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Phone points illegal border crossers to water

December 29, 2009 8:56 am | News | Comments

A group of California artists wants Mexicans and Central Americans to have more than just a few cans of tuna and a jug of water for their illegal trek through the harsh desert into the U.S. Faculty at University of California, San Diego are developing a GPS-enabled cell phone that tells dehydrated migrants where to find water and pipes in poetry from phone speakers...

Federal Register: Guidance for Industry on Patient-Reported Outcome Measures: Use in Medical Product Development To Support Labeling Claims

December 29, 2009 8:54 am | by FDA (The Center for Devices and Radiological Health) | News | Comments

This document describes how FDA reviews and evaluates patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments used to measure treatment benefit in medical product clinical trials.


Federal Register: Meeting: Incorporation of New Science Into Regulatory Decisionmaking Within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health

December 29, 2009 8:53 am | by FDA (The Center for Devices and Radiological Health) | News | Comments

The purpose of the public meeting is to identify strategies and means for incorporating new science into the regulatory decisionmaking process within the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).


UK's O2 apologizes for smart phone service trouble

December 29, 2009 8:53 am | News | Comments

The head of mobile phone operator O2 has apologized to customers in the British capital who were unable to make calls after the group's network was swamped by people using smart phones such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.


Cordis CROSSOVER Sheath Introducer - Recall

December 29, 2009 8:52 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

[UPDATED 12/23/2009] Recall classified as Class I. Nationwide recall due to stretching or fracture of the sheath during use.


Thermoflect Blankets and product line - Recall

December 29, 2009 8:51 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

FDA recommends blankets and other products not be used in magnetic resonance [MR] conditional or MR compatible environments


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 



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