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New apps smooth out your nighttime smartphone addiction

July 31, 2014 10:02 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

My smartphone and I have built up a pretty special bond. I’m an Apple junkie, myself, but I understand why people love their “crackberries” – my iPhone almost feels like a part of me. That being said, a smartphone can also make it impossible to fall asleep sometimes....

Engineering Update Episode 69: A new record for electric vehicles

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A group of students at the University of New South Wales in Australia recently set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria. The Sunswift car averaged 62 mph over 311 miles, beating out the 26 year old previous record of 45 mph over 311 miles....

New scientific review: Current evidence suggests benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harms

July 31, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A major scientific review of available research on the use, content, and safety of e-cigarettes has concluded that – although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown – compared with conventional cigarettes they are likely to be much less harmful to users or bystanders....

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Money talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study reveals

July 31, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Companies who make their money in the "sin" industries such as the tobacco, alcohol and gaming industries typically receive less attention from institutional investors and financial analysts. But new research shows social norms and attitudes towards these types of businesses are subject to compromise when their share price looks to be on the rise....

Women in military less likely to drink than civilian women

July 31, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Los Angeles, CA (August 1, 2014) While it is known that members of the U.S. military overall are more likely to use alcohol, a new study finds that female enlistees and female veterans are actually less likely to drink than their civilian counterparts. This study was published today in Armed Forces & Society, a SAGE journal published on behalf of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society....

This first-aid kit is a must-have

July 31, 2014 8:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Clever Medkit is a first-aid kit to end all first-aid kits. This over-the-top technologically advanced kit is technically designed for businesses, but I would consider this for a home purchase because I am a germaphobe and hypochondriac. (Yesterday, I used a Lysol wipe on my pens.) So, let’s walk through the process of injuring yourself and using this bad boy.

Display glass chamfer: Complex design challenge or all-laser solution?

July 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Dr. Michael M. Mielke, Chief Scientist, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Remember the Apple iPhone 5 video of Jony Ive describing his “diamond cut chamfered edges?” If you’re not a mechanical engineer, this may have been the first time you heard the term “chamfer.” It turns out that chamfers are critical design aspects of nearly all portable consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets....

Income is a major driver of avoidable hospitalizations across New Jersey

July 30, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The household income of its residents is the most important factor in whether a community has high or low rates of avoidable hospital visits – conditions that could be better managed in a doctor's office or other health care settings if treated at an early stage, according to a report released today by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP)....

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Older adults are at risk of financial abuse

July 30, 2014 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nearly one in every twenty elderly American adults is being financially exploited – often by their own family members. This burgeoning public health crisis especially affects poor and black people. It merits the scrutiny of clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and any citizen who cares about the dignity and well-being of older Americans, says Dr. Janey Peterson of Weill Cornell Medical College in the US....

Rutgers study explores attitudes, preferences toward post-Sandy rebuilding

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A yearlong study funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund and conducted by researchers at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University has found that individual property owners in Sandy-affected towns are skeptical about the likelihood of community-based rebuilding solutions....

Motor driver ICs save space and simplify design for low-power applications

July 30, 2014 10:23 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) announced two additions to its expansive family of motor controller and driver ICs. The new TC78H610FNG and TB67Z800FTG motor driver ICs save space, thereby simplifying design, for a wide range of motor applications....

Nintendo reports worse-than-expected quarterly loss as Wii U sales momentum picks up slowly

July 30, 2014 10:19 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales....

Book: 'The Beginning and the End'

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Clément Vidal takes on big philosophical questions in his new book The Beginning and the End: Does our universe have a beginning and an end, or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution?....

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Amazon to invest $2 billion in India after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion in capital

July 30, 2014 8:59 am | by KAY JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion....

Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app....

The Pulse: Reading minds with Google Glass and walking with Toyota

July 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we're using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair....

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader car built on a Corvette chassis

July 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Mattel’s Hot Wheels is coming out with a new line of cars: Star Wars. And what better way to unveil the new line than with a full-sized, fully operational Vader car at this year’s Comic Con? The Vader car was built atop a C5 Corvette chassis, and it mimics its smaller counterpart perfectly....

Design to a standard

July 24, 2014 11:57 am | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and broadening the possibilities for many consumer and enterprise applications....

Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

Lithium-ion battery protection controller intended for smartphones and tablets

July 22, 2014 1:26 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Tokyo) has announced a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets. The highly-integrated LC05111CMT utilizes analog circuit technology, MOSFET technology, and advanced packaging expertise to incorporate controller and driver functions in a single circuit....

Wire-to-board connectors ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications

July 22, 2014 10:02 am | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new JWPS Series wire-to-board, wire-to-wire connectors, recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offers engineers design flexibility with its small form factor solution for a waterproof IP67 rated product that is ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications....

Why this remote-controlled birth control will be the next big thing

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not....

Could robots reduce human rights violations?

July 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could automation actually help reduce reputed human rights violations? If Foxconn — one of the most infamous manufacturers of consumer electronics — succeeds in deploying its “Foxbots”, one of the biggest controversies in the tech world could disappear overnight....

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...               

Security MCU offers high RF integration

July 17, 2014 5:53 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on Tithe company’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with desirable read zone and battery performance for…

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