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Antenna booster designed to provide worldwide, multiband mobile coverage

November 6, 2013 4:33 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support of the new mXTEND antenna booster from Fractus, S.A. (Fractus). The mXTEND (part number FR01-S4-250) is specifically designed to provide multiband performance in mobile and other wireless devices....

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1200 watt power supply achieves 94% platinum efficiency

November 6, 2013 4:14 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced today the D1U54P series of 54mm wide 1200 Watt front-end power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. With industry leading efficiency of greater than 94% and a power density in excess of 28 Watts per cubic inch, these low-profile units measure only 54.5 x 321.5 x 40 mm and fit the industry standard 1U package format.

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Monkeys use minds to move 2 virtual arms

November 6, 2013 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a study led by Duke researchers, monkeys have learned to control the movement of both arms on an avatar using just their brain activity. The findings, published Nov. 6, 2013, in the journal Science Translational Medicine, advance efforts to develop bilateral movement in brain-controlled prosthetic devices for severely paralyzed patients.

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Reference platform promises fast, secure smart meter designs

November 6, 2013 3:55 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its Capistrano reference platform targeting designers of smart meters looking to reduce time to market, attain higher accuracy, and secure their designs. Using the company's Zeus metering SoC, Capistrano protects designs with advanced cryptography, physical attack

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Stanford researchers surprised to find how neural circuits identify information needed for decisions

November 6, 2013 3:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While eating lunch you notice an insect buzzing around your plate. Its color and motion could both influence how you respond. If the insect was yellow and black you might decide it was a bee and move away. Conversely, you might simply be annoyed at the buzzing motion and shoo the insect away.

A sight for sore eyes: New accuracy for 60mm mortars

November 6, 2013 3:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The handheld mortar has long been a staple for the U.S. Marine Corps, and yesterday the weapon got a major boost as combat instructors at Marine Corps Base Quantico successfully conducted a live-fire demonstration of a new mortar sight, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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Human touch makes robots smarter: On learning context-driven user preferences

November 6, 2013 3:05 pm | Videos | Comments

In this video, the robot does not know how to move a knife safely and learns through Interactive zero-G and tablet touch user interaction on Baxter for grocery checkout application. With high degree-of-freedom manipulators, one needs to find a trajectory that is not only valid from a geometric point-of-view (i.e., feasible and obstacle-free, the criterion that most existing planners focus on), but also satisfy the user's preferences.

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3D printers: A cheap solution for amputees and those with genetic defects

November 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

“Not to worry, I’ll just print another hand.” This statement would belong in a work of fiction a few years ago, but today, it is reality for those missing fingers or limbs. Prosthetics have come a long way from the archaic image of a pirate hobbling around his ship on a wooden peg leg.

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UN: CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

November 6, 2013 1:50 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

World carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday. The heat-trapping gas, pumped into the air by cars and smokestacks, was measured at 393.1 parts per million last year, up 2.2 ppm from the previous year....

'Smart foam' takes aim at concussions by measuring helmet impact

November 6, 2013 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Concussions in college and professional football are under the microscope more than ever these days, but they don't seem to be slowing down in frequency. Nearly every game produces an incident where a player suffers "concussion-like symptoms." According to the CDC, more than 1.6 million sports-related concussions happen annually....

Smart water meters stop money going down the drain

November 6, 2013 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A project by Griffith University's Smart Water Research Facility has discovered that using 'smart' water meters to identify leaks in and around the home can result in significant savings. Project Leader, Associate Professor Rodney Stewart, said the benefits are more than just household savings. There are also wider environmental and economic issues at stake.

Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 percent, says new research

November 6, 2013 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The researchers, from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering, have shown that mixing plutonium-contaminated waste with blast furnace slag and turning it into glass reduces its volume by 85-95 per cent. It also effectively locks in the radioactive plutonium, creating a stable end product.

Updating building energy codes: How much can your state save?

November 6, 2013 12:49 pm | News | Comments

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The state-by-state reports were the product of a new building energy efficiency analysis tool developed by NIST.

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3-dimensional carbon goes metallic

November 6, 2013 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A theoretical, three-dimensional (3D) form of carbon that is metallic under ambient temperature and pressure has been discovered by an international research team. The findings, which may significantly advance carbon science, are published online this week in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Perfect faults: A self-correcting crystal may unleash the next generation of advanced communications

November 6, 2013 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined with an international team to engineer and measure a potentially important new class of nanostructured materials for microwave and advanced communication devices.

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