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ON Semiconductor Completes Acquisition of Aptina Imaging

August 18, 2014 12:25 pm | by ON Semiconductor | Comments

ON Semiconductor announced the completion of its acquisition of Aptina Imaging. The total consideration of approximately $400 million in cash for the acquisition of Aptina Imaging was funded by cash on the balance sheet and ON Semiconductor’s existing revolving line of credit...

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Monitoring Meteor Showers from Space

August 18, 2014 11:08 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren't thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger. Scientists, however, think about such things and will use the vantage point of a special window...

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Photos of the Day: Canadarm2 Releases Cygnus to Fly Solo

August 18, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | Comments

Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft completed a month-long delivery mission to the International Space Station Friday when it was released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:40 a.m. EDT. Cygnus is now orbiting on its own...

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Ferroelectric Materials Suffer From Unexpected Electric Polarizations

August 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics—remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information, outperforming the magnets inside most ...

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U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Delivery Mission Ends

August 18, 2014 9:47 am | by NASA | Comments

Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft completed a month-long delivery mission to the International Space Station Friday when it was released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:40 a.m. EDT. Cygnus is now orbiting on its own...

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Connected Management Mega-Trend Drives the Global Wireless M2M Market

August 18, 2014 9:43 am | by Berg Insight | Comments

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine communication will increase by 21.0 percent in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end...

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Pushing the Envelope in Power Electronics

August 18, 2014 12:28 am | by MIT | Comments

U.S. electrical consumption is expected to climb about 1 percent a year through 2030, and the share of electricity that goes through power electronics is expected to climb to 80 percent during the same period. Global electrical consumption is rising more than twice as quickly...

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Microchip Reveals How Tumor Cells Transition to Invasion

August 17, 2014 11:20 pm | by Brown University | Comments

Using a microengineered device that acts as an obstacle course for cells, researchers have shed new light on a cellular metamorphosis thought to play a role in tumor cell invasion throughout the body. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a process in which epithelial cells...

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Laser Makes Microscopes Way Cooler

August 17, 2014 10:03 pm | by Australian National University | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus. The technique hinges on using laser beams to cool a nanowire probe...

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Americans Are Willing to Pay More for the Digital Grid

August 15, 2014 10:49 am | by GE Reports | Comments

As power outages go, the iguana affair was a mundane one. On July 27, a hapless lizard shorted a piece of electrical equipment in the middle of the Florida Keys and knocked out power for 11,000 local residents. It was an act of nature no ...

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Hitchhiking Robot Travels Across Canada

August 15, 2014 10:35 am | by Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press | Comments

Going my way? A talking robot that's been hitchhiking rides from strangers to travel from Canada's east to west coast is nearing the end of its journey. HitchBOT, a robot created by a team of Ontario-based communications researchers studying the relationship between people and technology...

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New Tool Makes a Single Picture Worth a Thousand – and More – Images

August 14, 2014 5:22 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent thousands of other images?New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the vast amount of visual data in the world by generating...

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Bypass Commands from the Brain to Legs through a Computer

August 14, 2014 5:15 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | Comments

Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. An artificial connection...

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Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

August 14, 2014 5:09 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study may be a breakthrough...

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Novel Chip-Based Platform Could Simplify Measurements of Single Molecules

August 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by University of California - Santa Cruz | Comments

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a new approach for studying single molecules and nanoparticles by combining electrical and optical measurements on an integrated chip-based platform. In a paper published July 9 in Nano Letters, the researchers reported...

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