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Solution-grown nanowires make the best lasers

April 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed today [Monday, April 13] in Nature Materials ...

Giant spider robots could change space forever

April 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of these nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister.

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An exoplanet with an infernal atmosphere

April 13, 2015 12:15 pm | by Université de Genève | News | Comments

As part of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), astronomers from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Bern, Switzerland, have come to measure the temperature of the atmosphere of an exoplanet with unequalled precision, by crossing ...

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Review: New MacBook brings iPad's minimalism to laptop

April 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

From the moment I took it out of the box, Apple's new MacBook looked and felt like an iPad. The laptop is Apple's lightest and thinnest yet and borrows many of the iPad's designs, including the lack of a fan. The result is a 2-pound ...

USTelecom files suit against government's new Internet rules

April 13, 2015 11:57 am | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun. The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality - that online content be allowed to load at the same speed....

Lethality expert: TRADOC to publish helpful robotics doctrine

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Doctrine drives training and modernization, and new doctrine to be released in January 2016, will provide impetus for growth in the rapidly-evolving field of robotics, Lt. Col. Matt Dooley predicted. Dooley, chief of the lethality branch at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, discussed the future of robotics in ...

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Web-based tool reduces time and uncertainty when identifying best TVS diode array

April 13, 2015 11:24 am | by Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. has expanded the range of circuit protection devices included in the Littelfuse iDesign online simulation and product selection tool. First introduced in April 2014, this robust web-based tool now includes an ESD selection tool that helps circuit designers choose from the company’s growing line of TVS Diode Arrays (SPA silicon protection arrays). These devices are designed ...

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TVS array series offers smartphone, ethernet, USB circuit protection

April 13, 2015 11:23 am | by ProTek Devices | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices introduced a new series of ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppressor arrays (TVS arrays) for overvoltage circuit protection in applications that include smartphones, Ethernet, USB and more. The series consists of five components with rated stand-off voltages between 5-24 volts. The components are also packaged in ...

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Anti-vibration shock mounts improve equipment stability and life

April 13, 2015 11:08 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. has introduced Gell-Low, a series of novel bovine-based anti-vibration shock mounts, designed to reduce vibration and improve equipment stability and life. Also suitable for mounting under mobile cameras on drones, these flexible parts, created from recycled bovine by-products, are produced in a variety of sizes and three colors....

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Connector series ideal for use in the mining industry

April 13, 2015 11:02 am | by Amphenol Industrial Products | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group offers an explosion-proof, heavy duty hazardous rated connector series that provides outstanding performance in automated process control and instrumentation systems. The Amphe-Coal EX is a miniature version of Amphenol’s Amphe-Mine EX connector series....

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20 TB storage system features modular, CompactPCI serial design

April 13, 2015 10:56 am | by MEN Micro Inc | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has expanded its modular, built-to-order systems with the MH70S designed for storage applications. The CompactPCI Serial platform, which offers a capacity of up to 20 TB, is a pre-configured system for storage intensive applications such as digital video recorders, content servers or NAS. Its robust ...

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75W converters provide wide input range and high isolation

April 13, 2015 10:55 am | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MR75-xxSRW series is a family of single output 75W converters packaged in a compact case. They are designed to provide the wide input range, high isolation, rugged packaging and high reliability required for many railway/transit applications. Eight standard models operate from wide 43 to 101 VDC (72 VDC nominal) or 66 to 160 VDC ...

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Firms push high-tech solutions to fortify airport perimeters

April 13, 2015 10:06 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital barriers come with a hefty price tag and don't always work. An Associated Press investigation this week documented ...

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QNX BSP available in a SIL 4-pre-certified configuration

April 13, 2015 9:56 am | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. now offers a safe QNX BSP to ensure comprehensive safe communication between the control unit and the I/O in the new Modular Train Control System (MTCS). The MTCS is an application-ready system platform in half 19” that allows safe control of all rail relevant ...

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Why learning to tinker is the key to engineering success

April 13, 2015 9:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jasen Massey. He has a B.S in Physics from Illinois State University and is working on an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main area of focus is fluids/heat transfer and robotics.

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