News: Electronics & Computers
Algae Blooms Broaden Battery Possibilities

Blooms of Cladophora algae may be troublesome, but they do have a positive side. Researchers at the Ångström Laboratory of Sweden's Uppsala University have discovered that the cellulose...

The SCM5B, SCM7B, and SensorLex® 8B signal conditioning modules from Dataforth (Tucson, AZ) are all fully encapsulated, making them corrosion-resistant and well suited for use in rugged...

DOE has launched the H-Prize competition, offering a $1 million award to an individual or team that creates the most advanced materials for hydrogen storage in vehicles.

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Wind Turbine Grounding Ring

The AEGIS WTG™ grounding ring from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) channels harmful shaft currents away from bearings to ground - preventing bearing damage that could cause wind turbine...

Last year, MIT researchers found that plants generate a voltage of up to 200 millivolts when one electrode is placed in a plant and the other in the surrounding soil. A University of Washington team...

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Recalling September 11, 2001

Today, September 11, 2009, marks the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Various events are being held in cities and towns all over the country to commemorate the event, many honoring the 3,000 people who died in the attacks. The day undoubtedly remains a difficult one...

Question of the Week
Are you worried about contracting swine flu?

This week's question concerns swine flu.

According to a recent report prepared by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the H1N1 flu virus, commonly called swine flu, could infect anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of the U.S. population during the fall and winter months....

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed thin films that exhibit carrier multiplication (CM) - a development that is of great interest for future solar cells.

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Mobile Ridesharing Device Reduces Traffic, Pollution

In spite of rising energy prices, many car drivers in large cities still ride alone. Fraunhofer's OpenRide mobile ridesharing service aims to save them money, while helping the...

Question of the Week
Should there be an airline “passenger bill of rights”?

This week’s question concerns the rights of airline passengers. Several recent incidents of airline passengers being stranded on planes for up to six hours may have strengthened the case for a “passenger bill of rights” pending in Congress. The bill would require stranded planes to...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Decomposing Plastics at Sea

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are floating in the world’s oceans. Scientists are reporting that even though plastics are reputed to be virtually indestructible, they decompose with surprising speed and...

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App Art

As the editor of an engineering magazine, I get to see all of the latest cutting-edge technology the moment it hits the streets. On average we get anywhere from 20 – 30 new product announcements a day, all of which must be evaluated on their merits. Most of the products are designed to satisfy some need, solve some problem, or...

Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Alabama researchers have come up with a new method for recycling hydrogen-containing fuel materials, which could open the door to...

Techs for License
Tamper-Evident Packaging for Consumer Products

Tamper-evidence properties are often achieved by adding secondary packaging such as foil seals or heat-shrink seals that inflate the cost of the container. This invention provides a proven technology to produce an injection-molded, tamperevident plastic lid for a container that can be used in the...

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Microscale Atomic Clock Enables Applications in GPS, and Radio Channel Density

Most atomic clocks are bench-bound, and even portable units can weigh in excess of 10 pounds. This invention is a cesium laser atomic clock that can be constructed using photoresist MEMS (microelectromechanical system) technology. The glass cell measures about 1 cubic...

Tech Needs
Technology to Deposit Spray on the Underside of Crop Plants

A company seeks a technology to enable sprayable fungicides and a new additive that is compatible with current insecticides and fungicides. The technology must treat both sides of the leaves uniformly. Moreover, since spraying equipment represents a major time and cost investment from...

Tech Needs
Fast-Acting, Broad-Spectrum Disinfectant

A broad-spectrum pathogen disinfectant is sought that can kill Clostridium difficile (spore phase) in less than five minutes of contact time; preferably within a minute or less. A formulation that requires longer than a minute is also of interest if it can be formulated to provide ongoing protection....

John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) provides rocket engine propulsion testing for NASA’s space programs. Since the development of the space shuttle, every Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) has undergone...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Stackable USB Host Microcontroller

Micro/sys (Montrose, CA) has released a host microcontroller equipped with StackableUSB architecture. The USB1032 industrial-grade microcontroller allows OEMs to fit their control system within a 1.85"...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Portable Netbook Computer

Fidelity Electronics (Toronto, Canada) has announced the release of the Very Personal Computer (VPC), a low-cost, fully preloaded, Wifi portable netbook computer. The VPC weighs only 1.5 lb. and measures 8.4" x...

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Oscilloscopes and Analyzers

LeCroy Corporation (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has introduced the WaveMaster 8 Zi Series digital oscilloscopes, Serial Data Analyzers, and Disk Drive Analyzers that provide up to 30 GHz of bandwidth, 80 GS/s of...

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ANSI C Compiler

HI-TECH Software (Queensland, Australia) has launched an “omniscient” ANSI C compiler that increases DMIPS/MHz and cuts the power drain of Silicon Labs’ 8051-based mixed-signal MCU families, including the ultra...

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Synchronous Ethernet Devices

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has announced the ZL™30143 and ZL30142 Synchronous Ethernet devices that integrate analog and digital phase locked loops (APLL/DPLL) for central timing card...

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SODIMM Socket Memory Module

Virtium Technology Inc. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) has added the SSDDR SODIMM to its family of memory and storage product lines. SSDDR is a memory and SSD board design that combines Serial ATA Solid State...

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Transceiver System-on-Chip

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) is now stocking the ZIC2410 RF Transceiver System-on-Chip (SoC) from California Eastern Laboratories. The ZIC2410 Transceiver IC is a fully-integrated System-on-Chip...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Real-World Methodologies to Calculate SSD Usable Life

With more embedded systems using SSDs in critical applications, designers are now asking the question, “How long will this SSD last in my application?” To help answer this...

Munitions accuracy provides an advantage in leveraging and applying force and has been sought after by political and military strategists for decades. Reflecting recent advances in...

An apparatus for mid-infrared reflectance imaging has been developed as means of inspecting for subsurface damage in thermal-barrier coatings (TBCs). The apparatus is designed,...

Briefs: Imaging
Improving the Visible and Infrared Contrast Ratio of Microshutter Arrays

Three device improvements have been developed that dramatically enhance the contrast ratio of microshutters. The goal of a microshutter is to allow as much light through as possible when the shutters are in the open configuration, and preventing any light from passing...

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