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Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

Smartphones may aid in dietary self-monitoring

September 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers from Arizona State University examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined....

MIG and IEEE SA produce new standard for IoT, e-health, connected vehicle, aug. reality

September 10, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the availability of the IEEE 2700-2014 “Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions,” recently approved by the IEEE....

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Photos of the Day: Apple Watch looks to be another winner

September 10, 2014 12:36 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do. I also like that Apple will offer a variety of straps....

Integrated DrMOS power stages promise high current, efficiency, and power density

September 9, 2014 12:22 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new family of VRPower integrated DrMOS power stage solutions in the low-profile, thermally enhanced PowerPAK MLP 5 mm x 5 mm 31-pin package. Delivering currents in excess of…

A system that facilitates malware identification in smartphones

September 9, 2014 11:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Malware is a type of malicious program whose general aim is to profit economically by carrying out actions without the user's consent, such as stealing personal information or committing economic fraud. We can find it "in any type of device ranging from....

Texting gives a voice to community members

September 9, 2014 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you want to learn more about the people in urban communities – from their health habits to what their neighborhood needs – save a stamp on mailing a survey. Just text them. A new pilot study among low-income African-Americans in Detroit....

Carnegie Mellon's smart headlights spare the eyes of oncoming drivers

September 9, 2014 11:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night....

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UCLA biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

September 9, 2014 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life scientists activated a gene called AMPK that is a key energy....

NRL scientist explores birth of a planet

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

Dr. John Carr, a scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star about 335 light years from Earth. This research is published....

Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

Peptoid nanosheets at the oil-water interface

September 5, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From the people who brought us peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between air and water, now come peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between oil and water. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed peptoid nanosheets - two-dimensional biomimetic materials with customizable properties....

Climate-smart agriculture requires three-pronged global research agenda

September 5, 2014 8:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Faced with climate change and diminishing opportunities to expand productive agricultural acreage, the world needs to invest in a global research agenda addressing farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues and institutional and policy matters if it is to meet the growing worldwide demand for food, fiber and fuel, suggests an international team of researchers....

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Photos of the Day: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

September 4, 2014 12:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

Sensor development kits accelerate Internet of Things system design

September 3, 2014 9:33 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced two development kits to accelerate the design of environmental and biometric sensing applications for a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) products. Target applications for the kits include home security systems, smart thermostats ...

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

September 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016....

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents

September 2, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home....

Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

September 2, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up....

Preventing emergencies with home automation

August 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The engineers in the Forget Me Not Challenge are hard at work on their designs as we approach the one-month mark, and Embedit Electronics and Cypress Semiconductor recently provided them with the new RPiSoC development platform to help bring their imagined creations to life. One theme that has been consistent throughout the competition is the idea that home automation technology can prevent a household emergency.

The downfall of interactive restaurant technology

August 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every month, innovative technology is unleashed upon hordes of eager consumers, and most of these products are aimed at making our lives simpler. Smartphones provide us with Internet, games, apps, and music – all in addition to basic phone and messaging capabilities....

Current sensor IC is designed with differential output and externally adjustable gain

August 28, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced a new current sensor IC for industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS726 is said to be the first current sensor IC to include a ...

Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices

August 28, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly....

Research geared to keep women from fleeing IT profession

August 28, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions.They're failing. Studies show that women are significantly underrepresented in the IT field, and the number of women who've graduated with degrees in computer and information science have plummeted from 37 percent in 1985 to 18 percent in 2011....

Two Ames Laboratory scientists named 'Most Influential Scientific Minds'

August 28, 2014 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two Ames Laboratory physicists, Paul Canfield and Sergey Bud'ko, were recently named to Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014. Researchers earned inclusion on the list by writing the greatest number of highly cited papers, ranking among the top 1 percent for their subject field and year of publication between 2002 and 2012....

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