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IceBridge starts with sea ice surveys

March 14, 2014 5:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Operation IceBridge started the 2014 Arctic campaign with two surveys of sea ice north of Greenland. The two flights follow similar surveys flow in previous years and continue the mission's goals of collecting data on changing sea ice in the Arctic.

This technology could lower traffic fatalities by 40 percent

March 14, 2014 4:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

London, like any busy city, is full of people and cars and everyone is trying to use the same roads. In order to make the systems run more efficiently, London is investing in intelligent pedestrian crossing to the tune of several billion pounds. The system, which is actually called the Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique—catchy name—or “SCOOT”...

NASA's TRMM satellite eyeing Tropical Cyclone Gillian's rebirth

March 14, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Heavy rainfall rates and powerful towering thunderstorms were spotted in what appeared to be the rebirth process of Tropical Cyclone Gillian in the Gulf of Carpentaria between Australia's Northern Territory and Queensland. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite called TRMM flew above northern Australia on March 14, 2014 at 0500 UTC/1 a.m. EDT capturing rainfall data. Very strong convective storms in the...

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Virtual lab for nuclear waste repository research

March 14, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A nuclear waste repository must seal in radioactive waste safely for one million years. Researchers currently have to study them and their processes in real underground laboratories but a virtual underground laboratory will soon simplify their work.

Engineering Newswire: Phantom boat flies above the water

March 14, 2014 3:03 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're 3D printing documentaries, talking toilet lights, and riding the flying phantom above the water. This episode features: Flying Phantom: Phantom International has introduced its next generation of foiling catamarans, the Flying Phantom.

Scripps Florida scientists devise new, lower cost method to create more usable fuels

March 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the United States continues to lead the world in the production of natural gas, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new and more efficient method with the potential to convert the major components found in natural gas into useable fuels and chemicals—opening the door to cheaper, more abundant energy and materials with much lower emissions.

Mid-level solar flare seen by NASA's SDO

March 14, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:34 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured an image of it. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. 

Expansion boards enable computer control and monitoring applications

March 14, 2014 12:24 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announced the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion boards designed for Relio R3 rackmount industrial computers. The boards interface to a variety of real-world I/O, and all boards are isolated to

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Researchers created a mouse that expresses a fluorescing ‘biosensor’ in every cell of its body

March 14, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Garvan and UK researchers have created a mouse that expresses a fluorescing ‘biosensor’ in every cell of its body, allowing diseased cells and drugs to be tracked and evaluated in real time and in three dimensions. The mouse also allows diseased cells and drugs to be tracked and evaluated in real time and in three dimensions.

Introducing advanced security in low-power applications with FRAM MCUs

March 14, 2014 11:29 am | by Priya Thanigai, product marketing engineer, MSP430 microcontrollers, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Security is becoming increasingly important in a wider range of applications. Numerous methods have been developed to force systems to expose confidential information or even application code, resulting in the development of countermeasures to ensure the security of Flash and EEPROM ICs.

Securing the Internet of Things

March 14, 2014 11:05 am | by Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig Co. Inc., www.saelig.com | Articles | Comments

With around 2 billion people connected to the Internet and the advent of IoT, there may already be more connected ‘things’ than connected people. In 2013, by some estimates, there were over 10 billion connected devices, and this will climb as high as 50 billion by 2020....

Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing

March 14, 2014 10:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Soft robots— which don't just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels —now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot capable of rapid body motion: a "fish" that can execute an escape maneuver, convulsing its body to change direction in just a fraction of a second, or almost as quickly as a real fish can.

Scientists find new way to upgrade natural gas

March 14, 2014 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

America's current energy boom may take a new direction thanks to the discovery of a new way to turn raw natural gas into upgraded liquid alcohol fuel. In the March 14 issue of Science magazine, chemists from Brigham Young University and The Scripps Research Institute detail a process that could reduce dependence on petroleum.

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When big isn't better: How the flu bug bit Google

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Numbers and data can be critical tools in bringing complex issues into crisp focus. The understanding of diseases, for example, benefits from algorithms that help monitor their spread. But without context, a number may just be a number, or worse, misleading.

Creating a graphene-metal sandwich to improve electronics

March 14, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” strongly enhances the heat conducting properties of copper, a discovery that could further help in the downscaling of electronics. Researchers found that adding a layer of graphene, a one-atom thick material with highly desirable electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, on each side of a copper film increased heat conducting properties up to 24 percent.

Researchers write languages to design synthetic living systems useful for new products, health care

March 14, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems. Known as GenoCAD, the open-source software was developed to help synthetic biologists capture biological rules to engineer organisms that produce useful products or health-care solutions from inexpensive, renewable materials.

Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier

March 14, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles. The new optical device can turn on and off trillions of times per second. It consists of individual switches that are only one five-hundredth the width of a human hair (200 nanometers) in diameter. This size is much smaller than the...

Adults, don’t blame teenagers for your bad phone habits

March 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Teenagers these days. They can’t go one minute without their cell phone. But apparently, neither can adults. A new study shows that one in three parents are using their cell phones almost nonstop during meal time at restaurants, and it’s probably safe to say this kind of behavior goes on at home, too.

Emotion detectors could make driving safer

March 14, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Technology now allows us to read facial expressions and identify which of the seven universal emotions a person is feeling: fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, or suspicion. This is very useful in video game development, medicine, marketing, and, perhaps less obviously, in driver safety. We know that in addition to fatigue, the emotional state of the driver is a risk factor.

Photos of the Day: The WatchKeeper WK450 UAV

March 14, 2014 8:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450, meaning that it’s been cleared for flight training. Based on the Elbit Hermes 450 UAV, the Watchkeeper WK450 is an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) unmanned aerial vehicle.

DC-DC converters feature improved efficiency and short-circuit protection

March 13, 2014 4:30 pm | Mornsun America LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Mornsun has launched the IF/B_XT-1WR2, F/B_XT-2WR2, F_D-1WR2, R2 series of DC-DC converters. Compared with the old generation, they have improved on efficiency, no-load power consumption, and short-circuit protection. They also feature compact size....

March 2014: Counterfeiting

March 13, 2014 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Digital Editions | Comments

Counterfeit components cost the electronics industry billions of dollars each year. They also create dangerous situations and increase the risk of product failure. In this March issue of ECN, we identify the key battlegrounds in the fight against fake components.• Seeing through the lies explores the idea of using x-ray techniques as a way of identifying counterfeit components, walking readers through the most common indicators of a counterfeit. • Invisible bar codes offers up a solution to counterfeit components in the form of a covert micro-bar code that are virtually indestructible and invisible to the naked eye. • Counterfeit mitigation looks at a report by the Semiconductor Industry Association detailing the ideal defensive maneuvers against counterfeit components.

Microwave capacitors achieve capacitance levels to 68 pF

March 13, 2014 4:02 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities of the 400L Series of precision tolerance, thin film NPO RF, and microwave capacitors from American Technical Ceramics Corp. (ATC). The 400L Series is constructed with a low-loss silicon dioxide....

Self-clinching threaded studs offer application-specific benefits for metal attachment

March 13, 2014 3:01 pm | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

PennEngineering’s (Danboro, PA) PEM self-clinching threaded studs in an expanding range of designs introduce offer application-specific benefits for thin metal attachments.  All types of PEM studs are asserted to provide cost-effective and practical alternatives to

LED wall pack light offers high light output from a compact form factor

March 13, 2014 3:00 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a new magnetically mounted LED wall pack light with a glare-free shield. This 60 watt LED light offers high light output from a compact form factor and is designed to provide a more durable and long lived alternative to halogen and metal halide units.

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