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New apps smooth out your nighttime smartphone addiction

July 31, 2014 10:02 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

My smartphone and I have built up a pretty special bond. I’m an Apple junkie, myself, but I understand why people love their “crackberries” – my iPhone almost feels like a part of me. That being said, a smartphone can also make it impossible to fall asleep sometimes....

Engineering Update Episode 69: A new record for electric vehicles

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A group of students at the University of New South Wales in Australia recently set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria. The Sunswift car averaged 62 mph over 311 miles, beating out the 26 year old previous record of 45 mph over 311 miles....

Birthweight and breastfeeding have implications for children's health decades later

July 31, 2014 9:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis....

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UK psychologist creates patient tool to assist with lung cancer screening decision

July 31, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival....

Journal supplement details progress in African medical education

July 31, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is being revitalized and expanded through a U.S.-funded effort that is dramatically increasing enrollment, broadening curricula, upgrading Internet access and providing cutting-edge skills labs and other technologies....

Veterans' alcohol problems linked to stress on the home front

July 31, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Regardless of traumatic events experienced during deployment, returning National Guard soldiers were more likely to develop a drinking problem if faced with civilian life setbacks, including job loss, legal problems, divorce, and serious financial and legal problems — all commonplace in military families. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are published online....

Monash researcher receives Antarctic science award

July 31, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Monash University Professor Steven Chown has been awarded the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research's (SCAR) 2014 Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. SCAR, an inter-disciplinary international science body, initiates, develops and coordinates high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system....

New scientific review: Current evidence suggests benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harms

July 31, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A major scientific review of available research on the use, content, and safety of e-cigarettes has concluded that – although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown – compared with conventional cigarettes they are likely to be much less harmful to users or bystanders....

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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

July 31, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity....

Money talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study reveals

July 31, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Companies who make their money in the "sin" industries such as the tobacco, alcohol and gaming industries typically receive less attention from institutional investors and financial analysts. But new research shows social norms and attitudes towards these types of businesses are subject to compromise when their share price looks to be on the rise....

Clamp-on current sensor fits existing solid conductors

July 31, 2014 9:00 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new 50Hz/60Hz, di/dt AC current sensor that can be clamped onto an existing solid conductor without having to disconnect the conductor. The PA3828NL clamp-on sensor has a linear current range of 0.1 amps to 200 amps....

Women in military less likely to drink than civilian women

July 31, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Los Angeles, CA (August 1, 2014) While it is known that members of the U.S. military overall are more likely to use alcohol, a new study finds that female enlistees and female veterans are actually less likely to drink than their civilian counterparts. This study was published today in Armed Forces & Society, a SAGE journal published on behalf of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society....

This first-aid kit is a must-have

July 31, 2014 8:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Clever Medkit is a first-aid kit to end all first-aid kits. This over-the-top technologically advanced kit is technically designed for businesses, but I would consider this for a home purchase because I am a germaphobe and hypochondriac. (Yesterday, I used a Lysol wipe on my pens.) So, let’s walk through the process of injuring yourself and using this bad boy.

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NASA's IceCube no longer on ice

July 31, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will demonstrate and validate a new 874-gigahertz submillimeter-wave receiver that could help advance scientists' understanding of ice clouds and their role in climate change....

Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits

July 31, 2014 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unlike our solitary Sun, most stars form in binary pairs -- two stars that orbit a common center of mass. Though remarkably plentiful, binaries pose a number of questions, including how and where planets form in such complex environments....

NASA-funded X-ray instrument settles interstellar debate

July 31, 2014 8:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble, or LHB....

Display glass chamfer: Complex design challenge or all-laser solution?

July 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Dr. Michael M. Mielke, Chief Scientist, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Remember the Apple iPhone 5 video of Jony Ive describing his “diamond cut chamfered edges?” If you’re not a mechanical engineer, this may have been the first time you heard the term “chamfer.” It turns out that chamfers are critical design aspects of nearly all portable consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets....

2.5W output DC/DC micromodule converter includes 2kVAC galvanic isolation

July 30, 2014 5:02 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTM8046, a 2.5W output DC/DC µModule (micromodule) converter with 2kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3kVDC) in a 9mm x 15mm x 4.92mm ball grid array (BGA) package. A minimum creepage distance of 4.3mm on the package exterior supports operation....

Transformer equipped with two explosion-proof receptacles

July 30, 2014 4:50 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its extensive range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with the release of a portable explosion-proof transformer, the EPL-TX-3KVA-2XLV-AC, equipped with two explosion-proof receptacles. This distribution system allows operators to step down 120/240 VAC 50/60Hz....

Phase-adjustable connector deliver phase adjustment of over 180 degrees

July 30, 2014 4:35 pm | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL), also known worldwide as Coaxicom, has just announced its next generation of the phase-adjustable connector for RG402, the 3993-2. With this generation of high-performance 3993-2, Coaxicom has enhanced the solderability of this phase adjuster....

50 W power supplies operate from a universal input of 47-63Hz

July 30, 2014 3:33 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 50 W models to the five year warranty TDK-Lambda RWS-B series of AC-DC power supplies, designed to provide solid performance at an economical price. The product line up now has five power levels and compact case sizes....

Weighing the Milky Way

July 30, 2014 11:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Does the Milky Way look fat in this picture? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? It turns out the way some astrophysicists have been studying our galaxy made it appear that the Milky Way might be more massive than it's neighbor down the street, Andromeda....

All-in-one energy system offers greener power for off-grid homes, farms

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. Developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the RCUK Energy Programme....

Seeing is bead-lieving

July 30, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University researchers are using magnetic beads and DNA "springs" to create chains of varying flexibility that can be used as microscale models for polymer macromolecules. The experiment is visual proof that "bead-spring" polymers, introduced as theory in the 1950s, can be made as stiff or as flexible as required and should be of interest to materials scientists who study the basic physics of polymer....

Income is a major driver of avoidable hospitalizations across New Jersey

July 30, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The household income of its residents is the most important factor in whether a community has high or low rates of avoidable hospital visits – conditions that could be better managed in a doctor's office or other health care settings if treated at an early stage, according to a report released today by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP)....

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