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Notre Dame paper offers insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

August 13, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new paper by University of Notre Dame researchers describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic "hybrid" perovskites. The research was conducted at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory....

Cloud-based IoT development tools remove the historical obstacles to device communication

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

RacoWireless (Las Vegas, NV), a global machine-to-machine (M2M) service provider, announced that it will launch Omega DevCloud, facilitating communication with IoT applications in a standardized, easy-to-use environment. The new product will remove the historical obstacles....

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Copper foam turns carbon dioxide into useful chemicals

August 13, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, a new study shows. The research, by scientists in Brown University's Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 ...

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NASA's space station fix-it demo for satellites gets hardware for 2.0 update

August 13, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM)....

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'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces

August 13, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers will report today....

A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags

August 13, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition....

Why women leave engineering careers

August 13, 2014 8:58 am | by American Psychological Associaiton | News | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention....

Entries open for ECN IMPACT Awards, celebrating excellence in electronics design

August 12, 2014 4:17 pm | News | Comments

Companies from across the global electronics design landscape are invited to submit their stand-out products and services — in 24 categories — for consideration by a panel of judges for the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards. The entry period opens today at www.ecnawards.com and ends January 19, 2015....

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Current-sensor ICs designed for use in low-power applications

August 12, 2014 4:06 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces two new current-sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low-power applications that require higher output swings at lower current....

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Obama takes step to improve government technology

August 12, 2014 3:52 pm | by JULIE PACE and STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle....

Amplifier module draws only 300mA from a +8 to +14.5 volt supply

August 12, 2014 3:23 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for P1dB’s P1-AMP00010-1-SMA, a DC to 10 GHz, 1 Watt, amplifier module. The P1-AMP00010-1-SMA is commonly used as a general purpose, broadband amplifier in test and measurement applications....

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In technology we trust

August 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Within twenty years, hands-free driving will be a reality. The prediction (at least for freeway driving), from Jim Toal, senior manager of product marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics has me in a state of skeptical excitement. While I’m ready for the day when I can hit “Home” ...

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Stackpole adds product verification feature

August 12, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Counterfeit components are an increasing problem in the electronic components industry, and according to some estimates cost the industry up to US$100 billion per year. Stackpole is committed to assisting customers in confirming that the products ...

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Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

August 12, 2014 1:51 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral....

NIST therapy for ultraviolet laser beams: Hydrogen-treated fibers

August 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. And yet, scientists have known for years that hydrogen can alter the performance of optical fibers....

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