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Argonne scientists discover new magnetic phase in iron-based superconductors

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a previously unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides. This sheds light on a debate over the interactions between atoms and electrons that are responsible for their unusual ...

Electricity use slashed with efficiency controls for heating, cooling

May 23, 2014 11:14 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. The study demonstrated higher energy ....

High current, smart motor controller targets automated guided vehicles

May 23, 2014 10:33 am | Roboteq, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq (Scottsdale, AZ) introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 120 A each. The XDC2230 is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), warehouse automation systems or any other high power motor control application.

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Low-noise inline strain gage amplifier includes an auto-zero function

May 23, 2014 10:12 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has released the Model 142, a low-noise inline strain gage amplifier with an auto-zero function that is positioned to provide extreme measurement accuracy. The patent-pending auto-zero feature is initiated right before measurement…

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Current sense resistors are offered in 44-A, Zero Ohm and 1-W, 2010 versions

May 23, 2014 9:42 am | Koa Speer | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduced two current sensing resistors, the zero Ohm SLZ  and the 1W/2012 SLW07. The high current SLZ1 jumper chip offers a rated current of 44 A in a 2512 size. The SLW07 has an enhanced high power rating of…

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Review: Apple's CarPlay headed in right direction

May 23, 2014 8:12 am | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display...

Fiber optic sensors enable new MRI applications

May 23, 2014 6:26 am | by Dennis Horwitz and Robert Rickenbach, Micronor Inc., Newbury Park-CA USA | Articles | Comments

Fiber optic sensors have become a critical technology enabler behind the latest functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) suite upgrades and new MRI equipment designs. It is increasingly desirable to synchronize certain patient activity with the MRI imaging system....

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Setup wizard delivers direct path to wireless connectivity

May 22, 2014 5:05 pm | Laird Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Laird (St. Louis, MO) announced the release of the new ConnexLink Setup Wizard. The Wizard provides a user-friendly and intuitive experience for first time configuration of ConnexLink radios. The Wizard pairs ConnexLink radios for use in critical serial cable replacement applications including weigh stations....

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Rogers Innovation Center opening celebration

May 22, 2014 3:42 pm | Videos | Comments

The Rogers Corporation celebrates the opening of the Rogers Innovation Center housed in the Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington, MA. Rogers' Innovation Center is a unique academic-industry partnership focused on building closer linkages....

Inspecting letters with terahertz waves

May 22, 2014 3:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Alert at Schloss Bellevue. A suspicious letter addressed to German President Joachim Gauck has been detected, which might contain a bomb. Not willing to take any risks, the bomb squad is called out to destroy the package. Later investigations revealed that the envelope did not contain any explosives, but better safe than sorry....

Bending helps to control nanomaterials

May 22, 2014 3:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new remedy has been found to tackle the difficulty of controlling layered nanomaterials. Control can be improved by simply bending the material. The mechanism was observed by Academy Research Fellow Pekka Koskinen from the Nanoscience Center of the University of Jyväskylä....

The digital film reel

May 22, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For more than a hundred years, analog technology dominated the cinema. Moving pictures were captured on film made from celluloid or polyester, and uniform standards applied worldwide. Each film strip was 35 millimeters wide and perforated along the outside edges. This way, it could be shown in any theater....

From separation to transformation: Metal-organic framework shows new talent

May 22, 2014 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This gift from science just keeps on giving. Measurements taken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show why a material already known to be good at separating components of natural gas also can do something trickier: help convert one chemical to another, a process called catalysis....

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Don't blink! NIST studies why quantum dots suffer from 'fluorescence intermittency'

May 22, 2014 3:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory, have found that a particular species of quantum dots that weren't commonly thought to blink, do. So what? Well, although the blinks are short—on the order of nanoseconds to milliseconds ...

Computer models helping unravel the science of life?

May 22, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a sophisticated computer modelling simulation to explore how cells of the fruit fly react to changes in the environment. The research, published today in the science journal Cell, is part of an on-going study at The Universities of Manchester and Sheffield....

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