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Clowns in Space

October 2, 2009 10:50 am | by MANSUR MIROVALEV | News | Comments

A Canadian circus billionaire boarded the International Space Station on Friday after a smooth ride up from Earth, and promptly played the entertainer by donning a red clown nose for a camera. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte became the seventh paying space tourist to travel to the station, where he plans to mix clownish fun with a serious message about the growing shortage of clean water on the planet 220 miles (355 kilometers) below.

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Power Rocker Switch has heavy duty ratings

October 2, 2009 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ST3 series power toggle switch from E-Switch-Lamb features a heavy duty rating with UL approvals. It also features tab, screw, and solder terminal options. Other features include: electrical life of 6,000 cycles, contact rating to 24A / 2HP, contact resistance of 50 milliohms max, insulation resistance of 800 Megaohms min at 500 VDC

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Brainstorm: Medical Electronics

October 2, 2009 10:17 am | Articles | Comments

What future technologies will reduce healthcare costs?

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Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

October 2, 2009 9:47 am | Articles | Comments

In 10 years, which display technology will dominate the TV marketplace?

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Half-bridge Driver IC is Self-oscillating

October 2, 2009 9:09 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for low-, mid-, and high-voltage automotive drive applications, the AUIR2085S driver IC from IR has a soft-start capacitor to increase the duty cycle from zero to 50 percent for 5 msec to limit in-rush current during start-up.

Isolated CAN Transceiver Assures Robust Fieldbus Design

October 2, 2009 8:08 am | by Thomas Kugelstadt, Senior Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The controller area network (CAN) bus has gained popularity in applications such as process control, automation, medical, and manufacturing due to high immunity to EMI and its ability to find and repair data errors. Because a CAN bus often runs over long distance interconnecting multiple systems, isolation between the bus and the systems connected to it becomes crucial.

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Europeans Launch Improved Satellite Positioning System

October 2, 2009 7:20 am | by Mark Long | News | Comments

The European Commission introduced a new satellite-based navigation system Thursday that vastly improves the accuracy of signals delivered to Europe by American GPS satellites.

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Knight Commission Urges Universal Web Access for USA

October 2, 2009 6:56 am | by DAVID BAUDER | News | Comments

The nation needs to give the same urgency to making sure all Americans have broadband access as the Eisenhower administration did in building an interstate highway system a half-century ago, a report released Friday concluded.

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TCXOs Offer Clipped-Sinewave Output Logic

October 2, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for use in Stratum 3, GPS receivers, Femtocell, and FTTH and FTTC applications, D53G series SMT TCXOs from Connor-Winfield provide clipped-sinewave output logic.

IBM takes on Google Apps

October 2, 2009 5:35 am | News | Comments

IBM is introducing an inexpensive Web-based corporate email service that will compete with Google Inc's Google Apps, which has recently suffered several high-profile outages.

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SPMT Consortium Releases New Specification

October 2, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

SPMT, LLC, the entity responsible for licensing the Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT) specification and administering the SPMT Consortium, today announced the release of the SPMT specification.

Varistor series minimizes leakage current

October 1, 2009 12:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

An 18V-rated version of a Zinc Oxide (ZnO) based varistor series from AVX exhibits a low leakage current of 1 µA maximum, purportedly extending battery life in portable devices. The UltraGuard series features non-linear, bi-directional voltage-current characteristics similar to back-to-back zener diodes with an EMC

Proposed bill targets “Cyberbullying”

October 1, 2009 11:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) has introduced a bill designed to combat cyberbullying.”  And in a rare instance of bipartisan solidarity, the left and the right stand opposed. Make no bones about it—the proposed legislation is a serious assault on first amendment rights. Dubbed the “Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act,” the bill is a reaction to the 2006 suicide of 13-year-old Meier.

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Connectors Accept Wires up to 14 AWG

October 1, 2009 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suited for a variety of Fieldbus and Ethernet network applications, Binder-USA's 7/8” cable connectors with 2.5mm terminal cross-section capacity accepts wire sizes up to 14 AWG. The connectors are offered with 5 gold-plated contacts in male and female versions with straight and right-angle options.

Nanotube 'Springs' May Eventually Replace Batteries

October 1, 2009 6:13 am | News | Comments

New research by MIT scientists suggests that carbon nanotubes — tube-shaped molecules of pure carbon — could be formed into tiny springs capable of storing as much energy, pound for pound, as state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, and potentially more durably and reliably.

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