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When is an 0201 not an 0201?

February 13, 2014 5:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

I'm working on a special project here that involves some 0402 LEDs and 0201 resistors. When doing such a thing, you should always check the footprint you're using against the data sheet. When using extra small parts, like this, I recommend making a custom footprint unless the one you picked is exact, and I mean exact.

3D-printed drones: The future of warfare?

February 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Comments

It’s like learning about the newest celebrity couple. The only difference is that you won’t read about this development in the tabloids. The United States didn’t really need any more incentive to outdo other countries in military technology, but 3D printing is an attractive avenue to further enhance our growing preference for drone warfare.

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Is your employer tracking your every move?

February 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Your employer probably isn’t tracking your every move just yet, but with new technology from Hitachi, it might not be that far down the road. Obviously there are ways for employers to track your productivity now whether it’s cameras or looking at your internet logs, but it’s really time consuming and not very informative for most employees.

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Crony capitalism vs. online gambling

February 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The 10th amendment is back in style, apparently. Back in 2011, the Justice Department issued a legal opinion on the Federal Wire Act of 1961, essentially reversing its longstanding ban on internet gambling. “Interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a 'sporting event or contest' fall outside the reach of the Wire Act,” it read.

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Why has the U.S. surrendered its global lead in engineering?

February 10, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

President Obama’s State of the Union address focused heavily on the domestic tech sector, and now we know why — a recent report by the National Science Board (NSB) charted America’s eroding share of the “global scientific landscape,” and its conclusions are troubling. Since 2001, the global R&D performed by Asian countries has overtaken the U.S.

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Watch this fish drive his own tank around

February 10, 2014 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Do you ever feel like your fish is jealous of the cat and dog who can walk freely about the house just because they have the ability to “breathe oxygen”? Have you caught your fish eyeing the parrot and his high flying, free-wheeling ways? Is he jealous of the hamster in the ball who gets to roll around the house?

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Net Neutrality is back in our court

February 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Last month, a federal judge dealt Net Neutrality proponents a devastating blow in Verizon’s challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order of 2011 (Verizon v FCC). The FCC’s Open Internet Order essentially forbid Internet service providers (ISPs) from

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EELive the show is on it's way

February 9, 2014 1:51 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

If you're going to be in San Jose during the first week in April, stop by the EELive show (formerly known as the Embedded Systems Conference). We'll be in booth 972. Stop by and see what we can do for you. Maybe earn a fabulous T-Shirt. While you're there, check out my two sessions....

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Average joe rescues Twitter

February 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Comments

Many fear that Twitter is past its “honeymoon phase” of popularity. What’s your biggest issue with Twitter? The layout? The registration process? The character limit? Well, the last isn’t changing. But the rest? You’re in luck: CEO Dick Costolo has plans to address these issues.

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5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

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Engineering is for boys. Pink is for girls.

February 7, 2014 8:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

We’ve talked about GoldieBlox a few times on the site before both about what a cool toy it is and then again when the company released a video of all the cool things you could do with the kit. I recently stumbled across a Tedx done by the CEO and Creator of GoldieBlox, Debbie Sterling. Sterling, who has engineering degree from Stanford...

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Possible Weather Caused Delays

February 6, 2014 7:11 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Yes, we here in the Portland area can get snow too. I know it's not as deep as everywhere else, but it still gets in the way. That means that some parts shipments in to our plant may be late...

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

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Photos of the Day: The bottom rung: Top flops of CES 2014

February 6, 2014 9:03 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Comments

Being such a massive show, CES 2014 had a lot to offer. But there are two sides to every coin, and many of you watched our Top Ten from CES 2014 to see what was impressive. What brings us here today are the few that scraped the bottom of the barrel.

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Old and New: 60 Years at Milwaukee Electronics

February 5, 2014 4:10 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

In 1954, one of my favorite movies, "THEM!", premiered in U.S. theatres. An even more significant (to us, anyway) event took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The founding of Milwaukee Electronics. We are excited to announce that our parent company, Milwaukee...

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