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Polymer gel, heal thyself: University of Pittsburgh proposes new composites that regenerate when damaged

November 26, 2013 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed to regenerate-themselves, replenishing the damaged or missing components, and thereby extend their lifetime and reduce the need for costly repairs?

CEA announces new awards and events for 2014 International CES

November 26, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced a series of new awards and events for the 2014 International CES, including the Breakthrough of the Year Awards, Engadget Best of CES Awards and the UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies....

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Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performance

November 26, 2013 11:41 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do, the Illinois team published its results in the journal Nano Letters.

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Flashes of brilliance

November 26, 2013 11:37 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Spontaneous bursts of light from a solid block illuminate the unusual way interacting quantum particles behave when they are driven far from equilibrium. The discovery by Rice University scientists of a way to trigger these flashes may lead to new telecommunications equipment and other devices that transmit signals at picosecond speeds.

Chubu Electric to finish smart meter introduction ahead of schedule

November 26, 2013 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chubu Electric Power Co. on Tuesday unveiled a plan to complete introducing next-generation electricity meters to all households in the utility's service area some two years and three months ahead of its original schedule. Akihisa Mizuno, president of the Nagoya-based utility, said the company could slash costs for fiscal 2016...

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High-speed 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane is presented as industry’s first

November 26, 2013 11:27 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions announced what it asserts is the industry’s 40 Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane. The new Hybricon Gen3 OpenVPX 6U six-slot Backplane is designed for the end-to-end transmission of the high speed data required for demanding ground and airborne

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Mouser stocks new Microchip temp sensors

November 26, 2013 10:37 am | Mouser Electronics, Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the new EMC118x family of temperature sensors from Microchip Technology, the first with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications. The low-voltage I/O support on the EMC118x family of temp sensors allows for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet, and PC chipsets.

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Functional safety solution provides diagnostic software for the RX CPU core

November 26, 2013 10:31 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the development of a functional safety software package for its 32-bit RX631 and RX63N microcontroller (MCU) Groups. The new solution provides diagnostic software for the industry-leading RX CPU core....

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Software supports users of Zytronic’s ZXY200 multi-touch controller

November 26, 2013 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

In order to help make the setting up of its single/dual PCT and multi-touch MPCT touchscreen solutions as straightforward and time efficient as possible, Zytronic has now introduced a user-friendly software package. The new, ZyConfig smart set-up tool introduces a simple-to-follow sequential approach....

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Phase shifters offer a frequency range up to 12 GHz

November 25, 2013 4:14 pm | Vaunix Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Vaunix Technology Corporation has added two new models to the their Lab Brick Phase Shifter family, the LPS-402 and LPS-123. The LPS-402 offers a frequency range of 2 – 4 GHz while the LPS123 ranges from 8 – 12 GHz. The phase for both models can be set from the easy to install and use GUI....

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From Mercury to Morocco and onward to Yale: A meteorite’s tale

November 25, 2013 4:09 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Talk about a precious stone — the largest piece of the only known meteorite from the planet Mercury has found its way to Yale, where it is now on display at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Known as NWA 7325, the fist-size, greenish space rock is a rarity among rarities:  there just aren’t many verified planetary meteorites.

Capacitive touch controllers provide 5V operation and improved proximity performance for consumer and automotive applications

November 25, 2013 3:55 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced a new family of capacitive touch controllers—the CAP12XX Family. These turnkey capacitive touch controllers expand the CAP11XX RightTouch product portfolio, providing a wide variety of slider, button and proximity functionality.

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Cyber resilience metrics needed to meet increased threats

November 25, 2013 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cyber threats are rapidly emerging as one of the primary security concerns for the nation and global community as targeted cyber attacks can cause severe consequences to critical infrastructure and sectors of the economy. Recent calls for action have brought the concept of "resilience" in the face of cyber attacks...

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X-rays reveal another feature of high-temperature superconductivity

November 25, 2013 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Classical and high-temperature superconductors differ hugely in the value of the critical temperatures at which they lose all electrical resistance. Scientists have now used powerful X-rays to establish another big difference: high-temperature superconductivity cannot be accounted for by the mechanism that leads to conventional superconductivity.

New Taiwan Exhibition Co-Location Bridges LED Manufacturing and Lighting Supply Chains

November 25, 2013 1:30 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMI announced that starting in 2014, LED Taiwan, the only LED manufacturing-focused exposition in Taiwan, will co-locate with the Taiwan International Lighting Show, Taiwan’s largest solid state lighting exhibition and conference.

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