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Scientists create powerful artificial muscle with fishing line

February 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are using fibres from fishing line and sewing thread to create inexpensive artificial muscles that could be used in medical devices, humanoid robots, prosthetic limbs, or woven into fabrics. In a study published today in Science, international researchers...

New apps may help detect seizures, treat strokes

February 21, 2014 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two new smart phone applications may help people detect epileptic seizures and get better stroke treatment, according to two studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

Tracking catalytic reactions in microreactors

February 21, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A pathway to more effective and efficient synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs and other flow reactor chemical products has been opened by a study in which for the first time the catalytic reactivity inside a microreactor was mapped in high resolution from start-to-finish.

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Physicians in India access UPMC medical expertise through telemedicine

February 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the latest expansion of its global telemedicine efforts, UPMC is now offering physicians in India access to its world-renowned medical expertise to improve care for patients. Through advanced, web-based technology, UPMC physicians specializing in oncology, pulmonology, colorectal surgery and other specialties are providing second opinions....

Samsung and UCSF partner to accelerate new innovations in preventive health technology

February 21, 2014 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and UC San Francisco (UCSF), one of the world's premier health sciences universities, today announced a partnership to accelerate validation and commercialization of promising new sensors, algorithms, and digital health technologies for preventive health solutions.

Star Trek healing devices are coming to your local hospital

February 21, 2014 2:03 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.

Megger raises close to $4,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

February 21, 2014 10:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Megger raised close to $4,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation on Saturday, January 25 at its 13th annual Megger Distributor Golf Event. The outing, which took place at the Lakes of Ahawatukee Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona, is held each year in honor of 17 year old cancer graduate, Tyler Danner.

Air to Air heat exchangers offer increased heat power transfer within the industry standard footprint

February 20, 2014 10:01 am | Marlow Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Climatherm range of Air to Air heat exchangers from Marlow is said to bring increased heat power transfer while remaining within the industry standard footprint. Using Thermo Electrics at its core, these compact and modern designs give

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Thick-film axial terminal resistors ideal for high frequency applications and controls

February 19, 2014 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL) adds a new non-inductive option to their Maxi-Mox series of thick-film axial terminal resistors. This alternative to the standard configuration is ideal for high frequency applications and controls. Features include a resistance range of 250 ohms to 1 Teraohm.

Rechargeable lithium polymer batteries designed for portable medical, industrial, and consumer electronic devices

February 18, 2014 2:44 pm | Renata Batteries U.S. | Product Releases | Comments

Providing design engineers with new options for compact and higher power capacity rechargeable power sources for portable medical, industrial and consumer electronic devices, the Renata Batteries (Dallas, TX) division of the Swatch Group (Switzerland) recently added three new types to its family of lithium polymer batteries....

When the going gets tough, rugged connectors deliver

February 18, 2014 11:58 am | by David Cianciolo, Director of Engineering, Fischer Connectors | Fischer Connectors | Articles | Comments

When you’re designing equipment for extreme conditions or critical situations, high performing components are essential, and rugged connectors offer a reliable solution for the toughest situations. Rugged connectors are engineered for a variety of demanding applications, including extreme temperatures....

Engineering Update Episode 45: The most advanced British aircraft ever built

February 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Taranis, an unmanned combat demonstrator aircraft being billed as the most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers took it's first 15-minute test flight under the command of test pilot Bob Fraser, a few months ago at a super top secret location.

Development platform for NFC/RFID tags promises to jumpstart IoT designs

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics (Geneva) announced an easy-access development platform for its M24SR dynamic NFC tags that are now entering volume production in all memory densities and package options. Aiming to accelerating the design of IoT applications, the M24SR Discovery Kit contains

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Metal implants may cut chemotherapy side effects, study suggests

February 13, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy following a discovery that opens the door for more targeted treatments. Researchers have identified a possible way of treating tumours that would see doctors place harmless metal implants at the cancer site.

Conserved nuclear envelope protein uses a shuttle service to travel between job sites

February 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have glimpsed two proteins working together inside living cells to facilitate communication between the cell's nucleus and its exterior compartment, the cytoplasm. The research provides new clues into how a crucial protein that is found in organisms from yeast to humans does its work.

DC/DC products offer high efficiency, isolation

February 7, 2014 1:21 pm | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) announces the low output noise LN-Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically to meet the needs of signal sensitive applications such as unmanned vehicles, test and measurement systems, medical instruments and data acquisition and control systems.

5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

Researchers blend orthopedics, engineering to better repair torn rotator cuffs

February 7, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries among adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it's no surprise that the injury is a major cause of pain and disability.

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

Engineering Update #44: Robots learn to taste beer

February 6, 2014 1:23 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Components Corporation: beer-drinking robots, Dr. Mario, and an automotive vending machine. The world of technology hasn't perfected artificial intelligence — thank god — but when it does, a new discovery will ensure....

Telemedicine can reduce hospitalizations for nursing home residents

February 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Telemedicine used at nursing homes during hours when doctors are not typically present is a viable way to reduce avoidable hospitalizations, according to research published in February's issue of Health Affairs. Hospitalizations of nursing home residents are occurring more frequently....

Miniature thermoelectric modules designed for temperature stabilization applications

January 31, 2014 3:26 pm | Laird Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Laird has announced a new series of miniature thermoelectric modules (TEMs) built using Laird Tlam thermally conductive circuit boards instead of traditional ceramic-based circuit boards. The Tlam OptoTEC series is designed for applications where temperature stabilization of sensitive optical components...

Multilayer ceramic chip capacitors feature voltages from 600-5000V

January 31, 2014 3:18 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has expanded the capacitance range for its High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Chip Capacitor Series. The series is available in both X7R and NP0 (C0G) options. Features include voltages from 600V to 5000V and capacitance values spanning 1.5pF to 0.82µF in case sizes ranging from 0805 to 3640.

'Attention on the flight deck': What doctors can learn from pilots about communication

January 31, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As computers become common in medical examination rooms across the United States, a new study explores the role this technology plays in the doctor-patient relationship. The researchers looked to aviation, with its long history of success in complex communication between humans and machines, as an exemplar that may provide useful strategies to improve communication in the exam room.

Engineering Update Episode #43: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane

January 30, 2014 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane: The SkyWhale might not sound like the greatest name in the world for an airplane, but it's a pretty apt description for this flying beast. A minesweeping robot: Unfortunately, the task of clearing the mines is often prohibitively expensive or complicated....

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