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Engineering Update 72: 3D-printed Army chow

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of burnt cardboard could tell you that the Army isn’t known for its fine culinary selections. While troops can eat surprisingly well in Iraq and Afghanistan, for the most part, the military subsists on odious chow hall food or the infamous Meals Ready to Eat (or MREs)....

Experts: 90% of medical records are vulnerable to hackers

August 21, 2014 10:47 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting...

Motor-drive-controller-encoder systems include circular M12 connectors

August 21, 2014 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Circular M12 connectors are now available on Lexium MDrive integrated motor-drive-controller-...

Optical positioning sensor features built-in interpolation

August 21, 2014 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroE Systems (Woodbridge, Ontario) released its Optical Positioning Sensor (OPS) Series, which...

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Ozone-depleting compound persists, NASA research shows

August 21, 2014 8:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons that destroy ozone and contribute to....

Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

August 21, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new Cornell study. Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron levels as compared with teens who did not eat nonfood substances....

This is what a solar-powered sailboat would look like

August 21, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Just when you think designers can’t design anything you’ll enjoy more than a 3D-printed violin, they came up with a solar-powered sailboat. The Kira Sail Yacht is designed to “bridge the gap between the sail and motor yacht” and it is gorgeous....

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Research: Tax benefits for housing not as outsized as previously thought

August 21, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in urban economics indicates that tax benefits for housing, including the ever-popular mortgage interest deduction and the property tax deduction, are not as distortionary as previous research and some prominent critics suggest....

Imaging study reveals white-matter deficits in users of codeine-containing cough syrups

August 21, 2014 8:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in CCS users. Researchers used diffusuion tensor imaging (DTI) (an MR imaging technique), coupled with fractional anisotropy, to investigate the white matter integrity of chronic CCS users....

Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 21, 2014 8:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propellers under high-altitude flight conditions in the 20-foot-dianieter test section....

LED light fixture intended for outdoor applications

August 20, 2014 3:29 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GVP-48-2L-LED-D from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is similar to the company's explosion-proof LED fixtures that provide an LED alternative to fluorescent fixtures. These LED fixtures produce more light output with longer lamp life and are vapor-proof and impact- and vibration-resistant....

Infineon Technologies AG to acquire International Rectifier Corporation

August 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Infineon Technologies AG and International Rectifier Corporation | News | Comments

Infineon Technologies AG and International Rectifier Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire International Rectifier for US-Dollar 40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately US-Dollar 3 billion....

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Building the universe pixel by pixel

August 20, 2014 1:37 pm | by Kelen Tuttle, The Kavli Foundation | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics unveiled an unprecedented simulation of the universe’s development. Called the Illustris project, the simulation depicts more than 13 billion years of cosmic evolution across a cube of the universe that’s 350-million-light-years on each side....

Finally, the right digital signage solution for SMBs?

August 20, 2014 1:20 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

On Tuesday, Samsung announced the launch and availability of Samsung SMART Signage TV (SSTV).  Targeted at small to medium businesses (SMBs) with 1-9 employees, this turnkey, entry-level, digital signage solution combines the functionality of a traditional TV (with tuner) and built-in content ...

UAV and F/A-18 land on carrier together

August 20, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

While unmanned aerial vehicles won’t replace the manned variety anytime soon, UAVs could operate alongside conventional air power in the very near future. Case in point: The Navy recently executed a carrier landing with the F/A-18 and the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle....

Worker bees 'know' when to invest in their reproductive future

August 20, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a colony of honeybees grows to about 4,000 members, it triggers an important first stage in its reproductive cycle: the building of a special type of comb used for rearing male reproductive, called drones. A team of experts from the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Cornell University, led by Michael Smith, studied what starts the reproductive cycle of honeybee colonies....

Molex Dongguan China Achieves FDA Registration for Class I Medical Devices

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by Molex Inc. | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated, a global manufacturer of electronic solutions, announced today that the Molex Dongguan, China facility is now registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a compliant manufacturer of Class I medical devices. 

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Abusive leadership infects entire team

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Supervisors who are abusive to individual employees can actually throw the entire work team into conflict, hurting productivity, finds new research led by a Michigan State University business scholar. The study, conducted in China and the United States, suggests the toxic effect of nonphysical abuse by a supervisor is much broader than believed....

Mums trust mums on the net: Australian study

August 20, 2014 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Facebook groups for mothers are overtaking the traditional mums-and-bubs and playgroup environments as a source of trusted advice, and offers a largely untapped marketing tool for businesses wanting to sell their products, an Australian study has found....

Wide input DC/DC regulators target smart grid and industrial applications

August 20, 2014 10:08 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America (Santa Clara, CA) announced 16-V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to   continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8 V. The new power supply ICs are appropriate for ...

New framework would facilitate use of new Android security modules

August 20, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer security researchers from North Carolina State University and Technische Universität Darmstadt/CASED in Germany have developed a modification to the core Android operating system that allows developers and users to plug in new security enhancements....

Research paves way for development of cyborg moth 'biobots'

August 20, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely-controlled moths, or "biobots," for use in emergency response....

Guiding Stars

August 20, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Can nutrition rating systems be used in supermarkets to encourage healthier spending habits? A new study by Cornell University researchers sought to answer that very question by tracking the purchasing records in a supermarket chain that uses the Guiding Stars System to rate the nutritional value of foods for sale....

Is China's 50 percent cesarean section delivery rate too high?

August 20, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

China has one of the highest caesarean delivery rates in the world. Of 16 million babies born in 2010, approximately half were by caesarean. Although the exact rate is not known, the current Chinese language literature on caesarean rates in China reports total caesarean rates ranging from 36% to 58%....

Review of clinical treatment of bronchiolitis in infants reveals over-reliance on one test

August 20, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An editorial published in this week's JAMA highlights the importance of physicians using all available clinical assessment tools when considering how to treat patients. Written by Robert Vinci, MD, chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and chair of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine....

Growing up poor affects adults' sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty

August 20, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Growing up poor can influence people's sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly give up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association....

Photos of the Day: A spectacular landscape of star formation

August 20, 2014 8:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NGC 3603 is a very bright star cluster and is famed for having the highest concentration of massive stars that have been discovered in our galaxy so far. At the centre lies a Wolf–Rayet multiple star system, known as HD 97950. Wolf–Rayet stars are at an advanced stage of stellar evolution....

Pre-driver IC targets automotive high-current DC motor applications

August 19, 2014 4:47 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis (Nashua, NH) introduces the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a very flexible, inexpensive and space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors. The MLX83100 has the capability to simultaneously drive ...

Thin-film chip resistors offer resistance values from 24.9 ohms to 100K ohms

August 19, 2014 4:20 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The RNCF Series thin film chip resistors from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) offer a wide resistance range in tight tolerance and low TCR precision. Resistance values from 24.9 ohms to 100K ohms are available in the 2010 and 2512 sizes in 0.01% tolerances and +/- 5 ppm TCR....

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