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Space station astronauts use robot arm, go Twitter

July 21, 2009 7:12 am | News | Comments

Robotic arm maneuvers and social networking sites are taking center stage at the international space station and space shuttle complex. The 13 space station and Endeavour crew members were awakened early Tuesday by Mission Control with the Rascal Flatts' song "Life is a Highway." Not long afterward, crew members began using the shuttle and space station's robotic arms to move a storage pallet holding three experiments from the belly of Endeavour to the outside of a Japanese laboratory at the space station.

Design Talk - Communications Technology

July 21, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Communications are a keystone of our information-based econonomy and society. The next-gen world of ubiquitous computing and cloud data services will rely on high-quality comms in the user interface, RF, and hard wire, to truly exist. Here are some design articles to help you in your communications design tasks.

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Debate starting on new French Internet piracy bill

July 21, 2009 6:23 am | News | Comments

Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament are to start debate Tuesday on a new version of a bill aimed at cracking down on online piracy by cutting the Internet connections of those who illegally download movies and music. An earlier version of the bill was found to be unconstitutional. Legislators in the National Assembly are to debate the amended bill through Friday, but decided not to take a vote on it until they return from summer recess in September.

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PCI Module Achieves Data Transmission of 100 kS/s

July 21, 2009 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PCM-3813I PCI-104 module from Advantech features analog input data transmission of 100 kS/s. With 12-bit, 32-channel input, the module offers 2,500 VDC isolation protection and software programmable gain on each analog input channel. The PCM-3813I supports single-ended and differential analog inputs

Control Module Includes Large Voltage Range

July 21, 2009 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using software, the Expert I/O 1000 PC-based automation control module from Dajac can be set to any user-provided voltage between 3.3 V and 27 V. The control module has a USB connection and incorporates the following I/O functions: 16 digital inputs, 16 digital outputs, 2 analog outputs (6 selectable ranges each)

Calibrator Features 0.0025% Accuracy

July 21, 2009 4:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for R&D, manufacturing, and calibration lab applications, the CL3001 calibrator from Omega features 0.0025% accuracy. The calibrator is used for temperature, DC, and pressure calibration. It also includes custom RTD and SPRT profile, RS232, USB, and IEEE-488 remote control, and NIST Certificate

Symbian Accidentally Certifies First Text Worm

July 21, 2009 4:49 am | by by James Middleton | News | Comments

The Symbian Foundation has been left with egg on its face after accidentally sanctioning what experts are calling the first text message worm in history.

Institute Unveils OLED that is 75% More Efficient

July 20, 2009 1:37 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has purportedly created an Organic Light Emitting Diode that is 75% more efficient than previous models. Led by Prof. Kyung-Cheol Choi, the KAIST team discovered a new type of surface plasmon enhanced OLED. KAIST explains their finding thusly: “For surface plasmon localization, silver nanoparticles were thermally deposited in a high vacuum on cathode.

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Product Bundles Address Stand-alone In-system Programming

July 20, 2009 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Corelis announced the availability of two product bundles for stand-alone in-system programming environments. The bundles are based on the ScanExpress family of products and are dubbed ISP-TAFP and ISP-JTAG. ISP-TAFP is capable of

Handheld Instruments Help Protect Sensitive Electronics

July 20, 2009 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ESD Pro Event Detector and the Ground Pro Ground Integrity Meter from the 3M Electronics Solutions Division are designed to protect sensitive electronics components and help prevent equipment malfunction by quickly and accurately detecting ESD, EMI and measuring ground impedance. The hand-held

Qwest doubles top broadband speed in some cities to keep up with cable

July 20, 2009 10:15 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Qwest Communications International Inc. is doubling its top Internet download speeds in some areas to keep up with the offerings of cable companies. The phone company said Monday it is introducing a plan with download speeds of up to 40 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 20 mbps in parts of 15 cities, including Denver; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City; Seattle and Vancouver, Wash.; and Minneapolis/St. Paul

Apollo 11 crew: Moon less interesting than Mars

July 20, 2009 9:34 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The first astronauts to walk on the moon want President Barack Obama to aim for a new destination: Mars. On Monday, the Apollo 11 crewmen, fresh from a Washington lecture Sunday in which two of them expressed concerns about NASA getting bogged down on the moon, are meeting with Obama at the White House. In one of their few joint public appearances, the crew of Apollo 11 spoke on the eve of the 40th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon, but didn't get soggy with nostalgia.

Lunar Orbiter Sees Apollo Landing Sites

July 20, 2009 8:09 am | News | Comments

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

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Tech Earnings Foretell Economic Trends

July 20, 2009 7:31 am | by JESSICA MINTZ | News | Comments

The technology sector is often talked about as if it were a unified front, an easy-to-define monolith. People say technology stocks rose or technology stocks fell. Tech helped drive a huge boom in the 1990s, and when that collapsed in 2001, tech contributed to the last recession. In reality, technology companies have about as much in common as Toyota Motor Corp., Boeing Co. and JetBlue Airways Corp. Sure, all three play a part in getting you places, but their customers are different, as are their sales cycles and the metrics used to measure their prospects.

Rugged RF Tester Offers Interference Analyzer Option

July 20, 2009 7:02 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The FieldFox RF Analyzer from Agilent is now available with an interference analyzer option. Key measurements include: cable and antenna test; spectrum, interference and vector network analysis; true average power measurements; and a vector voltmeter.

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