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Wireless Power Harvesting for Cell Phones

June 11, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.

NKU Breaks Ground on Advanced Informatics Center

June 11, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

Northern Kentucky University broke ground recently on a new, $55 million, ultra high-tech Center for Informatics that will house the university’s new College of Informatics, which combines all information-related disciplines under one college. The Center, largely funded with state dollars, will be built to provide the ultimate intersection of education and economic development, and is a key strategy for the region’s 2015 goal to create 50,000 new jobs.

Sign up for the 'Pumping Up Power Efficiency' Webcast on June 18th

June 11, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Whether you design drugs, manufacture consumer products or airplanes, or search for oil, improving your computing performance will improve your competitiveness. But what do you do when the “need for speed” collides with demands for reduced operating budgets and lower environmental impact?

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Study: Jobs in fledgling green sector growing

June 10, 2009 5:35 pm | by CHRIS KAHN and SANDY SHORE | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Wednesday. Solar and wind-power companies, energy-efficient light bulb makers, environmental engineering firms and others expanded their work force by 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007, the latest year available, according to Pew. The average job growth in all industries was 3.7 percent during the same period.

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Report says climate change is adding to migration

June 10, 2009 5:24 pm | by ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

Global warming is uprooting people from their homes and, left unchecked, could lead to the greatest human migration in history, said a report released Wednesday. Estimates vary on how many people are on the move because of climate change, but the report cites predictions from the International Organization for Migration that 200 million people will be displaced by environmental pressures by 2050.

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House GOP offers nuclear-loaded energy bill

June 10, 2009 5:15 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

House Republicans are calling for a hundred new nuclear power plants to be built in the next two decades as part of an energy plan they say is a better alternative than one championed by Democrats. The legislation unveiled by the GOP Wednesday would also increase production of oil and gas offshore, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and spur refinery construction.

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Modular LED System Targets Lighting Applications

June 10, 2009 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for optimized heat, power, and optical performance, the Transcend family of LED lamps from Molex eases design of lighting fixtures. Based on the Acriche 4-W LED from Seoul Semiconductor, the lamps can be directly plugged into AC line voltage without a converter or separate power supply.

Microlender Reaches Out to US Small Business

June 10, 2009 8:34 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE | News | Comments

Kiva.org has spent the past 3 1/2 years raising money on the Internet to finance destitute entrepreneurs in 44 impoverished countries. Now in a sign of the economy's spreading despair, the online "microlender" is reaching out to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States

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USA Today to Introduce For-Pay Digital Edition

June 10, 2009 8:24 am | News | Comments

The new publisher of USA Today plans to introduce an electronic replica of the printed newspaper and charge readers for it. The new version will be sent by e-mail to readers beginning Aug. 3 and cost slightly less than printed editions of USA Today, which is the nation's largest newspaper by circulation

Technology Makes Bright Full-Color Electronic Readers

June 10, 2009 7:11 am | by Wendy Beckman | News | Comments

Thinking about getting an e-reader but not sure if you like reading the dim screen? An international collaboration of the University of Cincinnati, Sun Chemical, Polymer Vision and Gamma Dynamics has announced Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD), the first technology to electrically switch the appearance of pigments in a manner that provides visual brilliance equal to conventional printed media.

27-bit Optical Encoder Operates at up to 36,000 rpm

June 10, 2009 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a resolution of 1 nm at up to 100 m/s, Renishaw's Resolute optical encoder system is capable of 27 bit resolution at up to 36,000 rpm. WIth features such as a jitter of less than 10 nm RMS and a sub-divisional error (SDE) of ±40 nm, the dirt-resistant device suits both linear and angle encoding applications.

Barometric Sensor is Smallest Available

June 10, 2009 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

With package dimensions of 1.7 mm x 1.7 mm x 0.9 mm, aq family of 3 barometric pressure sensors from Epcos is presented as the smallest device of its type available. The sensor provides air pressure and/or altitude above sea level information for portable electronics such as navigation devices, watches and mobile phones.

Pressure Sensor Fits Refrigeration Apps

June 10, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting high- and low-side pressure measurements in refrigeration systems as well as environmental test equipment, Kavlico has added the P528 OEM Refrigeration Pressure Sensor with a ¼ SAE Female Flare, Schrader Deflator with 7/16-20 UNF internal threads to its P528 family of sensors. Incorporating ceramic capacitive sensing technology, the device is packaged in a brass or plated-steel housing to endure the high vibration, broad temperature ranges, and high humidity conditions found in refrigeration systems.

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Capacitive Sensor Technology Allows for Continuous, Contact-Free Level Measurement

June 10, 2009 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensortechnics’ CLC Series uses a contact-free capacitive sensor technology to continuously measure the fill level of liquids as well as granular or pulverized materials. The miniature sensor can be mounted to the outside of a container or vessel and is able to measure

Flat Power Cells Enhance Energy-Harvesting Systems

June 10, 2009 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing remote devices using energy harvesting such as wireless sensor nodes and other micro-systems with onboard power storage, the THINERGY family of thin and flexible micro-energy cell (MEC) products from Infinite Power Solutions provide tens of Watt-hours of energy, equivalent to or more than traditional primary cells that are hundreds of times larger in total volume.

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