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Temp Sensor Boasts High Accuracy

October 8, 2009 7:33 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With a static current consumption of just 200 µA, the MCP9804 Temperature Sensor from Microchip has a temperature accuracy of +/- 1° C from -40 to +125°C. Available in an 8-pin MSOP or 2 mm x 3 mm DFN package

Snap-action Switches feature Industry-first diagnostics

October 8, 2009 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crouzet North America's V-line of miniature and subminiature snap-action switches purportedly feature an industry-first design that includes diagnostic functionality and longer overtravel. The line includes 2mm of plunger overtravel, current ratings from 1 mA (5 v) to 2 A (14 V)

Tech Advances Impact Motion Control

October 8, 2009 6:09 am | by Chuck Lewin, Founder & VP of Engineering, Performance Motion Devices | Articles | Comments

There are a number of technology trends that are profoundly changing how engineers are designing machines with motion control. Two among these stand out for their potential impact on cost, ease of assembly, and serviceability. These are the continual reduction of the size of the motion amplifier, and the advent of low cost, high-speed digital networks.

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Rights Activists See Double-standard in Twitter Arrest

October 8, 2009 6:08 am | by Michelle Nichols | News | Comments

The arrest of a New Yorker for using Twitter to alert protesters to police movements at a meeting of world leaders in Pittsburgh last month would be deemed a human rights violation if it happened in Iran or China, rights activists charge.

FCC Chairman Warns of 'Looming Spectrum Crisis'

October 8, 2009 5:52 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission warned Wednesday of "a looming spectrum crisis" if the government fails to find ways to come up with more bandwidth for mobile devices. Julius Genachowski said the government is

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Feds give sea otters habitat protection in Alaska

October 8, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

Four years after being placed on the Endangered Species List, the dwindling sea otters of southwest Alaska on Wednesday were given an important recovery tool. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated nearly 5,900 square miles as critical habitat for sea otters in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea and Alaska Peninsula. The designated area includes all nearshore waters.

Review: Wireless charging lets you cut the cords

October 8, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

It's a pain to keep track of the chargers that go with cell phones, media players and other small electronics. It's even more annoying to stuff multiple power cords and adapters in your bag when you go out of town. What if you could charge things without plugging them in?

Defibrillator Saves Man Who Was Shot in the Chest

October 8, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

A defibrillator was credited with stopping a bullet in the chest of a gunshot victim. Doctors in Florida said the 61-year-old unidentified man had an Medtronic implantable cardiac defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. The October edition of the journal Heart Rhythm said the man

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Justice Dept probing IBM's computer market conduct

October 8, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department is looking into allegations that IBM Corp. has abused its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers, the data-crunching heavy lifters of the computing world that IBM introduced in the 1960s and which are now used to process some of the most sensitive data in banking, government and health care.

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Next: the pill bottle cap with a cell phone

October 7, 2009 1:14 pm | News | Comments

IPhones aren't the only cutting-edge devices on AT&T Inc.'s wireless network. A startup is set to announce that it's making pill-bottle caps that use Ma Bell's network to remind you to take your medicine.

Big dino prints found in Jurassic park in France

October 7, 2009 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Now that's one big foot. Paleontologists in eastern France have reported the discovery of some of the largest dinosaur footprints ever documented, measuring about 1.4 meters to 1.5 meters (4.6 feet to 4.9 feet) in diameter. The site of the find, high in the Jura mountains, was once a literal sauropod stomping ground

NASA downgrades threat of large asteroid

October 7, 2009 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Earth can breathe a sigh of relief. NASA on Wednesday downgraded the odds of an 885-foot asteroid striking the planet in 2036. Scientists initially believed there was a 1-in-45,000 chance that Apophis could hit the planet on April 13, 2036. But the threat was lowered to a 1-in-250,000 chance after researchers recalculated the asteroid's path.

You can watch NASA give the moon a one-two punch

October 7, 2009 12:42 pm | News | Comments

NASA will throw a one-two punch at the big old moon Friday and the whole world will have ringside seats for the lunar dust-up. NASA will send a used-up spacecraft slamming into the moon's south pole to kick up a massive plume of lunar dirt and then scour it to see if there's any water or ice spraying up.

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Transmitter/Indicator measures air velocity, temperature

October 7, 2009 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The FMA1000 series of Transmitter/Indicators (from OMEGA) measures and displays air velocity & air temperature of air flows in ducts, pipes. This product is used in HVAC applications, research labs, and other manufacturing processes. Features include: back-lit LCD display of air velocity and temperature

Mezzanine Combines On-board Wireless, GPS and Cryptography

October 7, 2009 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the XMC-660, multi-function mezzanine card that combines wireless, GPS and cryptography to provide portable, secure in-the-field wireless connectivity. The light-weight, small form-factor XMC-660 helps add

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