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Electric Boat to lay off 434 workers

January 29, 2010 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat says it has notified 434 employees they will be laid off due a downturn in work.The company said Friday that the hourly production and production-support workers at the Groton shipyard will receive a formal 60-day notice before their jobs are eliminated in...

Microsoft profit beats on strong Windows 7 sales

January 29, 2010 9:05 am | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp posted a bigger-than-expected 60 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by strong sales of Windows 7, and said it expected business technology spending to recover this year. The world's biggest software maker said on Thursday that net profit came to $6.7 billion, or 74 cents per share, for its fiscal second quarter, versus $4.2 billion, or 47 cents per share, a year ago.


OMT Announces Changes to Its Board of Directors

January 29, 2010 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMT Inc. ("OMT") (TSX VENTURE: OMT) has announced that Stephen Pumple has resigned from the Board effective today.Mr. Pumple's resignation comes as the continued growth and acquisition activity within his own company is increasing and is requiring more of his time and energy as Chairman and...


Bomb-detecting “divining rod” banned for export

January 29, 2010 8:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

They say truth is stranger than fiction. Since 2008, Iraq’s military and police have utilized a divining rod (err, a “bomb detection device”) known as the ADE 651 to detect explosives. The ADE 651 has undoubtedly cost countless lives. Thus, justice was served when its creator, Jim McCormick, was arrested on suspicion of fraud.


Mexican leader seeks climate commitments at Davos

January 29, 2010 8:44 am | News | Comments

Facing down the skeptics, Mexico's president urged governments and companies on Friday to cough up the cash to fight climate change and avoid a repeat of the failure at Copenhagen to set binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Watchdog: UK university hid climate data

January 29, 2010 8:36 am | News | Comments

The university at the center of a climate change dispute over stolen e-mails broke freedom of information laws by refusing to handle public requests for climate data, Britain's data-protection watchdog said Thursday.


Study: distracted driving laws don't stop crashes

January 29, 2010 8:33 am | Blogs | Comments

A new study from the insurance industry finds that state laws banning wireless calling or texting while driving have not resulted in fewer vehicle crashes. The study, conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute and released Friday, examined insurance claims from crashes before and after such bans took effect in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.


“Smartgun” locks out unauthorized users

January 29, 2010 8:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

A gun owner’s worst nightmare is his own weapon being turned against him. The Armatix “Smartgun” concept presents a novel solution—fingerprint identification, combined with biometric authentication (paired with a wristwatch) makes the weapon useless in the wrong hands.


Lorex Technology books Q4 net income of US$440,000, reverses year-ago loss

January 29, 2010 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video surveillance company Lorex Technology Inc. (TSXV:LOX.H) posts fourth-quarter net income of US$440,000 or a penny a share, reversing a loss of $431,000 or two cents a share in the comparable year-ago period. Revenues increased to $11.8 million from $11.1 million.

Biomedical engineering imaging talk set for Monday

January 29, 2010 6:53 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Nilanthi Warnasooriya, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will give a talk Monday (Feb. 1) at 4:10 p.m. in Room 104 of the Jack E. Brown Engineering Building on campus. Warnasooriya’s talk,...


Bewick’s Swan Divorce

January 29, 2010 6:52 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Experts stunned by swan ‘divorce’ at Slimbridge wetland It is only the second time in more than 40 years that a “separation” has been recorded at the centre. Staff have described the new couplings as “bizarre”. It is not unheard of for the birds, which...

Than Thara Wara Nona

January 29, 2010 6:52 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I recently received an email comment about my blog writing that I think does a very good job of illustrating one of the frustrations that many design engineers face. "Please have someone teach Duane the difference between "then" and "than"....

Ceramic Bandpass Duplexer Serves Wireless Apps

January 29, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anatech Electronics introduced the AM1880-1960D268 surface-mount monoblock ceramic duplexer. It is suitable for use in base station transceivers serving wireless communication applications. The duplexer’s center frequency is 


DIN Rail Power Supplies Offer Outputs from 1.25 A to 40 ADC

January 29, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wieland’s new family of UL Listed and CSA Certified (cULus), switching power supplies provides a control voltage of 24 VDC, at an output current from 1.25 A to 40 A. The nine models include six single-phase and three three-phase devices, approved worldwide for a temperature range from -25°C to +71°C. All models feature 


Resistor Networks Are Configured in Isolated and Bussed Circuits

January 29, 2010 6:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics BI Technologies has developed two SON (aka QFN or DFN) eight-pad packaged sample kits. Designated SFN08AKIT and SFN08BKIT, the sample kits include four or seven ultra-stable thin film resistors configured in isolated and bussed circuits, respectively. Each sample kit contains 



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