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Parallel programming may not be so daunting

March 24, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

'Lock-free' parallel algorithms may match performance of more complex 'wait-free' algorithms: Computer chips have stopped getting faster: The regular performance improvements we've come to expect are now the result of chipmakers' adding more cores or processing units....

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Patient enrollment, use, and satisfaction with patient portals

March 24, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Many physicians are adopting patient portals in response to governmental incentives for meaningful use (MU), but the stage 2 requirements for portal use may be particularly challenging for newer electronic health record (EHR) users. This study examines enrollment....

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Microfluidic device with artificial arteries measures drugs' influence on blood clotting

March 24, 2014 2:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A  new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects...

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Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark

March 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting....

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4.3" IPS TFT displays feature extra-wide viewing angles

March 24, 2014 1:44 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International is proud to introduce two new 4.3” IPS (In-Plane Switching) TFTs to their display line. The new 4.3” IPS TFT technology features extra-wide viewing angles with consistent color reproduction. This is achieved by the horizontal arrangement of the liquid crystals....

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Electrostatic actuator IC intended for pico-projector, 3D-scanning, and HUD systems

March 24, 2014 1:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne DALSA’s Semiconductor Foundry (BROMONT, Quebec, Canada), a division of Teledyne Technologies, announced today the availability of its DH0357AQ Electrostatic Actuator High Voltage IC. Using proprietary High Voltage CMOS/DMOS technology, the DH0357AQ’s high accuracy...

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Researchers improve performance of III-V nanowire solar cells on graphene

March 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a field of small wires—standing at attention like a tiny field of wheat—gathering the Sun’s rays as the first step in solar energy conversion. Researchers have achieved new levels of performance for seed-free and substrate-free arrays of nanowires from a class of materials....

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New study provides explanation for long-debated origin of bow-shaped mountain belts that form along the edges of colliding tectonic plates

March 24, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New study provides explanation for long-debated origin of bow-shaped mountain belts that form along the edges of colliding tectonic plates: An international team of scientists that included USC's Meghan Miller used computer modeling to reveal, for the first time...

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76-V, 1-A Buck converter has only 12 µA quiescent current

March 24, 2014 12:34 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC3637, a 76-V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 1 A of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4 V to 76 V, making it appropriate for

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Hot nanoparticles for cancer treatments

March 24, 2014 12:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanoparticles have a great deal of potential in medicine: for diagnostics, as a vehicle for active substances or a tool to kill off tumours using heat. ETH Zurich researchers have now developed particles that are relatively easy to produce and have a wide range of applications....

40-V to 100-V MOSFETs suit high-current motor control and power designs

March 24, 2014 12:06 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced 14 power MOSFETs in TO-220 and SON packages that support input voltages from 40 V to 100 V. The high-efficiency NexFETs include 40-V, 60-V, 80-V and 100-V N-channel devices that provide

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'RoboClam' replicates a clam's ability to burrow while using little energy

March 24, 2014 11:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can perform the same trick. The device, known as "RoboClam," could be used to dig itself into the ground....

Unmanned vehicle demonstration showcases leap-ahead technology

March 24, 2014 11:14 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Working closely with Lockheed Martin and a conglomeration of Army technology, acquisition and user community stakeholders, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center successfully demonstrated an unmanned military convoy, Jan. 14, 2014, at Fort Hood, Texas....

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Wearable enclosure series gives designers a choice of 42 individual housings

March 24, 2014 11:08 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OKW (Bridgeville, PA) has completed its range of advanced ERGO-CASE wearable enclosures with six new smaller XS models, giving designers a choice of 42 individual housings. The new extra small cases are suitable for compact handheld electronic devices and have

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Engineering Live: The Internet of Things - Mobile

March 24, 2014 10:17 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Engineering Live, we’ve assembled an expert panel with direct influence on the IoT to discuss the current state of the industry; where we’ll be in five years; and the key componentry that is making it all possible ...  

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