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Engines of Prosperity

November 18, 2009 11:16 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

In my last post I discussed Forth as a language.  A language that is based on a virtual machine. What if that virtual machine was turned into a real machine? Good things. For one operations can be done in parallel. Returns can be automatically initiated at the end of an instruction cycle.

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Incandescent ban highlights issue of forced obsolescence

November 18, 2009 10:12 am | Articles | Comments

The mad scramble to obtain incandescent bulbs ahead of the EU ban highlights a controversial practice—the forced obsolescence of old technologies. R&D, combined with market forces, often collude to bury legacy tech. But should government speed up this process? How important is consumer choice?

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Advancing Use of Telehealth Solutions

November 18, 2009 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will educate both health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies as part of a new liaison agreement announced today.

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Temperature Control in Large Enclosed Spaces

November 18, 2009 9:58 am | by Marc Dugré, President, Regulvar | Articles | Comments

Temperature control in large enclosed spaces - such as goods warehouses or aircraft hangars – presents a huge challenge to conventional technologies. As such, this type of environment is very expensive to heat or cool and uncomfortable to work in. Innovative wireless technology can provide the answer.

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California Targets TVs to Lower Electricity Demand

November 18, 2009 9:54 am | News | Comments

The most power-hungry television sets could soon be banned from store shelves in California as state energy regulators on Wednesday consider a first-in-the nation mandate intended to lower electricity demand.

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IBM 'Pussyfoots' Towards a Thinking Machine

November 18, 2009 9:52 am | News | Comments

A computer with the power of a human brain is not yet near. But this week researchers from IBM Corp. are reporting that they've simulated a cat's cerebral cortex, the thinking part of the brain, using a massive supercomputer.

Shuttle Docks at Space Station

November 18, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

Space shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday for a weeklong stay, delivering a load of spare parts needed to keep the outpost running for another decade.

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Reading the future

November 18, 2009 9:49 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Recently the number of book-related applications in the iPhone App Store has surpassed the number of game apps in sales, sending rumbles throughout the nascent eBook reader marketplace. Will the smartphone unseat the e-reader before it can even begin its reign?

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LED Backlight Shipments Skyrocket as CCFLs and EEFLs Lose Ground

November 18, 2009 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will become the dominant large-area TFT LCD backlight unit light source by 2011 with a 56% share, according to the most recent DisplaySearch Quarterly LED & CCFL Backlight Report. [...]

Building Panels Protect, Provide Comfort

November 18, 2009 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The exterior skin of NREL's newest building will do more than keep the weather out. The concrete panels actually will be part of the Research Support Facilities' heating and cooling system. It's an old idea brought back to life in the name of energy efficiency.

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Eco-Friendly SUV Gets a Hydrogen Mileage Boost

November 18, 2009 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Driving hydrogen fueled SUVs for 431 miles per fill-up is no longer a California dream. Researchers from NREL and Toyota recently completed a 331 mile round trip drive between Torrance and San Diego in two Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles. And, with the fuel remaining, those...

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Solder Paste Stencil Opening

November 18, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

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Digi-Key Corporation Launches Digi-Key Toolbar Version 2

November 18, 2009 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thief River Falls, Minnesota (USA) — November 5, 2009 — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the launching of a newly...

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Commercializing 1005 Size, 10 & mu;F Monolithic Ceramic Capacitor

November 18, 2009 5:58 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Overview Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has commercialized 1005 size (1.0 x 0.5

PolySwitch Portfolio Expands With New 0603 Device

November 18, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics announced today the addition of a new industry-standard 0603 device to its popular line of surface-mount PolySwitch™ devices. The femtoSMDC016F device consumes less than half the board space of prior-generation devices and helps protect sensitive electronics from...

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