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More efficient transformer materials

October 9, 2014 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Transformers convert the standard voltage from the wall outlet into the lower voltages required by electronic devices. Similar but more powerful transformers are used in electricity substations to convert the high voltages of the transmission grid....

Miniature camera may lead to fewer accidents

October 9, 2014 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

All too often, a driver has only fractions of a second to decide when facing a potential car accident: A brief moment of distraction, overtiredness or inattention – there are several reasons why the number of accidents in Germany is high, on the autobahns most of all....

From wearables to implantables to ... what’s next?

October 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming to say the least....

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Neuroscientists claim rare pair of research grants

October 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a rare distinction for one university, neuroimaging world leaders and USC Professors Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson will receive two major research center awards to advance their exploration of the human brain. Toga and Thompson each will establish....

New advances in additive manufacturing using laser solid forming to produce metallic parts

October 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Laser Solid Forming (LSF) is an innovative method for direct fabrication of metallic components in additive manufacturing. Renowned researchers Weidong Huang and Lin Xin, from China's Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shaanxi, describe their progress....

University of Illinois, Mayo Clinic collaborate to revolutionize genomic data analysis

October 9, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today's researchers, working with the advantages of new, sophisticated laboratory technology, have unleashed a river of valuable biomedical data—much more, in fact, than many of them have the tools to properly analyze, or the capacity to store....

'Data smashing' could unshackle automated discovery

October 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A little known secret in data mining is that simply feeding raw data into a data analysis algorithm is unlikely to produce meaningful results, say the authors of a new Cornell University study. From recognizing speech to identifying unusual stars ...

Discovery of new subatomic particle sheds light on fundamental force of nature

October 9, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The discovery of a new particle will "transform our understanding" of the fundamental force of nature that binds the nuclei of atoms, researchers argue. Led by scientists from the University of Warwick, the discovery of the new particle will help....

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Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

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Unstoppable magnetoresistance

October 9, 2014 1:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mazhar Ali, a fifth-year graduate student in the laboratory of Bob Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, has spent his academic career discovering new superconductors, materials coveted for their ability....

New NIH Big Data to facilitate collection of large-scale health data

October 9, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins today announced a new national initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis....

Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and several other institutions....

Sen. Wyden: NSA tech spying hurts economy

October 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are undercutting the Internet economy and want Congress to step up stalled reform. "We're going to end up breaking the Internet"....

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DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

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Review: Stir Kinetic smart desk makes you stand up

October 9, 2014 9:11 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

You may want to sit down for this. Then get up. Then sit down again. That's because there's a desk out there that tells you to do exactly that. The Stir Kinetic is probably the world's first "smart" desk. It has a built-in touch screen, so you can see this....

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