea’s “Glorious Leader”, Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly defeated the entire United States with help from Dennis Rodman and unicorns? Yeah, me neither, but this brilliant satire does. And it sprung from the most unlikely source — the video game world....

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Isolated LED driver ICs deliver up to 12 W output, desirable accuracy

May 20, 2014 11:49 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced its LYTSwitch-2 family of isolated LED drivers. The new IC family, which delivers up to 12 W of accurately controlled output power, substantially reduces component count, resulting in simpler, smaller, more reliable LED lighting designs, according to the company.

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Lighting creates a turning point in the LED industry

May 20, 2014 11:22 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Looking at earnings results for LED companies, it is apparent that 2013 was a turning point for the LED industry. On a revenue basis, LED package companies are growing and performing better than LED chip companies. LED package companies have expanded their business model to modules....

Multi-cell battery monitors increase safety, protection for 12-V to 48-V industrial Li-ion batteries

May 20, 2014 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the first scalable, multi-cell battery monitors that significantly improve battery pack safety and reduce design time of 12-V to 48-V lithium-ion and lithium-iron phosphate batteries…

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Handheld enclosures include integrated cable glands

May 20, 2014 10:38 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated cable glands are available as standard on OKW’s SMART-CASE range of handheld enclosures. They help to protect the cable as well as further enhance the aesthetics of this popular range. Integrated cable glands can be specified for

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Why don’t the highly educated smoke?

May 20, 2014 10:25 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

It’s well established that adults with college degrees are much less likely to smoke than adults with less education, but the reasons for this inequality are unclear. A new Yale study shows that the links between smoking and education in adulthood are in fact explained by characteristics and...

Studies: Wildfires worse due to global warming

May 20, 2014 9:34 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three different studies and reports have warned that wildfires are getting bigger, that man-made climate change is to blame....

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Young people hold Middle East peace talks online

May 20, 2014 9:30 am | by IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the collapse of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, hundreds of thousands of young people across the Middle East are talking reconciliation online, a former Israeli peace negotiator and founder of the movement said Monday. Uri Savir, himself an ex-peace negotiator between Israel and the Palestinians ...

Converter modules offer very high density, efficiency

May 20, 2014 9:28 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor (Andover, MA) announced a new platform of isolated, regulated DC/DC converter modules based on the company’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Delivering up to 2X the power density of conventional DC/DC converters…

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