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Movies synchronize brains

April 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When we watch a movie, our brains react to it immediately in a way similar to brains of other people. Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have succeeded in developing a method fast enough to observe immediate changes in the function of the brain even when watching a movie....

Hi-tech innovation gauges science learning in preschoolers

April 7, 2014 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are blending technology with nature, as they present details on an iPad application to examine how young children are learning science skills in nature-themed outdoor play settings. Alan Wight, a doctoral candidate in the University of Cincinnati School of Education...

Twitter use linked to infidelity and divorce, MU study finds

April 7, 2014 3:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Twitter and other social networking services have revolutionized the way people create and maintain relationships. However, new research shows that Twitter use could actually be damaging to users' romantic relationships. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism...

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Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

April 7, 2014 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released today. According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014....

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Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face

April 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor....

Liverpool to develop sensors for Fukushima monitoring

April 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research at the University of Liverpool is developing new sensors for that will help the recovery and regeneration of the post-disaster Fukushima region and pave the way for improved monitoring and control of radioactivity at nuclear sites worldwide....

Personal touch signature makes mobile devices more secure

April 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Passwords, gestures and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They've developed a new security system....

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Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene

April 7, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour set nanotubes into graphene in a way that not only mimics how steel rebar is used....

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SEMI reports 2013 global semiconductor materials sales of $43.5 billion

April 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

The global semiconductor materials market decreased 3 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 5 percent. Revenues of $43.5 mark the second consecutive year of contraction for the semiconductor materials market....

Germany investigates large-scale password theft

April 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

German authorities are investigating the suspected theft of passwords for some 18 million email addresses. Interior Ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns said Friday an analysis by Germany's Internet security agency determined that about 3 million of the affected addresses were German....

TFT displays with capacitive touch feature 800xRGBx400 resolution

April 7, 2014 12:52 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International (Elgin, IL) now offers capacitive touch to the 7.0” TFT display line. This new capacitive touch is available on both the economical and MVA 7.0” TFTs. With the distinct features of a TFT, along with the additional benefits of integrating capacitive touch...

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Linear Smart stage features absolute encoding

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | New Scale Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

New Scale Technologies, Inc. (Victor, NY) added absolute encoding to its M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, a USB micro stage with fully integrated drive electronics and the industry’s smallest all-in-one positioning stage, according to the company. Absolute encoding eliminates

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Low-power microcontrollers come in 2.0 x 2.2 x 0.3 mm package

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling developers to save valuable board space, Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced it has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to several new families of ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs). Developers can now design smaller products....

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Polymer tantalum capacitors well-suited for automotive infotainment systems

April 7, 2014 12:34 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) presented its most recent product performance results for polymer tantalum capacitors developed according to the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q200 Reliability Document at the 2014 CARTS International Conference in Santa Clara, CA....

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Swivel lid socket operates at bandwidths up to 40 GHz

April 7, 2014 12:21 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new QFN socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz, very low inductance, high endurance, and wide temperature applications. The SM-QFN-9019 socket is designed for 13x19 mm package size....

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