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Reference Design Creates Smart Metering System

October 9, 2009 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on Freescale’s new MCF51EM256 ColdFire MCU, a turnkey metering reference design is a cost-optimized implementation of a single-phase or three-phase smart electrical meter.

Barnes & Noble to sell own Electronic Reader: Report

October 9, 2009 5:51 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc will soon sell its own electronic reader to rival Amazon.com Inc's Kindle, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Barnes & Noble's wireless touchscreen device could be sold as soon as

Israelis bring green power to West Bank village

October 9, 2009 5:41 am | Blogs | Comments

Residents of a West Bank village with no electricity have been helped out of the darkness by unlikely benefactors - a group of Israelis who installed solar panels and wind turbines to illuminate the Palestinians' makeshift homes. The villagers of Susya live in tents and caves with power lines darting right above their dwellings

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Epoxy Handles up to 600°F

October 9, 2009 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing demanding applications from downhole oil drilling to turbo compressors and satellite modules, Master Bond's EP46HT-1 epoxy adhesive/sealant has a continuous service operating temperature range of -100°F to +550°F and can withstand intermittent exposures up to 600°F.

Moonstruck: Making one giant thud for mankind

October 9, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Take that moon! For as long as man has looked up, the moon has inspired romance, poetry and songs. Man also likes blowing things up. Now we get to do both - in the name of science. NASA bulldozed two spacecraft into the lunar south pole Friday morning in a search for hidden ice.

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Tech industry braces for more antitrust scrutiny

October 9, 2009 5:13 am | News | Comments

After eight years of light antitrust scrutiny under a Republican White House, the technology and telecommunications industries are bracing for stepped up oversight by the Obama administration's Justice Department. Christine Varney, the head of the department's antitrust division, vowed in a May speech that her office will take a tough look at potential abuses of market power

Digital Staging Controller Drives Contactors For 10 Devices

October 8, 2009 12:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Athena Controls has announced availability of its Series DS Digital Staging Controller, capable of driving contactors for up to 10 heaters or cooling devices to maintain a process at setpoint. A single stager can control a mix of heating and cooling outputs, and the quantity of outputs dedicated to heating and cooling can be

EU sets out new science plan

October 8, 2009 12:50 pm | News | Comments

European authorities and industry must increase funding for scientific research and improve cooperation to try to close the technology gap with the United States, the European Commission said Tuesday. An EU commissioned report sets tough targets to be met by 2030

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Changing focus leads Dell to close NC plant

October 8, 2009 12:42 pm | News | Comments

A massive Dell Inc. computer assembly plant once seen as a job generator worthy of the promise of more than $300 million in state and local inducements will go dark in four months, a victim of new corporate calculations and changing customer tastes.

Climate watch: choosing Kyoto's successor

October 8, 2009 12:23 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Global investments in renewable energy technology dipped 40% from 2008-09—this according to United Nations Industrial Development Organization Director, General Kandeh Yumkella. “Due to the current economic crisis we have seen almost a 40 percent decline in 2009 alone in these investments,” said Yumkella at a global conference on green energy in central Mexico.

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Nissan's Electric Vehicle Tilts into Corners

October 8, 2009 12:07 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

Nissan's Land Glider electric vehicle tilts from side to side, sashaying into curves by up to a 17-degree angle, as though showing off in a fashion statement that it's zero-emissions. The wheel segments of the car can move separately from the cabin, allowing the car, still an experimental concept model, to sway and swerve, almost like a motorcycle.

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FBI Busts Cybercrime Ring in Operation Phish Phry

October 8, 2009 11:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. and Egyptian authorities have charged nearly 100 people with helping an identity theft ring steal money from thousands of bank accounts. An FBI statement says an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles charges more than 50 people in the United States with running the "phishing" scheme.

One-Watt DC/DC Converters Offer 6000 VDC Isolation

October 8, 2009 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The G Series and H Series of 1-W DC/DC Converters from Mornsun America feature 6000 VDC input-to-output isolation for medical, industrial control, and instrumentation applications where high isolation is required. Nominal input voltages of 5 VDC or 12 VDC step up or down to produce

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IC Controls Vizplex-enabled Electronic Paper Displays

October 8, 2009 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seiko Epson Corporation and E Ink Corporation announced a jointly developed display controller IC, the S1D13522 for E Ink's Vizplex-enabled electronic paper displays. The IC is based on the same engine as the first model, the S1D13521. This Epson display controller (code named ISIS) includes

Lawmakers seek FCC probe into Google Voice

October 8, 2009 10:03 am | News | Comments

A group of Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Google Inc's ability to block calls to rural telephone exchanges. Google's Voice service is at the heart of a dispute between the world's largest Internet search company and Apple Inc over why Google's voice application is not available on the popular iPhone.

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