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North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

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Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space?

March 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

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Orion offers the industry's lowest-cost louvered fan guards

March 27, 2015 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Orion Fans has expanded its offering of fan accessories to include the industry's lowest cost louvered fan guards. Designed for harsh environments, the heavy-duty louvered fan guards are available for use with the 80, 92, 120, 172, 225, 254 and 280mm fans or individually depending on the application. Orion's expanded offering ...

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Want a free Raspberry Pi 2? We're giving one away

March 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

I'm a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. Newark Element14 was nice enough to send me one a while back and once I figured out what it was, I was absolutely fascinated by the idea that it's basically a grown-up(ish) version of a super sweet building toy.

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Dark matter even darker than once thought

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015 ...

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Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

March 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate ...

New study shows bacteria can use magnetic particles to create a 'natural battery'

March 26, 2015 3:52 pm | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

New research shows bacteria can use tiny magnetic particles to effectively create a 'natural battery.' According to work published in journal Science on 27 March, the bacteria can load electrons onto and discharge electrons from microscopic particles of magnetite....

Engineers develop new methods to speed up simulations in computational grand challenge

March 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation ...

Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 26, 2015 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber. Mayor Ralph Becker made the announcement on Tuesday at The Leonardo museum. Google Fiber spokesman Devin Baer said ...

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How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 26, 2015 3:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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UT Dallas engineers twist nanofibers to create structures tougher than bulletproof vests

March 26, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar. These structures absorb up to 98 joules per gram....

NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

March 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it - a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars. The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25 billion plan....

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USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications Commission's new rules on broadband service are meant to uphold "net neutrality"....

Army improves systems testing to deliver more capability to fight

March 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army is now using high-performance computer modeling and simulation to ensure its weapons platforms and systems deliver greater effectiveness to the warfighters, said Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

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Mini DIN adapter kit available in 6 and 7 pc variations

March 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Rf Industries | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

4.1-9.5 DIN connectors, commonly referred to as “Mini DINs”, are used in wireless infrastructure and DAS installations for their compact size and low PIM performance. Technicians encounter challenges to interface the Mini DINs with the more widely used N and 7-16 DIN connector interfaces....

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Termination Pod includes a complete turnkey field kit

March 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Platinum Tools | Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools announces it will feature the new EZ-RJPRO Termination Pod, a complete turnkey field kit (P/N 90173), during 2015 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 15-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 5036. Now shipping, the EZ-RJPRO Termination Pod has an MSRP of $279.00....

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