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Algae 'see' a wide range of light

May 1, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Aquatic algae can sense an unexpectedly wide range of color, allowing them to sense and adapt to changing light conditions in lakes and oceans. The study by researchers at UC Davis was published earlier this year in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

Google to stop mining student emails for ad ideas

May 1, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Google will stop looking for advertising ideas in the emails of students using a suite of the Internet company's free products tailored for schools. The changes announced Wednesday affect Google's "Apps for Education" service that has been offered to schools for the past seven years....

Check out the newest NASA space suit design

May 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear which space suit design the public chose for the future trips to Mars. About a month ago, NASA announced they would hold a content to select what the suits would look like.  Let’s take a moment to review the suit, itself. It’s called the Z-2 and is the successor to the Z-1 suit....

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Will “wearables” be the next big thing?

May 1, 2014 8:22 am | by Bradd Johnson, Torex USA | Blogs | Comments

To reduce the size of their end product, engineers require smaller and more integrated components. Height becomes an issue, and many engineers request components no greater than 1mm in height. Thus component manufacturers must be sensitive to X, Y, and Z dimensions when they combine several functions into a single component....

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Playing pool with carbon atoms

May 1, 2014 2:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Arizona-led team of physicists has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, more commonly known as pencil lead, with an electric field, an important step toward the possible use of graphene in microprocessors that would be smaller and faster than current, silicon-based technology....

Astronomers observe corkscrew nature of light from a distant black hole

April 30, 2014 4:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the first time an international team of astronomers has measured circular polarisation in the bright flash of light from a dying star collapsing to a black hole, giving insight into an event that happened almost 11 billion years ago. Dr Peter Curran from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research ...

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Wheeler says FCC won't allow Internet 'slow lane'

April 30, 2014 4:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told The Cable Show on Wednesday ...

NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

April 30, 2014 4:13 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA announced Wednesday the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA...

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Developer's kit includes a VCA with a built-in feedback sensor and a programmable controller

April 30, 2014 3:36 pm | Bei Kimco Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

To help customers get started with Voice Coil Actuators (VCA) and the sometimes confusing electronics needed for building a system, BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) has introduced the VCA Developer's Kit - the first of its kind in the market. The completely self-contained kit includes a VCA....

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Socket probe adapter designed to interface with 0.5mm pitch Fine pitch Ball Grid Array packages

April 30, 2014 3:23 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics' (Eagan, MN) PB-BGA133A-Z-01 Socket Probe Adapter which allows high-speed testing of BGA device while accessing the signals using testers via header pins. Features of the PB-BGA133A-Z-01 include shortest possible trace length for maximum speed....

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Hall-effect joystick features momentary rotation

April 30, 2014 3:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Grayhill, Inc. (LaGrange, IL) has introduced the compact Series 67B Joystick, a Hall-Effect joystick with a pushbutton and momentary knob rotation for additional interface options. The joystick travels 20 degrees in each X and Y direction as well as momentary rotation around the Z axis....

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Rechargeable solid-state batteries designed for nano-wearables and IoT devices

April 30, 2014 2:58 pm | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) will be demonstrating EnerChip rechargeable solid-state batteries for various Wearable Technology (WT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices at the Internet of Things Developers Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA May 7-8, 2014....

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Pluggable, tension-spring connection system provides quick installation and wiring safety

April 30, 2014 2:52 pm | Conta-Clip Inc | Product Releases | Comments

The ZST pluggable, tension-spring connection system from Conta-Clip (Somerset, NJ) features modular and flexible connection technology for quick installation and wiring safety. Using the ZST tension-spring connection, pluggable wiring is possible up to...

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Photos of the Day: Unearthing the E.T. Atari game from a New Mexico landfill

April 30, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

If any single game was responsible for the great video game crash of 1983 – and the eventual collapse of Atari as the premier gaming company – it was E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Often considered the worst video game ever made, E.T. was created in a rush, and the finished product bore little resemblance to the beloved movie....

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Information technology can simplify weight-loss efforts; social support still important for success

April 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69 percent of adults in the United States are currently overweight or obese, which puts these individuals at increased risk for chronic health problems. Although weight loss decreases this risk, statistics show that dieters often fail multiple times before meeting their goals....

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