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October 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but...

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

September 30, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to...

Scientists make droplets move on their own

September 30, 2014 3:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable of doing anything on their...

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Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun

September 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets....

Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars

September 30, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Certain primordial stars—those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe's first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned....

Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

September 30, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major step in developing....

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NIH taps lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain act

September 30, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented....

'Green' technology developed at Louisiana Tech University earns company LA StartUp Prize

September 30, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions (AGS), an innovative concrete technology company that emerged from geopolymer research conducted at Louisiana Tech University, has won the inaugural LA StartUp Prize. Presented as "the most amazing entrepreneurial....

A new dimension for integrated circuits: 3-D nanomagnetic logic

September 30, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits. Their experiments show that future computer chips could be based on three-dimensional arrangements....

Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to emerge is "smart glasses" which mesh the communications capabilities of smartphones with additional visual and other sensual enhancements....

Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

September 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole....

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Scanning babies' fingerprints could save lives

September 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination....

Interstellar molecules are branching out

September 26, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space....

On the road to artificial photosynthesis

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The excessive atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving global climate change could be harnessed into a renewable energy technology that would be a win for both the environment and the economy. That is the lure of artificial photosynthesis....

Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission....

Single-photon detection, generation, and applications featured in Optical Engineering

September 26, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new special section on single-photon detection, generation, and applications in Optical Engineering highlights research on technologies with applications in areas as diverse as space exploration and quantum computing, furthering the field....

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Intel invests up to $1.5B in China mobile venture

September 26, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent state in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned company funded by Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

September 25, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a warning about the vulnerability this week.

Adapter allows any Pmod boards to plug into an Arduino-compatible microcontroller platform

September 24, 2014 5:12 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated’s (San Jose, CA) Pmod-to-Arduino adapter allows any board with Pmod connections to plug easily into Arduino-compatible microcontroller platforms. Using Maxim components, this adapter is suitable for quickly creating ...

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

September 23, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human....

Los Alamos researchers uncover properties in nanocomposite oxide ceramics for reactor fuel

September 23, 2014 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials....

NREL Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy entrepreneurs and investors

September 23, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum....

Kessler Foundation researchers find foot drop stimulator beneficial in stroke rehab

September 23, 2014 3:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator....

NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

Trial begins for MRI-compatible robot designed to improve accuracy of prostate biopsies

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot....

Toward optical chips

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips' transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators....

Metal foil current sense resistors offer 1 percent tolerances

September 18, 2014 9:41 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) CSNL Series uses metal foil technology, which allows it to offer 1 percent tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The series is appropriate for a variety of power control and …

Wireless charging receiving coil delivers high efficiency for 10-W applications

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging receiving coil designed for 10-W applications. Offering a ...

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