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Photos of the Day: A self-folding origami robot

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robert Wood is a self-assembling plastic robot that is capable of walking — it’s really more of a scooting motion — away in four minutes. The robot starts as a completely flat, vaguely crab-shaped (technically butterfly-shaped) piece of shape memory plastic....

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A Closer Look: Multitasking on mobile devices

August 12, 2014 10:30 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. When I'm watching video, for instance, I have to pause it to read an email or text that comes in. When I'm composing a message to make plans ...

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

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DIN rail DC-DC converter line range up to 600 W

August 12, 2014 9:32 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. (Tualatin, OR) announced the expansion of their DIN rail dc-dc product line with the addition of over 90 new high wattage models ranging from 50~600 W. The VHK and VFK DIN families are high efficiency isolated dc-dc converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case....

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Coaxial to waveguide adapters available from WR229 (3.30-4.90) to WR22 (33-50 GHz)

August 12, 2014 9:20 am | Rlc Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

RLC Electronics (Mt. Kisco, NY) offers coaxial to waveguide adapters in a variety of configurations for your specific application. They offer both broadband adapters (whose excellent electrical specs are maintained over the entire adapter bandwidth) and also narrow band adapters....

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High school STEM Engineering Program will incorporate 3-D design and printing projects in fall curriculum

August 12, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education's (CIJE) CIJE-Tech programs in schools nationwide will add advanced 3-D printing and software design as part of its CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program. The CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program ...

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

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Synthetic bones may help in search for shock wave defense

August 12, 2014 8:19 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain....

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The world's leading trade fair for the electronics industry is 50

August 11, 2014 4:45 pm | News | Comments

The world's leading trade fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. Since 1964, electronica has been showing the electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry....

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The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | News | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

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Remote-controlled spotlight mounted atop a 6’ light pole

August 11, 2014 4:31 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The FPM-72-GLS fixed pole-mounted, remote-control work light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide convenient and secure lighting for operators working from within the utility vehicle or when away from the vehicle. This pole mounted light has a 65 watt remote control light head....

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Scarcity of elements in products like smartphones needs addressing, say scientists

August 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Many of today's technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials — elements — that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem of dwindling critical element supplies must be addressed....

The grass really is greener on TV and computer screens, thanks to quantum dots

August 11, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets, phones and other displays. Today, a scientist will describe a new technology called 3M quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF) that efficiently makes liquid crystal display (LCD) screens more richly colored....

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Physicists create water tractor beam

August 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns....

Astrophysicists detect destruction of 3 stars by black holes

August 11, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies....

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