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'Holy Grail' of Battery Design Achieved: A Stable Lithium Anode

July 27, 2014 | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing...

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NST Series Negative Temperature Thermistors

July 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components has announced the expansion of surface mount negative temperature thermistors with the NST series. NST continues the expansion of surface mount construction with the availability of 3 standard sizes.

New PLLs Deliver Wide Frequency Range Coverage and Low VCO Phase Noise

July 29, 2014 1:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced today three new phase-locked loop devices one of which features the industry’s widest frequency coverage and lowest voltage-controlled oscillator phase noise in a single device...

Handheld Thermal Imager and Insulation Resistance Testers

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the addition of two new ranges of instruments to its portfolio of handheld tools. The U5855A TrueIR thermal imager provides clear and sharp thermal images with its unique Fine Resolution capability...

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Bridge-Saving Sensors

July 29, 2014 12:45 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), “One in nine of the nation’s bridges are rated as structurally deficient."1 In order to eliminate bridge infrastructure deficiency, the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) claims that $20.5 billion needs to be invested on an annual basis...                

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Wirelessly Charged Microchip Opens Doors into 'Electroceutical’ Devices'

July 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, an electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...               

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Beyond GPS: DARPA's PNT Portfolio

July 29, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

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C&K Components’ Surface Mount Jumper Dip Switches

July 28, 2014 9:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a series of surface mount jumper DIP switches that are sealed with a removable top tape to enable them to be used in reflow soldering and washable assembly processes...

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Bluetooth Smart Arduino Solution

July 28, 2014 9:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced that Hong Kong-based Arduino specialist, RedBear Company Ltd, has developed a Nordic nRF8001 Connectivity IC-based single board Bluetooth Smart Arduino solution...

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Physicists Unlock Nature of High-Temperature Superconductivity

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The earliest superconducting materials required operating temperatures...

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Rohde & Schwarz Upgrades MW200A High-End Vector Signal Generator

July 28, 2014 4:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has expanded the frequency range of its R&S SMW200A high-end vector signal generator to 20 GHz. The R&S SMW200A is the only instrument on the market to combine a baseband generator, RF generator and fading simulator in a single box...

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High-Performance OEM LVDT/RVDT Signal Transmitter

July 28, 2014 4:34 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has developed a compact OEM signal conditioning transmitter designed for high performance across a wide temperature range of -25° to +85°C...

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Refrigerator Magnets

July 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to...

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Measuring the Smallest Magnets

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous “background noise” that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device...

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Building 'Invisible' Materials with Light

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new method of building materials using light, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, could one day enable technologies that are often considered the realm of science fiction, such as invisibility cloaks and cloaking devices. Although cloaked starships won't be a reality for quite some time...

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