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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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The challenges and increased demands of the datacenter

October 18, 2013 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Ajith Jain, Vicor’s director, global communications and computer unit about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

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Photos of the Day: Why lithium-ion batteries fail

October 18, 2013 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are in our cellphones, laptops, and digital cameras. Few portable electronic devices exist that do not rely on these energy sources. Currently battery electrodes contain active materials known as intercalation compounds. These materials store charge in their chemical structure without undergoing substantial structural change.

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Who’s the ace among aces?

October 18, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

On Oct. 30, 2007, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery set out on a routine mission: installing two solar panels on the truss, or backbone, of the International Space Station. While the first panel deployed successfully, astronauts noticed a two-foot-wide tear in the second panel.

Researchers rewrite an entire genome — and add a healthy twist

October 17, 2013 2:03 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium’s ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism’s genetic code....

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Historian examines how 3 19th-century authors recoiled from technology

October 17, 2013 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 1890, living in Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson sent a letter to his fellow writer Henry James, explaining a momentous decision on his part: Disillusioned with a rapidly changing, technologically driven world, Stevenson intended to remain in "exile" on the island, never to return to his native Britain.

A grand unified theory of exotic superconductivity?

October 17, 2013 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Years of experiments on various types of high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors—materials that offer hope for energy-saving applications such as zero-loss electrical power lines -- have turned up an amazing array of complex behaviors among the electrons that in some instances pair up to carry current with no resistance....

Managing children's screen time: What parents need to know

October 17, 2013 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In our increasingly fast-paced world, the Internet, video games, smartphones and TV programs are continually competing for consumers' attention. But what are the effects of screen media on infants and young children, when it's exchanged for the playtime of generations past?

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

October 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | 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....

Scientists prove Heisenberg's intuition correct

October 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has provided proof of a key feature of quantum physics – Heisenberg's error-disturbance relation - more than 80 years after it was first suggested. One of the basic concepts in the world of quantum mechanics is that it is impossible to observe physical objects without affecting them in a significant way....

Most distant gravitational lens helps weigh galaxies

October 17, 2013 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers has found the most distant gravitational lens yet — a galaxy that, as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, deflects and intensifies the light of an even more distant object. The discovery provides a rare opportunity to directly measure the mass of a distant galaxy.

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Mastering virtualization challenges

October 17, 2013 12:29 pm | by Alastair Waite, Head of Enterprise Data Center Business, EMEA & India TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

While cutting costs, and without increasing physical resources, companies can exponentially increase workload capacities by virtualizing their existing servers. However, despite the many obvious benefits of virtualization, it can also present challenges regarding the actual location of data on servers....

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Current sense resistor includes increased resistance range

October 17, 2013 12:15 pm | Vishay Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has expanded the CSM3637P ultra-high-precision, surface-mount, four-terminal current sense resistor with an increased resistance range to 200 mΩ. For power supplies, DC/DC and DC/AC converters, switching power supplies, and battery charging circuits...

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Development board supports high-performance applications within a low power envelope

October 17, 2013 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new IGEPv5 is an embedded processor development board based on Texas Instruments OMAP5432 Multimedia Application Device. The OMAP processor is designed to support high performance applications within a low power envelope, preventing the need for fans.

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Engineering Update #29: Brain-reading devices and interactive paper generators

October 17, 2013 11:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's headlines: DOD promotes development of brain-reading devices: The US Department of Defense is working to develop a cheap, wearable system that can detect a person's brain waves and display the data on smartphones and tablets.

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