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Photos of the Day: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

September 4, 2014 12:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both....

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The US and China hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects

September 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by Josefin Berg – Senior Analyst Solar Research, IHS | Ihs | News | Comments

The global pipeline of PV projects now stands at 132 GW of which 10 GW are under construction, according to the PV Project Database published on a monthly basis by IHS Technology. The US and China together hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects.

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Enhanced grenade lethality: On target even when enemy is concealed

September 4, 2014 11:21 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Small Arms Grenade Munitions are munitions rounds that aim to provide warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted....

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Combined plastic-aluminum enclosures feature a high quality surface finish

September 4, 2014 11:10 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has launched its SYNERGY electronic enclosures range which features both plastic and aluminum for added strength and versatility. This range of 36 individual enclosures presents a very high quality surface finish. The elegant design is appropriate for:

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How much gravity is enough?

September 4, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Keeping upright in a low-gravity environment is not easy, and NASA documents abound with examples of astronauts falling on the lunar surface. Now, a new study by an international team of researchers led by York University professors Laurence Harris and Michael Jenkin ...

Forming consensus in social networks

September 4, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Social networks have become a dominant force in society. Family, friends, peers, community leaders and media communicators are all part of people's social networks. Individuals within a network may have different opinions on important issues, but it's their collective actions....

High-voltage metal film resistors suit harsh environments

September 4, 2014 10:43 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's RNV Series uses proprietary manufacturing processes and materials to provide a robust product that performs under prolonged high temperature and high humidity stress. It can withstand ...

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Titania-based material holds promise as new insulator for superconductors

September 4, 2014 10:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University shows that a type of modified titania, or titanium dioxide, holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the electrical paths along which current flows....

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To clean air and beyond: Catching greenhouse gases with advanced membranes

September 4, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features capable of removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Their findings, published in the British journal Nature Communications, may one day contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions....

Nano-pea pod model widens electronics applications

September 4, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Periodic chain-like nanostructures are widely used in nanoelectronics. Typically, chain elements include the likes of quantum rings, quantum dots, or quantum graphs. Such a structure enables electrons to move along the chain, in theory, indefinitely....

Power supply provides universal AC input from 100V to 240V

September 4, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (New Taipei City, Taiwan) announces the newest addition to its DALI product lineup — the GP-DP004N-16V. A DALI power supply outputting 200mA, the GP-DP004N is enough for a full 64 device DALI network. Compatible with DALI standard IEC62386 ...

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Engineers seek enhanced grenade lethality on concealed enemies

September 4, 2014 9:21 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Small Arms Grenade Munitions are munitions rounds that aim to provide warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted....

This is what happens when drone videos go terribly wrong

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Drones are, in some respects, the future. They're pretty helpful in the military, for discouraging poaching, search and rescue missions, delivering things and even some prototyping. On the other hand, when used in an annoying manner, drones can be a perfect example of why the luddites have it right....

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Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings

September 4, 2014 5:17 am | by Frank Jordans - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies. Both devices are under the Lumia brand Microsoft bought from Nokia. They run the latest version of Windows...

Part 2, Screaming Circuits and the maker community

September 3, 2014 7:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

My last post mused on the affordability of assembly at Screaming Circuits for the maker/very small business/kickstarter community. My hypothetical Arduino-compatible dual motor driver Kickstarter came out to $9.81 per board at a quantity of 250. That's probably more than ...

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