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UW engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA

September 30, 2013 5:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Similar to using Python or Java to write code for a computer, chemists soon could be able to use a structured set of instructions to "program" how DNA molecules interact in a test tube or cell. A team led by the University of Washington has developed a programming language for chemistry....

Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's experimental program sends drones to space

September 30, 2013 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're microwaving rubble, expanding access to space, designing elastic OLEDs, and flying tinker toys to space. This episode features: DARPA has come up with a new experimental space program -- XS-1 -- which aims to develop a fully reusable, unmanned vehicle that would provide aircraft-like access to space.

3-D models of electrical streamers

September 27, 2013 4:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Streamers may be great for decorating a child's party, but in dielectrics, they are the primary origin of electric breakdown. They can cause catastrophic damage to electrical equipment, harm the surrounding environment, and lead to large-scale power outages. Understanding streamers and the mechanisms behind their initiation, acceleration and branching is necessary....

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Researchers demonstrate 'accelerator on a chip'

September 27, 2013 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

How to make ceramics that bend without breaking

September 27, 2013 10:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ceramics are not known for their flexibility: they tend to crack under stress. But researchers from MIT and Singapore have just found a way around that problem -- for very tiny objects, at least. The team has developed a way of making minuscule ceramic objects that are not only flexible, but also have a "memory" for shape...

Army developing tool to reduce altitude sickness in deployed Soldiers

September 25, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

It is no secret that Soldiers must prevail in all kinds of terrain and climates to complete missions. Afghanistan, for example, boasts mountains with elevations higher than 24,000 feet. Many Soldiers who have deployed to high altitudes without the proper time to adjust have learned the hard way that they are probably going to get sick.

Researchers use smart phone photography to diagnose eye disease

September 24, 2013 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Retinal (or fundus) photography is an essential part of any ophthalmology practice. Commercial fundus cameras can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the technology out of reach for smaller ophthalmic practices and to physicians in third-world countries.

New password in a heartbeat

September 24, 2013 12:42 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked. Researchers at Rice University have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk...

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UCLA engineers develop a stretchable, foldable transparent electronic display

September 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same material. Researchers have developed a transparent, elastic organic light-emitting device, or OLED, that could one day make all these possible.

Yale team identifies molecular ‘finger’ that pushes the domino of life

September 22, 2013 1:00 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

The basics of conception are familiar to any high school freshman biology student, yet scientists have yet to find the initial molecular mechanisms that set off the cascade of events that form a developing embryo....

Coin cell battery holder saves over 5 mm in board height

September 20, 2013 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MPD has invented another new CR2016 low profile coin cell battery holder.  While other CR2016 holder solutions often rise more than 8.5 mm above the PCB, our new BLP2016SM-GTR rises 3.1 mm with an installed CR2016. This directly saves over 5 mm in board height when compared to typical CR2016 battery holders available on the market.

First real-time detector for IV delivered drugs may help eliminate life-threatening medical errors

September 20, 2013 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today, computerized smart systems can deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients. However, these systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug in the tubing. This lack of precise information can lead to medication errors with serious consequences.

A computer scientist's approach to medicine

September 18, 2013 2:46 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For years Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been known throughout the computer science world for her work in natural language processing. A computer scientist with a background in biology, Seneff received her undergraduate degree in biophysics before moving to electrical engineering and computer science for her MS and PhD degrees.

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High-performance thermal camera features 640×512 pixel resolution

September 18, 2013 1:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems is proud to announce the introduction of the FLIR A6700sc, the company’s newest science-grade mid-wave infrared camera that redefines affordable high performance. Featuring a highly sensitive 640×512 pixel resolution thermal detector, the A6700sc produces exceptional temperature....

UCLA researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

September 18, 2013 10:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment. The device weighs less than half a pound.

Intelligent use of electronic data helps the medicine go down, say researchers

September 16, 2013 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electronic data routinely gathered in hospitals can be used as a warning system for missed doses of prescribed medicine and making improvements to patient safety, says a new study. A team found that the secondary use of data from an electronic prescribing and decision support system in an English hospital led to a 'substantial and sustained' reduction in rates of missed or delayed doses of medicines.

iPad app teaches students key skill for success in math, science, engineering

September 16, 2013 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.

Microcontroller integrates 16-bit ADC, 10 Msps ADC, DAC, USB and LCD driver

September 16, 2013 10:18 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of microcontrollers (MCUs) —the PIC24FJ128GC010. This family is an analog system on chip that integrates a full analog signal chain, including the company’s first ever on-chip precision 16-bit ADC and 10 Msps 12-bit ADC, plus a

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

The Pulse: Robots remove brain tumors

September 16, 2013 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're removing brain tumors with robots, using MetaboShield to help obesity, regenerating heart tissue, and pairing glucometers with smartphones for ease of use. This episode features....

Flexible printed circuit connector delivers up to 2.5 times more high FPC retention force

September 13, 2013 12:41 pm | Hirose Electric Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose Electric has developed a 0.3 mm pitch (FPC) flexible printed circuit connector that supports high-speed transmissions and provides high retention forces. The back flip style actuator utilizes dual-sided FPC and helps it to achieve the excellent impedance characteristics that allow it to be used for high-speed transmissions....

Tool promises to bring 3D design capability to all engineers

September 12, 2013 5:55 pm | Allied Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc announced DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all –free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical are intended to...

Dali gets a health check: Using medical devices to diagnose art

September 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists and conservators have developed a new method to diagnose painting canvases from the back, without disturbing a single fibre, to see if they can withstand the stress of handling and travel. Using the method - which is similar to the way doctors measure blood sugar without the need for needles – scientists examined 12 paintings by the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

500 watt switchers include medical (2 x MOPP) & ITE safety approvals

September 11, 2013 4:32 pm | Powergate Llc / Tracopower | Product Releases | Comments

PowerGate LLC announces the release of the Cosel GHA500 series of AC/DC switching power supplies in the industry standard 3 x 5 Footprint, offering Industry leading open frame power density of 24W/in3. The GHA500 has been designed to be used in a wide variety of Medical, ITE and Industrial applications....

Fighting an invisible enemy: How UV robots are clearing the way for germ-free hospitals

September 11, 2013 2:17 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Though medical devices are always moving towards less invasive, more effective technology, they face a constant, persistent and ever-evolving enemy in deadly bacteria and infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be caused by any infectious agent and result in 99,0000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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