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Special air filter blocks small particles called UFPs from getting inside cars

February 24, 2014 7:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While taking in the scenery during long road trips, passengers also may be taking in potentially harmful ultrafine particles (UFPs) that come into the car through outdoor air vents. Closing the vents reduces UFPs, but causes exhaled carbon dioxide to build up.

LG to offer its first smartwatch this year

February 24, 2014 2:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. says it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile communications division, said...

FCC’s re-write of Net Neutrality rules will likely come up short

February 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s good news on the Net Neutrality front, and then there’s not-so-good news. First, the good news: On Wednesday, February 19, the Federal communications Commission announced it would not challenge the Federal Court’s ruling that vacated the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules and would instead rewrite its rules.

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Apple, Samsung fail to settle before March trial

February 22, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple and Samsung have failed to settle their patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month. That's according to a court filing the companies made Friday in the 2-year-old case before Judge Lucy Koh in the...

LED light ideal for use in mining applications

February 21, 2014 4:56 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.

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Photo-etching precision parts enable minimal tooling cost

February 21, 2014 3:53 pm | Tech-Etch Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to materials such as tungsten, titanium, elgiloy, MP35N, nitinol, and polyimide film, Tech-Etch (Plymouth, MA) has now developed a process to photochemically etch polyester sheets up to .010" thick. All of the advantages of photo etching, clean burr-free edges, the ability to create intricate features with minimal tooling cost, and fast delivery...

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Researchers say distant quasars could close a loophole in quantum mechanics

February 21, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a paper published this week in the journal Physical Review Letters, MIT researchers propose an experiment that may close the last major loophole of Bell's inequality — a 50-year-old theorem that, if violated by experiments, would mean that our universe is based not on the textbook laws of classical physics....

Sustainable manufacturing system to better consider the human component

February 21, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new approach toward "sustainable manufacturing" that begins on the factory floor and tries to encompass the totality of manufacturing issues – including economic, environmental, and social impacts.

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New calibration confirms LUX dark matter results

February 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new high-accuracy calibration of the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) dark matter detector demonstrates the experiment's sensitivity to ultra-low energy events. The new analysis strongly confirms the result that low-mass dark matter particles were a no-show during the detector's initial run, which concluded last summer.

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Scientists create powerful artificial muscle with fishing line

February 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are using fibres from fishing line and sewing thread to create inexpensive artificial muscles that could be used in medical devices, humanoid robots, prosthetic limbs, or woven into fabrics. In a study published today in Science, international researchers...

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Nanoscale pillars could radically improve conversion of heat to electricity

February 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the development of improved solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling equipment, and even the creation of new devices that could turn the vast amounts of heat wasted at power plants into more electricity.

New apps may help detect seizures, treat strokes

February 21, 2014 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two new smart phone applications may help people detect epileptic seizures and get better stroke treatment, according to two studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

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Vibration energy the secret to self-powered electronics

February 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A multi-university team of engineers has developed what could be a promising solution for charging smartphone batteries on the go — without the need for an electrical cord. Incorporated directly into a cell phone housing, the team's nanogenerator could harvest and convert vibration energy from a surface....

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Microparticles show molecules their way

February 21, 2014 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Michigan/USA has produced novel microparticles, whose surface consists of three chemically different segments. These segments can be provided with different (bio-) molecules.

Tracking catalytic reactions in microreactors

February 21, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A pathway to more effective and efficient synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs and other flow reactor chemical products has been opened by a study in which for the first time the catalytic reactivity inside a microreactor was mapped in high resolution from start-to-finish.

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