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GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patients

May 8, 2014 4:38 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, Illinois News Bureau | News | Comments

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago, turns a smartphone into a sophisticated medical device...

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NASA tests alternative jet fuel

May 8, 2014 4:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA took to the skies this week - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

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Ancient engineers' techniques finally revealed

May 8, 2014 4:29 pm | by Prof. Daniel Bonn, Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter | News | Comments

Physicists from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have discovered that the ancient Egyptians used a clever trick to make it easier to transport heavy pyramid stones by sledge. The Egyptians moistened the sand over which the sledge moved. By using the right quantity of water they could halve the number of workers needed. The researchers published this discovery online on 29 April 2014 in Physical Review Letters.

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Aerial cable available with aluminum or copper conductor

May 8, 2014 12:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kerite (Seymour, CT) has announced a full line of preassembled aerial cable composed of three shielded conductor cables banded together plus a messenger wire. The cable’s insulation shield is a free-stripping design and the metallic shield consists of a 5 mil cupronickel or copper tape and/or copper concentric wires.

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Bus coupler designed to be a flexible gateway for real-time communication

May 8, 2014 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new EK9300 PROFINET IO Bus Coupler from Beckhoff (Savage, MN) enables a PROFINET controller to exchange data with one or more EtherCAT, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and, in the future, EtherNet/IP systems. This means that the EK9300 can be used as a flexible gateway for real-time communication between these networks,

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Connecters designed for harsh environment automotive needs

May 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces the ruggedized Imperium™ High-Voltage/High-Current (HVHC) Connector System, a high voltage and amperage solution that delivers reliable performance even in the most extreme shock and vibration conditions found in today’s commercial vehicles.

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Astronomers create first realistic virtual universe

May 8, 2014 12:38 pm | by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics | News | Comments

Cambridge, MA -Move over, Matrix - astronomers have done you one better. They have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called "Illustris." Illustris can recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution.

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Photos of the Day: Solar car maxes out at 93mph

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this April 30, 2014 photo, Qazvin Azad University students assemble the rectangular Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, in Qazvin, Iran. The Havin-2 drove for tests alongside slightly larger gas-powered motor vehicles outside the capital, Tehran, ahead of the eight-day, 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) race that will take it from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis.

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Yale researchers identify extent of new tick-borne infection

May 8, 2014 12:23 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

The frequency of a new tick-borne infection that shares many similarities with Lyme disease, and a description of the antibody test used to test individuals for evidence of the infection, have been reported for the first time by researchers at the Yale Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

More than 600 undergraduates participate in Texas A&M Engineering Project Showcase

May 8, 2014 12:23 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

The Dwight Look College of Engineering hosted the second-annual Texas A&M Engineering Project Showcase April 25 in Reed Arena to demonstrate and display the diverse projects in the college and exhibit the ways in which engineers build solutions that solve real-world problems. More...

GM recalls challenge company, frustrate customers

May 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nine million parts. That's what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7. With ignition switches, power steering motors and other parts slowly arriving at dealers, frustrated drivers face waits of weeks or months, some while driving cars they fear are unsafe.

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"SmartCollar" team earns People's Choice honors at Cornell Cup USA

May 8, 2014 12:17 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> The University of Illinois &ldquo;SmartCollar&rdquo; student project won the People&#39;s Choice award at the Cornell Cup USA competition presented by Intel. Thirty-four finalists were chosen to compete in the competition finals held May 1-3. The team consisted of...

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

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May 2014: Portable Power

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.

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MLCCs with extended capacitance range and voltage rating designed for high volumetric efficiency options

May 8, 2014 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

 AVX Corporation (GREENVILLE, S.C.) has extended the capacitance range and voltage ratings for its X7R MLCCs, resulting in a much broader product offering with several new high volumetric efficiency options.  Available in sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, AVX’s X7R MLCCs exhibit high K and low ESR and are now available with capacitance values spanning 100pF to 47µF and standard voltage ratings spanning 4V-500V.

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