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Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

July 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. The Rockville, Maryland-based organization said late Monday that it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen....

Purdue students to design, build, fly spaceflight experiment to test green propellant

July 22, 2014 12:17 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Students taking the Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment course at Purdue University will see their creation soar to the upper atmosphere to study a new green propellant, partnering with Aerojet Rocketdyne to demonstrate that the propellant can replace the traditional but highly toxic hydrazine fuel....

40V COT controller delivers 0.008%/V line regulation

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR75100, a new 40V capable switching controller in its line of DC-DC power conversion products. The XR75100 Synchronous Step-Down Controller supports point-of-load (POL) supplies from industrial 24VDC and 24VAC rectified sources....

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Wire-to-board connectors ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications

July 22, 2014 10:02 am | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new JWPS Series wire-to-board, wire-to-wire connectors, recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offers engineers design flexibility with its small form factor solution for a waterproof IP67 rated product that is ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications....

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Gate drive transformers feature a high HIPOT of 2700VDC

July 22, 2014 9:51 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new gate drive transformers for high efficiency DC/DC converters. The PG1427 series has a high HIPOT of 2700VDC and functional insulation between the gate and the drive windings. These surface mount devices offer excellent coplanarity for easy solderability....

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Why this remote-controlled birth control will be the next big thing

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not....

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Could robots reduce human rights violations?

July 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could automation actually help reduce reputed human rights violations? If Foxconn — one of the most infamous manufacturers of consumer electronics — succeeds in deploying its “Foxbots”, one of the biggest controversies in the tech world could disappear overnight....

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Microsoft makes design central to its future

July 21, 2014 4:14 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder...

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New inexpensive and easy computer software provides real-time and highly accurate data on traffic

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Granada have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations....

It's go time for LUX-Zeplin dark matter experiment

July 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From the physics labs at Yale University to the bottom of a played-out gold mine in South Dakota, a new generation of dark matter experiments is ready to commence. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Science Foundation recently gave the go-ahead to LUX-Zeplin (LZ)....

Improving driver safety: How to prevent streetlight glare in the new world of LED lighting

July 21, 2014 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has transformed the lighting industry....

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Highly charged ions

July 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus....

TVS diode arrays offer 60 percent lower clamping voltages than alternative technologies

July 21, 2014 2:40 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SPHV (unidirectional) and SPHV-C (bidirectional) Series 200W Discrete TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) that are designed to protect sensitive equipment from damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other overvoltage transients far better than earlier technologies....

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Fully integrated 802.11a/n/ac FEM offers 13dB

July 21, 2014 2:17 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a fully integrated 802.11a/n/ac FEM, with bypass LNA + T/R SPDT switch from TriQuint. The TQL1600 incorporates an LNA with high-gain/low gain mode. When gain is required, the FEM offers 13dB....

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Speedy computation enables scientists to reconstruct an animal's development cell by cell

July 21, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recent advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the torrent of information contained in those images often surpasses the limits of existing computational and data analysis techniques....

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