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The next graphene?

August 6, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Three University of California, Riverside engineers are part of team recently awarded a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to characterize, analyze and synthesize a new class of ultra-thin film materials that could improve the performance of personal electronics, optoelectronic devices and energy conversion systems....

Shielded connector features positive-lock to meet automotive specifications

August 6, 2014 9:10 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley) currently provides a high-speed multimedia connector capable of conveying transmissions up to 1 Gbps. Supporting the automotive industry's most commonly used standards, USB2.0, IEEE1394, LVDS, and GVIF signals, the GT17H/HN Series connectors have an advanced shielding structure....

Triangulum galaxy snapped by VST

August 6, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Messier 33, otherwise known as NGC 598, is located about three million light-years away in the small northern constellation of Triangulum (The Triangle). Often known as the Triangulum Galaxy it was observed by the French comet hunter Charles Messier in August 1764, who listed it as number 33 in his famous list of prominent nebulae and star clusters....

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NASA sees Tropical Storm Julio as part of a heated Eastern Pacific

August 6, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Eastern Pacific Ocean has been warm this springtime, and those warmer waters have contributed to the development of storms like Tropical Storm Julio and Hurricane Iselle. "Ocean temperatures in the Eastern Tropical Pacific were heated up because of the strong Kelvin wave activity this spring. Although the initial excitement of an impending El Nino has quieted down, these warmer waters have caused an early and active hurricane....

High-voltage LEDs achieve an efficiency of around 120lm/W at 3000K CCT

August 6, 2014 8:54 am | Everlight Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Everlight Electronics (Carrollton, TX) announces the XI3030 High Voltage series, an addition to EVERLIGHT’s popular XI3030 mid- to high-power LED package. By introducing the High Voltage version, a new concept of the existing XI3030 series with higher voltages at a lower price ...

Biology made simpler with clear tissues

August 6, 2014 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In general, our knowledge of biology—and much of science in general—is limited by our ability to actually see things. Researchers who study developmental problems and disease, in particular, are often limited by their inability to look inside an organism to figure out exactly what went wrong and when....

A breath reveals a hidden image in anti-counterfeit drug labels

August 6, 2014 8:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An outline of Marilyn Monroe's iconic face appeared on the clear, plastic film when a researcher fogs it with her breath. Terry Shyu, a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, was demonstrating a new high-tech label for fighting drug counterfeiting. While the researchers don't envision movie stars on medicine bottles, but they used Monroe's image to prove their concept....

Healthy diet set early in life

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Promoting a healthy diet from infancy is important to prevent childhood obesity and the onset of chronic disease. This is the finding from a study published in the latest issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.  Led by Rebecca Byrne from QUT, the study described quantity and diversity of food and drinks consumed by children aged 12-16 months....

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Crime Victims' Institute tracks the state of stalking in Texas

August 6, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

According to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.4 million women in Texas experience stalking during their lifetimes. Despite recent laws adopted in the state to protect stalking victims, little information is available about the crime or policies and procedures to aid the criminal justice system, according to a report from the Crime Victims' Institute (CVI)....

OLED displays feature 262K colors

August 6, 2014 8:34 am | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International Inc.’s (Elgin, IL) full color OLEDs are available in sizes 1.27”, 1.5”, and 1.69”. Featuring 262K colors, these passive matrix displays have a sharper and crisper viewing quality when compared to LCDs because of their rich black levels and 2000:1 contrast ratio....

Will medical devices and all-laser manufacturing advancements enable the age of longevity?

August 6, 2014 7:57 am | by Stefan Zschiegner, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the only advances in medical technology which excite more than today’s minimally invasive devices and procedures are the ones that will come to market over the next several decades. Medical futurists speak with credibility about the prospect of human beings born today living 150 years....

Listen to the world’s first 3D-printed saxophone

August 6, 2014 7:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s official. We can now 3D-print anything. At this point, we’ve had 3D-printed skulls, some candy, and a few odds and ends, but Olaf Diegel has created the world’s first 3D-printed saxophone. Instruments are particularly difficult to print because so much of the sound requires the perfect usage of air....

Enhancing biofuel yields from biomass with novel new method

August 5, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter....

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No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel internet of things reality

August 5, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home ...

LEDs made from 'wonder material' perovskite

August 5, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of commercial applications....

Microminiature board-to-board connectors feature ultra-low profile of 0.35 mm pitch

August 5, 2014 12:42 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) announces the launch of its new SlimStack SSB6 SMT microminiature board-to-board connectors. With an ultra-low profile (0.35 mm pitch) and compact size (0.60 mm height x 2.00 mm width, when mated), SlimStack SSB6 connectors are ideal for saving space....

6GHz handheld RF spectrum analyzers provide more than 3 hours of operation

August 5, 2014 12:34 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced two new RF analyzers — the new AIM-TTi Series 5 Models — available in 3.6GHz and 6.0GHz versions. They maintain a true handheld format while offering bench-top instrument-quality features....

Photos of the Day: Supermileage car gets 383 MPG

August 5, 2014 12:15 pm | by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies hosted two Concordia University students, along with their award-winning SAE Supermileage vehicle, at this year’s Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) in Traverse City, Michigan....

180 watt portable LED work area light provides a 16,200 lumen floodlight beam

August 5, 2014 9:42 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-STK-3X600E portable work area LED light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) provides a 16,200 lumen floodlight beam covering a complete 360° work area and is a direct replacement for hot and fragile 500 watt halogen work lights. This LED work light is comprised of three LED light heads....

High-temperature multi-function logic gates enable operation between 2.8V and 5.5V

August 5, 2014 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

X-REL Semiconductor (Grenoble, France) introduces its High-Temperature multi-function logic gates: XTR54000. Intended for high-reliability, extreme temperature and extended lifetime applications, such as Automotive, Aeronautics, Down-hole, the flexibility of the XTR54000 ...

Precision op amps operate on 140V supply

August 5, 2014 8:57 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC6091 and LTC6090-5, additions to the LTC6090 family of precision operational amplifiers which operate on a supply voltage up to 140V (±70V). The dual LTC6091 features separate output disable pins....

What engineers think about retirement

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what our engineers had planned for their golden years, but as it turns out most of you are pretty happy to be working.

Best evidence yet for coronal heating theory detected by NASA sounding rocket

August 4, 2014 4:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have recently gathered some of the strongest evidence to date to explain what makes the sun's outer atmosphere so much hotter than its surface. The new observations of the small-scale extremely hot temperatures are consistent with only one current theory....

20-foot telescoping light mast includes 360° rotating capabilities

August 4, 2014 3:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a 20 foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities and electric winches for ease of operation. The LM-20-EW is a fold over light mast that provides a safe and effective way ...

When is Fly-Buck the right choice for your isolated power needs?

August 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Vijay Choudhary, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

The Fly-Buck™ converter (or isolated buck converter) is becoming very popular as a low power isolated bias solution because of its simplicity, ease-of-use, low component count, and the availability of wide-Vin integrated regulators like ...

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