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Brookhaven Lab Physicist Simon Billinge Receives the J.D. Hanawalt Award from the International Centre for Powder Diffraction

August 5, 2010 5:23 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Brookhaven Lab physicist Simon Billinge has received the Centre for Powder Diffraction’s J.D. Hanawalt Award, along with Takeshi Egami of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Conn's 2Q key revenue metric declines 6.5 percent

August 5, 2010 5:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer electronics and home goods chain Conn's Inc. said Thursday that revenue at stores open at least a year fell 6.5 percent in the second quarter.Revenue at stores open at least a year is a key indicator of retailer performance because it measures growth at existing stores rather than...

RF Power Detector Boasts Highest Precision

August 5, 2010 4:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering a dynamic range of up to 40 dB, the PowerWise LMH2120 linear root-mean-square (RMS) RF power detector from National Semiconductor is presented as having the industry’s highest precision .

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Ambow Education prices IPO at bottom of range

August 5, 2010 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ambow Education Holding Ltd., which provides educational services in China, priced shares of its initial public offering at the bottom of the expected range, raising $106.8 million, the company said Thursday.The Beijing company offered 7.5 million American depositary shares for $10, while...

DOE designates Center for Ocean Energy Technology a national center

August 4, 2010 9:23 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Florida Atlantic University) The US Department of Energy has designated FAU's Center for Ocean Energy Technology as a new national center for ocean energy research and development. The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center joins centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

Robot climbs walls

August 4, 2010 8:24 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Utah) Wielding two claws, a motor and a tail that swings like a grandfather clock's pendulum, a small robot named ROCR ("rocker") scrambles up a carpeted, 8-foot wall in just over 15 seconds -- the first such robot designed to climb efficiently and move like human rock...

Source: Google, Verizon near net neutrality deal

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

A person briefed on the negotiations says Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are close to finalizing a proposal for so-called "network neutrality" rules, which would dictate how broadband providers treat Internet traffic flowing over their lines.A deal could be announced within days,...

Verisk Analytics profit jumps 27 pct

August 4, 2010 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verisk Analytics Inc. reported Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 27 percent and revenue rose 9 percent on stronger demand for its risk-management technologies. The revenue fell short of Wall Street's forecasts, though, and shares fell.The company earned $58.4 million, or 31...

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Optimizing Low-Current Measurements and Instruments

August 4, 2010 2:18 pm | by Jonathan L. Tucker, Keithley Instruments, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Characterizing devices at low current levels requires knowledge, skill, and the right test equipment. Even with all three, achieving accuracy at low current levels can be a challenge because the level of the current is often at or below the noise level of the test setup. To ensure success in low-level current measurements, it is important to know the type of test equipment to use, the different sources of measurement error, and the appropriate techniques to minimize these errors.

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AOL execs, some analysts see changes taking hold

August 4, 2010 12:05 pm | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AOL Inc. reported a $1 billion-plus second-quarter loss and tumbling revenue, yet the dismal-sounding numbers appear to belie a more positive reality: The troubled Internet company is actually chugging along on its long road to recovery.AOL is in the midst of a turnaround effort under CEO Tim...

Heartland Payment returns to profit in 2Q

August 4, 2010 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Credit card payment processor Heartland Payment Systems Inc. said Wednesday it returned to a profit in the second quarter, reversing a year-ago loss, as transaction volume increased.Heartland said the number of transactions from small and mid-sized merchants rose 8 percent and sales at stores...

HSN 2Q profit rises as sales climb

August 4, 2010 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HSN Inc.'s second-quarter net income climbed 82 percent as sales rose and the shop-at-home retailer kept a lid on costs, the company said Wednesday.For the quarter that ended in late June, the company earned $24.7 million, or 42 cents per share. That's up from last year's net income of $13.6...

Germany warns of Apple security problem

August 4, 2010 12:05 pm | by JUERGEN BAETZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Several versions of Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have potentially serious security problems, a German government agency said in an official warning Wednesday.Apple's iOS operating system has "two critical weak points for which no patch exists," the Federal Office for Information...

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Unprecedented look at oxide interfaces reveals unexpected structures on atomic scale

August 4, 2010 11:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Thin layers of oxide materials and their interfaces have been observed in atomic resolution during growth for the first time by researchers at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory,...

40 wealthy families pledge to donate their money

August 4, 2010 10:07 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Forty wealthy families and individuals have joined Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity.Six weeks after launching a campaign to get other billionaires to donate most of their fortunes, the...

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