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Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

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Illinois Capacitor's Solid Conductive Polymer Chip Capacitors

December 9, 2014 11:17 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor XMPL Series polymer chip capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater size ...                

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Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

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New Sensor Wirelessly Detects Hazardous Chemicals

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone ...                                       

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Photos of the Day: Medical Imaging Scanner to Detec Spacesuit Flaws

December 9, 2014 10:50 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA hopes the advanced imaging equipment in the lab, including a CT scanner attached to a robotic arm, can help it create 3D pictures of its spacesuits that can be used to better diagnose malfunctions that might happen in the future ...                      

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Advanced Imaging Equipment to Diagnose Spacesuit Malfunctions

December 9, 2014 10:48 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient. The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought innovative ways to pinpoint problems with its spacesuits in the wake of an Italian astronaut nearly drowning ...                  

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2 to 6 GHz 2 W GaN Driver Amplifier from RFMW

December 9, 2014 10:18 am | by RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for a medium power, high gain amplifier using TriQuint GaN technology. The TGA2597-SM offers 32 dB of saturated output power using a 25 V bias and drawing only 40 mA. This biasing voltage makes the TGA2597-SM compatible ...

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Fused High CV Tantalum SMD Chip Capacitors

December 8, 2014 5:19 pm | by AVX | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. The new F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short ... 

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Exclusive Interview with Mythbusters Star Grant Imahara

December 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Videos | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara from Mythbusters at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame is teaming up with the global distributor on an exciting new Empowering Innovation Together campaign. Together Mouser and Mr. Imahara will invite ... 

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Volvo Introduces the World’s Most Powerful and Cleanest SUV

December 8, 2014 12:56 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even ... 

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Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology Applications

December 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jim O'Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

The trend towards ultra-low power wireless communication is ongoing. It allows data communication wherever power-hungry standards like WiFi or GSM are not suitable. This is particularly interesting for high-density sensor networks that deliver information from hundreds or thousands of measuring points, enabling intelligent ... 

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Digital TV Demodulator Supports DVB-S2X Specification

December 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Silicon Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced its next-generation digital TV demodulator family offering expanded support for the latest satellite, terrestrial and cable standards. The new Si218x family includes the world's first demodulators supporting the recently launched DVB-S2X specification, which adds new features and ...

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Pattern-Recognition Systems Convey What They Learn to Humans

December 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, MIT researchers present a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information ... 

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Carrying Current with No Energy Loss

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Karen McNulty Walsh, DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors ...                 

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The Achilles' Heel of GaN-Based LEDs

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Michiteru Kitazaki, Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials ...                           

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