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15-75 watt switchers offer higher efficiencies and <0.5W no load power consumption

January 28, 2014 1:59 pm | Powergate Llc / Tracopower | Product Releases | Comments

PowerGate LLC announces the release of the TRACOPOWER TXM015/25/35/50/75 series of enclosed switching power supplies with improved efficiencies and reduced power consumption at no load. An optimized thermal design, conformal coating and a robust mechanical design qualify these products for use in harsh industrial environment.

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These heads-up display snow goggles could save your life (or kill you)

January 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I don’t ski or snowboard. I prefer to stay inside where it’s warm and there’s not a potential for frostbite or avalanches. So as someone who values general safety, I can approve of technology that gives people more control in their environment. Oakley, a sports equipment company, has introduced the new version 1.5 of its Airwave snow goggles....

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2014 Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program

January 28, 2014 1:07 pm | Events

SME, in cooperation with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and America Makes has established a team of advisors who have strategically defined the additive manufacturing body of knowledge. This body of knowledge serves as the basis for the Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program, which includes a review course and an exam.

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Facelift complications eased with help of new 3-D imaging technique

January 28, 2014 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Millions of people each year remove wrinkles, soften creases and plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called "liquid facelifts" and are said to be minimally invasive. It's rare, but sometimes things go wrong.

Crowdsourced RNA designs outperform computer algorithms, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford researchers say

January 28, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An enthusiastic group of non-experts, working through an online interface and receiving feedback from lab experiments, has produced designs for RNA molecules that are consistently more successful than those generated by the best computerized design algorithms, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University report.

River of hydrogen flowing through space seen with Green Bank Telescope

January 28, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomer D.J. Pisano from West Virginia University has discovered what could be a never-before-seen river of hydrogen flowing through space. This very faint, very tenuous filament of gas is streaming into the nearby galaxy NGC 6946....

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ORNL study advances quest for better superconducting materials

January 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nearly 30 years after the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity, many questions remain, but an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is providing insight that could lead to better superconductors. Their work, published in Physical Review Letters, examines the role of chemical dopants, which are essential to creating high-temperature superconductors....

New catalytic converter could cut fuel consumption and car manufacturing costs

January 28, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new catalytic converter that could cut fuel consumption and manufacturing costs has been designed by a scientist from Imperial College London. A catalytic converter is the component in a vehicle's exhaust system that eliminates some harmful emissions. Tests suggest that the new prototype could reduce fuel consumption....

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'Natural' engineering offers solution against future flooding

January 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Back-to-nature flood schemes which use the land's natural defences to slow river flow and reduce flooding could be a cost-effective way of tackling one of the biggest problems facing the UK today. The schemes – which include capturing flow upstream to prevent floods downstream where they are likely to have a greater impact on infrastructure and homes....

Microwires as mobile phone sensors

January 28, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Microwires were created in the former Soviet Union for military purposes. They formed the basis of the camouflage of a model of spy plane used by the Soviet army, but for a long time the scientific community has been studying them for other purposes. A study by the UPV/EHU's Magnetism Group is making progress....

Research could bring new devices that control heat flow

January 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are proposing a new technology that might control the flow of heat the way electronic devices control electrical current, an advance that could have applications in a diverse range of fields from electronics to textiles. The concept uses tiny triangular structures to control "phonons," quantum-mechanical phenomena that describe how vibrations travel through a material's crystal structure.

UH researchers create new flexible, transparent conductor

January 28, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Houston researchers have developed a new stretchable and transparent electrical conductor, bringing the potential for a fully foldable cell phone or a flat-screen television that can be folded and carried under your arm closer to reality. Zhifeng Ren, a physicist at the University of Houston and principal investigator at the Texas Center for Superconductivity...

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Gov't, Internet companies reach deal on disclosure

January 28, 2014 12:05 pm | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.

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WLAN-enabled devices facilitate the connection of CAN busses over WLAN

January 28, 2014 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEAK-System complements its new gateway product family by two other WLAN-enabled devices. The PCAN Wireless Gateways facilitate the connection of CAN busses over WLAN. For this, CAN frames are wrapped in TCP or UDP message packages and forwarded from one device to another over the IP network.

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Circular connector delivers 10 Gb ethernet performance in lightweight package

January 28, 2014 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity announces its new CeeLok FAS-T nano circular connector, a nano-miniature, rugged I/O connector capable of meeting 10 gigabit Ethernet performance. The proven, noise-cancelling contact configuration minimizes crosstalk, making it ideal for a variety of markets and applications....

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