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40 Years Later, The Final Frontier Ain't What it Used to Be

December 18, 2009 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

40 years ago, Neil Armstrong emerged from the Lunar Module Eagle, and stepped into history. He became the first human being to step foot on the moon, forever changing the scientific and engineering communities. And yet, 40 years later, the space program is a shell of its former self.


SWUGN Year in Review - July 2009

December 18, 2009 7:51 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Blogs | Comments

Top StoryThe SWUGN Summit - Columbus draws 105 attendees, far above the expected turnout. The event features 10 different presenters, and is represented by 5 different user groups. Many of the presenters were doing their first ever sessions, and all of them did an outstanding job. The...

Improvements in Battery Charger ICs Keep Pace with Rapid Increases in Mobile Handset Capabilities

December 18, 2009 7:24 am | by Giampaolo Marino and Tamara Schmitz, Intersil Corporation | Articles | Comments

In the era of global wireless connectivity, almost nothing is more important than keeping a smart phone or mobile Internet device charged. Expanding features on the constantly improving portable and handheld device create a major challenge for designers of battery charger ICs.


Researchers Fabricate Picoscale World Map

December 18, 2009 7:09 am | News | Comments

The Photonics Research Group of Ghent University-IMEC has fabricated a world map on a scale of 1 trillionth. Using CMOS fabrication tools, IMEC has reduced the 40-thousand-kilometer circumference at the equator down to 40 micrometer, about half the width of a human hair.

Japan central bank says won't tolerate deflation

December 18, 2009 6:00 am | by JAY ALABASTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's central bank said Friday it was crucial for the country to beat deflation and it would not accept continued price declines."It is a critical challenge for Japan's economy to overcome deflation and return to a sustainable growth path with price stability," the bank said in a statement...

Vitter elected AAAS Fellow

December 18, 2009 5:55 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by...

SWUGN Year in Review - June 2009

December 18, 2009 5:54 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Blogs | Comments

Top StoryJust over 100 people attend the SWUGN Summit - Happy Valleyin State College, PA. The amazing thing about this Summit event is how far people travel to attend. SolidWorks users from Pittsburgh (140 miles),Philadelphia (190 miles), even Rochester, NY (240 miles) make the trek to...

Cuts for British Science

December 18, 2009 5:53 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Cuts mark ’sad day for British science’ Britain’s physics community is reeling from a “disastrous” day of funding cuts that will force scientists to withdraw from major research facilities and see PhD studentships fall by a quarter. Space missions and...


Will a carrot or a stick prompt purchase of more carrots?

December 18, 2009 5:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Would a so-called Twinkie tax help curb obesity rates? Should shoppers who buy healthy goods earn rebates? A new study will seek to unravel the likely implications of legislative attempts to promote healthy eating.

BNL Associate Lab Director Gerald Stokes Will Head State Energy Policy Institute

December 18, 2009 5:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

New York Governor David Paterson has announced that the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Institute headquartered at Stony Brook University will lead the newly created New York Energy Policy Institute.

Novel drug combo improves breast cancer survival

December 18, 2009 5:17 am | News | Comments

Some women with very advanced breast cancer may have a new treatment option. A combination of two drugs that more precisely target tumors significantly extended the lives of women who had stopped responding to other medicines, doctors reported Friday.

Greenpeace CES Press Conference: The New Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

December 18, 2009 5:06 am | News | Comments

At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Greenpeace will release the latest version (number 14) of its Guide to Greener Electronics, which assesses and ranks eighteen global manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.


At the 2010 CES, WNC Reveals New Wireless Communications Products

December 18, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

The 2010 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) will be held in Las Vegas from January 7th to the 10th, 2010. This year, Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC), a leading wireless communication products manufacturer, will be displaying its three major wireless communication product categories...


Acid oceans: the evil twin of climate change

December 18, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

Far from Copenhagen's turbulent climate talks, the sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters reposing along the shoreline and kelp forests of this protected marine area stand to gain from any global deal to cut greenhouse gases.


A tip on Infrared LEDs

December 17, 2009 9:36 am | Videos | Comments

 ECN Editor-in-Chief Alix Paultre explains how to use a regular cell-phone camera to detect an LED's infrared output.



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