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The Solar Industry Shines in Saginaw

June 12, 2009 5:36 am | by Steve Hargreaves | Blogs | Comments

Outside Saginaw, Mich., an old auto town of 56,000 people about 100 miles northwest of Detroit, a company making silicon for solar panels is doing the exact opposite of the Big Three. It's hiring.

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Touch-Free Level Sensor Works with Liquids or Solids

June 12, 2009 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to measure through almost any non-metallic wall material to eliminate media compatibility and sterility issues, Sensortechnics’ CLC Series of contact-free capacitive sensors continuously measure the fill level of liquids as well as granular or pulverized materials.

Analog Front End Adds Inductive Touch Sensing Technology to User Interfaces

June 12, 2009 5:03 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology introduced its MCP2036 Analog Front End (AFE) for inductive touch-sensing applications. Complimenting the Company’s royalty-free mTouch inductive touch-sensing solutions, the fully-integrated MCP2036 AFE works with

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Cable Assemblies are Customizable

June 12, 2009 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to handle a current of 10 A per contact, 7-pin RD24 Series 692 over-molded connector cable assemblies by Binder-USA are available with male or female cord sets and straight or right angle connectors.

Brainstorm: New Product Development

June 11, 2009 11:53 am | Articles | Comments

What is the primary consideration when developing a new product? For this Brainstorm question we asked people at ITT Interconnect Solutions, CoActive Technologies KDM, Knight Electronics, Orchid Technologies, and AVX.

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CCFL Inverters Drive LCD Backlighting

June 11, 2009 10:10 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions able to drive backlights with single-, dual-, and multi-lamp configurations, the Smart Force SFW Series of DC/AC inverters from Endicott Research Group are intended for universal use across a broad range of CCFL-backlit LCD applications.

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Eleven Astronauts to Form Largest Off-Planet Party

June 11, 2009 7:03 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

Mix seven shuttle astronauts and six space station residents and you set a record for the biggest off-the-planet gathering. NASA is aiming to launch Endeavour on Saturday morning to the international space station for a long, laborious construction job. When the shuttle pulls up, there will be 13 people at the station — the most people ever together in space at one time.

Thinnest Superconducting Metal Created

June 11, 2009 6:09 am | News | Comments

A superconducting sheet of lead only two atoms thick, the thinnest superconducting metal layer ever created, has been developed by physicists at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Wireless Power Harvesting for Cell Phones

June 11, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.

NKU Breaks Ground on Advanced Informatics Center

June 11, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

Northern Kentucky University broke ground recently on a new, $55 million, ultra high-tech Center for Informatics that will house the university’s new College of Informatics, which combines all information-related disciplines under one college. The Center, largely funded with state dollars, will be built to provide the ultimate intersection of education and economic development, and is a key strategy for the region’s 2015 goal to create 50,000 new jobs.

Sign up for the 'Pumping Up Power Efficiency' Webcast on June 18th

June 11, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Whether you design drugs, manufacture consumer products or airplanes, or search for oil, improving your computing performance will improve your competitiveness. But what do you do when the “need for speed” collides with demands for reduced operating budgets and lower environmental impact?

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Study: Jobs in fledgling green sector growing

June 10, 2009 5:35 pm | by CHRIS KAHN and SANDY SHORE | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Wednesday. Solar and wind-power companies, energy-efficient light bulb makers, environmental engineering firms and others expanded their work force by 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007, the latest year available, according to Pew. The average job growth in all industries was 3.7 percent during the same period.

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Report says climate change is adding to migration

June 10, 2009 5:24 pm | by ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

Global warming is uprooting people from their homes and, left unchecked, could lead to the greatest human migration in history, said a report released Wednesday. Estimates vary on how many people are on the move because of climate change, but the report cites predictions from the International Organization for Migration that 200 million people will be displaced by environmental pressures by 2050.

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House GOP offers nuclear-loaded energy bill

June 10, 2009 5:15 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

House Republicans are calling for a hundred new nuclear power plants to be built in the next two decades as part of an energy plan they say is a better alternative than one championed by Democrats. The legislation unveiled by the GOP Wednesday would also increase production of oil and gas offshore, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and spur refinery construction.

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Modular LED System Targets Lighting Applications

June 10, 2009 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for optimized heat, power, and optical performance, the Transcend family of LED lamps from Molex eases design of lighting fixtures. Based on the Acriche 4-W LED from Seoul Semiconductor, the lamps can be directly plugged into AC line voltage without a converter or separate power supply.

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