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History of 'cuckoo bees' needs a rewrite, study says

September 13, 2010 2:21 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Cleptoparasitic bees, which secretly invade host nests and lay their eggs there, may have originated millions of years earlier than previously thought, study finds.

Chattanooga utility offering fast Internet service

September 13, 2010 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chattanooga's city-owned electrical utility has started offering an Internet service that is among the fastest in the world, and it is hoping the move will attract businesses looking to relocate....

Energy Express focus issue: Thin-film photovoltaic materials and devices

September 13, 2010 1:21 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Optical Society of America) Developing renewable energy sources has never been more important, and solar photovoltaic technologies show great potential in this field. They convert direct sunlight into electricity with little impact on the environment. This field is constantly advancing,...


Counterfeiting detection and prevention to be featured at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

September 13, 2010 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(IEEE-USA) Counterfeiting is an emerging national security issue for military and homeland security officials, as well as the commercial industrial base. The detection and prevention of counterfeiting is one of the topics that will be presented at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on...

GM Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Sakti3

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Sakti3, Inc., a developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries, announced the investment of $4.2M by General Motors Ventures and Itochu Technology Ventures to advance the firm’s manufacturing capabilities. The companies also plan to work together...


Underwriters Laboratories Expands Global Photovoltaic Footprint to Japan

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), announced the opening of a testing and certification facility for photovoltaic (PV) equipment in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. In addition to offering performance and safety testing services for PV equipment...


A123 Systems Opens Largest Lithium Ion Automotive Battery Manufacturing Plant in North America

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

A123 Systems announced the opening of what it says is the largest lithium ion automotive battery production facility in North America, based on available data. The new plant in Livonia, Michigan is expected to...


Attack on SC prison guard renews phone-jam debate

September 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Carolina authorities who have helped push for permission to block cell phone signals inside prisons say an officer in charge of keeping out contraband was nearly killed at his home - in an attack planned with a smuggled phone....


Best Buy to sell new 'Halo' early Tuesday

September 13, 2010 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. says 400 of its stores will open at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to sell "Halo: Reach," which it called one of the biggest video game premieres of 2010.Customers will receive a $20 gift card with each purchase of the game through Saturday.Fans of the first-person...

Free software performs JTAG Embedded Testing

September 13, 2010 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Corelis, Inc. announced today the availability of Runner-Lite, a free software test executive for performing boundary-scan testing, JTAG Embedded Testing (JET), and in-system device programming using pre-generated test plan files built for specific reference boards.


Focus on photonics

September 13, 2010 11:21 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Arizona State University) Arizona State University will combine expertise in electrical and materials engineering, bioengineering and physics in a new center to pursue discoveries and broaden education in the expanding field of photonics


AC-DC switchers provide 120W of output power

September 13, 2010 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MPU-120 series provides 120W of output power in a compact 1U height U-Chassis case. With 18 CFM, these AC/DC switchers will provide up to 180W of output power. Five standard models operate from a universal input of 90 to 264 VAC, providing tightly regulated single outputs of 5, 12, 15, 24, or 48 VDC.


DC-DC converters operate from 60V to 160VDC

September 13, 2010 11:14 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda has expanded its line of DC-DC converters, the CN-A Series, with the introduction of the new 200-watt, CN200A models. Like the other models in this series, they operate off a wide range of DC inputs from 60V to 160VDC, which is widely used in the railway industry.


Consumer rights: Court rules against used software sales

September 13, 2010 10:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The 9th Circuit of Appeals has reaffirmed the right of software companies to circumvent the first-sale doctrine by “licensing” rather then “selling” its products. The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated—it could singlehandedly destroy the used software market.


Wal-Mart introduces wireless plan under own brand

September 13, 2010 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers....


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