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Feds give sea otters habitat protection in Alaska

October 8, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

Four years after being placed on the Endangered Species List, the dwindling sea otters of southwest Alaska on Wednesday were given an important recovery tool. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated nearly 5,900 square miles as critical habitat for sea otters in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea and Alaska Peninsula. The designated area includes all nearshore waters.

Review: Wireless charging lets you cut the cords

October 8, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

It's a pain to keep track of the chargers that go with cell phones, media players and other small electronics. It's even more annoying to stuff multiple power cords and adapters in your bag when you go out of town. What if you could charge things without plugging them in?

Defibrillator Saves Man Who Was Shot in the Chest

October 8, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

A defibrillator was credited with stopping a bullet in the chest of a gunshot victim. Doctors in Florida said the 61-year-old unidentified man had an Medtronic implantable cardiac defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. The October edition of the journal Heart Rhythm said the man


Justice Dept probing IBM's computer market conduct

October 8, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department is looking into allegations that IBM Corp. has abused its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers, the data-crunching heavy lifters of the computing world that IBM introduced in the 1960s and which are now used to process some of the most sensitive data in banking, government and health care.


Next: the pill bottle cap with a cell phone

October 7, 2009 1:14 pm | News | Comments

IPhones aren't the only cutting-edge devices on AT&T Inc.'s wireless network. A startup is set to announce that it's making pill-bottle caps that use Ma Bell's network to remind you to take your medicine.

Big dino prints found in Jurassic park in France

October 7, 2009 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Now that's one big foot. Paleontologists in eastern France have reported the discovery of some of the largest dinosaur footprints ever documented, measuring about 1.4 meters to 1.5 meters (4.6 feet to 4.9 feet) in diameter. The site of the find, high in the Jura mountains, was once a literal sauropod stomping ground

NASA downgrades threat of large asteroid

October 7, 2009 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Earth can breathe a sigh of relief. NASA on Wednesday downgraded the odds of an 885-foot asteroid striking the planet in 2036. Scientists initially believed there was a 1-in-45,000 chance that Apophis could hit the planet on April 13, 2036. But the threat was lowered to a 1-in-250,000 chance after researchers recalculated the asteroid's path.

You can watch NASA give the moon a one-two punch

October 7, 2009 12:42 pm | News | Comments

NASA will throw a one-two punch at the big old moon Friday and the whole world will have ringside seats for the lunar dust-up. NASA will send a used-up spacecraft slamming into the moon's south pole to kick up a massive plume of lunar dirt and then scour it to see if there's any water or ice spraying up.


Transmitter/Indicator measures air velocity, temperature

October 7, 2009 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The FMA1000 series of Transmitter/Indicators (from OMEGA) measures and displays air velocity & air temperature of air flows in ducts, pipes. This product is used in HVAC applications, research labs, and other manufacturing processes. Features include: back-lit LCD display of air velocity and temperature

Mezzanine Combines On-board Wireless, GPS and Cryptography

October 7, 2009 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the XMC-660, multi-function mezzanine card that combines wireless, GPS and cryptography to provide portable, secure in-the-field wireless connectivity. The light-weight, small form-factor XMC-660 helps add

VCSEL Offers 850 nm Wavelength

October 7, 2009 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics Company announced the release of a high power infra-red 850 nm wavelength range Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). The PH85-D2P0U4 from Optowell Co., Ltd provides a maximum output power of 20 mW at an operating current of 50 mA and operating voltage of 2.6 V maximum. The circular output has a narrow beam divergence of

Inductors tackle Aerospace and Military applications

October 7, 2009 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

A series of 0603-size ceramic inductors from Coilcraft CPS target the aerospace and military markets. Inductance values range from 47 nH – 22 µH. Q ratings are as high as 50 at 250MHz with Self Resonant Frequencies as high as 16 GHz.

Linear Actuator includes integrated Chopper Drive

October 7, 2009 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MotoDrive PDE Captive Linear Actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions comes with an integrated chopper drive. This is intended precision motion control applications. The system is capable of an output force of 220 N (50 lbs) for the single stack version and 350 N (78 lbs) for the double stack version.


MCUs Integrate RF Transmitter Functionality to Address Industrial Apps

October 7, 2009 7:55 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel introduced a ATA874x single-chip UHF ASK/FSK RF transmitter family targeting a broad range of proprietary wireless industrial and consumer applications. This new AVR product family operates in the license-free ISM frequency bands (868 MHz to 928 MHz, 433 MHz, and 315 MHz). With a

EPA’s Energy Star Label Now Available for Four Types of Glass and Food Processing Plants

October 7, 2009 7:31 am | Blogs | Comments

From strawberry jam jars to frozen french fries, the manufacturing plants that make several well-known container and food items in the United States can now earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for superior energy efficiency. The new Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) for flat and container glass manufacturing plants



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