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Does space flight inspire school students to take STEM subjects?

January 27, 2015 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Science Education researchers at University of York are to work with leading space scientist and The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to investigate if human spaceflight inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths ...

Fixing the shortfall of women in aerospace and STEM fields

January 27, 2015 8:37 am | by Jeanna Heeraman, Digital Marketing Executive | Blogs | Comments

Currently in the UK, there is a huge lack of women working in aerospace and STEM jobs. However, the shortfall is not just in the UK; in fact, it is a problem throughout Europe. There are a number of reasons that could be behind this shortfall problem. For one ...

This app finds the closest bathroom (no, seriously)

January 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants in unfamiliar surroundings. But an app that pinpoints the closest restroom? That’s a new one. Airpnp promises just that — a quick and easy way to find the nearest John. Like Fandango, you enter your location ...

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How to trick a fitness tracker

January 26, 2015 4:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise. Researcher Caitlin Stackpool and her team from the University of Wisconsin ...

Students master math using Kinect for Windows

January 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Picture this: a classroom full of 9-year-olds are up and moving around, contorting their bodies and waving their arms. But it's not gym period or even music class getting them moving -- these kids are learning math. That's what a math class should look like....

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto: Smile for the camera!

January 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

It's showtime for Pluto. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet....

Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

January 26, 2015 3:18 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN and JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say ...

Pushbutton reset IC features low quiescent current

January 26, 2015 3:06 pm | by Torex Semiconductor Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The Torex XC6190 series Pushbutton Reset IC is used to reboot a system. Typical end products include wearable devices, Smart Phones, fitness bands and other devices which need a reboot function. The XC6190 has an extremely low quiescent current....

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RF switch supports a frequency range from DC through 8000 MHz

January 26, 2015 3:04 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine’s PE42020 is a single-pole double throw (SPDT) True DC RF switch that supports a wide frequency range from DC (zero Hz) through 8000 MHz. A configurable 50-ohm absorptive or open reflective switch, PE42020 exhibits high power handling of ...

China takes over lead from Europe in 2013 photovoltaic installations

January 26, 2015 11:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A booming photovoltaic market in Asia has propelled China to a global leader in photovoltaic energy installations in 2013, according to the latest edition of the JRC's PV Status Report. The EU has retained its domination in cumulative installed capacity....

This neurostimulator makes people cry

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the patient’s nasal cavity....

Brain-wave headset crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 11:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of Jan. 27....

Preparing for the robot uprising

January 26, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on Thursday, Jan. 16 by Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research ...

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Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....

5 ways drones could affect the American food supply

January 26, 2015 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union....

How the Air Force wasted $8.8 billion on drones

January 26, 2015 8:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

So we all know that drones are on the rise in the military, but just how much is this fancy new technology costing? The short answer: a lot. So much, in fact, that the Pentagon's internal watchdog group is trying to figure out how the Air Force is justifying spending $8.8 billion....

LED bug eyes lighting system designed for hazardous locations

January 26, 2015 8:24 am | by Larson Electronics Llc | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a Class 1 Division 2 LED bug eyes emergency lighting system for use within hazardous locations where fail-safe lighting reliability is a must. The HAL-EMG-EXT-12W-2L from Larson Electronics ...

CEA declares war on patent trolls

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of “patent trolls,” those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to crack down ...

Creating a smarter connection between man and machine

January 23, 2015 1:51 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization and more ...

Engineering Newswire: NISTAR fights global warming

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

NISTAR is an instrument set to fly aboard the weather-observing spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR. It's intent? To measure the Earth's radiation budget. One of two Earth science instruments aboard DSCOVR ...

Microsoft creates wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:17 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, the HoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous ...

TVS device protects the USB 3.0 interface from ESD

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Semtech Corp. | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) announced the RClamp3346P, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device to protect the USB 3.0 interface in computing and mobile devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD) ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit

January 23, 2015 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a "quantum speed limit" on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching. The energy-time uncertainty relationship ...

AC-DC power supplies designed for non-life support medical applications

January 23, 2015 9:20 am | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new PM202 Series of compact 200W AC-DC power supplies from Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) are specifically designed for non-life support medical applications that require EN/UL 60601-1 safety standards. The single output ...

Linear position sensor adapts to existing hydraulic cylinder designs

January 23, 2015 9:19 am | by Alliance Sensors Group | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its in-cylinder position sensor product line to include the MHP series linear inductive sensors. These compact inductive linear sensors were designed to be installed into the rear endcap of ...

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