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Russian Space Agency considers Armageddon-like mission

December 30, 2009 6:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Russian Space Agency is considering a plan that evokes the 1998 disaster flick, Armageddon. The head of the agency, Anatoly Perminov, mentioned that Russia is assessing a mission to Apophis, a 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid. The difference between Hollywood and real life is that Apophis stands minimal chance of hitting Earth...

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Temporary Adhesive Cures Rapidly

December 30, 2009 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond’s UV14-3 is a temporary bonding adhesive that has a fast UV cure for automated, non- permanent adhesive assemblies. Environmentally safe, the temporary adhesive can be easily removed without surface contamination. It cures 

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Radiant Power Detector Features Small Footprint

December 30, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigahertz-Optik introduced the ISD-1.6-Si-1 and ISD-1.6-Si-FC-1 radiant power detector featuring a compact 16 mm diameter integrating sphere for beam emitter type light sources like laser diode dyes and optical fibers. The small footprint 43.5 mm x 25 mm x 17.5 mm size detector’s primary function is to fit inside existing equipment and tight enclosed spaces to 

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ITC rejects Tessera patent claims

December 30, 2009 6:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tessera Technologies Inc. says the U.S. agency investigating its patent infringement claims has affirmed that Tessera patents are valid — but not that other companies have violated them.The news sent Tessera shares down $2.38, or 10 percent, to $21.51 in premarket trading.The company, which...

Combo Flash Drive Features Dual Interface of USB 3.0 and SATA II

December 30, 2009 4:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

A-DATA Technology, the world leader in DRAM modules and flash memory products, launched the industry first ever combo flash drive N002 that features the dual interface of USB 3.0 and SATA II, designed to maximize data transfer speed to the ultimate.

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STMicroelectronics Advances Audio-Chip Performance Enabling 'Clearer-than-Crystal Sound' from Home AV Products

December 30, 2009 4:21 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the leading maker of audio chips for flat-panel TVs, announced details of its next-generation STA370BWS SoundTerminalT chip, which delivers increased performance at a highly competitive price.

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Allied Electronics to Distribute Kingbright LED Products

December 30, 2009 4:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with Kingbright to distribute its LED products. Allied will carry Kingbright’s complete line of optoelectronic product solutions, which includes LED lamps, SMD LEDs and LED displays.

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Intersil Debuts New Family of High-Performance, Low Power, 40V Precision Operational Amplifiers

December 30, 2009 4:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has introduced the ISL28117 and ISL28217, the latest members of its rapidly growing bipolar low-power precision operational amplifier series.

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DynamicSignals Announces New Family of General Purpose DAQ

December 30, 2009 4:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

DynamicSignals today announces its new family of General Purpose DAQ products—DS206/207. Both the DS206 and the DS207 are welcome additions to the existing DynamicSignals’ family of low-cost, easy-to-use, portable data acquisition analog to digital conversion (ADC) products.

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Researchers Develop Anti-Counterfeiting Tech for RFID

December 30, 2009 3:43 am | Blogs | Comments

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a unique and robust method to prevent cloning of passive radio frequency identification tags. The technology, based on one or more unique physical attributes of individual tags rather than information stored on them, will prevent the production of counterfeit tags...

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Fusion: the power source of the future

December 29, 2009 12:09 pm | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Fusion is the power source of the future, goes the old saw. And for fifty years, it has always been "fifty years in the future." That may be changing with a number of new small fusion projects in the works or doing actual experiments.

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Engines of Prosperity

December 29, 2009 12:07 pm | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

In my last post I discussed Forth as a language. A language that is based on a virtual machine. What if that virtual machine was turned into a real machine? Good things. For one operations can be done in parallel. Returns can be automatically initiated at the end of an instruction cycle.

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Neighborhood Development Package Revisited

December 29, 2009 12:03 pm | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Since I wrote Neighborhood Development Package on November 11, 2006, I have been thinking about the pieces needed to make the system work 24/7. The full article is below but let me give you a short review. My idea was to electrify a neighborhood in order to educate, communicate, and pump water.

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Go Forth!

December 29, 2009 12:01 pm | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Levis (the jeans people) have been suggesting that people Go Forth. http://goforth.levi.com/fortune I'd like to make a similar suggestion. Not about jeans, but about software. Go Forth.

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Bug or Windshield?

December 29, 2009 11:58 am | by Alan Amling, Global Logistics and Distribution Marketing, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, www.ups.com | Blogs | Comments

As I write this blog in early December the Dow is reaching 14 month highs, indicating a belief that the worst is behind us.  While many believe there will be more bumps in the road and the unemployment picture hasn’t improved much, the tide is changing.

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