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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: LED Engin wins for Solid-State Lighting

May 27, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The first intelligent, compact, single-emitter light engine from LED Engin delivers directional light with halogen-style dimming, hugging the black body curve from 3000K down to1800K. Luminous flux is 1100 lumens, equivalent to a 60W halogen lamp....

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Photos of the Day: An Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 3:05 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Taking a cue from comic books, the U.S. military has been developing an exoskeleton that looks suspiciously like Iron Man. The armor is known as the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), and the team is supposedly turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers" for help....

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Smaller accelerators for particle physics?

May 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It took every inch of the Large Hadron Collider's 17-mile length to accelerate particles to energies high enough to discover the Higgs boson. Now, imagine an accelerator that could do the same thing in, say, the length of a football field. Or less. That is the promise of laser-plasma accelerators....

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Aircraft fuel consumption can be reduced by 15 percent

May 27, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two aircraft engine concepts, geared turbofan and open rotor, can enable a significant reduction to aircraft fuel consumption. With open rotor, the potential reduction is 15 per cent. These are the findings of Linda Larsson at Chalmers University of Technology, who has analysed and evaluated the two concepts....

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Scientists develop new hybrid energy transfer system

May 27, 2014 2:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis. From photosynthesis to respiration, the processes of light absorption and its transfer ...

Google Glass adaptation opens the universe to deaf students

May 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can't see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can't see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That's why a group at Brigham Young University launched the "Signglasses" project....

New method discovered to protect against chemical weapons

May 27, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that some compounds called polyoxoniobates can degrade and decontaminate nerve agents such as the deadly sarin gas, and have other characteristics that may make them ideal for protective suits, masks, or other clothing....

This technology is the future of virtual reality

May 27, 2014 1:52 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It really only takes a few minutes of conversation with me to realize that I am a huge nerd. I’m the woman that goes out with friends and says things like, “did you read about that researcher that 3D-printed a human skull?” or “Did you see the tweet that Russian diplomat sent about the ISS?” My friends and family, good people that they are, are generally pretty happy to indulge me.

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Automotive engineers explore future mobility, protection

May 27, 2014 1:19 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

When Gen. Dennis Via, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general, visited the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center earlier this year, he said, "We don't know where the next contingency will be, but there will be another contingency."

Fast MCUs target developers’ functional safety industrial, medical, automotive and transportation designs

May 27, 2014 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) introduced its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications. Unique to the Hercules MCU platform, these two new floating-point devices offer…

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The IoT and PoE: A Perfect Match

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

For those of you who regularly read my blog posts to keep up with the goings on of IEEE802.bt task force, I am going to change things up a bit and talk about one potential application for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)—Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Normally, a description of the IoT involve...

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May 15 2014: ECN IMPACT Awards

May 27, 2014 9:28 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In our May 15 issue, ECN is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards. These 27 winners represent the products, services, and companies that changed the design engineering landscape in 2013. David Mantey, ECN’s Editor-in-chief, offers his congratulations to the winners and finalists of this prestigious award and writes about the award ceremony on May 6 in his Editor’s View note.

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Breakthrough shows how DNA is 'edited' to correct genetic diseases

May 27, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has made a major step forward in our understanding of how enzymes 'edit' genes, paving the way for correcting genetic diseases in patients. Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Münster and the Lithuanian Institute of Biotechnology have observed the process....

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Physics panel to feds: Beam us up some neutrinos

May 27, 2014 9:14 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. should build a billion-dollar project to beam ghostlike subatomic particles 800 miles underground from Chicago to South Dakota, a committee of experts told the federal government Thursday. That would help scientists learn about these puzzling particles, called neutrinos, which zip right through us....

Students 'blast off' after space program saved

May 27, 2014 9:08 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, students at Northeast High School have virtually saved mankind from a meteor, discovered water on Mars and repaired the International Space Station. But their current mission to establish a habitat on the moon was nearly aborted because of education budget cuts....

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