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Computers see through faked expressions of pain better than people

March 21, 2014 10:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions," is published in the latest issue of Current Biology.

Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online

March 21, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. In a study on parenting strategies and online adolescent safety, the researchers found evidence....

Latching connectors target high shock and vibration applications

March 21, 2014 9:56 am | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics Connector Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) announced its latching Micro-D connector can be mated or un-mated without the need for a screwdriver or hand tools. Built to meet or exceed the testing specified in MIL-DTL-83513 specifications, the small...

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E3-production – sustainable manufacturing

March 21, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scarce and expensive raw materials, rising energy prices, climate protection, and demographic shifts leave industrial production with a lot to contend with in the coming years. In the “ E3-production” lighthouse project, researchers are laying the groundwork to achieve sustainable production....

Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

Enclosures accommodate DIN rail mounted electronics

March 21, 2014 9:20 am | Hitaltech USA | Product Releases | Comments

Hitaltech (Valley Cottage, NY) introduced the latest addition to Italtronic’s DIN Rail mounted enclosure ‘Railbox’ range, the RAILBOX COMPACT, suitable for electronic applications mounted on a DIN Rail (EN 60715). Four sizes are available

Anti-counterfeit 'fingerprints' made from silver nanowires

March 21, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unique patterns made from tiny, randomly scattered silver nanowires have been created in an attempt to authenticate goods and tackle the growing problem of counterfeiting. The nanoscale 'fingerprints' are made by randomly dumping 20 to 30 individual nanowires....

Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The worldwide demand for solar and wind power skyrockets. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has doubled. The dramatic growth of the wind and solar industries has led utilities to begin testing large-scale technologies....

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As age-friendly technologies emerge, experts recommend policy changes

March 21, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From smart phones to smart cars, both public and private entities must consider the needs of older adults in order to help them optimize the use of new technologies, according to the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR),  titled “Aging and Technology: The Promise and the Paradox”....

The amazing anatomy of James Webb Space Telescope mirrors

March 21, 2014 8:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you think of a mirror, there really isn't that much needed to describe it, but when you look at a mirror that will fly aboard NASA's next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, there's a lot to the anatomy of a mirror. NASA's Webb telescope includes a primary, secondary and tertiary mirror....

Compact fuse provides 1500 A breaking compacity at 500 VAC

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) is pleased to announce the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The high breaking capacity of 1500A at rated voltage safeguards electronic systems and operators in the event of a catastrophic short circuit incident....

MCU series integrates ARM technology for the fast-growing Chinese automotive market

March 20, 2014 1:01 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) announced that its ARM-based Kinetis Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) is being introduced into the automotive market. The series is designed to speed and simplify the development process for

Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

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Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

Algae may be a potential source of biofuels and biochemicals even in cool climate

March 20, 2014 11:32 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter.Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland.

DC power connector is halogen free

March 20, 2014 11:30 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products’ (Sterling, MA) Saf-D-Grid Ultra Short Receptacle is being manufactured in a halogen free, high temperature housing material to meet equipment manufacturers’ desire to offer eco-friendly devices. This 25-A, 600-V

Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

March 20, 2014 11:28 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you will do something. "People need to understand what is happening and what is likely to happen," White House science adviser John Holdren told reporters.

Engineering Update #50: Deploying maritime drones

March 20, 2014 10:24 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Deploying maritime drones: Now you didn’t really think the flyboys would get to play with all the unmanned toys did you? The Navy has its own plans to deploy drones, including the Hydra underwater “truck”, and other surveillance technology that can function in a maritime environment.

Self-healing paint could halt rust on military vehicles

March 19, 2014 4:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new additive could help military vehicles, including the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), heal like human skin and avoid costly maintenance as a result of corrosion. Polyfibroblast allows scratches forming in vehicle paint to scar and heal before the effects of corrosion ever reach the metal beneath.

Pocket Diagnosis

March 19, 2014 4:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new app which turns any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device could help in the fight against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world. A recently-developed mobile phone application could make monitoring conditions much clearer and easier....

Open access journal: Internet Interventions

March 19, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information products and services, is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Access, online-only journal Internet Interventions. The journal is published in affiliation with the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) and the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII).

OLED display designed for applications with small size LCDs

March 19, 2014 4:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology is excited to announce our new 8x2” Sunlight Readable OLED display. This low cost passive matrix 8x2 character OLED display modules makes a great option for any application using small size LCDs.

Lockheed Martin and Rowan University partner on radar technology

March 19, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin and Rowan University are kicking off an innovative, strategic partnership to develop new technologies for a broad range of radar system applications in support of national defense. As threats to the United States become increasingly more complex, this next generation of radar technology is critical to protecting national assets and requires the dedication of an educated workforce.

This app could prevent 1,600 deaths every day

March 19, 2014 3:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The move towards mobile medicine is pretty incredible in a few different ways. For one, it offers an aging population —in the U.S. it’s the baby boomers—an option for treatment that doesn’t involve more doctor’s offices or hospitals than necessary. On the other hand, mobile medicine provides a great way....

Computer simulations predict blast scenarios, also have crossover appeal in animation

March 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Simulation methods helped create animation for Disney’s Oscar-winning film, 'Frozen.' Simulation-based engineering science (SBES) allows researchers to predict the effects of building explosions and analyze the response of building materials to those threats.

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