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Northwestern Researchers Develop Compact, High-Power Terahertz Source at Room Temperature

October 10, 2013 9:08 am | by Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Terahertz radiation — radiation in the wavelength range of 30 to 300 microns — is gaining attention due to its applications in security screening, medical and industrial imaging, agricultural inspection, astronomical research, and other areas. Traditional methods of generating terahertz radiation, however, usually involve large and expensive instruments.

Video of the Day: Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 8, 2013 10:03 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.

HotSpot Episode 33: Smart Brewing App for Beer Aficionados

October 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.


Naked Jets of Water Make a Better Pollutant Detector

October 4, 2013 10:45 am | by Lyndsay Meyer, The Optical Society | News | Comments

When you shine ultraviolet light (UV) through water polluted with certain organic chemicals and bacteria, the contaminants measurably absorb the UV light and then re-emit it as visible light. Many of today's more advanced devices for testing water are...

New X-Ray Vision Can Reveal Internal Structure of Objects

October 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Aeron Haworth, University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new kind of 'X-ray vision' that is able to peer inside an object and map the three-dimensional distribution of its nano-properties in real time. University of Manchester researchers say the novel imaging technique could...

Engineering Newswire: Personal Jetpack Redesign Saves Pilot from Catastrophic Failure

October 4, 2013 10:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big ...                   

Proof-of-Concept for Delivering Patient Data with Google Glass

October 4, 2013 10:13 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...

M2M + Security + Cloud = Love

October 3, 2013 9:56 am | by Marie McGehee, Director of Corporate Communications, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With sensors and networking technology being strapped to nearly every machine around the globe at a blistering pace, estimates projecting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may be too conservative.         


RTP Line Integrates Real Time Clock, Crystal, and Solid State Battery with Re-Charging Circuit

October 1, 2013 3:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Components is introducing a new functional module product line called Real Time Plus (RTP).

Maxim's Highly Integrated Octal Ultrasound Transceiver

October 1, 2013 2:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated’s low-noise ultrasound transceiver saves 40 percent board space and replaces thousands of discrete components in a standard ultrasound system.

Researchers Demonstrate 'Accelerator on a Chip'

September 30, 2013 3:38 pm | by Robert Byer, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, re-searchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

HotSpot Episode 32: Quadcopter that Acts Like a Guide Dog

September 30, 2013 11:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, UC Santa Barbara scientists translate electrical quantum states to optical quantum states; Stanford School of Engineering researchers have created the first theoretical framework that includes semiconductors made from plastics; a flying robot to help guide people through complex environments; and nanomaterial made from plastic bags.

Mobile Tech and Talk Therapies Strike at the Moment Binge Eating Urges

September 30, 2013 10:55 am | by Rachel Ewing, Drexel University | News | Comments

A smartphone app in development will track users’ individual patterns of eating and binge eating behavior and alert them at times when they are at risk for binge behaviors, among a comprehensive suite of other features. Another treatment is a new, evidence-based approach to small-group behavioral therapy that will equip patients with psychological tools that may help them adhere to.


With Carbon Nanotubes, a Path to Flexible, Low-Cost Sensors

September 27, 2013 9:02 am | by Patrick Regan, Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.

Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's Experimental Program Sends Drones to Space

September 26, 2013 4:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're microwaving rubble with a portable radar device, expanding access to space with reusable unmanned vehicles, designing elastic OLEDs ro make displays like windows, and flying tinker toys to space.

Meaghan's Minute: FDA Rules for Smartphone Health Apps

September 26, 2013 9:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's minute, brought to you by Memory Protection devices, we are discussing smartphone apps that consumers use to track and monitor their health. According to the Associated Press, the FDA will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health.

Richardson RFPD Introduces Two New High Frequency UltraCMOS SPDT RF Switches from Peregrine

September 25, 2013 8:58 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced two new RF single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switches from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The new switches operate from 9 kHz to 13 GHz and feature high power handling, making them ideally-suited for a range of high frequency wideband applications, including test and measurement, automatic test equipment (ATE), wireless backhaul, and aerospace and defense.

Meaghan's Minute: Microsoft's New Surface Tablet

September 24, 2013 9:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 tablet has a built-in kickstand, and can be used flat on a table, or in someone's lap. It also has a 75 percent improvement in battery life.

New Password in a Heartbeat

September 24, 2013 9:11 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators, and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked. Researchers at Rice University have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device could be altered remotely without authorization.

HotSpot Episode 31: Cleaning Up Space Mess

September 23, 2013 11:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a low voltage, miniature TCXO; a satellite with the mission to clean up space; EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems for $115M; and resistive switching devices.

Meaghan’s Minute: Baby Booty Monitors Infant Vitals

September 20, 2013 9:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It’s Friday!!!!! And in this episode of Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we’re talking about Owlet, which is helping parents obtain a snapshot into their child’s well-being with their new Owlet Vitals Monitor that works with your very own smartphone.

First Real-Time Detector for IV Delivered Drugs May Eliminate Life-Threatening Medical Errors

September 20, 2013 9:16 am | News | Comments

A new optical device developed by a team of electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) can identify the contents of the fluid in an intravenous (IV) line in real-time, offering a promising way to improve the safety of IV drug delivery.

Engineering Newswire 56: Scorpion Jet Prototype is Tactically Practical

September 19, 2013 8:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.

Cicoil’s New Ultra-Durable Controlled Impedance Cable & Assemblies

September 19, 2013 3:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil has announced the introduction of its ultra-durable Controlled Impedance Cable. Unlike bulky round cables and non-flexible woven cables, the Cicoil deign can be utilized in applications requiring submersion in water, repetitive motion, and exposure to harsh environments.

Meaghan's Minute: Microcontrollers Integrate Full Analog Signal Chain

September 19, 2013 10:04 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Microchip has a new family of microcontrollers that can integrate a full analog signal chain. They also feature an integrated USB, which supports the uploading of clinical data for medical equipment, and can act as a service/data port for industrial equipment.

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