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Dual-output sensor targeted at the automotive, industrial, white goods, and commercial markets

April 30, 2014 10:55 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces the release of a unique dual-output sensor solution, the ATS605, that provides a single IC to rotational position sensing applications with a ferrous gear target. Providing a single IC allows for uncomplicated mechanical design and installation....


Molecular networks provide insights for computer security, Carnegie Mellon finds

April 30, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The robust defenses that yeast cells have evolved to protect themselves from environmental threats hold lessons that can be used to design computer networks and analyze how secure they are, say computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. Environmental "noise" is a key evolutionary pressure....

Direct current, another option to improve the electrical power transmission

April 30, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electricity is normally transmitted by means of alternating current, but it is not the only way and not always the best one.In some cases, high voltage direct current (HVDC) is used. In Spain, for example, there is only one direct current line, the one that connects mainland Spain with the Balearic Islands....


A small connection with big implications: Wiring up carbon-based electronics

April 30, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carbon-based nanostructures such as nanotubes, graphene sheets, and nanoribbons are unique building blocks showing versatile nanomechanical and nanoelectronic properties. These materials which are ordered in the nanoscale, that is, in the dimension of a millionth of millimetre....

New lab-on-a-chip device overcomes miniaturization problems

April 30, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UNSW Australia chemists have invented a new type of tiny lab-on-a-chip device that could have a diverse range of applications, including to detect toxic gases, fabricate integrated circuits and screen biological molecules. The novel technique developed by the UNSW team involves printing a pattern of miniscule droplets of a special solvent onto a gold-coated or glass surface....

Ex-Anonymous spokesman pleads guilty to charges

April 30, 2014 9:55 am | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A writer and activist linked to the hacking collective Anonymous pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday alleging that he shared stolen data and posted an online threat saying he would try to harm a federal agent who was investigating him. Barrett Lancaster Brown, 32, pleaded guilty in Dallas federal court....

Russian official: The US should use trampolines to get to space

April 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back when Russia first began “acquiring” Ukraine, NASA immediately cut all ties with the Slavic republic, except for efforts related to the International Space Station (the US relies on Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS). And now, after a fresh round of US sanctions, a Russian defense official has a helpful suggestion — the US should use trampolines to get into space....


A river runs through it

April 30, 2014 8:20 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech is renowned for transforming real-world challenges into teachable moments. Such was the case with the planning for the Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) – currently under construction on 10th Street – a project that in turn led to the development of...


Harnessing magnetic vortices for making nanoscale antennas

April 30, 2014 5:18 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal-generating or receiving antennas and other electronic applications. 

Microsoft to sell Xbox One console in China

April 30, 2014 12:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will start selling its Xbox One video game console in China in September. Microsoft Corp. says it is launching the system through a partnership with BesTV New Media Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group. Microsoft says the system will be available throughout China. Video...

Graphene not all it's cracked up to be

April 29, 2014 2:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobile in lakes or streams and therefore likely to cause negative environmental impacts if released....

High voltage Reed switch is presented as world’s smallest

April 29, 2014 2:47 pm | Standex Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics (Cincinnati, OH) announced the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch. At a maximum glass length of 10.5 mm and an overall lead length of 34.5 mm, the KSK-1A35/1 can...


Solving a mystery of thermoelectrics

April 29, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Materials that can be used for thermoelectric devices — those that turn a temperature difference into an electric voltage — have been known for decades. But until now there has been no good explanation for why just a few materials work well for these applications, while most others do not....


Experiment on Earth demonstrates effect observed in space

April 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce some of the most stunning objects seen in space. Astronomers have seen them shooting out of young stars just being formed, X-ray binary stars and even the supermassive black holes at the centers of large galaxies....


Proving uncertainty: New insight into old problem

April 29, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nearly 90 years after Werner Heisenberg pioneered his uncertainty principle, a group of researchers from three countries has provided substantial new insight into this fundamental tenet of quantum physics with the first rigorous formulation supporting the uncertainty principle as Heisenberg envisioned it....


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