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Audi adds diesel to compact SUV

October 16, 2013 11:50 am | by ANN M. JOB - For The Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi's best-selling sport utility vehicle, the Q5, gets even better in 2014 with the addition of a six-cylinder, diesel engine that is fuel-thrifty yet muscular. The federal government mileage ratings for the new-for-2014 Q5 TDI with turbocharged and direct-injection V-6 — 24 miles per gallon in...

Here is the military-issued rifle for every country in the world

October 16, 2013 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's always pretty interesting to see what other military forces are working with, so Maps on the Web has graced us with this baby, which takes a look at the military rifles of all the countries. Each color signifies a particular "family" of guns with variations signified by shading of the same color.

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Zoomable holograms pave the way for versatile, portable projectors

October 16, 2013 10:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine giving a presentation to a roomful of important customers when suddenly the projector fails. You whip out your smartphone, beam your PowerPoint presentation onto the conference room screen, and are back in business within seconds. This career-saving application and others like it are the promise of a new generation of ultra-small projectors.

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Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency

October 16, 2013 10:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.

Photos of the Day: Restoring surgeons' sense of touch during minimally invasive surgeries

October 16, 2013 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify the edges of hidden tumors and to locate hidden blood vessels and other anatomical structures....

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Need motivation? There's an app or gadget for that

October 16, 2013 5:47 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Welcome to the measured life. When Tim Davis of Beaver, Pa., tipped the scales at 318 pounds two years ago, he bought a Fitbit gadget to track his physical activity and the Lose It! app on his phone to track calories. He bought a Wi-Fi-enabled scale that published his daily weight on his Twitter...

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Front end power supply delivers 80 Plus Platinum efficiencies

October 15, 2013 5:01 pm | Tectrol | Product Releases | Comments

Tectrol introduces its new TFE3000-54, a 3,000 watt 1U hot swap power supply delivering 80 Plus Platinum efficiencies with leading power density of 33.48W/in3. The TFE3000-54 offers a floating DC output of 54V which is adjustable from 42-55VDC making it ideal for Power-Over-Ethernet, Telecom, and Networking applications.

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Size matters in the giant magnetoresistance effect in semiconductors

October 15, 2013 4:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a paper appearing in Nature's Scientific Reports, Dr. Ramesh Mani, professor of physics and astronomy at Georgia State University, reports that a giant magnetoresistance effect depends on the physical size of the device in the GaAs/AlGaAs semiconductor system.

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To live and learn: Making memories has to be a speedy business

October 15, 2013 4:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The brain is plastic - adapting to the hundreds of experiences in our daily lives by reorganizing pathways and making new connections between nerve cells. This plasticity requires that memories of new information and experiences are formed fast. So fast that the body has a special mechanism, unique to nerve cells, that enables memories to be made rapidly.

Rotary flange torque sensor measures up to 8,000 lb-ft at speeds up to 15,000 RPM

October 15, 2013 4:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies has announced the global market introduction of the BT400 Series Bluetooth Non-contact Radio-Coupled Rotary Flange Torque Sensor. This high-performance torque sensor provides radio transmission of measured data, requires relatively little space for installation, and is capable of measuring torque up to 8000 lb-ft, at speeds up to 15,000 rpm.

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Cloud computing: The next frontier for silicon photonics

October 15, 2013 3:52 pm | by Arlon Martin, VP of Marketing, Contracts & Government Affairs, Kotura | Articles | Comments

The movement to tap silicon photonics as an underlying technology for higher performance, low-power consumption data centers is well underway. In fact, fast interconnects have become a pacing factor for the industry, particularly as data centers become the backbone for cloud computing, which continues to accelerate with market demand.

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Q&A with Karim Wassef of GE Energy Management

October 15, 2013 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Dr. Karim Wassef, general manager of the Embedded Products business unit for GE’s Critical Power business about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

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Hygienic control power & data cables receive UL and CSA approvals

October 15, 2013 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

HELUKABEL recently announced that its NANOFLEX line of hygienic control power and data cables have been approved by UL and CSA. With these latest approvals, the NANOFLEX series can be used in U.S. and Canadian industries that require machinery and their component parts to resist the growth of micro-organisms.

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LED module dims smoothly from 2700K to 1800K

October 15, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree introduces the LMH2 LED Module with sunset dimming – Cree’s game-changing dimming technology that provides a dimming experience similar to incandescent lighting. The new module enables a natural dimming profile that was previously unachievable with any other energy-saving technology.

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RapidFIRE: Top ten 3D printers

October 15, 2013 2:41 pm | Videos | Comments

PD&D recently had the opportunity to review a couple of desktop 3D printers, the LulzBot TAZ and the Afinia H479 from Saelig. The review, while enlightening, only left us thirsting for more. Now that TAZ has shipped out, all that remains is a hole in a cube that begs to be filled.

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