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Northwestern researchers develop compact, high-power terahertz source at room temperature

October 10, 2013 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

radiation in the wavelength range of 30 to 300 microns — is gaining attention due to its applications in security screening, medical and industrial imaging, agricultural inspection, astronomical research, and other areas. Traditional methods of generating terahertz radiation, however, usually involve large and expensive instruments....

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Carbon's new champion

October 10, 2013 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when anyone can make it in bulk. If they do, they'll find carbyne nanorods or nanoropes have a host of remarkable and useful properties, as described in a new paper by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group.

Spinning-disk microscope offers window into the center of a cell

October 10, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new method of imaging cells is allowing scientists to see tiny structures inside the 'control centre' of the cell for the first time. The microscopic technique, developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, represents a major advance for cell biologists....

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Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

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LED arrays target the sub-1000 lumen commercial and residential markets

October 10, 2013 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux introduced its V Series of Chip-on-Board LED array products offering high flux density in small source size packages for sub 1000 lumen commercial and residential lighting markets where tight beam control and high quality light matter. The LED arrays initially consist of

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SATA III RAID controller cards combine SSD storage performance with standard hard drive capacity

October 10, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

StarTech.com announced two new PCI Express RAID controller Cards -- the PEXSAT34RH and PEXSAT34SFF -- which balance the performance characteristics of solid state storage with the capacity associated with standard hard drives. These cards feature

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Direct 'writing' of artificial cell membranes on graphene

October 10, 2013 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Writing in Nature Communications, researchers at The University of Manchester led by Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan, and Dr Michael Hirtz at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), have demonstrated that membranes can be directly 'written' on to a graphene surface using a technique known as Lipid Dip-Pen Nanolithography (L-DPN).

Swiss university launches Human Brain Project

October 10, 2013 9:20 am | News | Comments

A Swiss university has launched what it calls the world's most ambitious neuroscience project with a budget of 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion). The Human Brain Project, co-funded by the European Union, plans to use supercomputers to model the brain and then simulate drugs and treatments for diseases that cost hundreds of billions of euros annually in Europe alone.

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A glance at secret process behind Nobel delay

October 10, 2013 9:14 am | News | Comments

The Nobel Prize judges delayed the announcement of the physics winner by an hour Tuesday - but they can't say why for 50 years. Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the 2013 award for their theory about how subatomic particles acquire mass.

Study: Temperatures go off the charts around 2047

October 10, 2013 9:09 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot - permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047.

Photos of the Day: NASA diagnosing Jupiter-bound craft after flyby

October 10, 2013 8:56 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA engineers were troubleshooting why the Jupiter-bound spacecraft ran into some problems after successfully zipping past Earth to boost its speed toward the outer solar system. Despite the snag, the team said Wednesday Juno was on track to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016.

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Smartphone app allows full monitoring and control of network-connected power supplies over local wireless networks

October 10, 2013 8:42 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision launched its new “pwrApp” for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Adding greater value to its DC power solutions, B&K Precision’s pwrApp allows full monitoring and control of network-connected (via WLAN) XLN-GL series of power supplies over local wireless networks.

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Robot kit comes fully programmable in C language

October 10, 2013 8:12 am | Global Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Global Specialties today introduced the ASURO Robot. The ASURO is a small autonomous multi-sensored robot developed for educational purposes by the DLR, the German Aerospace Center (like NASA). Highly versatile, the ASURO is completely programmable in C.

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Global PC shipments fall for 6th quarter in row

October 9, 2013 6:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell in the third quarter of the year, the sixth straight quarter of decline as cheaper tablet computers and smartphones cut into demand, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner Inc. IDC said the market fell nearly 8 percent, to 81.6 million...

Digital step attenuator operates from 9 kHz to 8 GHz

October 9, 2013 5:36 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new high frequency, high power, 7-bit digital step attenuator (DSA) from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The PE43704 operates from 9 kHz to 8 GHz....

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