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2011-04-08 13:16:44

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a model that will allow them to simulate how rats use their whiskers to sense objects around them. The model enables further research that may provide insight into the human sense of touch. Hundreds of papers are published each year that use the rat whisker system as a model to understand brain development and neural processing. Rats move their whiskers rhythmically against objects to explore the environment by touch. Using only tactile...

2011-02-18 12:52:12

In her search to understand one of the most basic human senses "“ touch "“ Mitra Hartmann turns to what is becoming one of the best studied model systems in neuroscience: the whiskers of a rat. In her research, Hartmann, associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, uses the rat whisker system as a model to understand how the brain seamlessly integrates the sense of...

2011-01-19 12:53:00

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AEM, Inc. announces a hirel-qualified Sn/Pb (tin/lead) conversion process designed to mitigate the formation of tin whiskers in surface-mount components. The AEM process eliminates potential damage to sensitive electronic devices caused by conventional hot-solder dipping while ensuring that converted component terminations contain a minimum of 5% Pb as verified by SEM/EDS and XRF inspection methods. AEM's Sn/Pb conversion process is best suited...

2009-02-10 10:45:00

Company's Entire Line of RoHS-Compliant Trimming Potentiometers Manufactured with New Process RIVERSIDE, Calif., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company is implementing the use of a revolutionary hot dipped tin plating process on its entire line of RoHS-compliant cermet wire terminal trimming potentiometers. A recommended technology by iNEMI, hot dipped tin plating is a proven tin whisker inhibiting...

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2008-12-20 12:15:00

Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope is currently on track for a mid-May 2009 launch based on a successful Pre-Environmental Readiness Review (PERR) held December 16 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for the flight spare Science Instrument Command and Data Handling (SI/C&DH). Extensive testing and inspection of the flight spare Control Unit/Science Data Formatter-A (CU/SDF-A) did not reveal the cause of a previously observed intermittent anomaly. The anomaly is observed...

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2008-02-28 18:05:00

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston believe they have discovered how whiskers communicate with the brain.The researchers performed their study with rats, and said the tiny twitches the whiskers make effectively allow the rats to "see" in the dark.  To study the movements, the team worked over the course of several years to develop a high-speed video system that captured the whisker movements 100 times faster than home video, at a rate of 3,200 frames...

2008-02-11 19:30:00

A new initiative, bringing together nine research groups from seven countries, including teams of robotics and brain researchers from Europe, the USA and Israel, has recently been set up with the aim of imitating nature.Based on principles of active sensing adopted widely in the animal kingdom, the multinational team is developing innovative touch technologies, including a 'whiskered' robotic rat. The whiskered robot will be able to quickly locate, identify and capture moving objects. 'The...

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2007-10-05 13:40:00

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- They've ruined missiles, silenced communications satellites and forced nuclear power plants to shut down. Pacemakers, consumer gadgets and even a critical part of a space shuttle have fallen victim. The culprits? Tiny splinters - whiskers, they're called - that sprout without warning from tin solder and finishes deep inside electronics. By some estimates, the resulting short-circuits have leveled as much as $10 billion in damage since they were first noticed in the 1940s....


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