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Nanomaterials database improved to help consumers, scientists track products

October 28, 2013 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanomaterials are the heart of the smaller, better electronics developed during the last decade, as well as new materials, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, energy storage, and clean water. However, exposure to nanomaterials may have unintended consequences for human health and the environment.

Creating innovative, precise, and specialized medical equipment enclosures

October 28, 2013 12:19 pm | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Articles | Comments

Advances in medical technology in the past century alone have made possible what was previously considered unfeasible. Where once certain illnesses caused the deaths of millions worldwide, medical innovation has now eliminated many dreaded diseases.

FAQ: The infrared motion sensor

October 28, 2013 12:08 pm | by Aiman Kiwan, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Corporation of America | Articles | Comments

Many of the automation systems that increasingly appear in our daily lives have a fundamental need to sense the presence and movement of human beings. Whether that system simply shuts off the lights to save energy at home or triggers an emergency response in a health care facility, accurate motion sensing is a crucial requirement.

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Texas A&M Engineering entrepreneurs among Aggie 100

October 25, 2013 5:07 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

The 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world were recognized today (Oct. 25) at the 9th Annual Aggie 100 program, sponsored by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. The Aggie 100 focuses on growth as an indicator of job creation, product acceptance and entrepreneurial vision. Of the......

Evaluation kit helps launch Internet of Things (IoT) development

October 24, 2013 4:56 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the MSP430 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for its portfolio of USB microcontrollers. The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and

Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 24, 2013 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

The CPC1968 is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current with a 5°C/W heat sink. The output is constructed with MOSFET switches and photovoltaic die, while the input utilizes a highly efficient GaAIAs infrared LED to provide the optically coupled control.

‘Anklebot’ helps determine ankle stiffness

October 24, 2013 1:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For most healthy bipeds, the act of walking is seldom given a second thought: One foot follows the other, and the rest of the body falls in line, supported by a system of muscle, tendon, and bones. Upon closer inspection, however, locomotion is less straightforward. In particular, the ankle — the crucial juncture between the leg and the foot...

Bee sting venom can help develop immunity to bee stings

October 24, 2013 12:02 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Bee stings can be painful, and for people who are allergic to the bee’s venom, they can be deadly. But a new study from Yale School of Medicine finds that the key toxic component in bee venom — the major allergen — can actually induce immunity and protect against future allergic reactions to the toxin....

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Nuclear technology in your life today

October 24, 2013 12:50 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

In response to National Nuclear Science Week, two students, Lily Raabe and Kristina Yancey, of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M wrote the following, in hopes to share knowledge not commonly known to the general public about nuclear technology in our lives. Electricity has many applications, from phones and video games to hospital equipment and air conditioning. It......

Reconfigurable heterogeneous architectures deliver flexibility and performance for complex applications

October 23, 2013 4:47 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Embedded systems designers, more than ever, are seeking flexibility in how they work with processing elements to help keep risks low, speed time to market and control cost. Traditional embedded systems often rely on general-purpose processors and microcontrollers or multicore processors.

Microprocessor crystal occupies 50% less surface area than similar products on the market

October 23, 2013 1:59 pm | Raltron Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp, Miami, FL has just released its new Model R1612 Microprocessor Crystal at 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm in size addressing the ever increasing demand for smaller size components. Featuring ultra-small, ultra-thin size; with automatic processing and reflow capability and its excellent use for high density usages, make the R1612 a superior choice....

MOSFETs offer excellent stability and low intermodulation distortion

October 23, 2013 8:50 am | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces availability and full design support capabilities for two new high-frequency vertical diffusion metal oxide semiconductor (VDMOS) MOSFETs from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new high-power, high breakdown voltage (V(BR)DSS), common source configuration devices offer excellent stability and low intermodulation distortion (IMD).

Predicting the fate of stem cells

October 22, 2013 4:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into. The technology could have potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development. Findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Nature Methods.

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Are we addicted to smartphones?

October 22, 2013 4:13 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Photography by Melissa Spivak | Blogs | Comments

Do you own a “Crackberry” or, god forbid, an iPhone? Is it always within arms’ reach, and do you compulsively check it every 5-10 minutes? Do you scour your smartphone with no clear purpose in mind? And do you have a strong desire to resist this “constant connectivity”? You may be experiencing “pushback”, according to a new paper from the University of Washington. But is this a symptom of smartphone "addiction"?

Controlling the triggers of age-related inflammation could extend ‘healthspan’

October 21, 2013 12:12 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Inflammation is the common denominator of many chronic age-related diseases such as arthritis, gout, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. But according to a Yale School of Medicine study, even in the absence of a disease, inflammation can lead to serious loss of function throughout the body, reducing healthspan — that portion of our lives spent relatively free of serious illness and disability....

Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

October 18, 2013 12:24 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

Study: Good night's sleep cleans out gunk in brain

October 18, 2013 12:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders. This cleaning was detected in the brains of sleeping mice, but scientists said there's reason to think it happens in people too.

Salmonella sensing system

October 18, 2013 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, while 3,000 die.

Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 18, 2013 10:25 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division announced the immediate availability of the CPC1968J, 2Arms Solid-State Power Relay.  The CPC1968J is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid state power relay that is rated for up to 5A continuous load current.

Photos of the Day: Why lithium-ion batteries fail

October 18, 2013 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are in our cellphones, laptops, and digital cameras. Few portable electronic devices exist that do not rely on these energy sources. Currently battery electrodes contain active materials known as intercalation compounds. These materials store charge in their chemical structure without undergoing substantial structural change.

Researchers rewrite an entire genome — and add a healthy twist

October 17, 2013 2:03 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium’s ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism’s genetic code....

Current sense resistor includes increased resistance range

October 17, 2013 12:15 pm | Vishay Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has expanded the CSM3637P ultra-high-precision, surface-mount, four-terminal current sense resistor with an increased resistance range to 200 mΩ. For power supplies, DC/DC and DC/AC converters, switching power supplies, and battery charging circuits...

Photos of the Day: Women scientists, Wikipedia under microscope

October 17, 2013 9:05 am | by MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men.

Projected capacitive touch panels designed for marine applications

October 16, 2013 12:47 pm | by Tony Gray, Director of Product Technology, Ocular | Articles | Comments

As projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels continue to gain market share in the industrial and embedded markets, they are also branching out into new markets, including the marine industry. The marine environment presents unique challenges to a PCAP sensor, requiring specialized designs to overcome these challenges and provide optimum performance.

Photos of the Day: Restoring surgeons' sense of touch during minimally invasive surgeries

October 16, 2013 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify the edges of hidden tumors and to locate hidden blood vessels and other anatomical structures....

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