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Tinker's Toolbox - Design Tools Discussion

February 9, 2010 6:30 am | Podcasts | Comments

Moderated by Editorial Director Alix Paultre, participants in this conversation included Richard Levin from National Semiconductor, Richard McDonell from National Instruments, and Thierry Goossens and Bob Marshall from FCI.

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Relays Offer Short Lead Times

February 9, 2010 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch J107E1 Series is the industry standard 10 A in 12 V and 24 V coil. The rugged relay offers a lead time of six to eight weeks. Small in size and robust, this high performance relay is UL certified and RoHS compliant. The contact arrangement is 

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Drafty Windows: Is it Better to Insulate or Replace Them?

February 9, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I’ve lived in my condominium for several years, and though it naturally stays cooler in the summer (with all west-facing windows) I struggle to keep it warm in the winter without taking out a loan to pay utilities. Like any homeowner, I must answer the question: Is it better to try...

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New Findings on Hot Quark Soup Produced at RHIC

February 9, 2010 5:53 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists from Brookhaven Lab and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the world’s largest particle accelerator dedicated to nuclear physics research, will present compelling new findings about the nature of the “perfect” liquid created in near-light-speed collisions of gold ions at RHIC.

Amphenol USB 3.0 Connectors available from Mouser

February 9, 2010 5:44 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The connectors are fully compliant with the USB 2.0 and 3.0 specification and offer a significant leap forward in transfer speeds (5 Gbps signaling rate) and a 10x performance increase over Hi-Speed USB capabilities.

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Stepper Motor Drive Features Graphic User Interface

February 9, 2010 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduced its IDEA programmable stepper motor drive. This compact electronic drive and fully programmable control unit features a patent pending graphic user interface. Programming the drive is 

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Pack mule robot could aid soldiers, marines

February 9, 2010 5:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The military is constantly seeking the right balance between preparedness and maneuverability. Theoretically, we could turn foot soldiers into walking arsenals with nearly-impenetrable armor, but they wouldn’t be very mobile. Boston Dynamics may have a solution...

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Cognizant 4Q earnings jump 28 percent

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cognizant Technology posted surprisingly large numbers for profit and revenue Tuesday and topped the fourth-quarter report with a 2010 outlook that exceeded most expectations as technology spending rebounds.Company shares rose $1.74, or 4 percent, to $45.48 in premarket trading.Cognizant...

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Conn's 4th-quarter sales figure falls 31.7 percent

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conn's Inc., a regional consumer electronics retailer, said Tuesday a key sales comparison fell 31.7 percent in the 4th quarter, hurt by the weak economy, lower demand and also tough comparisons from a year ago related to weather.Total revenue for the quarter ended Jan.31 fell 30 percent to...

Judge OK's former UCLA player lawsuit against NCAA

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has green-lighted most of a lawsuit by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who alleges the NCAA used the images of student-athletes without permission.U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA's attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed Monday. The NCAA had...

Digi Introduces Smart Energy Gateway Family for Europe

February 9, 2010 4:51 am | by Digi International | News | Comments

ConnectPort X wireless M-Bus gateways target Smart Meter market

Speeding Things Along

February 9, 2010 3:59 am | by M Simon | Blogs | Comments

IBM has announced a really fast power transistor. Of course power is a relative thing. At the frequencies involved power is a relative thing. I'd say they would be doing good if they could get between 1 and 10 watts out of the device.

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Energy-Storing Soccer Ball Scores Big in Off-Grid Villages

February 9, 2010 3:37 am | by Jeff Salton | News | Comments

What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...

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Online ad improvement seen in IAC's 4Q loss

February 9, 2010 3:01 am | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet company IAC/InterActiveCorp lost $1 billion in the fourth quarter because it wrote down the value of its search business, but the results beat expectations and offered the latest indication that the online advertising market is improving.IAC, which is run by media billionaire Barry...

State aid: Commission approves Swedish State guarantee for Saab

February 8, 2010 11:55 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, plans notified by Sweden to provide a guarantee that would enable Saab Automobile AB to access a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Commission found that 82.8% of the guarantee to be provided by Sweden was in...

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