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Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

Spectrum analyzers provide coverage up to 7.5 GHz

September 12, 2014 11:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the Rigol DSA800 Spectrum Analyzers Series that extends coverage up to 7.5 GHz. The DSA832 and DSA875 expand this spectrum analyzer family to 3.2 and 7.5 GHz, respectively....

High-performance GPS front-end modules target smartphones

September 12, 2014 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) announced two EPCOS front-end modules for satellite navigation systems that enable the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna.

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Isola announces compliance with European Space Agency base-material standard

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's ...

Cutting the cloud computing carbon cost

September 12, 2014 10:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cloud computing involves displacing data storage and processing from the user's computer on to remote servers. It can provide users with more storage space and computing power that they can then access from anywhere in the world rather than....

New family of materials for energy-efficient information storage and processing

September 12, 2014 10:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Switching the polarity of a magnet using an electric field (magnetoelectric memory [MEM] effect), can be a working principle of the next-generation technology for information processing and storage. Multiferroic materials are promising candidates....

Engineering Newswire: Boeing's laser targets mortars, UAVs

September 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The HEL MD is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. The laser itself is idea for tactical missions because it is lightweight and compact, allowing it ...

Sepsis kills over 6,000,000 children in developing world: App-device could help save them

September 12, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sepsis is common and often deadly, reports the Global Sepsis Alliance, the organization behind the upcoming World Sepsis Day on Saturday, September 13th: "Often misunderstood as "blood poisoning", sepsis is one of the leading causes of death....

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Millimeter-wave right-angle RF adapters available up to 50 GHz

September 12, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave Inc. (Allen, TX) releases an expanded family of high-frequency right-angle adapters, widely used in the military and commercial sectors for communications and cellular applications. Right-angle adapters are ...

Cutting the cord on soft robots

September 12, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When it comes to the development of soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Engineers at Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world's....

NASA research helps unravel mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere

September 12, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated....

SF funds new method for making materials that can make lighter, more efficient vehicles

September 12, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation....

IoT, robotic manufacturing, & the end of the world

September 12, 2014 8:48 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence....

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Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

LED low bay light produces up to 3200 lumens

September 11, 2014 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialLight, the lighting division of GlacialTech Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan), introduces the newest model in its Arcturus Bay Light series. The GL-BL30 is a durable LED low bay light that uses 30W of electricity to produce up to 3200 lumens....

Image sensor targeted at industrial imaging applications

September 11, 2014 4:41 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

On Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is expanding its portfolio of high-performance CCD image sensors with its latest device targeted to industrial imaging applications. The new 8.6 megapixel, APS-H optical format KAI-08670 Image Sensor ...

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

September 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar Thursday morning, less than three months ...

Smart home radio chip uses RF instead of infrared

September 11, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherlands) launched the new GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls, that supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol.  Next generation remotes use RF instead....

High-energy lithium batteries target military applications

September 11, 2014 2:47 pm | Tadiran Electronic Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced its TLM Series of rugged, long-life, lithium metal oxide batteries developed specifically for military and aerospace applications. TLM military grade batteries meet …

Photos of the Day: Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal

September 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead....

High-speed connector uses advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method

September 11, 2014 9:20 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a sophisticated high-speed connector that employs an advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method to improve PCB retention force and enable a one-time reflow process with other SMT ...

Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

Medical device miniaturization and thermal management

September 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Articles | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating temperature ...

GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

Smartphones may aid in dietary self-monitoring

September 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers from Arizona State University examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined....

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