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First grade reading suffers in segregated schools

July 30, 2014 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A groundbreaking study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has found that African-American students in first grade experience smaller gains in reading when they attend segregated schools—but the students' backgrounds likely are not the cause of the differences....

NASA-funded X-ray instrument settles interstellar debate

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low...

Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety

July 30, 2014 10:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new...

Brainwaves can predict audience reaction

July 30, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the...

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Motor driver ICs save space and simplify design for low-power applications

July 30, 2014 10:23 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) announced two additions to its expansive family of motor controller and driver ICs. The new TC78H610FNG and TB67Z800FTG motor driver ICs save space, thereby simplifying design, for a wide range of motor applications....

Nintendo reports worse-than-expected quarterly loss as Wii U sales momentum picks up slowly

July 30, 2014 10:19 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales....

DC-DC converter series designed for compact industrial applications

July 30, 2014 10:15 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announces the TEC-100 and TEC-200 Series of isolated dc-dc converters that provide 100W and 200W of continuous power and feature high efficiency (up to 93%) and –60°С to +125°С operating temperature range....

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'Holy Grail' of battery design achieved: A stable lithium anode

July 30, 2014 10:04 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step....

Book: 'The Beginning and the End'

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Clément Vidal takes on big philosophical questions in his new book The Beginning and the End: Does our universe have a beginning and an end, or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution?....

Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges

July 30, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays....

Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes....

App for headache sufferers shows success

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A unique app that helps headache sufferers to record the severity and regularity of their pain is being used as part of a Griffith research study. A new approach to the treatment of headaches, the ENHANCE project looks at coping with their triggers and is being led by Professor Paul Martin from Griffith Health Institute's Behavioral Basis of Health program....

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NASA sees developing Tropical Storm Halong causing warning

July 30, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA infrared satellite data revealed that Tropical Storm Halong is surrounded by strong thunderstorms and an eye appears to be developing. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Halong on July 29 at 03:29 UTC (July 28 at 11:29 p.m. EDT) the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument captured data on the cloud cover....

Amazon to invest $2 billion in India after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion in capital

July 30, 2014 8:59 am | by KAY JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion....

Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app....

Mysterious molecules in space

July 29, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when those stars exploded, these lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the carbon, hydrogen, silicon and other atoms in the universe....

TVS diodes include customizable upscreening and sorting process flows

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has expanded its offering of High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes available with customized upscreening and sorting process flows. These components, which protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events ...

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DDR4 DIMM sockets support UDIMMs, RDIMMs, and LRDIMM memory applications

July 29, 2014 3:13 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its DDR4 DIMM sockets in both aerodynamic and standard versions, giving design engineers more options and improved performance while remaining cost-competitive.  The aerodynamic socket features a through-hole termination style....

The Pulse: Reading minds with Google Glass and walking with Toyota

July 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we're using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair....

DC/DC power solution fuels bus-powered applications

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its industry-leading Thunderbolt portfolio with the TPS65980 DC/DC switching regulator, the first fully integrated power solution for bus-powered Thunderbolt applications. The TPS65980 is the centerpiece of  TI’s certified Thunderbolt single port peripheral reference design....

High-current connectors support hybrid systems

July 29, 2014 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces the launch of its new DEUTSCH Autosport Heavy Duty (ASHD) 3-Way Connector. The new connector was designed for the growing hybrid market in motorsports, in which racecars use three-phase motor/generator systems....

Touch-screen digital oscilloscope includes 7.6MSa record length

July 28, 2014 4:20 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the Owon TDS7102 — a new, 100MHz four-channel benchtop scope, with touch-screen capabilities that make instrument setting, operation, and adjustment faster and more intuitive. With 1GSa/s signal capturing on all four channels simultaneously ...

Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth

July 28, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a team led by Forman Williams, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering....

Glow in space is evidence of a hot bubble in our galaxy

July 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When we look up to the heavens on a clear night, we see an immense dark sky with uncountable stars. With a small telescope we can also see galaxies, nebulae, and the disks of planets. If you look at the sky with an X-ray detector, you would see many of these same familiar objects....

Booming mobile health app market needs more FDA oversight for consumer safety, confidence

July 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health ("mHealth") apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. While tremendous potential exists to broaden access to medical treatment and control costs ...

Chassis platform maximizes computing density with full redundancy

July 28, 2014 1:28 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 1U MicroTCA chassis platform with several unique design features that allow more slots in a front-to-rear cooled solution while maintaining full redundancy. The VT840 employs several design concepts to maximize computing density....

Hotspot: Talking to Mars with commercial orbiting satellites

July 28, 2014 12:58 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to Mars. By developing new business models for commercial and government partnerships, NASA is hoping to broaden the participation in exploring Mars....

Explosion-proof LED string lights produce 830 lumens of light

July 28, 2014 12:40 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) reveals their newly designed Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 explosion proof LED string lights, the EPL-SL-3-LED. These string lights are ideal for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection....

Integrated switching regulators enables high-efficiency offline power converters for consumer applications

July 28, 2014 12:08 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Arizona, AZ) has added three new current-mode, fixed-frequency switching regulators to its expansive power management product portfolio. Targeted at use in compact, high-reliability offline AC-DC switched-mode power supplies, the NCP1129, NCP1126, and NCP1124 incorporate an avalanche-rated 650 volt (V) MOSFET....

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