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NASA research helps unravel mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere

September 12, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated....

SF funds new method for making materials that can make lighter, more efficient vehicles

September 12, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation....

IoT, robotic manufacturing, & the end of the world

September 12, 2014 8:48 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence....

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Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

LED low bay light produces up to 3200 lumens

September 11, 2014 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialLight, the lighting division of GlacialTech Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan), introduces the newest model in its Arcturus Bay Light series. The GL-BL30 is a durable LED low bay light that uses 30W of electricity to produce up to 3200 lumens....

Image sensor targeted at industrial imaging applications

September 11, 2014 4:41 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

On Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is expanding its portfolio of high-performance CCD image sensors with its latest device targeted to industrial imaging applications. The new 8.6 megapixel, APS-H optical format KAI-08670 Image Sensor ...

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

September 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar Thursday morning, less than three months ...

Smart home radio chip uses RF instead of infrared

September 11, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherlands) launched the new GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls, that supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol.  Next generation remotes use RF instead....

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High-energy lithium batteries target military applications

September 11, 2014 2:47 pm | Tadiran Electronic Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced its TLM Series of rugged, long-life, lithium metal oxide batteries developed specifically for military and aerospace applications. TLM military grade batteries meet …

Photos of the Day: Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal

September 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead....

High-speed connector uses advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method

September 11, 2014 9:20 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a sophisticated high-speed connector that employs an advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method to improve PCB retention force and enable a one-time reflow process with other SMT ...

Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

Medical device miniaturization and thermal management

September 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Articles | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating temperature ...

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GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

Smartphones may aid in dietary self-monitoring

September 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers from Arizona State University examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined....

MIG and IEEE SA produce new standard for IoT, e-health, connected vehicle, aug. reality

September 10, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the availability of the IEEE 2700-2014 “Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions,” recently approved by the IEEE....

Photos of the Day: Apple Watch looks to be another winner

September 10, 2014 12:36 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do. I also like that Apple will offer a variety of straps....

OpenVPX backplanes include new central-switched and pass-through profiles

September 10, 2014 9:57 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has expanded its industry leading family of 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes with the introduction of three (3) new Hybricon central-switched ...

LED waterproof bulb configured to operate on 347-480 volts AC

September 10, 2014 9:18 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 25 watt PAR 38 LED bulb that produces 2,500 lumens of light and operates on 347-480 voltages. This bulb is designed to fit in standard light bulb sockets and provides....

Cloud connectivity platform for IoT features new Wi-Fi module

September 9, 2014 3:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LSR (Cedarburg, WI) announces the new TiWiConnect platform, the first true end-to-end "Internet of Things" (IoT) solution for connecting devices to a cloud server. This cloud connectivity enables consumer and industrial products....

National Renewable Energy Laboratory updates cetane data used for development of energy efficient fuels and engines

September 9, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels....

Bookmark and share printable version crystal solar and NREL team up to cut costs

September 9, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations of 2013....

SDSC joins the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program

September 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is working with semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation to further optimize research software to improve the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely....

'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems

September 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light into crystal....

Linear potentiometers satisfy applications like robotic control and X-Y table feedback

September 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding resistive technology to its portfolio of linear position products. The LP-22 series of linear potentiometers offer....

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