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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.

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....

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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....

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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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Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

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

The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists warned this week. In an analysis in Biogeosciences, which is published by the European Geosciences Union, the researchers outline "services" or benefits provided by the deep ocean to society....

Older adults are at risk of financial abuse

July 30, 2014 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nearly one in every twenty elderly American adults is being financially exploited – often by their own family members. This burgeoning public health crisis especially affects poor and black people. It merits the scrutiny of clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and any citizen who cares about the dignity and well-being of older Americans, says Dr. Janey Peterson of Weill Cornell Medical College in the US....

Spin-based electronics: New material successfully tested

July 30, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials called 'topological insulators', which conduct electrons only across their surface but not through their interior....

Rutgers study explores attitudes, preferences toward post-Sandy rebuilding

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A yearlong study funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund and conducted by researchers at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University has found that individual property owners in Sandy-affected towns are skeptical about the likelihood of community-based rebuilding solutions....

OKCupid and Facebook not alone in conducting studies of consumer behavior without consent

July 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Think you're in control? Think again. This week, OKCupid became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods....

First grade reading suffers in segregated schools

July 30, 2014 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A groundbreaking study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has found that African-American students in first grade experience smaller gains in reading when they attend segregated schools—but the students' backgrounds likely are not the cause of the differences....

Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety

July 30, 2014 10:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. School of Psychology PhD student Pasquale Alvaro surveyed more than 300 Australian high school students aged 12-18 to better understand their sleep habits, mental health condition and the time of day they were most active (known as their "chronotype")....

Brainwaves can predict audience reaction

July 30, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor....

Motor driver ICs save space and simplify design for low-power applications

July 30, 2014 10:23 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) announced two additions to its expansive family of motor controller and driver ICs. The new TC78H610FNG and TB67Z800FTG motor driver ICs save space, thereby simplifying design, for a wide range of motor applications....

Nintendo reports worse-than-expected quarterly loss as Wii U sales momentum picks up slowly

July 30, 2014 10:19 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales....

DC-DC converter series designed for compact industrial applications

July 30, 2014 10:15 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announces the TEC-100 and TEC-200 Series of isolated dc-dc converters that provide 100W and 200W of continuous power and feature high efficiency (up to 93%) and –60°С to +125°С operating temperature range....

'Holy Grail' of battery design achieved: A stable lithium anode

July 30, 2014 10:04 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step....

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