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'RoboClam' hits new depths as robotic digger

April 9, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A digging robot inspired by the unique mechanisms employed by the Atlantic razor clam has been created by a group of researchers in the US. The robot, dubbed RoboClam, is able to dig with extreme efficiency by transforming the surrounding soil from a solid into a liquid....

Google Glass puts the focus on Parkinson's

April 9, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The next generation of wearable computing is being trialled for the first time to evaluate its potential to support people with Parkinson's. Experts at Newcastle University are investigating Google Glass as an assistive aid to help people with Parkinson's retain their independence for longer....

Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

April 9, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies that slowly cool down over billions of years. On the way to this final phase of their lives the stars throw their atmospheres out into the space....

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Passwords vulnerable after security flaw found

April 9, 2014 8:59 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and ANICK JESDANUN AP, Technology Writers | News | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery....

Clinton urges tech leaders to invest in training

April 9, 2014 8:52 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers....

How trends in electronics are affecting connectors

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Blogs | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics....

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This program can make your phone more secure than ever

April 9, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of smartphones came a great debate about the security of technology. With all of the sensitive information stored in the phones—bank account numbers, emails, credit card information—keeping the security tight is of the utmost importance....

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Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

April 9, 2014 3:10 am | by Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

So far one of the biggest problems for the federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated...

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Cryptography could add privacy protections to NSA phone surveillance

April 9, 2014 12:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Cryptography could enforce limits on data collected for surveillance data while still permitting agencies to do their jobs, argues a Microsoft researcher.Since several large-scale U.S. surveillance programs were revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden last summer, many companies and...

Varistors now available with nickel barrier terminations

April 8, 2014 4:39 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations....

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6.5kV press-pack IGBT includes DC collector current rating of 258A

April 8, 2014 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS UK, IXYS Corporation’s (Chippenham, England), high power subsidiary, announced the launch of a new 6.5kV press-pack IGBT. The new 6.5kV device is asymmetrical blocking with a fully rated anti-parallel diode included within the package. DC collector current rating is 258A....

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Wire-to-board, crimp-style connectors designed for LED light applications

April 8, 2014 4:11 pm | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEX Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 2.5 mm (.098”) pitch, bottom entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

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DC-DC regulators offer 0.1% line regulation

April 8, 2014 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced a new line of high-power switching regulators to add to its popular PowerBlox family of DC-DC converter products. The XR76108, XR76112 and XR76115 are Synchronous Step Down Regulators supporting point-of-load (POL) supplies....

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Motor driver qualified to AEC-Q100

April 8, 2014 2:30 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced the MCP8063, an automotive AEC-Q100-qualified motor driver that delivers superior performance in a small, 8-pin, 4x4 mm DFN package. It is also the world’s first to combine all of those features with 1.5A peak phase current....

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Seeing double: New study explains evolution of duplicate genes

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

From time to time, living cells will accidently make an extra copy of a gene during the normal replication process. Throughout the history of life, evolution has molded some of these seemingly superfluous genes into a source of genetic novelty, adaptation and...

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