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Board-mount pressure sensors provide high durability, sensitivity, and flexibility

April 17, 2014 10:45 am | Honeywell | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Morristown, NJ) announced its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, Compensated, Unamplified, TBP Series. These new sensors are designed for customers who require a simple, high quality, cost-effective, basic performance, mV output sensor that is compensated and unamplified....

Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

April 14, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New technologies for developing electronics and optoelectronics with tunable/adaptive functionalities and performance are critical to emerging applications in wearable technology, communication, pervasive computing, human-machine interfacing and biomedical diagnostics....

Varistors include nickel barrier terminations

April 11, 2014 11:15 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors is available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work

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Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

April 11, 2014 11:02 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development....

Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

Varistors now available with nickel barrier terminations

April 8, 2014 4:39 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations....

Photos of the Day: 'Electronic skin' can store and deliver medicine

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas in Austin have developed a wearable device known as “electronic skin” that can store and transmit data and release drugs into the skin. The device is a bit like an electronic parfait — layers of stretchable nanomaterials in a tiny package....

This ‘electronic skin’ will revolutionize medicine

April 8, 2014 8:56 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It’s as thin as a temporary tattoo, but you definitely won’t get one in a cereal box. The creators of this “electronic skin” say that the technology could “one day aid patients with movement disorders or epilepsy.” It’s the first of its kind that can store information and deliver medicine through the skin....

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Iowa State scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered

April 7, 2014 4:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person's body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain....

Low-power microcontrollers come in 2.0 x 2.2 x 0.3 mm package

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling developers to save valuable board space, Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced it has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to several new families of ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs). Developers can now design smaller products....

An ultrathin collagen matrix biomaterial tool for 3D microtissue engineering

April 3, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel ultrathin collagen matrix assembly allows for the unprecedented maintenance of liver cell morphology and function in a microscale "organ-on-a-chip" device that is one example of 3D microtissue engineering. A team of researchers from the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital...

An ethics framework should be used to decide health standards for extended, exploratory spaceflights

April 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA should use an ethics framework when deciding whether, and under what conditions, spaceflights that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days are acceptable if they do not meet current health standards, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine....

Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

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8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

Clemson researcher touts surgical safety checklist to save lives

March 31, 2014 6:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs.

Cancer researchers find key protein link

March 28, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new understanding of proteins at the nexus of a cell's decision to survive or die has implications for researchers who study cancer and age-related diseases, according to biophysicists at the Rice University-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP).

Researchers identify good bacteria that protects against HIV

March 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston by growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with "good and bad" bacteria, think they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection....

New guidance system could improve minimally invasive surgery

March 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. In a report published recently in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology...

Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

In search of a few good apps

March 26, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While the Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for the regulation of mobile health (mHealth) apps that act as medical devices or as accessories to medical devices, the vast majority of mHealth apps remain unregulated and unevaluated.

Robotic arm probes chemistry of 3-D objects by mass spectrometry

March 26, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When life on Earth first started, simple molecules bonded together into precursors of modern genetic material. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite's surface jump-started life's first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to directly analyze these rough, irregularly shaped surfaces....

With a few finger taps, draw genetic pedigrees at point of care with new app

March 24, 2014 4:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

CHOP's bioinformatics team develops digital tool for family history diagrams: Long before next-generation sequencing technology ushered in today's data-intensive era of human genome information, clinicians have been taking family histories by jotting down pedigrees....

Patient enrollment, use, and satisfaction with patient portals

March 24, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Many physicians are adopting patient portals in response to governmental incentives for meaningful use (MU), but the stage 2 requirements for portal use may be particularly challenging for newer electronic health record (EHR) users. This study examines enrollment....

Microfluidic device with artificial arteries measures drugs' influence on blood clotting

March 24, 2014 2:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A  new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects...

Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark

March 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting....

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