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Compact DIN rail mountable AC/DC power supplies

July 31, 2015 2:46 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MDR-240S and MDR-120S are compact DIN rail mountable AC/DC power supplies. They are an ideal choice for a wide variety of industrial applications, providing a compact form factor, easy DIN rail mounting capability, robust performance, long field reliability and low cost...

NASA's Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

July 31, 2015 2:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data...

Bio-inspired robots jump on water

July 31, 2015 2:23 pm | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

By studying how water striders jump on water, Je-Sung Koh and colleagues have created a robot that can successfully launch itself from the surface of water. As the team watched the water strider jump on water surfaces using high-speed cameras, they noticed that the long legs accelerate gradually, so that the water surface doesn't retreat too quickly and lose contact with the legs...

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New tech signifies shift in assessing Army innovation

July 31, 2015 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Fort Bliss, Texas, is a hub for Army technological innovation. This fall, it will not just be the technology that is innovative; but also the event in which new technologies will be reviewed...

Hardware from nuclear weapons systems becomes teaching resource

July 31, 2015 2:16 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is preserving the history of nuclear weapons in hardware developed since the start of the nuclear era as a way to connect new generations of weapons engineers to the engineering work of past generations...

'Plasmonic' material could bring ultrafast all-optical communications

July 31, 2015 2:13 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new "plasmonic oxide material" that could make possible devices for optical communications that are at least 10 times faster than conventional technologies...

Shaping the hilly landscapes of a semi-conductor nanoworld

July 31, 2015 2:09 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Nanoscale worlds sometimes resemble macroscale roller-coaster style hills, placed at the tip of a series of hexagons. Surprisingly, these nanohills stem from the self-organisation of particles - the very particles that have been eroded and subsequently redeposited following the bombardment of semi-conductors with ion beams...

Robotic insect mimics nature's extreme moves

July 31, 2015 2:08 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The concept of walking on water might sound supernatural, but in fact it is a quite natural phenomenon. Many small living creatures leverage water's surface tension to maneuver themselves around...

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Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics

July 31, 2015 2:06 pm | News | Comments

New technology developed by bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, promises to make a workhorse lab tool cheaper, more portable and many times faster by accelerating the heating and cooling of genetic samples with the switch of a light...

Compact, high-accuracy digitally compensated differential pressure transducers

July 31, 2015 2:05 pm | by GP:50 NY Ltd (GP:50 Pressure Sensing) | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 NY LTD announced the introduction of its Model 136/236/336 Series, a family of compact, high-accuracy differential pressure transducers...

Transparent, electrically conductive network of encapsulated silver nanowires

July 31, 2015 2:02 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | News | Comments

The electrodes for connections on the "sunny side" of a solar cell need to be not just electrically conductive, but transparent as well. As a result, electrodes are currently made either by using thin strips of silver in the form of a coarse-meshed grid squeegeed onto a surface, or by applying a transparent layer of electrically conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) compound...

Tracing back debris to find Flight 370 may prove impossible

July 31, 2015 1:59 pm | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck?

Army procures unified voice solution for its tactical network

July 31, 2015 12:03 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

To fill a need for a unified application that links two-way radios, smart phones, telephones and PCs together for seamless communications, the U.S. Army announced the procurement of WAVE software technology. Finalized on June 30, this procurement brings WAVE to the Army's tactical network,...

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Butterflies heat up the field of solar research

July 31, 2015 9:36 am | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

The humble butterfly could hold the key to unlocking new techniques to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient, pioneering new research has shown....

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Stanford team's brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

July 31, 2015 9:35 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

When we type or perform other precise tasks, our brains and muscles usually work together effortlessly. But when a neurological disease or spinal cord injury severs the connection between the brain and limbs, once-easy motions become difficult or impossible.

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