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Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins, bacteria

August 1, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.

Printing silver onto fibers could pave the way for flexible, wearable electronics

July 31, 2013 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a way to print silver directly onto fibres. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical. This has many potential applications in sports, health, medicine, consumer electronics and fashion.

Key factors for wireless power transfer

July 31, 2013 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What happens to a resonant wireless power transfer system in the presence of complex electromagnetic environments, such as metal plates? A team of researchers explored the influences at play in this type of situation, and they describe how efficient wireless power transfer can be achieved in the presence of metal plates.

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Student scientists go 'Inside the NFL'

July 30, 2013 2:14 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Falcons of Skyview Middle School in Leominster, Mass., won the sixth-grade competition with a project that explored helmets and concussions. The project has garnered media coverage from Boston-area television stations and will be featured late September or early October on Showtime's "Inside the NFL"....

Linear position sensors critical to connectivity solutions

July 30, 2013 10:31 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA’s LINARIX linear position sensors have been added to the list of products referenced by the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™. Through Encompass™ Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges.

Random, scattered, and ultra tiny: A spectrometer for the future

July 30, 2013 9:44 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Sometimes a little disorder is precisely what’s in order. Taking advantage of the sensitive nature of randomly scattered light, Yale University researchers have developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer with improved resolution over existing micro models. The innovation represents an advance in “lab-on-a-chip” technology, or the consolidation of laboratory capabilities in miniature, highly portable devices....

Patch makes you "invisible" to mosquitoes

July 29, 2013 2:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Mosquitoes are a serious health problem (and genuine pain) around the world.  Not only can their bites result in painful, itchy marks, their presence can be the harbinger for outbreaks of diseases like malaria and West Nile. It’s a persistent and problematic challenge for health officials, both in the US and in third world countries.

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

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New techniques use lasers, LEDs, and optics to 'see' under the skin

July 26, 2013 11:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Impressive examples of new non-invasive optical techniques using lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and spectroscopic methods to probe and render images from beneath the surface of the skin are featured in a newly completed special section in the Journal of Biomedical Optics published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a big data approach to personalized healthcare

July 26, 2013 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness. Notre Dame computer science professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system....

Industry agrees to new mobile app guidelines

July 25, 2013 4:35 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.

Giving batteries a second life

July 25, 2013 9:13 am | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Are batteries replaced too soon or too late? The answer lays in reliability concerns, service strategies and economics. While most batteries are replaced too late, Dr. Imre Gyuk, manager of the Energy Storage Research Program at DOE, says that every year roughly one million usable lithium-ion batteries are sent in for recycling with most having a capacity of up to 80%.

Rocker switches include a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing

July 24, 2013 4:16 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its product offering of miniature rocker switches to include IP65-rated waterproof switches.  The miniature IP65-rated rocker switches have a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing.  Available in multiple versions and styles...

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Sensors allow rescue teams to "speak" dog

July 24, 2013 2:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever had a burning desire to understand what your dog is saying? Personally, I feel it would be mostly, “Food? Walk? Toy? Food? But, seriously, food?” but that’s just me.For your average housedog, it’s not really imperative the owner understand everything the dog is trying to communicate. However, if the dog’s job is a little more intense, it could make a huge difference.

Off-grid sterilization with Rice U.'s 'solar steam'

July 24, 2013 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The "solar steam" sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat.

NASA discusses next manned spacecraft with visiting high school students

July 24, 2013 12:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Approximately 100 high school students and recent graduates from across the country — studying at MIT this summer as part of Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Women's Technology Program (WTP), and

Technology for cars to talk to each other urged

July 24, 2013 11:19 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government should set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles, a federal accident investigation board recommended Tuesday.

The Pulse: Achieving sight through sound

July 24, 2013 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

This episode features:  Researchers at the University of Bath are developing a device that trains the brain to turn sounds into images, which could be used as an alternative to invasive treatments for blind and partially-sighted people.

USB-serial bridge controllers integrate touch sensing and battery-charge detection

July 22, 2013 1:07 pm | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor expanded its market-leading USB product portfolio, adding a unique family of USB-Serial bridge controllers. The new CY7C6521x family is the first to provide dual-configurable serial channels for UART/SPI/I2C communication along with industry-leading CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology....

Desktop printing at the nano level

July 22, 2013 10:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new low-cost, high-resolution tool is primed to revolutionize how nanotechnology is produced from the desktop, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers. Currently, most nanofabrication is done in multibillion-dollar centralized facilities called foundries.

Elastic electronics: Stretchable gold conductor grows its own wires

July 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials may make the best stretchy conductors yet, engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered. Flexible electronics have a wide variety of possibilities, from bendable displays and batteries to medical implants that move with the body.

Depot upgrades Humvee ambulances for Army National Guard

July 18, 2013 8:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Tobyhanna Army Depot personnel are fabricating miles of new cable as part of a program to update the Army's tactical ambulance fleet. Tobyhanna Army Depot has joined forces with Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to produce 72 new M997A3 Humvee Ambulances for the Army National Guard.

Coils support a wide range of power generation and transmission equipment

July 16, 2013 1:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Electronics engineers requiring reliable magnetic components for high voltage designs will find the Perfect-Layer Coil Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (IPI), is flexible and ideal for a wide range of applications. IPI’s perfect-layer coil-winding technology offers a number of advantages.

IC supports motor drive currents up to 4A

July 16, 2013 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TRINAMIC Motion Control expanded the company’s existing product line of micro-stepping motor drives with a new IC that supports motor drive currents up to 4A. The new TMC2660 integrates both a pre-driver for real-time calculation of motor coil current values and power MOSFETS....

ADC board with 8GB deep RAM achieves >70dB dynamic range

July 16, 2013 9:55 am | Ultraview Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Ultraview Corporation has announced an ultra-fast PCIe data acquisition board allowing uninterrupted acquisition of two concurrent 2 GSPS 12-bit A/D channels or a single channel at up to 4 GSPS. The AD12-2000x2's unique combination of proprietary low-noise, low-distortion DC-2 GHz front end...

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