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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.

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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.

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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....

Need motivation? There's an app or gadget for that

October 16, 2013 5:47 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Welcome to the measured life. When Tim Davis of Beaver, Pa., tipped the scales at 318 pounds two years ago, he bought a Fitbit gadget to track his physical activity and the Lose It! app on his phone to track calories. He bought a Wi-Fi-enabled scale that published his daily weight on his Twitter...

Hygienic control power & data cables receive UL and CSA approvals

October 15, 2013 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

HELUKABEL recently announced that its NANOFLEX line of hygienic control power and data cables have been approved by UL and CSA. With these latest approvals, the NANOFLEX series can be used in U.S. and Canadian industries that require machinery and their component parts to resist the growth of micro-organisms.

From football to flies: Lessons about traumatic brain injury

October 15, 2013 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Faced with news of suicides and brain damage in former professional football players, geneticist Barry Ganetzky bemoaned the lack of model systems for studying the insidious and often delayed consequences linked to head injuries. Then he remembered an unexplored observation from nearly 40 years ago....

Turning vapors into foam-like polymer coating

October 14, 2013 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Polymers -- the essential component of plastics -- are found in countless commercial, medical, and industrial products. Polymers that are porous are called foam polymers and are especially useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties. Now a researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customizable coatings of foam-like polymers.

Dead loved ones' voices fall victim to technology

October 14, 2013 10:39 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When her 19-year-old daughter died of injuries sustained in a Mother's Day car crash five years ago, Lisa Moore sought comfort from the teenager's cellphone. She would call daughter Alexis' phone number to listen to her greeting. Sometimes she'd leave a message, telling her daughter how much she loved her.

Photos of the Day: 'Bionic man' walks, breathes with artificial parts

October 14, 2013 8:56 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died.

New strategy lets cochlear implant users hear music

October 11, 2013 11:23 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants – technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech – hearing music remains extremely challenging.University of Washington scientists hope to change this.

Photos of the Day: Nobel physics: A closer look at the Higgs boson

October 11, 2013 10:39 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

So what is the Higgs boson, the elusive particle that physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert theorized about and won the Nobel Prize for on Tuesday? The subatomic particle - which has also been called the "God particle" by some because it is seen as fundamental to the creation of the universe....

Northwestern researchers develop compact, high-power terahertz source at room temperature

October 10, 2013 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

radiation in the wavelength range of 30 to 300 microns — is gaining attention due to its applications in security screening, medical and industrial imaging, agricultural inspection, astronomical research, and other areas. Traditional methods of generating terahertz radiation, however, usually involve large and expensive instruments....

Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

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