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Warming drives off Cape Cod's namesake, other fish

November 12, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

Fishermen have known for years that they've had to steam farther and farther from shore to find the cod, haddock and winter flounder that typically fill dinner plates in New England. A new federal study documenting the warming waters of the North Atlantic confirms that they're right...

Gene found that seems key in evolution of speech

November 12, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

Chimps, our nearest relative, don't talk. We do. Now scientists have pinpointed a mutation in a gene that might help explain the difference. The mutation seems to have helped humans develop speech and language. It's probably not the only gene involved, but researchers found the gene looks and acts differently in chimps and humans, according to a study published online Wednesday by the journal Nature.

Review: New BlackBerry Storm improves on original

November 12, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

The first touch-screen BlackBerry phone, the Storm, got a few things right, but generally it was a chore to use. Good thing a lot can change in a year. Though not without flaws, the latest version of the device, the BlackBerry Storm2, is the phone Research In Motion Ltd. should have released last year...  


Three-axis MEMS Gyroscope Offers 360 Degrees of Freedom

November 11, 2009 12:58 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a single-package analog gyroscope that accurately measures angular rates along three orthogonal axes. The sensor provides 360° angular-rate detection for high-precision 3D gesture and motion recognition in mobile phones, game controllers, personal navigation systems and

Five-A Schottky Bridge Rectifier Packaged in SMT SMDIP

November 11, 2009 12:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor released CBRSDSH5-40 Schottky bridge rectifier packaged in the SMDIP case. This device is said to be the first surface mount 5 A, 40 V full wave bridge rectifier with a low VF of 0.37 V and an IR of 40 µA. The CBRSDSH5-40 is appropriate for a broad range of solid state lighting and

Connectors join round and flat cables up to 1 AWG

November 11, 2009 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions' BIW Power Cable Connectors can be used to join round and flat cables up to 1 AWG. The connectors purportedly save up to three hours of rig time. Available separately, mid-joint protectors for 4.5", 3.5", 2.875", and 2.375" tubing sizes provide additional mechanical protection.

Capacitor series extends voltage range to 250 VDC

November 11, 2009 12:20 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the working voltage range of its RF multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) from 100 VDC to 250 VDC. The SQCA Series includes a capacitance range of 0.1 pF to 100 pF in a 0605 case size. Intended applications include microwave RF/IF amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, filter networks, and MRI system applications.

Brush-commutated DC Motors Maximize Power Density, Minimize Cogging

November 11, 2009 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pittman brand 30 mm brush-commutated DC motors integrate high-energy bonded neodymium magnets for maximized power density and an optimized magnetic field profile and 7-slot straight armature to minimize cogging. The motors feature a large diamond-turned commutator and copper-graphite brushes to deliver


Programmable Actuator Features Graphic User Interface

November 11, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduced its Haydon IDEA Drive stepper motor linear actuator. The IDEA Drive is an integrated linear actuator, electronic drive, and control unit fully programmable with a patent pending GUI (graphic user interface). Programming the actuator is through

PXI Battery Simulator Suits Automotive Apps

November 11, 2009 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI instrumentation modules with the introduction of the 41-752 Battery Simulator. Developed in association with DMC, this six-cell battery simulator provides up to 300 mA of current from each cell. The output voltage from each cell is fully

Software Provides UPS Infrastructure Status via Mobile Devices

November 11, 2009 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chloride North America announced today that its ManageUPS CIO UPS centralized infrastructure management software is capable of sending email alerts to all mobile devices, providing professionals with remote visibility of key UPS performance measures, regardless of location. IT professionals can now

Ethernet-based DAQ Modules Include Interactive Measurement Software

November 11, 2009 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

IOtech has released three new data acquisition modules in the 6000 Series of advanced measurement products. These products combine Ethernet-based DAQ modules with powerful, easy-to-use software. The 6222 is a 12-channel, simultaneously sampled, thermocouple input module. It features

Rectifiers have highest switching efficiency on market

November 11, 2009 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 600 V H-Series power factor correction (PFC) rectifiers from Qspeed Semiconductor purportedly has the highest switching efficiency of any silicon diode on the market. The H-Series products have a lower QRR temperature coefficient that purportedly minimizes switching losses at higher operating temperatures.


3U PXI Card Features 160 Digital IO Signals

November 11, 2009 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Geotest offers a user-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card that features 160 digital I/O signals for specific application needs. The GX3500 employs the Altera Cyclone III FPGA that supports clock rates up to 150 MHz and features over 55,000 logic elements. According to the company, the GX3500

Schools shun Kindle, saying blind can't use it

November 11, 2009 6:53 am | News | Comments

Amazon's Kindle can read books aloud, but if you're blind it can be difficult to turn that function on without help. Now two universities say they will shun the device until Amazon changes the setup.



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