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Hubble monitors supernova in nearby galaxy M82

February 27, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There is a supernova explosion designated SN 2014J in the galaxy M82. At a distance of approximately 11.5 million light-years from Earth it is the closest supernova of its type discovered in the past few decades. The explosion is categorized as a Type Ia supernova....

Photos of the Day: Hotel smartphone "keys"

February 27, 2014 9:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Starwood Hotels & Resorts wants to replace traditional plastic room keys with smartphone apps. The app would allow guests to skip check-in and go straight to their rooms. The idea of keyless entry is nothing new — see: keyless vehicle entry, industrial security, office ID cards, etc. — but applying it to hotels is certainly novel.

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Hotel smartphone "keys" are a horrible idea

February 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

One forward-thinking hotel chain wants to replace those easy-to-lose, plastic room keys with a smartphone app. It’s a horrible idea. OK, let’s back up. That chain is Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is one of the savvier hotel options out there. Starwood is smart about making the most of new and popular technology.

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Study finds social-media messages grow terser during major events

February 27, 2014 8:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the last year or two, you may have had some moments — during elections, sporting events, or weather incidents — when you found yourself sending out a flurry of messages on social media sites such as Twitter. You are not alone, of course: Such events generate a huge volume of social-media activity.  Now a new study shows that social-media messages grow shorter as the volume of activity rises at these particular times.

Artificial muscles that do the twist

February 27, 2014 8:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the heart, as in the movies, 3D action beats the 2D experience hands down. The heart is not alone. The human body is replete with examples of soft muscular systems that bend, twist, extend, and flex in complex ways. Engineers have long sought to design robotic systems with the requisite actuation systems that can perform similar tasks, but these have fallen short.

Software development kit increases application and device performance

February 27, 2014 8:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digia (Nuremberg) has released a major update to Qt Enterprise Embedded, the fully-integrated solution that enables users to get started immediately with software development for an embedded device with a tailored user experience. The Qt Enterprise Embedded update introduces several new value-add features....

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Tesla plans new battery factory; will employ 6,500

February 26, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people. Tesla plans to start construction this year and complete the factory in 2017. The Palo Alto,...

Enclosure gaskets exhibit excellent shielding effectiveness over a broad frequency range

February 26, 2014 4:45 pm | Leader Tech Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech (Tampa, FL) beryllium-copper fingerstock gaskets are an ideal choice for making reliable electrical contact between parallel seams (mating surfaces) that are created by enclosure access doors and panels. Features include hundreds of easy-to-install styles and sizes to accommodate thousands of enclosure applications.

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90W AC/DC desktop power supply boasts industry’s slimmest package

February 26, 2014 4:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners (Hudson, MA) announces the PEAD90SLF Series of single output AC/DC desktop switching power supplies, which provide up to 90W of power. The standard input voltage range of 90-264VAC (47 to 63Hz) converts to output voltages of 12VDC, 18VDC, 19VDC and 24VDC....

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Can quantum communication work for underwater vehicles and sensors?

February 26, 2014 4:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Chinese physicists say quantum key distribution is possible through clear ocean water at distances of up 125 metres and at data rates capable of sending a secure video feed.When it comes to sending information securely, there is one technique that leaves all other in the shade.

Manufacturing in America Symposium

February 26, 2014 3:31 pm | Events

Siemens and Electro-Matic will be holding two days of excitement in Detroit at Ford Field. We are expecting over 1500 executives, technology leaders, educators, students and innovators in the manufacturing industry to come together and explore how technology is driving a manufacturing resurgence in America.

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32 HD motor designed for rough operating conditions

February 26, 2014 3:21 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new maxon (Fall River, MA) EC-4pole 32 HD motor has been designed for extremely rough operating conditions, particularly applications in deep drilling. Deep drilling technology (called “downhole drilling” in the field of oil and gas exploration) makes it possible to recover oil and gas from depths of more than 2500 m.

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Photos of the Day: The Armatix iP1 smart gun

February 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Armatix GmbH .22 iP1 smart gun system works in conjunction with a wristwatch. Both the gun and watch contain RFID chips which communicate with each other and unlock the pistol. Without the watch, the gun won’t operate. In 2002, New Jersey passed a controversial gun-control that required all guns to contain personalization technology....

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Tiny camera sees for the blind

February 26, 2014 2:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, PD&D Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have the hardware and software capabilities to develop devices that are approaching the same level as human vision. The devices can recognize objects, scenarios, and context. According to Erez Na'aman, OrCam Technologies vice president of engineering and business development, OrCam took this technology in hand....

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Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, Stanford-led study says

February 26, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the past 24 years, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, has been developing a complex computer model to study air pollution, energy, weather and climate. A recent application of the model has been to simulate the development of hurricanes.

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