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Artificial cells act like the real thing

August 18, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent to living cells is difficult to achieve outside the cell. Now, as published in Science, Weizmann Institute scientists have created an artificial, network-like cell system....

Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

August 18, 2014 9:16 am | by CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press | News | Comments

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast. HitchBOT, created by team of Ontario-based communication researchers ...

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

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Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

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Warped PC boards

August 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

So... You just got a nice big PC board back from the fab shop. You set one on your desk to admire only to discover that it's warped. What do you do? There are two primary types of causes of...

600V ultra-fast trench IGBTs optimized for welding applications

August 15, 2014 1:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IR66xx series of high-performance 600V ultra-fast Trench-gate Field Stop insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The new rugged, reliable family of devices features extremely low conduction....

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Explosion-proof LED light fixture intended for applications requiring Group B approvals

August 15, 2014 1:27 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a Group B approved temporary manhole mount LED light fixture, the MMLP-1MLED-B-24OD-12P, that provides operators with a powerful and highly convenient alternative....

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All-in-one power solution combines the requirements for several applications

August 15, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Altech Corp. (Flemington, NJ) offers an all-in-one power solution to ease customers’ minds and to keep power running without interruption. CBI All In One UPS Power Solution is a unique product that combines the requirements for several applications into just one device....

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UK PCB Technology Day

August 15, 2014 12:51 pm | Events

Isola Group S.à r.l. and Holders Technology plc announced that registration is now open for a complimentary PCB Technology Day taking place September 16, 2014 at the Sixways Stadium in the City of Worcester, England. PCB fabricators, electronic design engineers and those interested in learning ...

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Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges

August 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities....

8 million Chromebooks to ship in 2014, 5% of global notebook PC market

August 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

According to the Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, notebook PC shipments will reach 167M in 2014, an 8% Y/Y decline. The reasons for the decline are mainly the maturity of the notebook PC market, slowdown in Windows 8 replacement, and in the consumer market, low-priced tablet PCs ...

Termination is suited to demanding environments

August 15, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new AMCOL-1-T medium-power coaxial termination from Link Microtek (Hampshire, UK) is suitable for use in HF and VHF systems that are deployed in demanding environments where ...

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Photos of the Day: A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm

August 15, 2014 12:03 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse....

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Molecular engineers record an electron's quantum behavior

August 15, 2014 11:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by the University of Chicago has developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of an individual electron contained within a nanoscale defect in diamond. Their technique uses ultrafast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state....

New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery

August 15, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of sky scholars, including a key researcher from Johns Hopkins, has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century....

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