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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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Observing the onset of a magnetic substorm

September 2, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Magnetic substorms, the disruptions in geomagnetic activity that cause brightening of aurora, may sometimes be driven by a different process than generally thought, a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics shows....

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

September 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016....

Argonne scientists pioneer strategy for creating new materials

September 2, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Making something new is never easy. Scientists constantly theorize about new materials, but when the material is manufactured it doesn't always work as expected. To create a new strategy for designing materials, scientists at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory combined two different approaches at two different facilities to synthesize new materials....

Scientists get set for simulated nuclear inspection

September 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some 40 scientists and technicians from around the world will descend on Jordan in November to take part in a simulated on-site inspection of a suspected nuclear test site on the banks of the Dead Sea. Playing the part of inspectors, the experts will have access to a wide range of sensor technologies to look for signs of whether a nuclear explosion has taken place....

A new synthetic amino acid for an emerging class of drugs

September 2, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the greatest challenges in modern medicine is developing drugs that are highly effective against a target, but with minimal toxicity and side-effects to the patient. Such properties are directly related to the 3D structure of the drug molecule. Ideally, the drug should have a shape that is perfectly complementary to a disease-causing target, so that it binds it with high specificity....

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Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stars are made mostly of hydrogen and helium, but they also contain trace amounts of other elements, such as carbon, oxygen, iron, and even more exotic substances. By carefully measuring the wavelengths (colors) of light coming from a star, astronomers can determine how abundant each of these trace elements is....

Accounting for biological aggregation in heating and imaging of magnetic nanoparticles

September 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biological aggregation is a critical, yet often overlooked factor in the medical application of nanoparticles. Here we systematically characterize the effects of aggregation on both radiofrequency heating and magnetic resonance image (MRI) contrast of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs), including detailed analysis of the aggregate morphologies based on quasi-fractal descriptions....

Nature's tiny engineers

September 2, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT ...

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents

September 2, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home....

Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

September 2, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up....

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Single laser stops molecular tumbling motion instantly

September 2, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the quantum world, making the simple atom behave is one thing, but making the more complex molecule behave is another story. Now Northwestern University scientists have figured out an elegant way to stop a molecule from tumbling so that its potential ...

Researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop software to process solar astronomy data on larger scale

September 2, 2014 11:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in Georgia State University's new Astroinformatics program have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools that can process large sets of solar astronomy data and allow scientists to perform analyses on scales and detail levels that have not been possible....

Nano-forests to reveal secrets of cells

September 2, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Vertical nanowires could be used for detailed studies of what happens on the surface of cells. The findings are important for pharmaceuticals research, among other applications. A group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden have managed to make artificial cell membranes form....

Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

Thin film chip resistors address precision resistor requirements of automotive applications

August 28, 2014 4:40 pm | Nic Components | Product Releases | Comments

The NTRA series of automotive-grade thin-film chip resistors from NIC Components addresses precision resistor requirements of automotive applications. The NTRA series products are AEC Q-200 qualified and supported from TS-16494 certified ...

Dual low-side driver IC designed for SMPS applications

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRB24427S high-current dual low-side driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications used in Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) ...

System-on-a-chip supports vehicle-to-vehicle technology

August 28, 2014 4:02 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) announced the availability of its R-Car V2H, the company’s newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementing state-of-the-art image recognition technology to support high-resolution surround viewing in advanced driver assistance systems....

VCO operates at 1680 MHz

August 28, 2014 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55CC-1680-1680 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1680 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has desirable linearity....

Preventing emergencies with home automation

August 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The engineers in the Forget Me Not Challenge are hard at work on their designs as we approach the one-month mark, and Embedit Electronics and Cypress Semiconductor recently provided them with the new RPiSoC development platform to help bring their imagined creations to life. One theme that has been consistent throughout the competition is the idea that home automation technology can prevent a household emergency.

The downfall of interactive restaurant technology

August 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every month, innovative technology is unleashed upon hordes of eager consumers, and most of these products are aimed at making our lives simpler. Smartphones provide us with Internet, games, apps, and music – all in addition to basic phone and messaging capabilities....

LED power supply offers optional dimming

August 28, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power has launched a range of LED drivers for indoor and outdoor use in LED-based lighting and signage applications. The new range includes the LDP Series, offering 24-, 36- and 48-V constant current outputs over …

Current sensor IC is designed with differential output and externally adjustable gain

August 28, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced a new current sensor IC for industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS726 is said to be the first current sensor IC to include a ...

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