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IPad Hoopla Starts; Waiting Game Begins

April 2, 2010 3:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

As the iPad hoopla builds to a crescendo, questions remain about whether the device can find an audience big enough to cement its place alongside the company's other blockbusters.

Orbital Sciences completes $55 million acquisition

April 2, 2010 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences Corp. said Friday that it has completed its $55 million acquisition of a General Dynamics Corp. subsidiary that specializes in spacecraft and development.The deal, announced a month ago, puts Orbital Sciences in a better position to sell space systems equipment to the...

PC Pioneer Inspired Microsoft Founders

April 2, 2010 2:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Ed Roberts, who died Thursday, created the Altair, the computer that brought Microsoft's Bill Gates and Paul Allen into desktop computing and inspired a legion of hobbyists who became the foundation of a vibrant new industry.

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Tougher grading is one reason for high STEM dropout rate

April 2, 2010 1:22 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Presenters at a Cornell Higher Education Research Institute conference reported on their research into why college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics drop out.

Verizon Gets Out Ahead of Broadband Crunch

April 2, 2010 12:25 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Questions about whether FiOS will ever generate an adequate return have intensified. But as Internet traffic mushrooms, the Verizon Communications' investment is likely to be vindicated.

Aggies earn fifth cyber defense regional win

April 2, 2010 11:23 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

A team of Texas A&M Aggies won the Sixth Annual Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) in March. This is Texas A&M's fifth win of the Southwestern Regional Competition. The team is now preparing for the national competition to be held April 16-18 in San Antonio. The team...

MOSFET Solutions Tout Desirable Reverse Recovery Time

April 2, 2010 11:20 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild’s half-bridge Ultra FRFET family provides desirable reverse recovery time (trr) of 35 ns to 65 ns and a small reverse recovery current (1.8 A to 3.1 A). In LCD TV designs, this family is said to eliminate the need for

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Why Wasn’t the Earth Covered in Ice 4 Billion Years Ago – When the Sun was Dimmer

April 2, 2010 10:22 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Climate scientists from all over the globe are now able to test their climate models under extreme conditions thanks to Professor Minik Rosing, University of Copenhagen. Rosing has solved one of the great mysteries and paradoxes of our geological past, namely, “Why the earth’s...

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Slim Panel PC Series Ideal for HMI or Multimedia Applications

April 2, 2010 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

AAEON announces a new slim Panel PC series ideal for HMI or multimedia applications. The new fanless AOP-9120 (12")/AOP-9150 (15") operator Panel PC is a high performance solution featuring an all-in-one SBC with Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor.

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DSCs Support Complex Digital Power Applications

April 2, 2010 10:09 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., expanded its 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controller (DSC) portfolio for digital power-conversion applications. Eight new dsPIC33F ‘GS’ Series DSCs provide up to four times the memory, compared to Microchip’s existing SMPS and digital power conversion families. Additionally, these DSCs can

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New PICMG 2.30 standard enables enhanced functionality of CompactPCI systems for defense applications

April 2, 2010 10:02 am | by Jim Vana, Applications Engineering Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

Recent advancements in military technology have produced some awe-inspiring, highly sophisticated combat and reconnaissance equipment. In the U.S., such advances are expected to continue at a steady clip as robust defense spending drives the development of next-generation equipment.

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Fly us to the Moon…south pole to be precise

April 2, 2010 9:37 am | News | Comments

The south polar region of the Moon, with dark craters and high ridges, is a world away from the relatively smooth terrain visited by Apollo astronauts four decades ago. This rugged moonscape is the target for Europe’s next leap into space.

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CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo

April 2, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

In readiness for launch on 8 April, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning.

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VeriFone buys remaining stake in venture

April 2, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic payment equipment maker VeriFone Holdings Inc. said Friday it has acquired the remaining minority interest in VeriFone Transportation Systems.Financial terms were not disclosed.VeriFone Transportation was formed as a joint venture with TaxiTronic Inc. in 2005, the company said. It...

Will the United States lose its air supremacy?

April 2, 2010 9:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The announcement of Russia’s newest fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi PAK FA, stunned the world. To put it succinctly, the “Future Frontline Aircraft System” is a game-changer. Its closest rival is the F-22 Raptor, and yet production on the United States’ premier air-superiority fighter has been scrapped in favor of the F-35. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

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