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Next-generation semiconductors synthesis

November 11, 2013 11:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Although silicon semiconductors are nearly universal in modern electronics, devices made from silicon have limitations—including that they cease to function properly at very high temperatures. One promising alternative are semiconductors made from combinations of aluminum, gallium, and indium with nitrogen...

A look at what next-next-gen games could offer

November 11, 2013 11:37 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The next generation of gaming is nearly here, but what about the generation after that one? Sony and Microsoft are launching their new super-powered consoles in the coming weeks. However, gamemakers at last week's Game Developers Conference Next in Los Angeles were already contemplating outside-the-box innovations...

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Satellite hits Atlantic— but what about next one?

November 11, 2013 11:32 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere but about 25 percent of it...

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Report: Google's Calif. barge to hoist sails

November 11, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday. After weeks of speculation that barge would be "a party boat..."

Should we use drones to prevent animal abuse?

November 11, 2013 11:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Hunters beware: PETA may be watching you – or rather, its “customers” will if they purchase a specially modified Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 to “spy on hunters and catch them in the act as they terrorize animals and break game laws.” The animal-rights organization introduced the “Air Angels” drone on its site in an effort to cut down on “illegal” hunting activities or anything it deems immoral....

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Frequency convertors carry the CE mark

November 11, 2013 10:01 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics has introduced two new power factor corrected AC Power Sources / Frequency Converters. These carry the CE Mark essential for users in member states of the EU and EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, plus Turkey.

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Snap to attention: Polymers that react and move to light

November 11, 2013 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating polymers that "snap" when triggered by light, thereby converting light energy into mechanical work....

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All aboard the nanotrain network

November 11, 2013 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tiny self-assembling transport networks, powered by nano-scale motors and controlled by DNA, have been developed by scientists at Oxford University and Warwick University. The system can construct its own network of tracks spanning tens of micrometres in length, transport cargo across the network and even dismantle the tracks.

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Photos of the Day: Silicon Valley tank collection heading east

November 11, 2013 9:18 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The family of a Silicon Valley engineer who amassed one of the nation's most extensive historic military vehicle collections is giving the tanks, missile launchers and armored vehicles to a Massachusetts-based museum that will preserve and display some of them.

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Receiver operates without MCU

November 11, 2013 8:44 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits announced the introduction of HI-8475, a novel ARINC 429 receiver designed specifically for use without a microprocessor. All configuration and control is programmed using logic input pins, eliminating the need for a microprocessor or software interface and the related costs for software certification.

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Pressure sensors feature an extended temperature range of -40 to +150 degrees C

November 11, 2013 8:36 am | Merit Sensor | Product Releases | Comments

Merit Sensor Systems announced its TR Series temperature-compensated pressure sensor product line. The TR Series packaged pressure sensor features Merit Sensor’s “back-side entry” approach, where the sensing media cannot come in contact with the active, top side of the pressure sensing die.

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Cooling when there’s too much heat

November 11, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, knocking out emergency power supplies, crews sprayed seawater on the reactors to cool them — to no avail. One possible reason: Droplets can’t land on surfaces that hot. Instead, they instantly begin to evaporate, forming a thin layer of vapor and then bouncing along it — just as they would in a hot cooking pan. Now, MIT researchers have co...

Thick-film precision resistive dividers target high-voltage measurment circuits

November 8, 2013 3:02 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics is further extending its range of innovative solutions for challenging applications, with the introduction of three families of thick-film precision resistive dividers targeting high-voltage measurement circuits. The new devices are being launched in response to growing demand in the energy, medical, industrial and instrumentation markets.

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Novel LEDs pave the way to cheaper displays

November 8, 2013 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

OLEDs are already used in the displays of smart phones or digital cameras today. They offer an especially bright image with high contrast, but come with a serious drawback: typically, only one quarter of the electrical energy invested in running the device is actually converted into light.

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Robotic advances promise artificial legs that emulate healthy limbs

November 8, 2013 10:28 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Recent advances in robotics technology make it possible to create prosthetics that can duplicate the natural movement of human legs. This capability promises to dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, significantly reducing their risk of falling as well as reducing stress on the rest of their bodies.

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