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Equipment light designed to withstand extreme operating conditions

November 22, 2013 8:49 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has released a new equipment light designed to withstand extreme operating conditions while providing powerful and reliable high output illumination. The 1830L LED light is features a robust design and high output Seoul Z Power LEDs to provide a lighting solution ideal for military, law enforcement and marine applications.

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Episode 34 Bloopers: You're a long sentence!

November 22, 2013 8:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such a great sport!

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Photos of the Day: Network of electric car chargers stalled in Calif.

November 22, 2013 8:32 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year. By fortifying the state's still-spotty charging infrastructure, the settlement between NRG Energy Inc. and California energy regulators was sold as key to jump-starting enthusiasm....

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To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox?

November 22, 2013 3:01 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsoft's portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some...

5 Things to Know about $290 million Apple verdict

November 21, 2013 7:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying features of the iPhone and iPad. That was in addition to $640 million the South Korea-based Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San Jose...

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Nuclear technology: Keeping your food safe

November 21, 2013 5:07 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

As we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinners this week, we probably won't be thinking about radiation. While most of us do not connect “food” with “radiation,” all food is naturally radioactive. Radiation also helps us treat food to make it free of bacteria and viruses.

Engineering Update #34: The world's fastest jet luge

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics (http://www.mouser.com). I'm Kasey Panetta, managing editor of ECN. In this weeks episode: Daz Fellows has a custom jet luge, which features twin-turbines with a combined output of 537 pounds of thrust and a custom board made from carbon fiber, and next year, he will attempt to reach a speed of 300 mph.

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Electronic tilt sensor can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously

November 21, 2013 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DURAKOOL is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customers' exact specifications.

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The first robot suicide

November 21, 2013 2:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

At least that’s what hysterical media reports would have you believe. The standard account goes something like this – tired of doing its master’s bidding (er, cleaning), an iRobot Roomba 760 made history by committing the first robot suicide. The poor guy chose an especially gruesome way to kick the bucket, committing self-immolation by driving itself onto a kitchen hotplate....

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PhoneBloks are Legos for adults

November 21, 2013 1:20 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Finally, adults don’t have to relinquish the joy of playing with blocks! Most of the fun in Legos lies with the customizable nature of the toy and the ability to stray from the image on the box to create something truly unique. Dutch designer Dave Hakkens channeled this childhood pastime into a new kind of functional and distinctive smartphone design called PhoneBloks

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Solar-powered battery woven into fabric overcomes hurdle for 'wearable electronics'

November 21, 2013 11:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands. This novel battery development, which could usher in a new era of "wearable electronics," is the topic of a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

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Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense

November 21, 2013 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A computer program called the Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) is running 24 hours a day at Carnegie Mellon University, searching the Web for images, doing its best to understand them on its own and, as it builds a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale.

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Magnetic nanoparticles could aid heat dissipation

November 21, 2013 11:01 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Cooling systems generally rely on water pumped through pipes to remove unwanted heat. Now, researchers at MIT and in Australia have found a way of enhancing heat transfer in such systems by using magnetic fields, a method that could prevent hotspots that can lead to system failures.

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Scientists create perfect solution to iron out kinks in surfaces

November 21, 2013 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new technique that allows curved surfaces to appear flat to electromagnetic waves has been developed by scientists at Queen Mary University of London. The discovery could hail a step-change in how antennas are tailored to each platform, which could be useful to a number of industries that rely on high performance antennas for reliable and efficient wireless communications.

USC Viterbi engineers cut time to 3-D print heterogeneous objects from hours to minutes

November 21, 2013 10:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a faster 3D printing process and are now using it to model and fabricate heterogeneous objects, which comprise multiple materials. Although 3D printing – or direct digital manufacturing – has the potential to revolutionize various industries...

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