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4th generation Intel processor provides exceptional computing in new Aitech rugged 6U VME SBC

September 3, 2014 2:14 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems (Chatsworth, CA) now offers the C163, a rugged 6U VME SBC based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor family. Based on the latest Intel, 4th generation Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell multicore processors ...

Why "killer robots" are nothing to worry about

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems like every new development in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems dredges up the same tired (and slightly paranoid) fears of “killer robots” run amok — the product of a steady diet of dystopian literature and Hollywood blockbusters starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder....

Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate

September 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm. Researchers at the University of Southampton detected the rapid rise in sea-level....

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Wireless power transmitter coils comply with the Qi standard

September 3, 2014 10:39 am | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

To increase its offerings in the 12V voltage range of wireless power transmitter coils, Wurth Electronics (Watertown, SD) developed two new coils. Those coils comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The 760308104113 (A13), as a single coil ...

Sensor development kits accelerate Internet of Things system design

September 3, 2014 9:33 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced two development kits to accelerate the design of environmental and biometric sensing applications for a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) products. Target applications for the kits include home security systems, smart thermostats ...

Wearable sensor hub comes in under 150 microwatts

September 3, 2014 9:15 am | Quicklogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced its new ArcticLink 3 S2 platform, the second CSSP solution in its Sensor Hub roadmap. This next-generation platform delivers double the customer-specific programmable logic capacity, four times the computational performance ...

Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

Niche applications will help OLED lighting market reach $1.9bn in 2025

September 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx | News | Comments

OLED lighting is an emerging solid-state lighting technology. It potentially provides a route into the large and growing global lighting market. It however faces a critical differentiation challenge vis-à-vis incumbents such as inorganic LED lighting....

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Photos of the Day: A vintage look at the Navy's Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 3:06 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

In her blog, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta gave a great overview of the Navy’s Blue Angels, the military’s premier flight demonstration squadron. Since 1946, the group has thrilled crowds with its spectacular aerial maneuvers. Here's a look at the early years of the squadron....

Camera flash LED driver delivers up to 1.2A

September 2, 2014 1:42 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC2873/MIC2874, an ultra-compact, camera flash LED driver that integrates a 1.2A boost converter and LED driver circuit into a small 9 pin, 1.3mm by 1.3mm chip scale package. Operating from 2.7V to 5.5V and featuring up to 92 percent efficiency ...

Battery analyzers simplify the testing of mission critical battery backup systems

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new 500 Series Battery Analyzers from Fluke (Everett, WA) simplify the workflow of testing stationary batteries and battery banks through an intuitive user interface that provides quick, guided test setups ensuring technicians are capturing the correct data....

Observing the onset of a magnetic substorm

September 2, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Magnetic substorms, the disruptions in geomagnetic activity that cause brightening of aurora, may sometimes be driven by a different process than generally thought, a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics shows....

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

September 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016....

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Argonne scientists pioneer strategy for creating new materials

September 2, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Making something new is never easy. Scientists constantly theorize about new materials, but when the material is manufactured it doesn't always work as expected. To create a new strategy for designing materials, scientists at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory combined two different approaches at two different facilities to synthesize new materials....

Scientists get set for simulated nuclear inspection

September 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some 40 scientists and technicians from around the world will descend on Jordan in November to take part in a simulated on-site inspection of a suspected nuclear test site on the banks of the Dead Sea. Playing the part of inspectors, the experts will have access to a wide range of sensor technologies to look for signs of whether a nuclear explosion has taken place....

A new synthetic amino acid for an emerging class of drugs

September 2, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the greatest challenges in modern medicine is developing drugs that are highly effective against a target, but with minimal toxicity and side-effects to the patient. Such properties are directly related to the 3D structure of the drug molecule. Ideally, the drug should have a shape that is perfectly complementary to a disease-causing target, so that it binds it with high specificity....

Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stars are made mostly of hydrogen and helium, but they also contain trace amounts of other elements, such as carbon, oxygen, iron, and even more exotic substances. By carefully measuring the wavelengths (colors) of light coming from a star, astronomers can determine how abundant each of these trace elements is....

Accounting for biological aggregation in heating and imaging of magnetic nanoparticles

September 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biological aggregation is a critical, yet often overlooked factor in the medical application of nanoparticles. Here we systematically characterize the effects of aggregation on both radiofrequency heating and magnetic resonance image (MRI) contrast of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs), including detailed analysis of the aggregate morphologies based on quasi-fractal descriptions....

Nature's tiny engineers

September 2, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT ...

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents

September 2, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home....

Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

September 2, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up....

Single laser stops molecular tumbling motion instantly

September 2, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the quantum world, making the simple atom behave is one thing, but making the more complex molecule behave is another story. Now Northwestern University scientists have figured out an elegant way to stop a molecule from tumbling so that its potential ...

Researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop software to process solar astronomy data on larger scale

September 2, 2014 11:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in Georgia State University's new Astroinformatics program have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools that can process large sets of solar astronomy data and allow scientists to perform analyses on scales and detail levels that have not been possible....

Nano-forests to reveal secrets of cells

September 2, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Vertical nanowires could be used for detailed studies of what happens on the surface of cells. The findings are important for pharmaceuticals research, among other applications. A group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden have managed to make artificial cell membranes form....

Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

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