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Energy-efficient Traffic Lights Can't Melt Snow

December 16, 2009 4:09 am | by DINESH RAMDE | News | Comments

Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.

Climate conference emits its share of carbon

December 16, 2009 4:07 am | News | Comments

If they fail to reach a climate deal in Copenhagen, world leaders flying in their private jets and huddling in five-star hotels will have little to show for their efforts beyond a big, fat carbon footprint. The U.N. estimates 40,500 tons of carbon dioxide will be pumped into the atmosphere during the 12-day conference - 90 percent of it from flights.

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Best Buy approves quarterly dividend of 14 cents

December 16, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Best Buy Co. said Wednesday its board has approved a regular quarterly dividend of 14 cents.The retailer said the quarterly dividend is payable on Jan. 26 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 5.

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Europe Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case Over Browsers

December 16, 2009 3:57 am | by New York Times | News | Comments

European regulators dropped the case after Microsoft agreed to offer customers a choice of Web browsers, ending what could have been a costly legal battle for Microsoft.

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10 Simple Science Tricks for Parties

December 16, 2009 3:53 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Fun video by Richard Wiseman on his top 10 science stunts for Christmas parties. Related: How a Microwave Heats – Ninja Professors – Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids

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Digi-Key Corporation and Vitesse Semiconductor Announce Worldwide Distribution Agreement

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by Digi-Key | News | Comments

Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Camarillo, California — December 16, 2009 — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Vitesse...

Cypress CFO to Address Investor Conferences in December

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Presentations to be Webcast on Cypress Website at: http://www.cypress.com/investors SAN JOSE, Calif., November 19, 2009 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that its Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO, Brad Buss, will be making presentations at...

IR Introduces Rugged, Reliable AUIPS7121R and AUIPS7141R Intelligent Power Switches for Harsh 24V Automotive Environments

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by International Rectifier | News | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the AUIPS7121R and AUIPS7141R 65V high-side intelligent power switches with accurate current-sensing and built-in protection circuits for harsh 24V automotive environments such as under-the-hood truck junction boxes.

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Fairchild Semiconductor Extends Analog Video Filter Leadership

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by Fairchild Semiconductor | News | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) offers designers of High Definition LCD-TVs, Blue Ray DVD players and HD set-top boxes the industry's first 6-Channel integrated video filter with 1080p HD capability. This new device simultaneously supports three channels of 1080p HD with filtering at...

LT3971: 38V, 1.2A (IOUT), 2MHz Step-Down DC/DC Converter at Only 2.8uA Quiescent Current

December 16, 2009 3:52 am | by Linear Technology | News | Comments

The LT3971 is an adjustable frequency monolithic buck switching regulator that accepts a wide input voltage range up to 38V. Low quiescent current design consumes only 2.8?A of supply current while regulating with no load. Low ripple Burst Mode operation maintains high efficiency at low...

National Semiconductor Reports Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2010

December 16, 2009 3:51 am | by National Semiconductor | News | Comments

National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today reported sales of $345 million and net income of $47.0 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, which ended Nov. 29, 2009. ...

NEC Electronics and Renesas Sign Merger Agreement

December 16, 2009 3:51 am | by Renesas | News | Comments

KAWASAKI, Japan, TOKYO, Japan, December 15, 2009 -- NEC Electronics Corporation (NEC Electronics; TSE: 6723) and Renesas Technology Corp. (Renesas) today announced they have entered into a merger agreement to integrate business operations at NEC Electronics and Renesas (the "Business...

President Obama Honors IBM's Blue Gene Supercomputer With National Medal of Technology and Innovation

December 16, 2009 3:51 am | by IBM | News | Comments

WASHINGTON - 18 Sep 2009: President Obama recognized IBM (NYSE:

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Non-lethal Robotic Pepperball Weapon Video

December 16, 2009 3:36 am | Videos | Comments

This "SWAT BOT" is designed to minimize the exposure of Law Enforcement Personnel to potentially lethal encounters by taking them out of the line of Fire, and out of harm's way. Equipped with a Wireless Barrel-Cam and Pepper Balls, it is a Non-Lethal, Wireless UGV for Riot Control, Hostage Scenarios or other Hostile Situations.

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EU drops Microsoft browser charges

December 16, 2009 1:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is dropping antitrust charges against Microsoft Corp. after the company agreed to give Windows users a choice of up to 12 other Web browsers.Microsoft will avoid further EU fines if it sticks by a binding deal with EU regulators to provide a pop-up screen that lets users...

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