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Lighting the world with Habitat for Humanity

February 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Hand-built Habitat for Humanity homes can not only provide shelter for those who need it, but save energy and promote the environment too, if they’re made with the right materials. To that end, New Jersey-based lighting company MaxLite announced a four-year, $1 million pledge to ...

The camera sensor industry 'senses' change

February 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Thanks to increased use in smartphone and automotive cameras, the CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) industry reached $10 billion for the first time this year. That’s just the beginning of an enormous shift in the industry, said a Jan. 28 industry report from Yole Développement....

Micro-threaded inserts exhibit superior resistance to loosening

February 9, 2015 11:28 am | by Spiralock Corporation | Spiralock Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Electronics engineers now have access to enhanced electronics performance – including fastener resistance to vibrational loosening, drop shock, and high heat – thanks to the self-locking Spiralock internal thread form design in micro threaded inserts. STANLEY Engineered Fastening ...

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Quad SPST analog switches include a 0.35 mm pitch

February 9, 2015 11:21 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new 200 Ω precision monolithic quad single-pole single-throw (SPST) analog switches in the ultra-compact WCSP 4 bump by 4 bump array package. The smallest such devices in the industry, the Vishay Siliconix DG2501, DG2502, and DG2503 ...

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ARM acquisition aims to secure IoT communications

February 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Chip maker ARM has agreed to acquire Internet of Things (IoT) security player Offspark. Offspark specializes in IoT communications security. The company's PolarSSL technology is deployed in a variety of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and ...

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Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

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Captive panel screws suit space-constrained applications

February 9, 2015 10:38 am | by Penn Engineering | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Patented PEM Type PFHV self-clinching captive panel screws from Penn Engineering introduce lower-cost alternatives to conventional spring-loaded versions. These no-spring steel fasteners integrate a captive screw to keep loose parts to a minimum and ...

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The drone delivery system is officially here (sort of)

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The drone delivery service that everyone has been dreaming of (or dreading) is finally here. Well, sort of. Though Amazon was the American front runner in the drone delivary world, it's Alibaba via their online marketplace Taobao that has taken the steps to becoming the world's first drone delivery service.

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NASA scientist advances methane sounder to measure another greenhouse gas

February 9, 2015 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A NASA scientist who has played a key role developing and demonstrating a new technique for gathering around-the-clock global carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements is applying the same general principles to develop a new laser instrument sensitive to another ...

Video game technology helps measure upper extremity movement

February 9, 2015 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using ...

Hubble captures rare triple-moon conjunction

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Firing off a string of action snapshots like a sports photographer at a NASCAR race, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter's largest moons racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet: Europa, Callisto, and Io....

Cyber-attacks rising in Utah, likely due to NSA facility

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City. The increase began in early 2013 as international attention focused on ...

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Consumer security an emerging issue in new computerized cars

February 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting. Basing his argument on information ...

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Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

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Gage heads replace failing units on automotive production line

February 9, 2015 8:51 am | by Macro Sensors | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors LVDT gage heads are being used on an automated production line as part of a quality control system that ensures the precise dimensions of hydraulic valve adjusters manufactured for use in different car engines. Every automobile uses a number of different engine ...

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