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Plessey Semiconductors reborn and relaunched at Electronica 2010

November 5, 2010 9:37 am | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors will be exhibiting at Electronica 2010 on booth 160 in Hall A4. Plessey, a legendary brand, has been reborn following a management buyout in early 2010 of the ex-Plessey semiconductor businesses and manufacturing facilities in Cheney Manor, Swindon and Roborough, Plymouth.


Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2010

November 5, 2010 9:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A prototype charging system for electric and hybrid vehicles is helping demonstrate a technology that could one day play a key role in the electrification of America's highways. Sapphire nanowires grow using an unexpectedly complicated reaction with...

Aggies compete in annual Battle of the Brains contest

November 5, 2010 9:23 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Three teams from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering competed in the South Central USA region of the 35th annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) sponsored by IBM, with one of the teams finishing in sixth place overall. This year’s regional...


Swiss man performs aerial loops with jet wings

November 5, 2010 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy jumped from a hot-air balloon Friday and completed two aerial loops using just his custom-made jet-propelled wingsuit - the first time such maneuvers have been performed....

Robin Murphy, rescue robots to feature in Discovery Planet Green show Nov. 5

November 5, 2010 8:22 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Tonight's (Nov. 5) episode of the Discovery Planet Green channel's show, Dean of Invention, will feature Texas A&M Engineering's Dr. Robin Murphy and her rescue robots. The show, “Robot Revolution," will air at 9 p.m. Central Time on Discovery Planet Green (channel 103 on...

A safety switch prevents a big bang

November 5, 2010 7:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)) Three PTB scientists developed a new method to prevent explosions due to electrical sparks. For this development and the successful technology transfer, they received this year's Technology Transfer Prize of the Chamber of Industry and...

Solutions for faster internet

November 5, 2010 1:22 am | by European Commission | Comments

All internet users have at some time or another complained about slow surfing speeds or a tiresome wait for a video to load. A group of European engineers from Spain, Hungary and Sweden decided to try to counter such problems by monitoring traffic and tailoring services to meet demand.

Alcatel Lucent Sees 'Turning Point' After Deals in U.S. and China

November 4, 2010 8:25 pm | by New York Times | Comments

The company announced its first quarterly profit of the year and $5.7 billion in deals to build high-speed wireless networks and supply other gear.


The Sahara Wasn’t Always a Desert

November 4, 2010 7:21 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Comments

Green Sahara For much of the past 70,000 years, the Sahara has closely resembled the desert it is today. Some 12,000 years ago, however, a wobble in the Earth’s axis and other factors caused Africa’s seasonal monsoons to shift slightly north, bringing new rains to an area...

S & P announces changes to MidCap 400, SmallCap 600

November 4, 2010 7:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Standard & Poor's announced several changes Thursday to its MidCap 400 and SmallCap 600 indices due to acquisitions.S&P said that Bottomline Technologies Inc. will join the SmallCap 600 after trading finishes on Nov. 9, replacing Osteotech Inc., which is being purchased by Medtronic Inc.S&P...

New PinPoint® MEMS gyro - outstanding performance for low budgets

November 4, 2010 6:22 pm | by Medical Design Technology | Comments

This latest device from established MEMS gyro supplier Silicon Sensing is in action at Electronica, November 9 ? 12, 2010 - Hall A2, stand 118.


Chip sales expected to hit $300.5B this year

November 4, 2010 5:06 pm | Comments

The Semiconductor Industry Association predicted Thursday that global chip sales will rise 33 percent this year to $300.5 billion and 6 percent next year to $318.7 billion, as demand climbs for all sorts of electronics that use chips.Consumer PC demand has been weak this year, but demand for...

Consumer Reports: Kinect not 'racist'

November 4, 2010 3:06 pm | Comments

Looking to debunk a report that Microsoft's new motion-sensing video game controller might be racist, Consumer Reports says it found no evidence that Kinect has problems recognizing users with darker skin.GameSpot, a popular video game website, said earlier it found through testing Kinect that...


Activision 3Q earnings more than triple

November 4, 2010 2:05 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Continued strong demand for the latest "Call of Duty," ''StarCraft" and "World of Warcraft" video games helped more than triple Activision Blizzard Inc.'s third-quarter net income and pushed overall results well above Wall Street's expectations.The company raised its outlook for the full year...

300 cookbooks enrich library's collection

November 4, 2010 1:22 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

Nancy Cameros, the wife of Alan Cameros '57, donated her collection of ethnic and regional cookbooks before her death in September.


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