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Google may sever ties with China

January 13, 2010 9:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Google has shocked the world by ending its Chinese censorship operation. Due to numerous factors (including cyber attacks emanating from China), Google declared that it’d no longer censor search results on Google.cn. Since launching Google.cn in 2006, Google has reluctantly accommodated China’s despotic online censorship.

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Give Sensors a Gentle Touch

January 13, 2010 4:05 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

New devices, technologies, and development kits make it easier than ever to include haptic controls in a design. Here's an overview of several hardware and software advancements. Atmel's first maXTouch touch-sensor controller and microcontroller, the mXT224, gives equipment designers as many as 224 sensing nodes across display screens than can exceed 10 inches.

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Attack of the 3-Dimensional images!

January 11, 2010 6:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Like the Goths sacking Rome, the 3-D invasion has arrived. No longer a kitschy gimmick, the technology has matured, and the leading consumer manufacturers are banking on it. Indeed, 3-D was the unofficial theme of CES 2010—3-D demos littered the show floor, and all the big players (with notable exceptions) unveiled 3-D products. Could 2010 be the year that 3-D finally takes off?

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Scientific Facts and ClimateGate

January 11, 2010 4:14 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

In the world of science, it is a universally accepted premise that a ‘Scientific Fact’ is something which can be proven at any time, in any place, and by anyone with sufficient scientific knowledge.  At the turn of the millennium, we started to hear about Global Warming Greenhouse Gases (GWGG).

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The Fastest Hydrogen Powered Vehicle in the World

January 5, 2010 4:11 am | by Ed Hillstrom, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Fellow, Ohio State University | Comments

In September  the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2(BB2) became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to eclipse the 300 MPH mark, setting an international speed record of 302.877 MPH, making the BB2 the fastest hydrogen powered vehicle in the world, including those using hydrogen combustion engines.

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Ohio State University takes first place at 2009 EcoCAR competition

December 29, 2009 7:43 am | 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.

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Proposed bill targets “cyberbullying”

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

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Climate watch: choosing Kyoto's successor

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

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CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

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

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The Truth About Intel's New Netbook Chip

December 22, 2009 4:06 am | by David Coursey | Comments

 Way, way, way too much is being made of the supposed impact Intel's new Atom N450 chip will have on the netbook and, by extension, laptop markets.

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The ECN Roundtable - Multicore Adoption

December 21, 2009 11:43 am | Comments

This month's question, "What is the biggest challenge facing the adoption of multicore processors by the engineering community for more applications?" was answered by people from Texas Instruments, Freescale, The Mathworks, and National Instruments.

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Design Talk: January 2010

December 21, 2009 8:21 am | Comments

As electronic devices are getting smaller and as consumers are demanding more features, designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) is becoming increasingly complex, not to mention that any finished design must face both performance testing and testing for compliance with Federal Communications Commission rules and other codes.

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IPv6 Goes Embedded

December 21, 2009 4:27 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

Most networked equipment uses Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4, which provides for about four billion 32-bit IP addresses. Concerns about exhausting these addresses--and other technical issues--led the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)to develop Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6.

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Li ion Battery Monitoring Solutions: Accuracy and Safety

December 21, 2009 4:11 am | by Andrew Glascott-Jones & Thierry Masson, e2v | Comments

Li ion is an obvious choice to power future electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). It has a number of advantages: a high-cell voltage of 3.6 Volts means that fewer cells, with their associated connections and electronics, are needed for high voltage batteries.

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Seek Production Expertise During Li-ion Cells Selection

December 18, 2009 9:13 am | by Chris Turner, Director Battery Technology, Nexergy, Inc. & Dr. George Thomas, Vice President, Shiningstar Technology Corp. | Comments

From a modest start in 1990, lithium-ion cell production has mushroomed into a multibillion-units-per-year industry with manufacturing facilities spread all over the world. Because of the potential for dangerous thermal-related incidents during the manufacture and use of Li-ion cells, extreme care must be taken during the manufacturing processes to produce high-quality cells that are as safe as possible.

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