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Ohio State University takes first place at 2009 EcoCAR competition

September 30, 2009 9:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

OSU has earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the Year One EcoCar competition. The OSU stable bested 16 other teams with their “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” design. The spiritual successor to Challenge X, EcoCar is a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition

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Sheet Fastener Creates Flush Connections

September 30, 2009 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering an alternative to riveting or adhesives, the PEM SpotFast fastener from PennEngineering permanently joins metal sheets to PC boards or plastic panels with the top metal sheet flush or sub-flush with the bottom panel.

Prime View and E Ink Revise Merger Plans

September 30, 2009 7:14 am | News | Comments

Prime View International the world’s largest supplier of ePaper display modules, today announced it has amended its merger agreement with E Ink Corporation, the leader in electronic paper display materials and intellectual property.

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Toolkit incorporates 1,415 numerical routines

September 30, 2009 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing access to 1,415 numerical routines, the Mark 22 Release of the NAG TOOLBOX FOR MATLAB allows users to migrate prototype code developed in the MATLAB environment to final production code in advanced programming languages such as C or FORTRAN.

Company demonstrates world’s first nitride-silicon solar cell

September 30, 2009 5:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

RoseStreet Labs Energy (RSLE) has created what they assert to be the world’s first tandem nitride/silicon solar cell. RSLE combined a silicon solar cell with a Nitride Thin Film to create their hybrid photovoltaic cell. According to RSLE, this hybrid will achieve “practical efficiencies” of 25-30% (typical efficiencies range from 12-20%).

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Village Green, Microsoft partner on carbon tool

September 30, 2009 5:37 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Environmental software company Village Green Global Inc is joining the dash in the market to track carbon footprints, partnering with software giant Microsoft Corp to capture the business of cities and local governments. Carbon tracking is a small but fast-growing market with companies like SAP AG and Johnson Controls Inc among those offering tools to monitor environmental impacts.With the formation of Village Green's U.S. unit this year,

Twitter Dominated by Navel-Gazing Users

September 30, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

In a study of Twitter, a microblogging service used by millions of people from high school students to national elected officials, Mor Naaman and Jeffrey Boase found that 80 percent of regular users are “meformers,” people who use the platform to post updates on their everyday activities, social lives, feelings, thoughts and emotions.

PSMA to offer Student Attendance Grants for APEC 2010

September 30, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) announced today it will award up to 20 students with a $1000 grant to cover part of their travel and conference expenses to attend APEC 2010 in Palm Springs, CA, February 21-26.

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GM's trial program selling cars on eBay set to end

September 30, 2009 5:01 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Tuesday that it is concluding its partnership with eBay Inc. in which the automaker used the auction site to sell new cars through California dealerships, as it shifts focus to broader, national marketing programs. GM and eBay said the program was slated to end Sept. 30, and was not canceled for lack of participation.

Nero's rotating banquet hall unveiled in Rome

September 30, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Not only was Nero a Roman emperor, it turns out he may also have been the father of the revolving restaurant. Archaeologists unveiled Tuesday what they think are the remains of Nero's extravagant banquet hall, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth's movement and impress his guests.

Google Developing 'Smart' Plug-in Hybrid Charging

September 30, 2009 4:47 am | by Poornima Gupta | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

Battery Charger Module Provides Small Footprint

September 29, 2009 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Micro Power Electronics announced a SMC-65 battery charger module for Li-ion batteries. This open frame charger assembly provides efficient, reliable battery charging in a small footprint that can be easily integrated into industrial, medical and military OEM products. The SMC-65 module operates

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Storage in Streaming Media: Advanced Solid State Storage SSDs Meet Performance and Reliability Demands

September 29, 2009 12:24 pm | by Gary Drossel, Western Digital | Articles | Comments

The rapid adoption of streaming media in embedded applications has been largely driven by decreasing bandwidth costs. In 2005, it cost approximately $.89 per gigabyte (GB) delivered for up to 49,000 GB (47.8 terabytes) of bandwidth.  Today, a major content provider could pay a meager $.05 per GB delivered for 500 terabytes of bandwidth.

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Software Fault Management for Medical Devices

September 29, 2009 12:01 pm | by John Greenland, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

From hearing aids to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging equipment, medical devices are increasingly impacting (and hopefully improving) our quality of life. Because we now rely on medical devices so heavily and because the devices’ software is so critical to their operation, software fault management and the ability to reduce faults throughout the development lifecycle have become hot-button issues.

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DIN Rail Power Supplies Boast High Power In Compact Package

September 29, 2009 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech PS-C DIN rail power supplies provide high power (up to 20 A) in a compact package. These single-output units additionally can provide an upfront power surge by boosting 50 percent more power in the first three seconds followed by 100 percent of continuously rated power in service, according to the company. They have been

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