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UC Davis engineers create on-wetting fabric drains sweat

May 21, 2013 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Waterproof fabrics that whisk away sweat could be the latest application of microfluidic technology developed by bioengineers at the University of California, Davis. The new fabric works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves, said inventor Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering.

Catalog presents detailed specifications on magnetic components for a wide range of applications

May 21, 2013 11:32 am | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The Coilcraft CPS Short Form Catalog is a comprehensive reference to the company’s four lines of RF and power magnetics for critical applications. This 24-page catalog presents detailed specifications on magnetic components for a wide range of applications, including signal generation and processing, RF, power, impedance matching, LED drivers, timing and much more.

Evolution of light sensor integration

May 21, 2013 10:59 am | by Darrell Benke, Sr. Marketing Manager, Opto Sensors and Lighting, ams AG | Articles | Comments

Light sensing technology, in the form of photodiodes and phototransistors, was invented around the 1950s. Since the inception of the first optosensors, the devices have gradually found their place in commercial and industrial applications, but their adoption was limited due to the size, cost and overall performance.

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Vigorous athletic activity is safe with implanted arrhythmia devices

May 20, 2013 4:01 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

There has long been concern that people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) should not participate in any kind of strenuous sports activity for fear that their devices could fail. But a new Yale study finds that many athletes with ICDs can engage in vigorous and competitive sports without physical injury or failure to stop cardiac arrhythmia, despite ICD shocks that may occur to the heart during athletic activities....

Lower healthcare costs could mean less human interaction

May 20, 2013 3:23 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

For those who live alone, good medical care is all the more important. The machine-to-machine (M2M) communications business is growing, and the prevalence of wireless connectivity could push down the price of healthcare for the elderly, especially — but at the greater cost of human interaction.

Computational tool translates complex data into simplified 2-dimensional images

May 20, 2013 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia University and Stanford University have developed a computational method that enables scientists to visualize and interpret "high-dimensional" data produced by single-cell measurement technologies such as mass cytometry.

Nickel-based energy storage system provides long life in high temperature

May 17, 2013 4:39 pm | Varta Microbattery | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by VARTA Microbatteryis the addition of HVCAP35, a Nickel (Ni) based energy storage system to the V-Cap Series. VARTA Microbattery's new Ni based energy storage system is a hybrid technology that combines the high energy density advantage of batteries, with the high power advantage of supercapacitors. 

Security risks found in sensors for heart devices, consumer electronics

May 17, 2013 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The type of sensors that pick up the rhythm of a beating heart in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are vulnerable to tampering, according to a new study conducted in controlled laboratory conditions. Implantable defibrillators monitor the heart for irregular beating and, when necessary, administer an electric shock...

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The future of Google Glass

May 16, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass. 

Coin cell battery holder rises under 5 mm

May 16, 2013 3:16 pm | Memory Protection Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MPD has invented another new CR2032 low profile coin cell battery holder. While other CR2032 holder solutions often rise 8 to 10 mm above the PCB, our new LP2032SM-JJ-GTR rises under 5 mm with an installed CR2032 battery.

400W AC/DC power supplies certified to EN 60601 3RDedition

May 16, 2013 2:55 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPU-400M series, available now from MicroPower Direct, is a family of compact 400W AC/DC power supplies that are certified to EN 60601 3RDedition. These power supplies offer a unique combination of high power, safety features, robust performance and compact construction.

Intelligent sensor hub integrates programmability, precision in a single package

May 15, 2013 3:40 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a new Xtrinsic intelligent sensor hub that serves as an advanced sensor fusion platform. The Xtrinsic FXLC95000CL sensor hub integrates an on-board accelerometer with capability to manage multiple external sensors. The solution provides

Google unveils maps, photo, music features

May 15, 2013 3:36 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google Plus social network,...

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Much ado about nothing: The impact of the medical device excise tax

May 15, 2013 1:32 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Students of military strategy learn quickly the advantages of choosing when and where to fight, rather than wasting resources on trivial issues. An impartial observer would wonder about the wisdom of the excessive rhetoric, over-the-top hyperbole, and political posturing surrounding the medical device excess tax.

Controllers designed for applications greater than 15 Amps

May 15, 2013 10:39 am | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries is now offering a high-powered temperature controller mounted on a heat sink that creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices, as it serves as the commander of thermoelectric modules. With a bi-directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the controller has many benefits.

Solar panels as inexpensive as paint? It’s possible

May 14, 2013 12:10 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Researchers are helping develop a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than what’s available today. One of the more promising efforts involves the use of plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaic materials.

Yale psychiatrist: Get the most out of life — get out of your own way

May 14, 2013 12:00 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Those moments in life when you are most fully engaged have a common element — you  let go of all concerns, resentments, and thoughts of yourself, says Yale psychiatrist Dr. Judson Brewer, who asserts that people can improve their performance and even quit smoking through a technique called neurofeedback....

Yale science outreach: Inspiring the next generation of scientists

May 13, 2013 4:15 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Each year, hundreds of New Haven students take part in Yale science programming on campus and in their classrooms through faculty and student outreach initiatives and school events. But measuring the collective impact of these opportunities has been a recent development....

Akiko Iwasaki named HHMI investigator

May 13, 2013 12:15 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Yale immunobiologist Akiko Iwasaki has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator, one of the most prestigious designations in biomedical science....

Non-inherited mutations account for many heart defects, Yale researchers find

May 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

New mutations that are absent in parents but appear in their offspring account for at least 10% of severe congenital heart disease, reveals a massive genomics study led by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine....

Scientists develop device for portable, ultra-precise clocks and quantum sensors

May 9, 2013 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a joint project between the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, Imperial College London and the National Physical Laboratory, researchers have developed a portable way to produce ultracold atoms for quantum technology and quantum information processing.

Spintronics discovery

May 9, 2013 11:37 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

From powerful computers to super-sensitive medical and environmental detectors that are faster, smaller and use less energy — yes, we want them, but how do we get them? In research that is helping to lay the groundwork for the electronics of the future, scientists have confirmed the presence of a magnetic field generated by electrons...

Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

May 9, 2013 10:47 am | by CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

When Michael Gore stands, it's a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.

Improved material for 'laser welding' of tissue in intestinal surgery

May 9, 2013 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new "solder" for laser welding of tissue during surgical operations has the potential to produce stronger seals and expand use of this alternative to conventional sutures and stapling in intestinal surgery, scientists are reporting. Their study, which involves use of a gold-based solder...

Compact vane axial fans deliver airflows up to 283 CFM

May 8, 2013 3:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Orion Fans has developed a new series of small, powerful vane axial (VXC) fans for harsh, high-static pressure environments for medical, networking and telecom equipment. Designed to deliver airflows of up to 283 CFM in a compact package...

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