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News media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study finds

September 5, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of media organizations, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher....

Magnetic nanocubes self-assemble into helical superstructures

September 5, 2014 8:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Materials made from nanoparticles hold promise for myriad applications, from improved solar energy production to perfect touch screens. The challenge in creating these wonder-materials is organizing the nanoparticles into orderly arrangements....

AC-DC power modules meet protection class II

September 4, 2014 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) announces the addition of the TMM Series of medical approved AC-DC power modules that meet protection class II and are ideally suited for patient vicinity applications. The TMM Series offers three power classes....

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300W 1/8th-brick DC-DC converter features digital control

September 4, 2014 3:29 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of the 300W TDK-Lambda iEH series of isolated DC-DC converters. Featuring digital non-linear adaptive control, these converters provide better dynamic performance, improved system stability ...

Engineering Update 74: Supersonic submarines could travel at speed of sound

September 4, 2014 2:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Modern nuclear submarines are capable of travelling over 25 knots (or 29 mph), and believe it or not, but underwater vessels used to travel much slower than this. But researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab have demonstrated the ability....

Photos of the Day: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

September 4, 2014 12:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both....

The US and China hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects

September 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by Josefin Berg – Senior Analyst Solar Research, IHS | Ihs | News | Comments

The global pipeline of PV projects now stands at 132 GW of which 10 GW are under construction, according to the PV Project Database published on a monthly basis by IHS Technology. The US and China together hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects.

High-voltage metal film resistors suit harsh environments

September 4, 2014 10:43 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's RNV Series uses proprietary manufacturing processes and materials to provide a robust product that performs under prolonged high temperature and high humidity stress. It can withstand ...

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Power supply provides universal AC input from 100V to 240V

September 4, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (New Taipei City, Taiwan) announces the newest addition to its DALI product lineup — the GP-DP004N-16V. A DALI power supply outputting 200mA, the GP-DP004N is enough for a full 64 device DALI network. Compatible with DALI standard IEC62386 ...

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

Low-profile button-type lens assemblies intended for heavy duty panel solutions

September 3, 2014 4:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has strengthened its LED lens product offering with the development of NEMA 4-rated, low-profile button type lens assemblies. The CMS 442 and HMS 462 Series lens assemblies have been designed not only to meet the needs of all indoor indication lighting applications....

Isn't it time that UK family doctors embraced email services for their patients?

September 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The UK government sees the use of email contact and e-consultations as a means of boosting patient access to primary care and is piloting these services in 20 general practices in England. It has mandated email communication for repeat prescriptions....

Industry’s first haptic + Bluetooth kit enables easy tactile feedback

September 3, 2014 3:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast and convenient way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects....

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3-axis RF meter suitable for both field and lab use

September 3, 2014 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific (Yorba Linda, CA) releases the second product in the new E-Series of Electromagnetic Meters, the E200 3-Axis RF Field Strength Meter. This meter is designed for measuring and monitoring radio-frequency electromagnetic field strengths....

4th generation Intel processor provides exceptional computing in new Aitech rugged 6U VME SBC

September 3, 2014 2:14 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems (Chatsworth, CA) now offers the C163, a rugged 6U VME SBC based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor family. Based on the latest Intel, 4th generation Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell multicore processors ...

Why "killer robots" are nothing to worry about

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems like every new development in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems dredges up the same tired (and slightly paranoid) fears of “killer robots” run amok — the product of a steady diet of dystopian literature and Hollywood blockbusters starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder....

Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate

September 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm. Researchers at the University of Southampton detected the rapid rise in sea-level....

Wireless power transmitter coils comply with the Qi standard

September 3, 2014 10:39 am | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

To increase its offerings in the 12V voltage range of wireless power transmitter coils, Wurth Electronics (Watertown, SD) developed two new coils. Those coils comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The 760308104113 (A13), as a single coil ...

Sensor development kits accelerate Internet of Things system design

September 3, 2014 9:33 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced two development kits to accelerate the design of environmental and biometric sensing applications for a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) products. Target applications for the kits include home security systems, smart thermostats ...

Wearable sensor hub comes in under 150 microwatts

September 3, 2014 9:15 am | Quicklogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced its new ArcticLink 3 S2 platform, the second CSSP solution in its Sensor Hub roadmap. This next-generation platform delivers double the customer-specific programmable logic capacity, four times the computational performance ...

Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

Niche applications will help OLED lighting market reach $1.9bn in 2025

September 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx | News | Comments

OLED lighting is an emerging solid-state lighting technology. It potentially provides a route into the large and growing global lighting market. It however faces a critical differentiation challenge vis-à-vis incumbents such as inorganic LED lighting....

Photos of the Day: A vintage look at the Navy's Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 3:06 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

In her blog, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta gave a great overview of the Navy’s Blue Angels, the military’s premier flight demonstration squadron. Since 1946, the group has thrilled crowds with its spectacular aerial maneuvers. Here's a look at the early years of the squadron....

Camera flash LED driver delivers up to 1.2A

September 2, 2014 1:42 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC2873/MIC2874, an ultra-compact, camera flash LED driver that integrates a 1.2A boost converter and LED driver circuit into a small 9 pin, 1.3mm by 1.3mm chip scale package. Operating from 2.7V to 5.5V and featuring up to 92 percent efficiency ...

Battery analyzers simplify the testing of mission critical battery backup systems

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new 500 Series Battery Analyzers from Fluke (Everett, WA) simplify the workflow of testing stationary batteries and battery banks through an intuitive user interface that provides quick, guided test setups ensuring technicians are capturing the correct data....

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