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Spielberg Uses 3-D Printing to Build Everything from Nanoscale Chips to Houses

November 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Julia Sklar, MIT News Correspondent | News | Comments

At age 13, Nathan Spielberg — now an MIT senior — began building his first guitar, a process that consumed his attention for eight hours a day, every weekend, for 3 1/2 years. Reminiscing now, he calls it a full-time hobby, but it was also pure inspiration: Strumming away on what was once a mere block of wood, Spielberg grew to ...

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Entries Open for Wireless Design & Development EDGE Awards

November 5, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Today, Wireless Design & Development announced the call for entries across 14 product and service categories, three special recognition categories, as well as one custom manufacturing (CM) Innovation category. The deadline for entries is January 19, 2015, and the official awards ceremony will take place on ... 

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Dual Channel, Low Noise Figure

November 4, 2014 6:52 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for TriQuint’s dual channel digital variable gain amplifier. The TQC9311 offers a low noise figure of 3.8 dB, making it ideal for use in small cell and DAS applications ...                       

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MLG-2 Automation Light Grid Reliably Detects Transparent, Small and Fast-Moving Objects

November 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SICK announced the launch of the MLG-2 automation light grids. The speed, resolution and optical features of the MLG-2 enable it to detect and measure transparent, small and fast-moving objects even under harsh conditions. A small beam spacing of just 5 mm ensures the thinnest objects are detected ... 

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New 3200 MHz VCO From Crystek Corporation

November 4, 2014 3:57 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3200-3200VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 3200 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -112 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity ... 

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Two New SMT Current Sense Transformers for Automotive Electronics

November 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Two new SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics have been introduced. These SMT current sense transformers are designed for use in emerging 48-V automotive power systems as well as for all xEV applications, where the components can be used to measure currents of the electric drives ... 

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MINER Shines in Urban Emergency Response Exercise

November 4, 2014 12:17 pm | by Patti Koning, Sandia | News | Comments

A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn’t safe to search door-to-door. Can they identify the exact location of the device quickly without the culprits realizing a search is on? ...         

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Photos of the Day: Coated Battery Solution Prevent Electrical Current Damage

November 4, 2014 11:52 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

To help prevent such injuries, researchers at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to coat batteries with a special material that prevents them from conducting electricity after being swallowed. In animal tests, they found that such batteries did not damage the gastrointestinal (GI) tract at all ...

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New Way to Make Batteries Safer after Ingestion

November 4, 2014 11:45 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Every year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries — the flat, round batteries that power toys, hearing aids, calculators, and many other devices. Ingesting these batteries has severe consequences, including burns that permanently damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even death ...

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RSA306 Portable Spectrum Analyzer

November 4, 2014 11:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced a new class of spectrum analyzers based on a USB architecture...

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Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

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Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Rachel Berkowitz, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials, which are materials defined ...               

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Better Bomb-Sniffing Technology

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs ...                                     

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'God Particle' Researcher to Lead Swiss CERN Lab

November 4, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The renowned lab that confirmed the existence of the elusive "God particle" has selected an Italian physicist who played a key role in that research to be its new director general ...                                            

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Multi-Core Optical Fibers Achieve 255 Tbps

November 4, 2014 10:44 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and the University of Central Florida (CREOL) in the USA, report in the journal Nature Photonics the successful transmission of a record high 255 Terabits/s over a new type of fibre allowing 21 times more bandwidth than ... 

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