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Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet, 100 count bottles: Recall of all lots

December 29, 2009 8:50 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Recall expanded from November recall of 5 lots due to reports of moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Posted 12/28/2009


Nokia broadens patent claims against Apple

December 29, 2009 8:49 am | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents. Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging Apple's iPhone, iPods and computers all violate Nokia's intellectual property rights.

The Tin Foil Hat Brigade Strikes Again

December 29, 2009 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In what’s sure to encourage conspiracy nuts worldwide, Britain has released the government's complete file on the "Rendlesham Forest Incident" of December 1980. The 191-page document was released as part of a larger cache of British “UFO files” covering the years 1981-1996.


Global Warming or Global Cooling?

December 29, 2009 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Gentlemen, start your debating—according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the July average was the highest recorded ocean temperature in 128 years. July’s worldwide average of 62.6 will revive the global warming debates, inasmuch as some will cite this as evidence of climate change.


Light Bulbs and the Madness of Energy Efficiency Regulations

December 29, 2009 8:06 am | Blogs | Comments

Europeans (like Americans) choose to buy ordinary light bulbs around 9 times out of 10 (European Commission and light industry data 2007-8). Banning what people want gives the supposed savings that are "good for them"—no point in banning what people don’t want!


DC-DC Plug-in Converter Delivers Up to 1500 W

December 29, 2009 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics’ BKP 419-EH rugged, industrial quality, DC/DC plug-in converter provides up to 1500 W output power, depending on the cooling method employed. The natural air convection cooled version generates 1000 W, and the unit with forced-air cooling by system fans generates up to


Ohio State University takes first place at 2009 EcoCAR competition

December 29, 2009 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

OSU has earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the Year One EcoCar competition. The OSU stable bested 16 other teams with their “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” design.


Sixty-V MOSFET Addresses Small-Signal Applications

December 29, 2009 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released a 60-V n-channel power MOSFET in the SOT-923 package that is said to provide space savings over devices in larger packages such as the SC-70 and SC-89. The SiM400 in the SOT-923 measures 1 mm x 0.6 mm with a maximum height profile of 0.43 mm. On-resistance for the new device is 


Airborne Amplifiers Suit Flight Test Apps

December 29, 2009 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endevco has launched a series of compact, lightweight, rugged airborne amplifiers, designed for use within demanding flight test applications. Operating from an onboard aircraft DC-power source, Endevco airborne amplifiers are designed for use with piezoelectric microphones and accelerometers. The Endevco 2680M-XXX is a 


Proposed bill targets “cyberbullying”

December 29, 2009 7:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) has introduced a bill designed to combat "cyberbullying.”  And in a rare instance of bipartisan solidarity, the left and the right stand opposed. Make no bones about it—the proposed legislation is a serious assault on first amendment rights.


Climate watch: choosing Kyoto's successor

December 29, 2009 7:07 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | 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...


CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

December 29, 2009 7:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Back in March, we reported on the California Energy Commission’s proposal to set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts) for TV’s. All units above the maximum would be banned for sale in California—this would preclude the vast majority of Plasma, DLP, and Rear-projection TV’s.


Autonomous military eobots: A short survey

December 29, 2009 6:48 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

True robot “consciousness” may be eons away, or impossible, but that hasn’t stopped its development. The end stage includes robots acting as “full ethical agents,” i.e. “those that can make explicit moral judgments”. Some feel this is unnecessary. The benefits are clear: robots wouldn’t experience the “fog of war,” or fall prey to emotions.


FCC grills Verizon on increased Early Termination Fees

December 29, 2009 5:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating why Verizon Wireless doubled their Early Termination Fees for “Advanced Devices.” The $350 ETF for “Advanced Devices” went into effect 11/15, and applies to PDAs and Smartphones (such as RIM Blackberries).


Army develops robotic helicopter sniper

December 29, 2009 5:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Collateral damage has become synonymous with modern urban warfare. In fact, the concept of “total war,” where there is “less (or no) differentiation between combatants and non-combatants (civilians),” has existed since The Peloponnesian War. As far back as 431 BC, civilian casualties were considered an acceptable (and often desirable) outcome of total warfare.



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