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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.

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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.

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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.

3U Open VPX VITA 62-compliant power supply offers five outputs, 550 Watts of power

September 24, 2014 11:58 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced its fourth COTS VPXtra Power Supply designed to support the rigors of mission critical airborne, shipboard, vehicle and mobile VPX applications, as well as high-end industrial applications.

Laser sensor promises optimized performance for positioning and measuring

September 24, 2014 11:25 am | Banner Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) has expanded its L-Gage LE family of laser sensors with the new LE250. Optimized for measurements ranging from 100 mm to 400 mm, the LE250 features desirable measurement precision and a small laser spot size.

Micro coaxial cable assemblies carry EMI hardened DC power

September 24, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a broad range of highly-custom, micro coaxial cable assemblies intended to deliver signal and power. Leveraging its in-house and proprietary coaxial cable extrusion and termination capabilities …

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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....

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....

Next-generation WiFi modules support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the IoT

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Connect One (Kfar Saba, Israel) has launched its next-generation (G2) WiFi modules to support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The G2 modules offer desirable system performance for IoT connectivity with ...

36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions

September 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect. While it is well known....

Sensing neuronal activity with light

September 19, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action—from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture....

Type N thermocouple wire features desirable repeatability and resistance to oxidation

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Watlow announced it offers “N” Type thermocouple wire, which is said to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation than “K” Type wire at high temperatures (1500°F and above) or in applications where sulfur is present. Watlow's Type N thermocouple wire ...

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....

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

September 19, 2014 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive....

Video games could dramatically streamline educational research

September 19, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Seeking educational curriculum researchers. Humans need not apply." A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom – and it....

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....

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