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'Super-resolution' microscope possible for nanostructures

April 30, 2013 11:26 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to see synthetic nanostructures and molecules using a new type of super-resolution optical microscopy that does not require fluorescent dyes, representing a practical tool for biomedical and nanotechnology research. "Super-resolution optical microscopy has opened a new window into the nanoscopic world..."

‘Internet Of Things’: An opportunity for intelligent device manufacturers

April 29, 2013 3:25 pm | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software | Blogs | Comments

The “Internet of Things” is a phrase used to describe how the internet will link traditional smart devices, and a wide range of additional physical assets to allow these endpoints to generate and share data. Nearly every product will have an IP address and communication capability — not just networking and telecommunications devices...

Growing new arteries, bypassing blocked ones

April 29, 2013 12:04 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Scientific collaborators from Yale School of Medicine and University College London (UCL) have uncovered the molecular pathway by which new arteries may form after heart attacks, strokes and other acute illnesses — bypassing arteries that are blocked. Their study appears in the April 29 issue of Developmental Cell....


Germ-zapping 'robots': Hospitals combat superbugs

April 29, 2013 10:39 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The rise of superbugs, along with increased pressure from government and insurers, is driving hospitals to try all sorts of new approaches to stop their spread: Machines that resemble "Star Wars" robots and emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide vapors. Germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles...

Robots Able to Reach through Clutter with Whole-Arm Tactile Sensing

April 29, 2013 12:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Robots are now able to intelligently maneuver within clutter, gently making contact with objects while accomplishing a task, thanks to technology developed by Dr. Charlie Kemp and the Healthcare Robotics Lab.  ...

Sensor provides solution for crystal oscillators, sensors requiring temperature compensation

April 26, 2013 9:50 am | Heraeus Sensor Technology | Product Releases | Comments

The Heraeus Sensor Technology SMD Platinum RTD temperature sensor element provides an ideal solution for crystal oscillators, sensors, and other components requiring temperature compensation.  The 0805 SMD package RTD offers the stability of a thin film Pt RTD in a standard surface mount package.

US device will screen for fake medicines overseas

April 25, 2013 10:34 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials are making a high-tech screening device available in Africa to help spot counterfeit malaria pills in hopes that the technology may eventually be used to combat the fake drug trade worldwide. The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that U.S. partners in Ghana will begin using a U.S.-developed handheld device...

Online privacy is evolving. Does it matter to you?

April 24, 2013 10:21 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Online privacy rules are changing. The question now is how much you'll care. America's tech industry is finalizing voluntary disclosure standards on the sensitive information being sucked from your smartphone like your location, surfing habits and contacts.


Learning software development — by developing software

April 24, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Since at least the late 19th century, when John Dewey opened his experimental Laboratory School at the University of Chicago, experiential learning — learning by doing — has had strong proponents among educational theorists. In MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the influence of experiential-learning theory can be seen in several courses in which each student spends the entire semester working on a single prog...

Reference design provides a critical layer of security for networked devices

April 23, 2013 2:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog announces the introduction of the ZGATE Security Bridge Reference Design, a joint technology solution utilizing Icon Labs’ Floodgate Technology. Together, Zilog and Icon Labs have produced a microcontroller featuring an embedded firewall that provides a critical layer of security for networked devices.

Survey shows China manufacturing weakening

April 23, 2013 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing growth decelerated this month, a survey showed Monday, adding to questions about the strength of the recovery in the world's second largest economy. HSBC said Tuesday the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers index declined to 50.5 from March's 51.6 on a 100-point scale...

Smartphones to satellites: Soldiers use new network to prepare for advise, assist mission

April 23, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

During the recent Mountain Peak training event at Fort Drum, N.Y., 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Soldiers and leaders said the new network capabilities would support their mission as they prepare for potential deployment to Afghanistan later this year....

Should engineers be licensed?

April 22, 2013 2:20 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Not long after I chose electrical engineering as a major in college, someone asked me if I was planning to take the EIT exam. What was that? It stands for “engineer in training” and it is the customary first step in obtaining a Professional Engineer (PE) license. To the best of my recollection, it didn’t cost that much and I went ahead and took it....


Green spaces may boost well-being for city dwellers

April 22, 2013 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research published in the journal Psychological Science has found that people living in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater wellbeing than city dwellers that don't have parks, gardens, or other green space nearby.

Structure of cell signaling molecule suggests general on-off switch

April 22, 2013 9:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A three-dimensional image of one of the proteins that serves as an on-off switch as it binds to receptors on the surface of a cell suggests there may be a sort of main power switch that could be tripped. These surface receptors are responsible for helping cells discern light, set the heart racing, or detect pain.

RAFT polymerization technology enabling the biotech industry

April 22, 2013 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

CSIRO and Mirus Bio LLC are pleased to announce a new license arrangement that will enable Mirus Bio to utilize the unique characteristics of CSIRO's Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer polymerisation technology (RAFT) to expand upon its high-end polymer development capabilities for the biotech industry.

Gas gauge IC monitors lead-acid batteries in UPS, e-bike designs

April 20, 2013 1:31 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Lead-acid battery, battery management, gas gauge integrated circuit, gas gauge IC, capacity measurement, power management, battery packs, impedance track

Ubiquitous computing: A gadget for every body part

April 19, 2013 12:50 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

As a culture, we’re obsessed with cool gadgets, and we’ve come a long way from the household coffeemaker. Now we’re creating motion-sense devices that can control others from afar with just a flick of the wrist. Enter the Myo armband, which shows how dependent on technology we’ve become. We want to do everything with one fancy gizmo.

Robot hands gain a gentler touch

April 19, 2013 12:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What use is a hand without nerves, that can't tell what it's holding? A hand that lifts a can of soda to your lips, but inadvertently tips or crushes it in the process? Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a very inexpensive tactile sensor for robotic hands....

Indiana University surgeon's nanoparticle research takes inspiration from Greek mythology

April 18, 2013 4:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An Indiana University School of Medicine breast cancer surgeon is pursuing research that will utilize glass, gold, nanotechnology and Greek mythology hoping to vanquish breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Susan E. Clare, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine, is the initiating principal investigator for a $573,000 Department of Defense grant....

National consortium to lead North Carolina in big data innovation

April 18, 2013 3:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new collaboration called the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) aims to make North Carolina a national hub for data-intensive business and data science research, a move that will help develop a national strategy to ensure U.S. leadership in the data-driven global economy.

Electronic zippers control DNA strands

April 18, 2013 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team from NPL and the University of Edinburgh have invented a new way to zip and unzip DNA strands using electrochemistry. The DNA double helix has been one of the most recognisable structures in science ever since it was first described by Watson and Crick almost 60 years ago (paper published in Nature in 25 April 1953).

Yale Nobel laureate honored with Connecticut Medal of Science

April 18, 2013 9:51 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Thomas Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, will receive the 2013 Connecticut (CT) Medal of Science, the state’s top prize for technological achievement crucial to economic development....

Power to the people

April 18, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Like many Nigerians, MIT graduate student Chidube Ezeozue grew up frustrated by his nation’s erratic electrical grid. “Electrical outages are a huge problem in Nigeria,” says Ezeozue, who is pursuing dual master’s degrees in MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and in electrical engineering and computer science. “The outages really interrupt everyday life.” Nigeria’s supply of electricity is severely limited, resulting in r...

Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronics

April 17, 2013 12:31 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.

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