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NASA Mars Rovers Duck and Cover from Comet

October 20, 2014 | News | Comments

All three NASA orbiters around Mars have confirmed their healthy status after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing comet. The comet sped past Mars on Oct. 19 much closer than any other known comet flyby of a planet. The opportunity to study this rare near-miss of a planet by a comet comes during the MAVEN project's commissioning phase.

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Controlled Environments

CO2 Incubator

October 20, 2014 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cultivo, from The Baker Co. Inc., is a CO2 incubator designed to prevent contamination and deliver precise, stable, and user-defined control over three variables critical for optimal cell growth—temperature, CO2 concentration, and relative humidity.


3-Chip Video Camera

October 20, 2014 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division announces the IK-4K, UltraHD 4K, a 3-chip video camera with an 8-megapixel, 3840 x 2160 pixel output.  


Data Logger

October 20, 2014 11:13 am | Vaisala | Product Releases | Comments

Vaisala Corp. offers the Mid-Range logger. The data loggers are designed for applications where speed and economy are critical, and regulatory scrutiny is less stringent.



October 17, 2014 12:41 pm | Sartorius Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Picus NxT pipettes from Sartorius offer compliance in strictly regulated laboratories, including a certificate of accredited 3-point calibration.


Contamination Control Modular System

October 17, 2014 12:27 pm | Connect 2 Cleanrooms, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The HEPA-lite from Connect 2 Cleanrooms is a mobile, adjustable cleanroom unit which can be fitted at mission-critical elements of the manufacturing process line.


Electrostatic Chucks

October 17, 2014 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials offers solutions in sacrificial wear layers to extend the life of alumina or beryllia electrostatic chucks for semiconductor, solar, and LED applications.


NASA Spacecraft Explores Climate Change on Mars

October 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Robert Sanders, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft settled into its planned orbit around Mars on Sept. 21 and is already sending back data about the upper atmosphere. This data can help help space scientists understand why some planets, like Earth and Venus, still have thick atmospheres, while others, like Mars and Mercury, do not.


Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons Will Revolutionize Electronics

October 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new self-assembly method for producing defect-free graphene nanoribbons with periodic zigzag-edge regions. In this “bottom-up” technique, researchers use a copper substrate’s unique properties to change the way the precursor molecules react to one another as they assemble into graphene nanoribbons. This allows the scientists to control the nanoribbons’ length, edge configuration, and location on the substrate.


LED Lighting Fixture

October 16, 2014 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight offers its energy efficient Class 1, Division 1 LED High Bay lighting fixture. At 110 lumens per Watt (LPW), the SafeSite LED High Bay delivers up to 23,500 fixture lumens making it suitable for a number of applications.


Sterile Gloves

October 16, 2014 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Made from polychloroprene, BioClean P-Zero sterile gloves provide chemical and cytotoxic protection together with anti-static properties and tactility and grip. Part of the BioClean-C Chemotherapy range, the P-Zero is latex-free and powder-free.


Check Valves

October 16, 2014 11:16 am | Qosina Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qosina offers a line of Check Valves available in a variety of styles.


Optimal Particle Size for Anticancer Nanomedicines Discovered

October 16, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

Nanomedicines consisting of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to specific tissues and cells offer new solutions for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Understanding the interdependency of physiochemical properties of nanomedicines, in correlation to their biological responses and functions, is crucial for their further development of as cancer-fighters.


The Unique Capabilities of 3-D Printing

October 16, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes. Applications from microelectronics to high-temperature jet engine components rely on tailoring of crystallographic texture to achieve desired performance characteristics.


Sound-powered Microchip Monitors the Body

October 16, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford University | News | Comments

Using ultrasound to deliver power wirelessly, Stanford researchers are working on a new generation of medical devices that would be planted deep inside the body to monitor illness, deliver therapies, and relieve pain. Wireless power in medical implants has been safely used in many applications, such as fetal imaging, and can provide sufficient power to implants a millimeter or less in size.


Batteries That Charge in Two Minutes, Last 20 Years

October 15, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Scientists have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 percent in only two minutes, and have a lifespan 10 times longer than existing lithium-ion batteries. This breakthrough has a wide-ranging impact on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by the long recharge times and its limited battery life.



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