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Hot nanoparticles for cancer treatments

March 24, 2014 12:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanoparticles have a great deal of potential in medicine: for diagnostics, as a vehicle for active substances or a tool to kill off tumours using heat. ETH Zurich researchers have now developed particles that are relatively easy to produce and have a wide range of applications....

40-V to 100-V MOSFETs suit high-current motor control and power designs

March 24, 2014 12:06 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced 14 power MOSFETs in TO-220 and SON packages that support input voltages from 40 V to 100 V. The high-efficiency NexFETs include 40-V, 60-V, 80-V and 100-V N-channel devices that provide

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'RoboClam' replicates a clam's ability to burrow while using little energy

March 24, 2014 11:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can perform the same trick. The device, known as "RoboClam," could be used to dig itself into the ground....

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Unmanned vehicle demonstration showcases leap-ahead technology

March 24, 2014 11:14 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy, Jan. 14, 2014, at Fort Hood, Texas....

Wearable enclosure series gives designers a choice of 42 individual housings

March 24, 2014 11:08 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW (Bridgeville, PA) has completed its range of advanced ERGO-CASE wearable enclosures with six new smaller XS models, giving designers a choice of 42 individual housings. The new extra small cases are suitable for compact handheld electronic devices and have

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Engineering Live: The Internet of Things - Mobile

March 24, 2014 10:17 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Engineering Live, we’ve assembled an expert panel with direct influence on the IoT to discuss the current state of the industry; where we’ll be in five years; and the key componentry that is making it all possible ...  

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Photos of the Day: Lego bot solves Rubik's Cube in record-breaking time

March 24, 2014 9:55 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

  The Cubestormer 3 robot, made of Legos, earned a Guinness world record at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK for solving a Rubik’s Cube in 3.253 seconds. Designed by David Gilday, a principle engineer at ARM, the smartphone is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa application processor....

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Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs

March 24, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This alternative approach to creating artificial organic molecules, called bioretrosynthesis, was first proposed four years ago by Bachmann, professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Now he and a team of collaborators report that they have succeeded in using the method....

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MIT engineers design 'living materials'

March 24, 2014 9:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells — MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots....

Could diamonds be a computer's best friend?

March 24, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Landmark experiment reveals the precious gem's potential in computing: or the first time, physicists have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire. In the experiment, electrons did not flow through diamond as they do in traditional electronics....

Volvo thinks magnets could guide development of autonomous cars

March 24, 2014 9:20 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Autonomous cars seem to be the future of individual transportation. Personally, I’ve never minded lengthy drives — just throw on some tunes and cruise along to your destination. But for commuters and other motorists, self-driving cars could be the answer to their problems....

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Unavoidable disorder used to build nanolaser

March 24, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute in collaboration with DTU have discovered that imperfect nanostructures can offer entirely new functionalities. They have shown that imperfect optical chips can be used to produce 'nanolasers', which is an ultimately compact and energy-efficient light source. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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Should we use technology to punish prisoners infinitely?

March 24, 2014 8:56 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Life extension and enhancement technology: Gift or curse? May be the latter, at least for prisoners. In the digital age, capital punishment becomes more complicated. If we make lifetimes infinite, what will happen to life sentences? New technologies seek to alter prisoners’ experiences of time....

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Academics spy weaknesses in Bitcoin’s foundations

March 24, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Game theory suggests the rules governing Bitcoin may need to be updated if the currency is to endure.One thing cannot be disputed about the person (or persons) responsible for creating Bitcoin: they were skilled in math, and expert at coding. Five years after the Bitcoin software was first...

How advanced mobile networks could power themselves

March 24, 2014 12:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Cellular networks guzzle electricity and diesel fuel, but researchers are showing how new versions could be cleaner but still reliable.A dirty secret of mobile communications is that it uses lots of electricity. It’s also sometimes powered by giant tanks of diesel fuel....

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