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Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology ...

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When Is the Right Time for Parents to Buy Their Children A Smartphone?

March 30, 2015 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

My daughter Annabelle is at the age (11-years-old) where she needs to have everything that her friends have, including a smartphone, or her social status will suffer and the world will come to an apocalyptic end. Her dad and I keep telling her that if she learns more responsibility – e.g. picking up her room without me screaming at her – then maybe we’ll think about getting her a phone ...

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Photos of the Day: Building a Super Battery

March 30, 2015 10:06 am | by Steve Koppes, University of Chicago | News | Comments

Some 70 years later, with 20 countries racing to achieve another world-changing scientific shift--to design and build a better rechargeable "super battery"--Argonne allowed veteran reporter Steven LeVine two years of access to write about U.S. researchers leading the "battery war" charge ...

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Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in U.S. Broadband Infrastructure

March 30, 2015 9:53 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places ...

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Wearable Device Helps Vision-Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 4:47 pm | by Mary Leach, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles ...

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Flush-Fitting Hinged Trims

March 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added a new size to its SMART-BOX range of advanced sealed plastic enclosures for industrial electronics: 5.12” x 8.66” x 2.36”. SMART-BOX is designed to enhance the aesthetics and ergonomics of industrial electronics such as HVAC, control and safety systems ...

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Half-Size System Host Board

March 27, 2015 1:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has announced its PCE-4 series product line employing PICMG 1.3 half-size form factor and support for Intel work station-grade CPUs, which offer a higher base frequency than desk-top CPUs and ECC memory support ...

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Multi-Port, Multi-Protocol

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of mini PCI Express (mPCIe) multi-port serial communication cards — the mPCIe-COM Series ...

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Low Pin Count Package

March 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The FT600Q and FT601Q are FTDI Chip’s (UK) first generation USB 3.0 products that function as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to FIFO bridges, providing data bursting rates of up to 3.2 Gbps ...

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Dual Channel Adaptive IF Relay

March 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek has introduced the Model 71624 dual channel, 34 signal, adaptive IF (intermediate frequency) relay XMC with a Virtex-6 FPGA. As an IF relay, it accepts two IF analog input channels, modifies up to 34 signals, and then delivers them to two analog IF outputs. Any signal within each IF band can be independently enabled or disabled ...

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5 Things to Know About Galaxy S6 Phones

March 27, 2015 10:37 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer. Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software ...           

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Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

March 27, 2015 10:26 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles. One of the challenges that the ACTUV program is addressing is development of autonomous behaviors for complying with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, known as ...

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3 Astronauts Are Taking a One Year Trip to the International Space Station

March 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team, American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko are to stay at the International Space Station until March ... 

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Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

March 27, 2015 9:57 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for ... 

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The Importance of Ethernet Communication in Industrial Systems

March 27, 2015 9:14 am | by ICP DAS USA | News | Comments

Industrial Ethernet (IE) refers to using standard Ethernet protocols in an industrial environment. IE systems use the same physical layer that already exists in most environments and can easily be expanded upon, reducing the need to add another network. Industrial ... 

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