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Honda Debuts Self-Stabilizing Unicycle

September 25, 2009 7:28 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

Honda's new "personal mobility" device looks like a unicycle, but all you need to do to zip around on it — sideways as well as forward and back — is lean your weight into the direction you want to go. The U3-X — available for a test-run for reporters in Tokyo Thursday — was designed to be small, safe and unobtrusive enough to mingle with pedestrians.

Accounting Rule Change Favors Tech Firms

September 25, 2009 6:40 am | by Patricia Resende | News | Comments

Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and other technology earnings reports will benefit from a rule change made Wednesday by the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Attenuators Express Minimal Deviation

September 25, 2009 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating  from DC to 3 GHz, Model 752 precision attenuators from Narda have an attenuation deviation of only +/-0.3 dB, with a maximum VSWR of 1.2:1. Able to handle 5 W average with a 300 W peak RF input power


Spacecraft Finds more Frozen Water on Mars

September 25, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet.

DOE's Solar Decathlon to Highlight Innovation, Future Green Jobs

September 25, 2009 4:47 am | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced this year’s participants and dates for DOE’s 2009 Solar Decathlon, a competition that challenges students to design and develop houses that can provide their own energy from the sunlight – a clean, renewable source of energy.  The twenty collegiate teams from the United States, Canada, Spain and Germany will each build a completely self-sufficient solar powered house


Fairness hearing postponed for Google books deal

September 25, 2009 4:40 am | News | Comments

A judge noted the many objections to a $125 million deal giving Google Inc. digital rights to millions of out-of-print books as he agreed Thursday to postpone a fairness hearing so the agreement can be rewritten to comply with copyright and antitrust laws.

Planned emission cuts still mean far hotter Earth

September 25, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Earth's temperature is likely to jump nearly 6 degrees between now and the end of the century even if every country cuts greenhouse gas emissions as proposed, according to a United Nations update. Scientists looked at emission plans from 192 nations and calculated what would happen to global warming. The projections take into account 80 percent pollution cuts from the U.S. and Europe by 2050, which are not sure things.


Cabling System delivers Category 6 performance

September 24, 2009 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for data centers and office environments, the Pre-Term Made Easy cabling solution from Belden delivers Category 6 performance. The system is supported under Belden’s IBDN 3600 Certification Program, including guaranteed bandwidth of 280 MHz and a 25-Year IBDN Product Warranty.


Terminations have typical PIM of less than 165 dBc

September 24, 2009 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Passive Intermodulation, (PIM), 100 W Terminations from Microlab/FXR have typical PIM performance of <-165 dBc. Using two 20 W test tones, they are purportedly guaranteed <-160 dBc. The TK-27MN (male N connector) and the TK-27FN (female N connector) achieve a typical VSWR better than 1.05:1

High Frequency Capacitor Offers Low Stray Inductance

September 24, 2009 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for applications such as induction heating that require greater than 100 kHz ripple DC filtering, FFVS Series capacitors from AVX have an inductance of less than 10 nH on certain models.

Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2009: Videos

September 24, 2009 8:43 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Our Editor-In-Chief, Alix Paultre, shot these videos from the show floor. Enjoy!

Brushless Fans feature static pressure as low as .83 in

September 24, 2009 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

With .83 in to 1.2 in static pressure, two new sizes in the "REVOLUTION" series of brushless DC fans from Jaro Thermal achieve up to 316 cfm. The new sizes include 140 MM2 x 51 MM and 120 mm2 x 38 mm. The fans' rated voltage is from 12 VDC to 24 VDC, while the operating voltage range is from 10.8 VDC to 26.4 VDC.

Smoke on the water — and in the microphone?

September 24, 2009 6:43 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

What do you get if you combine a smoke machine, some tubing, a laser pointer, a fan and a piece of toilet paper? Answer: a microphone unlike any other. Inventor David Schwartz says the device, still a prototype, could be a big leap for microphones because it picks up sound almost out of thin air. It doesn't need a


Feds weigh cell phone ban for bus, truck drivers

September 24, 2009 6:32 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Safety investigators told federal regulators three years ago that it was dangerous for bus drivers to talk on cell phones while driving and recommended a ban. The National Transportation Safety Board put that recommendation on its list of most important safety measures. Industry and safety groups had no objections.

It's not lunacy: probes find Water in Moon Dirt

September 24, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

The moon isn't the dry dull place it seems. Traces of water lurk in the dirt unseen. Three different space probes found the chemical signature of water all over the moon's surface, surprising the scientists who at first doubted the unexpected measurement until it was confirmed independently and repeatedly.


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