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Playing telephone

April 20, 2010 7:38 am | Articles | Comments

A pop musician recently reminded me that hit songs aren’t only catchy tunes; they are also a barometer of culture. I never expected to refer to Lady Gaga with anything other than casual references to her music or her edgy style (I’ve heard it called “21st-century Madonna), but one of her recent songs gave me some pause.


Merge Healthcare prices $200M senior debt offer

April 20, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical software maker Merge Healthcare Inc. has priced $200 million worth of senior secured notes that it is selling to help pay for its $248 million acquisition of Amicas Inc.The 11.75 percent senior secured notes will come due in 2015, Merge Healthcare said Monday. The issue price is 97.266...


Survey: Teens love cell phones; schools, not quite

April 20, 2010 7:12 am | News | Comments

Teenagers have embraced text messaging as their main form of communication, but mobile phones are often a source of tension with parents and schools, a new survey found.


To fly through ash or not? That's no easy question

April 20, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

To fly, or not? There's no right answer about when it's safe to fly through a cloud of volcanic ash. But it'll be all too obvious if there's a wrong answer, experts say.

Low-power version of Bluetooth coming for watches

April 20, 2010 6:46 am | News | Comments

A new version of the Bluetooth wireless technology could expand what can be done by watches, toys, home sensors, medical monitors and other devices that typically have been limited in their functions...


Five U.S. insurance firms renew contracts with CGI Group

April 20, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montreal-based CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) has received US$47.5 million in contract renewals from five insurance companies in the United States.CGI, one of North America's largest information technology services companies, will provide processing services for the companies' automobile insurance...

Report: China hackers stole key Google program

April 20, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer hackers stole a program that controlled access to most of Google Inc.'s services when they attacked the Internet company late last year, according to a report published late Monday.The story in The New York Times provided more details about an intrusion that provoked a politically...

Journal Communications reports jump in 1Q earnings

April 20, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel publisher Journal Communications Inc. said Tuesday its first-quarter profit jumped to $5.3 million, helped by falling expenses and growth in its broadcasting business.The company's flagship newspaper is still struggling with revenue declines, though advertising losses...


A single Liter of Seawater Can Hold More Than One Billion Microorganisms

April 20, 2010 6:20 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Mat of microbes the size of Greece discovered on seafloor mighty microbes, which constitute 50 to 90 percent of the oceans’ total biomass, according to newly released data. These tiny creatures can join together to create some of the largest masses of life on the planet, and...

Tinker's Toolbox - Disaster Relief and the Engineer

April 20, 2010 5:55 am | Podcasts | Comments

WIth the recent spate of natural disasters occurring around the globe, this month's installment of the Tinker's Toolbox continues our migration from a discussion of general engineering tools to a more focused debate on an engineer's role in disaster relief and what should be in an engineer first-responder toolkit.


High-Speed Digitizer Provides 350 MHz of Input Analog Bandwidth

April 20, 2010 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

DynamicSignals LLC is proud to announce the GaGe CompuScope 12501 and 12502 – the world’s highest fidelity high-speed digitizer. Please find the attached data sheet, which is in our new comprehensive format. The CompuScope 12501 and 12502 are one and two channel, 12-bit, 500 MS/s digitizers with 350 MHz of input analog bandwidth.


Isolated Gate Drive Optocouplers Feature High Current and Fast Switching Times

April 20, 2010 5:23 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is now shipping its new PS9505 and PS9305 series isolated gate drive optocouplers. The new family of optocouplers provides high common mode transient immunity (CMR), high output current, and fast switching times.


Patchogue-Medford Students Win Two Top Prizes in Brookhaven Lab’s Model Bridge Building Contest

April 20, 2010 5:21 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Patchogue-Medford High School students won the top two spots in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 2010 Model Bridge Building Contest.


World’s first Intelligent 10G PCI-Express Gen 2 Capture & In-Line adapters

April 20, 2010 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Napatech today announced the world’s first 2x10 Gbps Intelligent Real-time Network Analysis adapters based on PCI-Express Gen 2 with the introduction of the NT20E2 Capture adapter and NT20E2 In-line adapter products.


Security in Wireless Networks

April 20, 2010 5:06 am | by Joe Tillison, Technology Director, Wireless Sensor Networks, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

In March the Associated Press ran a story about security vulnerabilities in smart meters based on the research of InGuardians, Inc. The article highlighted the Achilles heel of any secure wireless system; the inadequate safeguarding of the security keys themselves.



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