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Music is the engine of new U-M lab-on-a-chip device

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Music, rather than electromechanical valves, can drive experimental samples through a lab-on-a-chip in a new system developed at the University of Michigan. This development could significantly simplify the process of conducting experiments in microfluidic devices. A paper on...

GOCE's electric ion propulsion engine switched on

GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning phase. The success of GOCE's ultra-sensitive gravity measurements depends on finely controlling the sat...

Iowa State engineer works to clean and improve engine performance

AMES, Iowa The five engines in Song-Charng Kong's Iowa State University laboratory have come a long way since Karl Benz patented a two-stroke internal combustion engine in 1879. There are fuel injectors and turbochargers and electrical controls. There's more horsepower, better efficiency, clea...

bioMETRX Incorporates OKI's Fingerprint Engine in its smartTOUCH Product Line

Company focuses on lower cost biometric products and expanded markets JERICHO, N.Y., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- bioMETRX Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BMRX), and Oki Semiconductor Company, a division of Oki America Inc., which is a subsidiary of Oki Electric Industry Co, Ltd., jointly ann...

Vega main engine test in Kourou

A prototype of the P80 rocket motor, which will power the first stage of ESA's new small launcher - Vega, was successfully tested on 4 December at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Ignition occurred at 12:35 local time (15:35 UTC/GMT). The motor delivered a m...

A more powerful and efficient engine for rice: the C3-C4 challenge

A major international scientific effort was launched last week to develop and use a radical new approach to boost rice production and avoid potential rice shortages, or even future famine. Scientists have been working on different aspects of the approach since the early 1990s. But new knowledge ...

AGU journal highlights -- Aug. 6, 2009

... at the end of each Highlight. You can also read the abstract by going to http://www.agu.org/pubs/search_options.shtml and inserting into the search engine the full doi (digital object identifier), e.g. 10.1029/2009GL038227. The doi is found at the end of each Highlight below. Journalists and public in...

Indonesia Now Using MegaMatcher Biometric Technology in Integrated Passport Issuance System

...w.neurotechnology.com ), a biometric identification technologies provider, announced today their inclusion as the core enrollment and identification engine for the Indonesian Integrated Biometric Passport Issuance System. MegaMatcher SDK multi-biometric technology was used by X/LINK Software, working ...

RSA Designated as the Leader in One-Time Password Market by Frost & Sullivan

...dware and software authenticators that provide end users with a one time password that is designed to change every 60 seconds, as well as its software engine -- RSA(R) Authentication Manager -- which scales to support millions of users and integrates with more than 350 products. RSA SecurID authenticators i...

University of Houston diesel testing center teams with state transportation agency to cut emissions

...em very suitable for retrofit applications," said M.A. Mannan, business manager for Nett Technologies. "No time-consuming calibration, such as through engine mapping, is necessary, and the system can be installed on a wide range of diesel engines, including mechanical engines." The system also controls d...

Nontoxic hull coating resists barnacles, may save ship owners millions

...ecades to uncover ways to keep barnacles off ship hulls. Barnacle colonization on a ship bottom increases the ship's "drag" in the water, forcing the engine to burn more fuel to maintain the same speed. After six months in the water, a ship's fuel consumption increases substantially, Efimenko said. That ...

Non-toxic hull coating resists barnacles, may save ship owners millions

...ecades to uncover ways to keep barnacles off ship hulls. Barnacle colonization on a ship bottom increases the ship's "drag" in the water, forcing the engine to burn more fuel to maintain the same speed. After six months in the water, a ship's fuel consumption increases substantially, Efimenko said. That ...

Searching for pollution in the Caribbean

...he team was based. But despite their early start, the morning traffic from San Pedro Sula and the unexpected mechanical problems with the boats diesel engine meant the expedition had to start much later than they had originally anticipated. And now this... Miguel had other reasons to be concerned. As ...

DOE to establish Energy Frontier Research Center at PNNL

...t catalyst produces more power from fuel than a slow one -- and fuel cells for vehicles need to release energy as fast as the explosions in a gasoline engine do. In previous work, PNNL scientists copied a feature called a "proton relay" from fast and efficient enzyme catalysts found in nature. The proton...

Details of bacterial 'injection' system revealed

...urate model therefore shows how the different parts of the injection machine fit together and may fit with other bacterial components that provide the engine to drive injection. These are important steps toward developing a detailed understanding of how the injection machine works, and to developing inhibit...

6 young ASU faculty earn NSF Career awards

...ngineering, including women. Unlocking the Internet's deep well of data Yi Chen wants to improve the accessibility of Internet data for search engine users. Internet users employ Google to access millions of HTML documents on the web. In addition to this easily searched information, Chen says, there...

AGU journal highlights -- March 25, 2009

... at the end of each Highlight. You can also read the abstract by going to http://www.agu.org/pubs/search_options.shtml and inserting into the search engine the full doi (digital object identifier), e.g. 10.1029/2008GL036282. The doi is found at the end of each Highlight below. Journalists and public in...

Arctic governments and industry still unprepared for oil spills 20 years after Exxon Valdez

...n featured on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. "Loss of the Bristol Bay fisheries would put thousands of fishermen out of work and break down the engine of a fishery that brings in $2.2 billion to the economy each year. It's not worth the risk." WWF is urging Arctic countries to conduct comprehensiv...

AGU journal highlights -- March 12, 2009

... at the end of each Highlight. You can also read the abstract by going to http://www.agu.org/pubs/search_options.shtml and inserting into the search engine the full doi (digital object identifier), e.g. 10.1029/ 2008GL036782. The doi is found at the end of each Highlight below. Journalists and public i...

Commercial ships spew half as much particulate pollution as world's cars

...http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/2008-23.html). Emissions of these non-sulfate particles, the earlier study found, depend on the operating speed of the engine and the amount of lubricating oil needed to deal with wear and tear from burning less-refined fuels. "Fortunately, engines burning 'cleaner,' low-sulf...

Reducing CO2 through technology and smart growth

...virtually all cars on the roads by 2050 to be hybrid electric vehicles, assuming the costs of these vehicles become more competitive with conventional engine technologies. Today's hybrid electric vehicles can achieve 40 miles to the gallon and higher. However, even the full hybridization of the nation...

Behind closed eyes

...ggestion is that the minimal level of activity enables a quick start when a stimulus eventually presents itself, something like a getaway car with the engine running. Nir: 'In the old approach, the senses are 'turned on' by the switch of an outside stimulus. This is giving way to a new paradigm in which the...

The more promiscuous the female, the speedier the sperm

... energy the sperm can produce. Just like a mechanic could make a car drive faster by installing a better engine, evolution appears to act first on the engine that drives sperm movement." ...

Study: Did early climate impact divert a new glacial age?

... SAN FRANCISCO The common wisdom is that the invention of the steam engine and the advent of the coal-fueled industrial age marked the beginning of human influence on global climate. But gathering physical evidence, backed...

Princeton-led team finds secret ingredient for the health of tropical rainforests

...e, which converts atmospheric nitrogen into soil fertilizer, feeds on molybdenum, the researchers found. "Nitrogenase without molybdenum is like a car engine without spark plugs," said Alexander Barron, the lead author on the paper, who was a graduate student in Hedin's laboratory and earned his Ph.D. in ec...

Caltech scientists show function of helical band in heart

...helix shows up in the images is at the end of systole, which is when the heart is contracting," says Gharib. "This simple band structure is akin to an engine behind the heart pumping action." In addition to going a long way toward settling the decades-long structure/function debate surrounding Torrent-Gu...

The physics of star-forming clouds and the urban environment

... October 24, 2008 -- From the collapse of star-forming clouds to the flow of the molten Earth's core, from the combustion of gasoline in your car engine to the coursing blood in your veins, from the aerodynamics of flight to the concentration of microscopic animals in the ocean, many of nature's most f...

Jupiter's shrinking red spot

... Airplanes 6) Pulsating Jets May Improve Jet engine Performance and Efficiency 7) Modeling Embry...ent/90679 6) PULSATING JETS MAY IMPROVE JET engine PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY Actions similar to th...quid injected into a crossflow of a similar fluid. engine manufacturers use transverse jets to introduce gas...

Evolution's new wrinkle

...gularities almost before they become evident." In Wallace's time, the steam engine operating with a centrifugal governor was one of the only examples of what ...ce's likening of the action of natural selection to the governor on a steam engine --- that is, as a mechanism for removing the unfit and thereby keeping popu...

Urea tanks on diesel trucks -- that's the law in the United States starting in 2010

...ing SCR include Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, and Volvo. Leading engine manufacturers using SCR include Cummins and Detroit Diesel Corp. Future...he air around it," Doran adds. In fact, according to Daimler Trucks, the engine efficiency achieved by using SCR technology in Europe has saved customers m...

Acoustical Meeting, Nov. 10-14, 2008 in Miami, Florida

...gnal showed distinct modulations that represented the wing beat frequency and body vibrations of the insect. "We are getting to hear what the moth engine sounds like," Swanson says. His team found that the reflected signal was weakest when the moth was pointed away from the transmitter - a "stealth" adv...

State fund advances titanium powder research, 9 other Iowa State projects

...edar Rapids to develop the next generation of meters that measure exhaust flows from automobiles. The technology could help auto manufacturers develop engine technologies that minimize pollutants from biofuels. $79,050 to Michael Kessler, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering and ...

ORNL nanotechnologies big winners in DOE call

...ocesses and test the materials in prototypes. Nanocatalysts for diesel engine emission remediation. While diesel engines offer 30 percent better fuel ec...e molecular sieves that are the ultimate nano-catalysts for reducing diesel engine emissions. The goal is to increase hydrothermal durability by 50 degrees Ce...

Sandia, SES win Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovator Award

... onto a receiver, which transmits the heat energy to a Stirling engine. The engine is a sealed system filled with hydrogen. As the gas heats and cools, its pr...wer contracts. Collectively these contracts require up to 70,000 solar dish engine units." In selecting the candidates and winners of the 2008 Breakthrough...

The Science Coalition's '10 questions' for the presidential debate

...gy, Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. Two examples will help make the connection. The U.S. biotech industry, a $70 billion engine of growth, would not exist without a long background of basic research. The path-breaking findings that made recombinant DNA technology feasible were ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Sept. 24, 2008

... and testing of a new fuel economy booster. The small device consists of an electrically charged tube that can be attached to the fuel line of a car's engine near the fuel injector. The device creates an electric field that thins fuel, or reduces its viscosity, so that smaller droplets are injected into the...

Study finds ATV guidelines inadequate

...es for youth which match the rider's age to a recommended vehicle frame or engine size do not assure a proper fit. Though results are preliminary and the in...y, Bernard said, the current guidelines are important because they do limit engine size, but they fall far short of actually determining the correct frame siz...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Sept. 10, 2008

...MEDIATE RELEASE Low-emission, high-performance engine for future hybrids Energy & Fuels In an adva...which could provide a low-emission, fuel efficient engine for future hybrid electric vehicles, is scheduled ...t that the FPLA has only one moving part and is an engine designed to generate electricity. In the device, a...

Large-scale investment catapults CAMH's mental illness and addiction research forward

...d transform lives with a new integrated, multi-disciplinary and innovative research environment. "This unparalleled support and endorsement is the engine that will drive real change for people impacted by mental illness and addiction," said CAMH Vice President of Research Dr. Bruce Pollock today. "The ...

Fuel from cellulose

... look to bioenergy. Biomass can be used to generate alternative carbon-based liquid fuels, allowing the continued use of current automotive combustion engine technology and existing infrastructure. At the same time, the chemical industry would continue to be supplied with the carbon compounds it requires as...
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