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Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey ...

The downfall of interactive restaurant technology

August 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every month, innovative technology is unleashed upon hordes of eager consumers, and most of these products are aimed at making our lives simpler. Smartphones provide us with Internet, games, apps, and music – all in addition to basic phone and messaging capabilities....

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Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

August 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology....

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LED power supply offers optional dimming

August 28, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power has launched a range of LED drivers for indoor and outdoor use in LED-based lighting and signage applications. The new range includes the LDP Series, offering 24-, 36- and 48-V constant current outputs over …

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Current sensor IC is designed with differential output and externally adjustable gain

August 28, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced a new current sensor IC for industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS726 is said to be the first current sensor IC to include a ...

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Inclinometers include Modbus RTU interface

August 28, 2014 10:41 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL (Hamilton, NJ) has added support for the Modbus RTU communications protocols to its TILTIX family of inclinometers (tilt sensors). The new Modbus RTU models, like other TILTIX inclinometers based on micro-electronic mechanical systems MEMS technology, are ...

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RFID multiple switch monitor tag is battery free

August 28, 2014 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The X32 from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery free RFID switch monitor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the status of up to 32 switches to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag.

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Engineering Update Episode 73 Bloopers

August 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Digital Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update #73: A "smart skin" for planes

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

BAE systems has come up with a solution for monitoring planes by introducing their new “smart skin” concept. The idea is that the plane would be covered with sensors of different sizes ranging from a grain of rice to less than 1 millimeter squared....

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NASA's TRMM Satellite sees powerful towering storms in Cristobal

August 28, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's TRMM satellite identified areas of heavy rainfall occurring in Hurricane Cristobal as it continued strengthening on approach to Bermuda. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew above Hurricane Cristobal on August 26 at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) gathering rainfall data....

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Experiments explain why some liquids are 'fragile' and others are 'strong'

August 28, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Only recently has it become possible to accurately "see" the structure of a liquid. Using X-rays and a high-tech apparatus that holds liquids without a container, Kenneth Kelton, PhD, the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, was able to compare the behavior of glass-forming liquids as they approach the glass transition....

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Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices

August 28, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly....

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Entry level DSO offers several measurement functions with 100 MHz bandwidth and 1 GSa/s

August 28, 2014 9:09 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced its 2190D bench digital storage oscilloscope (DSO). This compact dual-channel DSO offers several measurement functions with 100 MHz bandwidth and 1 GSa/s sampling rate.

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Research geared to keep women from fleeing IT profession

August 28, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions.They're failing. Studies show that women are significantly underrepresented in the IT field, and the number of women who've graduated with degrees in computer and information science have plummeted from 37 percent in 1985 to 18 percent in 2011....

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40-nm MCUs target HEV/EV motor control applications

August 28, 2014 9:03 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) announced the new RH850/C1x Series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), designed for motor control in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). Based on the…

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