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Economist John Cawley discusses economics of obesity

March 4, 2010 1:22 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Before developing specific anti-obesity strategies, lawmakers should review the evidence on program effectiveness and costs to avoid policies that won't work or will waste money, says Cawley.

Secure Interconnects Are Designed for Defense Forces

March 4, 2010 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fischer Connectors announced secure interconnect solutions designed for Defense Forces: Fischer UltiMate Military Connectors Line. First within this line, the new Fischer LandForce Series offers compact, rugged, lightweight circular connectors for an improved protection of


Open Text to hire nearly 400 workers at Ontario locations over next five years

March 4, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) says it will hire nearly 400 employees at its operations in Waterloo, Ont., Richmond Hill and Ottawa over the next five years as part of $225 million product development plan partly funded by the provincial government.


Cooper Companies sees 4Q profit decline of 14 pct

March 4, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Contact lens and eye care product company Cooper Companies Inc. said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter profit fell 14 percent as administrative and other costs outpaced a revenue boost.The company earned $20.4 million, or 44 cents per share, compared with profit of $23.9 million, or 53 cents...

SIM-Micro SD Socket Combo Suits High Vibration Environments

March 4, 2010 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Global Connector Technology’s MES3055 hinged connector allows full retention of both the SIM and uSD cards in handheld and mobile applications. The connector also allows engineers to design more reliably for dust-laden or damp environments because


CACI International wins Navy deal worth up $588M

March 4, 2010 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CACI International Inc., which provides information technology services to the government, said Thursday that it has been awarded a Navy contract worth up to $588 million over five years.The new contract calls for CACI to enhance commuications and networking systems for the Space and Naval...

Volcano takes bigger loss, but shares gain ground

March 4, 2010 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Volcano Corp. posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday, saying research charges and other costs outweighed growth in revenue.Volcano took a loss of $12.1 million, or 25 cents per share. A year ago Volcano it reported a profit of $1.4 million, or 3 cents per share. The latest...


Spartech cuts costs, returns to 1Q profit

March 4, 2010 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic package maker Spartech Corp. said Thursday that it returned to a first-quarter profit as it worked to cut costs and boost productivity.The company earned $4.7 million, or 15 cents per share, for the quarted that ended Jan. 30. That compares with a year-ago loss of $5.1 million, or 16...


Simplify Power Designs with an Innovative MOSFET Package

March 4, 2010 10:32 am | by Hawk Lee, Jingen Qian & Kim Norton, Vishay | Articles | Comments

A major challenge facing power engineers today is how to overcome a reduction in board space for the power circuitry in commercial electronic products. A quick walk through any electronics retail store will reveal that personal computers have become smaller and even miniaturized which is a trend for many other types of electronic devices.


Discrete Components Optimize Medical Equipment Performance and Reliability

March 4, 2010 10:16 am | by Steve Wade, VP of Sales and Marketing, TT electronics | Articles | Comments

Medical electronics applications require components that are smaller, more robust, and highly versatile, particularly as medical equipment becomes increasingly portable. Because medical systems often use discrete electronic components in their circuit designs, passive components are critical to optimizing performance and reliability.


MOSFETs Provide Efficient Operation for Battery-powered “Green” Products

March 4, 2010 9:33 am | by Kevin Turchin, FAE Manager, ROHM Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Portable products increasingly rely on a single 3.7V Li-Ion battery for the energy source. For these and other low-voltage applications, lower gate voltage power MOSFETs improve the efficiency for extended battery life and reduce the heat dissipation involved in switching the loads. In addition, they simplify the design of numerous control functions by allowing direct control / drive.


KB Home says Burkle won't run for new board term

March 4, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Homebuilder KB Home said Thursday that billionaire investor Ron Burkle will not stand for re-election to the company's board at its next annual meeting.The company said Burkle, who has been on the board for 15 years, wants to devote more time to his other business interests. Burkle made his...

Exotic Antimatter Detected at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)

March 4, 2010 9:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists report discovery of the heaviest known antinucleus and the first containing an anti-strange quark, laying the first stake in a new frontier of physics.


Suntech posts $50M profit in 4th quarter

March 4, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suntech Power Holdings Co. on Thursday said the company earned nearly $50 million in the fourth quarter after reducing expenses while boosting shipments of solar products to the U.S. The company posted a loss in the same period of 2008.The Chinese solar company reported net income of $49.9...

Coping with the Smart Grid

March 4, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

This year at APEC I moderated a rap session on dealing with the Smart Grid. It had a standing-room-only crowd, and demonstrated how much interest exists on both the technical and political issues involved.



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