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Software makes significant FPGA design productivity gains

August 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the release of its updated Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) version 11.4 comprehensive design software....

Israel's Iron Dome & the ethics of war

August 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By many reports, the damage done by the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel would be much worse if it were not for Israel's air-defense system called Iron Dome. According to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), Iron Dome succeeds in intercepting about 80% of rockets that come within its zone of protection....

How stadiums ensure Internet access with high-density Wi-Fi networks

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Dennis Burrell, Product Innovation Technologist, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

For most people, visiting a major league stadium to watch a favorite team is a noteworthy event. In fact, with the enormous growth of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, it’s one of the most frequently shared experiences online....

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Don’t let ‘selfies’ define your self-worth

August 8, 2014 9:49 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Don’t get me wrong:  I like taking an occasional selfie every once in a while. Everyone likes to use their front camera when there isn’t a nearby mirror, just to check themselves out a little bit from time to time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a selfie, but people are getting a little carried away with these DIY pictures....

Peer-reviewed paper says all ivory markets must close

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The message is simple: to save elephants, all ivory markets must close and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed, according to a new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The paper says that corruption, organized crime, and a lack of enforcement make any legal trade of ivory a major factor contributing to the demise of Africa's elephants....

Step closer to birth of the sun

August 8, 2014 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. Published in Science, the team led by Dr Maria Lugaro and Professor Alexander Heger, from Monash University, have investigated the solar system's prehistoric phase and the events that led to the birth of the sun....

Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move together

August 8, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together, according to a new study by financial economics experts at Rice University and the University of Alabama. "We tested the hypothesis that investment banking networks affect stock prices and trading behavior," said James Weston, a professor of finance at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business....

Origami could lead to exotic materials, tiny transformers

August 8, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Embracing the pleats, creases and tucks of the Japanese art of decorative paper folding, Cornell University researchers are uncovering how origami principles could lead to exotic materials, soft robots and even tiny transformers. Publishing online in the journal Science Aug. 8, an interdisciplinary team led by Cornell's Itai Cohen, associate professor of physics, and graduate student Jesse Silverberg have discovered how to use....

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Study measures steep coastal costs of China's GDP growth

August 8, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study by a team of Chinese and American conservation biologists quantifies the serious consequences of China's recent economic growth on its coastal ecosystems. By several measures, 1978 was the beginning of a hugely successful surge in the nation's ability to produce economic value, but that surge brought accelerated degradation in the vitality of its coastal ecosystems....

What does 'diversity' mean to you? The answer may depend on your race

August 8, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Diversity in the workplace has been a contentious issue for many employers. In May 2014, Google disclosed that 70% of its employees are male, and in terms of racial diversity, the company is 61% White, 30% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 2% Black. Does that breakdown sound diverse to you? If not, what would an ideal diverse team look like?....

Expert insights on in vitro alternatives for drug and chemical toxicity testing

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

In vitro toxicity testing is rapidly being adopted in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics industries, for example, as an alternative to animal studies to predict adverse health effects of drugs and personal care products and the health consequences of environmental exposures....

Bouncing between the networks

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Charles Gervasi, element14 contributor | Articles | Comments

It was just over ten years ago when a professor at USF explained in a graduate class that 3G was mature enough to be deployed commercially, if only there were some “killer app” to provide a reason someone would want that much data in a phone....

Designing better materials for the 21st Century

August 8, 2014 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Defense Department recently named Jian Luo, professor of nanoengineering and materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego as one of 10 new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF). The award provides up to $3 million over five years to develop a new materials design tool called interfacial phase diagrams....

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Is technology making our youth dumber?

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I have little 2-3 year-old cousins that have the ability to use and comfortably navigate their way around a smart phone or a tablet. It is incredible to see how technology that takes older adults a longtime to figure out comes so natural to them. Just witnessing how much things have changed since I was younger is mind-blowing....

Four-slot, rugged CompactDAQ controller integrates an Intel Atom processor and high-accuracy measurements

August 7, 2014 2:46 pm | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

NI (Austin, TX) announced the CompactDAQ four-slot controller. By integrating the processor, signal conditioning and I/O into a single CompactDAQ system, engineers and scientists can reduce overall system cost and complexity while increasing

Engineering Update Episode 70: Japan’s military space force

August 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Following Japan’s approval of the Basic Space Law in 2008, allowing for the use of space for security purposes, the country recently announced the formation of a space-based military force by 2019. Most of us are probably familiar with Japan’s constitution — established by Allied Forces in 1947....

PQFN power block features exposed top

August 7, 2014 1:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of the power block family of devices with the introduction of the IRFHE4250D FastIRFET dual power MOSFET that reduces power losses by more than 5% at 25A compared to best-in-class conventional power block devices....

Cell power

August 7, 2014 12:16 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

At the advent of the Integrated-Circuit Age, portable electric-powered devices were few. Correspondingly, less than a handful of battery chemistries and form factors served most applications. Truck and auto engines depended on lead-acid batteries....

Fiber-optic interconnects are a prime choice for military applications

August 7, 2014 11:32 am | by Mark Matus, Molex Global Product Manager for Rugged Interconnects | Articles | Comments

Downtime and poor performance in military systems are unacceptable. But finding fiber optic components that not only hold up under harsh conditions yet also consistently deliver superior throughput has proved challenging in the past — especially in recent years....

Shrinking connectors uphold MIL-style requirements

August 7, 2014 11:01 am | by Klaus Montoya, Senior Cable Design Engineer, Elma Electronic | Articles | Comments

Physical characteristics, such as size and weight, aren’t the only real problem with using traditional MIL connectors in the growing number of small form factor (SFF) and unmanned applications. There is a significant technology challenge designers are facing, as well....

Defying expectations, global LCD TV market rises in first half

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Liquid-crystal-display television (LCD TV) panels enjoyed unexpected growth in the first half of this year, tied to enthusiastic TV viewing because of the World Cup and other factors that benefited the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future

August 7, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in this third year of extended drought for the state. A series of large fires east of Redding and Fresno, in Yosemite, and on the Oregon border prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, August 3rd....

How critically ill infants can benefit most from human milk

August 7, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Human milk is infant food, but for sick, hospitalized babies, it's also medicine. That's the central premise of a series of articles in a neonatal nursing journal's special issue focused on human milk for sick newborns. The articles are being published during World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, 2014....

NIST ion duet offers tunable module for quantum simulator

August 7, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control.NIST's ion duet, described in the August 7 issue of Nature, is a component for a flexible quantum simulator that could be scaled up in size and configured to model quantum systems of a complexity that overwhelms traditional computer simulations....

Acute psychological stress promotes skin healing in mice

August 7, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Brief, acute psychological stress promoted healing in mouse models of three different types of skin irritations, in a study led by UC San Francisco researchers. The scientists found that healing was brought about by the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids – steroid hormones – produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress....

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