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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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Lighting ballast transformers ideal for reliable aerospace & commercial systems

September 30, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The highly efficient Lighting Ballast Transformer Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (Perris, CA) offer superior performance, excellent reliability, and rugged construction for aerospace, industrial, and commercial lighting systems. Features include....

'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....

400 watt high-intensity LED light replaces 1,000 watt metal halide

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-LTL-400W-LED fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 52,000 lumens of high intensity light while drawing only 400 watts from a 120 volt electrical system. This high mast LED flood light offers intense light output....

How to improve system efficiency for electric motors

September 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ams-Taos Usa Inc, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Digi-Key, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important considerations for engineers designing an electric motor system. Several IC vendors have made significant offerings that help deliver system efficiency, environmental benefits and cost savings....

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Femtoamp bias current op amps achieve 500-MHz gain bandwidth

September 29, 2014 9:42 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6268 and LTC6269 FET-input single and dual op amps, which deliver desirable performance for high speed and high dynamic range transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and buffer applications.

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....

Progress in materials science

September 26, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

RESEARCHERS at the University of Huddersfield have collaborated with a colleague at a leading Chinese university to produce a detailed appraisal of a complex new welding technique that could be increasingly valuable to modern industry....

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....

Earth's water is older than the sun

September 26, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and....

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Low power, 13MP IP camera features H.264 and JPEG compression

September 26, 2014 11:32 am | Sensoray Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray (Tigard, OR) announced the release of its Model 3011 Miniature HD IP camera. It fits in a 2.25 x 2.00 x 1.20-inch enclosure (including the lens) and is capable of providing an H.264 compressed stream at standard HD resolution (1080p30), or multiple streams at ...

PCIe digitizer cards offer 5 GS/s sample rate

September 26, 2014 10:21 am | Spectrum Digital | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum has extended the performance of its PCIe based instruments by adding nine new models to its M4i series of digitizers. These cards boast real-time sampling rates up to 5 GS/s and high bandwidth making it possible for them to measure signals, edges and pulses down into …

A galaxy of deception

September 26, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought....

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....

High-voltage, ultrafast Schottky rectifier modules

September 26, 2014 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Linden, NJ) released a new high-voltage, Schottky rectifier. The avalanche energy rated AK2S200-170 modules integrate two fully independent diodes in a compact, fully insulated, standard SOT-227 package.

Blackout? Robots to the rescue

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count....

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....

Ceramic capacitors perform in high temperatures

September 25, 2014 12:56 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its new High Temperature Radial Molded Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors which are said to offer industry-leading performance in extreme environments and high temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius. The gold-plated …

Isolated pressure sensor withstands corrosive environments

September 25, 2014 12:44 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) expanded its 154 Series of media isolated, piezoresistive silicon pressure sensors with the small profile, backside compensated 154B. Housed in a 316L stainless steel package as standard, the compact 19 mm sensor is also ...

Compact signal conditioners offer easy configuration options

September 25, 2014 11:06 am | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s (Middletown, PA) new MINI Pro signal conditioners are positioned to save space and make installation and configuration quick and easy for isolation, conversion, filtering or amplification of analog signals.

Miniature SMT tactile switches offer multiple profile heights, actuation force options

September 25, 2014 10:37 am | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new series of SMT top-actuated, momentary action tactile switches with a miniature footprint, several color-coded actuation force options, and an optional ground pin configuration.

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

September 25, 2014 10:06 am | by MEAD GRUVER and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

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