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Virtual conferencing effective weight management intervention

March 21, 2014 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A weight management intervention delivered virtually via video conferencing helped participants lose weight, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014....

Photos of the Day: The Hydra underwater drone

March 21, 2014 1:47 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy, in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), plans to deploy the Hydra underwater drone, an underwater “truck”. Hydra will be used to deploy mini drones like Raytheon’s 6 lb. Switchblade drone, for example....

Dramatic new portrait helps define Milky Way's shape, contents

March 21, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using more than 2 million images collected by NASA's orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360 degree portrait of the Milky Way, providing new details of our galaxy's structure and contents.

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Current-sensing IC boosts overall system efficiency

March 21, 2014 11:51 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the robust IR25750 general-purpose current-sensing IC available in an ultra-compact SOT23-5L package that boosts overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings....

3-D model links facial features and DNA

March 21, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

DNA can already tell us the sex and ancestry of unknown individuals, but now an international team of researchers is beginning to connect genetics with facial features, degrees of femininity and racial admixture. In essence, by including sex and racial admixture, researchers can learn....

Switching an antibiotic on and off with light

March 21, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists of the KIT and the University of Kiev have produced an antibiotic, whose biological activity can be controlled with light. Thanks to the robust diarylethene photoswitch, the antimicrobial effect of the peptide mimetic can be applied in a spatially and temporally specific manner.

High-speed source-driver designed for pulsed current applications

March 21, 2014 10:56 am | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduces the MD2133, a high-speed source-driver for pulsed current applications. The MD2133 is programmable and is targeted for medical ultrasound beam-forming applications. It can also be used in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)....

600-V SOT-23 current sensing IC aims to boost overall system efficiency and save space

March 21, 2014 10:50 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier, IR (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IR25750 general purpose current sensing IC available in a SOT23-5L package that is said to boost overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings for high current applications. By extracting

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Who will win the wireless power dogfight?

March 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s like Betamax and VHS. The United States and the Soviet Union. Tom and Jerry. The furious tussle between direct induction and resonant magnetic induction played out at the 2014 Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC). This is a desperate fight that’ll determine the future of wireless power....

DC to 20 GHz GaAs distributed driver amp offers positive gain slope, low noise figure

March 21, 2014 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) added a new driver amplifier, the CMD192C5, to its product library. The CMD192C5 is the packaged version of the CMD192 amplifier that until now had only been available in die form. This wideband GaAs MMIC distributed amplifier

Computers see through faked expressions of pain better than people

March 21, 2014 10:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions," is published in the latest issue of Current Biology.

Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online

March 21, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. In a study on parenting strategies and online adolescent safety, the researchers found evidence....

Latching connectors target high shock and vibration applications

March 21, 2014 9:56 am | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics Connector Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) announced its latching Micro-D connector can be mated or un-mated without the need for a screwdriver or hand tools. Built to meet or exceed the testing specified in MIL-DTL-83513 specifications, the small...

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E3-production – sustainable manufacturing

March 21, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scarce and expensive raw materials, rising energy prices, climate protection, and demographic shifts leave industrial production with a lot to contend with in the coming years. In the “ E3-production” lighthouse project, researchers are laying the groundwork to achieve sustainable production....

Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

Enclosures accommodate DIN rail mounted electronics

March 21, 2014 9:20 am | Hitaltech USA | Product Releases | Comments

Hitaltech (Valley Cottage, NY) introduced the latest addition to Italtronic’s DIN Rail mounted enclosure ‘Railbox’ range, the RAILBOX COMPACT, suitable for electronic applications mounted on a DIN Rail (EN 60715). Four sizes are available

Anti-counterfeit 'fingerprints' made from silver nanowires

March 21, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unique patterns made from tiny, randomly scattered silver nanowires have been created in an attempt to authenticate goods and tackle the growing problem of counterfeiting. The nanoscale 'fingerprints' are made by randomly dumping 20 to 30 individual nanowires....

Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy

March 21, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The worldwide demand for solar and wind power skyrockets. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has doubled. The dramatic growth of the wind and solar industries has led utilities to begin testing large-scale technologies....

As age-friendly technologies emerge, experts recommend policy changes

March 21, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From smart phones to smart cars, both public and private entities must consider the needs of older adults in order to help them optimize the use of new technologies, according to the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR),  titled “Aging and Technology: The Promise and the Paradox”....

The amazing anatomy of James Webb Space Telescope mirrors

March 21, 2014 8:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you think of a mirror, there really isn't that much needed to describe it, but when you look at a mirror that will fly aboard NASA's next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, there's a lot to the anatomy of a mirror. NASA's Webb telescope includes a primary, secondary and tertiary mirror....

Compact fuse provides 1500 A breaking compacity at 500 VAC

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) is pleased to announce the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The high breaking capacity of 1500A at rated voltage safeguards electronic systems and operators in the event of a catastrophic short circuit incident....

MCU series integrates ARM technology for the fast-growing Chinese automotive market

March 20, 2014 1:01 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) announced that its ARM-based Kinetis Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) is being introduced into the automotive market. The series is designed to speed and simplify the development process for

Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

Algae may be a potential source of biofuels and biochemicals even in cool climate

March 20, 2014 11:32 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter.Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland.

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