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To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership

August 26, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology....

New process helps overcome obstacles to produce renewable fuels and chemicals

August 26, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There's an old saying in the biofuels industry: "You can make anything from lignin except money." But now, a new study may pave the way to challenging that adage. The study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates a concept that provides opportunities for the successful conversion of lignin into a variety of renewable fuels....

Photon speedway puts big data in the fast lane

August 26, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A series of experiments conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) researchers is shedding new light on the photosynthetic process. The work also illustrates how light sources and supercomputing facilities can be linked via a "photon science speedway" as a solution to emerging challenges in massive data analysis....

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A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy

August 22, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale structures, fundamental for understanding physical and chemical properties, has been challenging....

Tech Tips: Sprint's new plans offer savings, though advantages shrink for families with kids

August 22, 2014 9:38 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In revamping its prices and plans this week, Sprint is joining Verizon and AT&T in letting families share pools of data. The new Sprint plans are available starting Friday and reward families that need a lot of data. But the company is also keeping an unlimited-data plan that's beneficial for individuals - and competes with a similar T-Mobile offering....

AAAS: Sri Lanka images show no significant increase in public facilities, despite promises

August 21, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thousands of Sri Lankans remain refugees five years after a long civil war, and satellite-image analysis seems to reveal many new housing-like structures and development in a military zone in the northern part of the country. However, the analysis also shows no significant increase in civic facilities despite government claims that it has seized the land for public use....

For secure software: X-rays instead of passport control

August 21, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Trust is good, control is better. This also applies to the security of computer programs. Instead of trusting "identification documents" in the form of certificates, JOANA, the new software analysis tool, examines the source text (code) of a program....

$14.5 million grant awarded to continue anthrax studies

August 21, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a five-year, $14.5 million grant to continue its research on anthrax and the bacteria's effects on humans. For 10 years, OMRF scientist Mark Coggeshall, Ph.D., and his colleagues have studied the human immune response to anthrax bacteria as part of NIH's Cooperative Centers for Human Immunology....

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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....

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....

Designing better materials for the 21st Century

August 8, 2014 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Defense Department recently named Jian Luo, professor of nanoengineering and materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego as one of 10 new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF). The award provides up to $3 million over five years to develop a new materials design tool called interfacial phase diagrams....

Butterflies could hold key to probes that repair genes

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers. The National Science Foundation recently awarded the project $696,514. It was the foundation's third grant to the project, bringing the total since 2009 to more than $3 million....

Chemists demonstrate 'bricks-and-mortar' assembly of new molecular structures

July 31, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have described the self-assembly of large, symmetrical molecules in bricks-and-mortar fashion, a development with potential value for the field of organic electronic devices such as field-effect transistors and photovoltaic cells....

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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

July 31, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity....

Decisions, decisions, decisions

June 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Rondekka Moore Vice President, Demand Creation, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The distribution channel provides tools, services, and training to support our customers’ engineering communities. A question I am often asked is: just how does that help? With the exceptions of pure play engineering design services and reference designs, just how does our contingent of account managers ...

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

June 11, 2014 3:39 pm | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labeling often result in widely publicized product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out....

When to build, when to buy: Points to consider for outsource design services

June 11, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Articles | Comments

How often do you here a company’s sales team bemoan the fact that there are far more hot new product development opportunities than there are in-house engineering resources to support them.  If you’re like most companies designing electronic products these days, this is a constant refrain....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Newark element14 wins for Distributer Innovation

May 30, 2014 10:04 am | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Open source hardware allows people the opportunity to control the technology and share their knowledge through a free exchange. Newark element14’s (Chicago, IL) open source offering includes volumes of information on some of the most popular single board computers (SBCs)....

Engineering service portal supports LED design projects

May 22, 2014 9:46 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors' Premium Application Support Services is a a service portal that gives its commercial customers access to application engineering expertise, resources and lab services to support LED lighting design projects of all sizes, at any point in the design cycle.

A whole new EDS

May 19, 2014 7:27 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

After nearly six months of meetings, strategy, and execution, EDS was proud to present a new look and brand position. A board of directors’ sub-committee led by Craig Anderson, Sumer, Fred Bell, Molex, Jim Banovich, Marsh Electronics, and Kris Whitehouse, Omron took a deep dive to define EDS moving forward....

The "Talk of the Town" from EDS 2014

May 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by ECN Staff | Blogs | Comments

Global economic development, rising Internet traffic, and the ubiquitous popularity of mobile devices are among key societal trends driving design innovation and industry growth. As consumers, we want smaller, more powerful devices with near limitless functionality....

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Vishay wins top prize at prestigious Supplier Excellence Awards

May 6, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Vishay Intertechnology, Tti, Inc., Molex, Nichicon America Corp, Fci | News | Comments

Since 1995, TTI has recognized the industry’s achievements in distribution with the Supplier Excellence Awards, and 2014 saw a number of repeat honorees, including a 14-time winner and a company which took home a trophy every year since the program’s inception in ’95....

TTI kicks off EDS 2014 with the “Unbreakable Supply Chain”

May 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

EDS bills itself as the “premier distribution event of the year”, and fittingly, the festivities kicked off with a breakfast/awards show/networking event hosted by TTI, a Fort Worth-based distributor of passive, interconnect, and electromechanical components....

Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

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