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Reference design serves Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced the first reference design for a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply. Launched earlier this year, the Quick Charge 2.0 protocol from Qualcomm enables users to charge mobile devices, such as tablets and cellphone handsets, up to 75% faster than when using conventional USB charging technology.

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Connector family delivers analog, low-voltage, and bus signals in all power ranges

October 18, 2013 2:06 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING has expanded its PushPull device connector family with a new 10 pole PushPull Signal for delivery of analog, low voltage and bus signals in all power ranges. The new PushPull Signal has 10 contacts to transmit rated currents of 5A with conductor wiring gauges of AWG 24 to AWG 18.

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Gravitational waves help understand black-hole weight gain

October 18, 2013 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Supermassive black holes: Every large galaxy's got one. But here's a real conundrum: how did they grow so big? A paper in today's issue of Science pits the front-running ideas about the growth of supermassive black holes against observational data — a limit on the strength of gravitational waves....

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Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

October 18, 2013 12:24 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

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Study: Good night's sleep cleans out gunk in brain

October 18, 2013 12:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders. This cleaning was detected in the brains of sleeping mice, but scientists said there's reason to think it happens in people too.

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Jellyfish energy consumption will improve bio-inspired robotic designs for Navy

October 18, 2013 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy. The study highlights jellyfish as one of the most energetically efficient natural propulsors on the planet.

Wrangling flow to quiet cars and aircraft

October 18, 2013 12:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Plasmas are a soup of charged particles in an electric field, and are normally found in stars and lightning bolts. With the use of high voltage equipment, very small plasmas can be used to manipulate fluid flows. In recent years, the development of devices known as plasma actuators has advanced the promise of controlling flows in new ways...

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Salmonella sensing system

October 18, 2013 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, while 3,000 die.

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Automatic speaker tracking in audio recordings

October 18, 2013 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A central topic in spoken-language-systems research is what's called speaker diarization, or computationally determining how many speakers feature in a recording and which of them speaks when. Speaker diarization would be an essential function of any program that automatically annotated audio or video recordings.

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Huawei: No government has asked for customer data

October 18, 2013 11:54 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei said in a report Friday on cybersecurity that it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government. Huawei Technologies Ltd. has spent recent years trying to allay fears in the United States and some other countries that it is controlled by China's Communist Party or might be a security risk.

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Robin Murphy named one of the 25 women in robotics everyone should know

October 18, 2013 11:13 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Robin R. Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR), was named one of the 25 women in robotics that everyone should know about by......

MOSFET family suitable for battery pack applications

October 18, 2013 10:34 am | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited release a new dual MOSFET family in the common-drain configuration in both DFN 5x6 and Micro-DFN 3.2x2 packages. These devices are suitable for battery pack applications where two n-channel MOSFETs are connected back-to-back for safe charging and discharging as well as voltage protection.

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Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 18, 2013 10:25 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division announced the immediate availability of the CPC1968J, 2Arms Solid-State Power Relay.  The CPC1968J is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid state power relay that is rated for up to 5A continuous load current.

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Gearhead series delivers high torque performance

October 18, 2013 10:13 am | MICROMO | Product Releases | Comments

MICROMO is pleased to announce the FAULHABER cutting-edge 15/10 planetary gearhead series--the only standard high torque precision gearhead in a 15 mm diameter on the market today. FAULHABER expands its product portfolio of precision gearheads with a 15mm diameter planetary gearhead that delivers high torque performance....

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Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg cockroaches map collapsed buildings

October 18, 2013 9:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're designing touch-free interfaces, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, "what women want." This episode features: Robots in Disguise: Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that uses a swarm of insect cyborgs to map collapsed buildings.

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