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A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags

August 13, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition....

Why women leave engineering careers

August 13, 2014 8:58 am | by American Psychological Associaiton | News | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention....

Entries open for ECN IMPACT Awards, celebrating excellence in electronics design

August 12, 2014 4:17 pm | News | Comments

Companies from across the global electronics design landscape are invited to submit their stand-out products and services — in 24 categories — for consideration by a panel of judges for the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards. The entry period opens today at www.ecnawards.com and ends January 19, 2015....

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Current-sensor ICs designed for use in low-power applications

August 12, 2014 4:06 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces two new current-sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low-power applications that require higher output swings at lower current....

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Obama takes step to improve government technology

August 12, 2014 3:52 pm | by JULIE PACE and STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle....

Amplifier module draws only 300mA from a +8 to +14.5 volt supply

August 12, 2014 3:23 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for P1dB’s P1-AMP00010-1-SMA, a DC to 10 GHz, 1 Watt, amplifier module. The P1-AMP00010-1-SMA is commonly used as a general purpose, broadband amplifier in test and measurement applications....

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In technology we trust

August 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Within twenty years, hands-free driving will be a reality. The prediction (at least for freeway driving), from Jim Toal, senior manager of product marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics has me in a state of skeptical excitement. While I’m ready for the day when I can hit “Home” ...

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Stackpole adds product verification feature

August 12, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Counterfeit components are an increasing problem in the electronic components industry, and according to some estimates cost the industry up to US$100 billion per year. Stackpole is committed to assisting customers in confirming that the products ...

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Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

August 12, 2014 1:51 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral....

NIST therapy for ultraviolet laser beams: Hydrogen-treated fibers

August 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. And yet, scientists have known for years that hydrogen can alter the performance of optical fibers....

Follow the radio waves to exomoons, UT Arlington physicists say

August 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now, physicists from The University of Texas at Arlington believe following a trail of radio wave emissions ...

Robotic-assisted imaging: From trans-Atlantic evaluation to help in daily practice

August 12, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In another study Kurt Boman, MD, of Umeå University in Sweden in collaboration with Mount Sinai ...

Surface-mount connector simplifies field installation

August 12, 2014 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA) announces its new low-profile, surface-mount technology (SMT) releasable poke-in wire connectors. Addressing the trend for increased simplicity of wire termination and ease of proper assembly, TE’s new solderless connectors simplify multiple wire terminations....

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TVS diode array offers 15 percent lower clamping voltage than alternative technologies

August 12, 2014 12:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP2574NUTG TVS Diode Array (SPA Diode), designed to protect high-speed, differential data lines from damage due to ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDE (cable discharge events), EFT (electrical fast transients) ...

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Digital-to-analog converter includes 10ppm/°C reference

August 12, 2014 12:44 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs....

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