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Photos of the Day: 'RoboClam' digs with extreme efficiency

April 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

  A group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a digging robot — dubbed the “RoboClam” — inspired by the Atlantic razor clam. The RoboClam digs so effectively by changing the surrounding soil into liquid....

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Micropower 30-µV op amp settles in 15 µS to 0.0015 percent

April 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LT6020, a dual 3-V to 30-V fast settling operational amplifier, featuring 30 µV maximum input offset voltage and 0.5 µV/°C max VOS drift. While supply current is only 100 µA maximum per amplifier, proprietary slew enhancement circuitry provides

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Miniature high side load switches deliver up to 3 A in a 1-mm x 1.5-mm package

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC94161/62/63/64/65; a family of high-side load switches with low on resistance (14.5 mΩ) capable of delivering up to 3 A of continuous current in a small 1-mm x 1.5-mm wafer level chip-scale package. These small devices feature

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CE Week

April 9, 2014 12:04 pm | Events

CE Week is the consumer electronics (CE) industry’s annual mid-year, citywide event in New York City. The event brings together top media, industry analysts and technology thought leaders for innovative product debuts, a robust conference program and networking events....

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Crowdfunding is killing the hardware revolution

April 9, 2014 11:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Positioning itself to save the “hardware revolution” from “prototype purgatory,” Dragon Innovation is a crowdfunding site for hardware — and only hardware. But with so much more. “The hardware revolution has gotten a running start as new technologies like 3D printing have sped up the process of designing a prototype....

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Webb telescope's heart complete, final instrument installed

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart or Integrated Science Instrument Module...

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NASA's LRO mission and North America to experience total lunar eclipse

April 9, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment....

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'RoboClam' hits new depths as robotic digger

April 9, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A digging robot inspired by the unique mechanisms employed by the Atlantic razor clam has been created by a group of researchers in the US. The robot, dubbed RoboClam, is able to dig with extreme efficiency by transforming the surrounding soil from a solid into a liquid....

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Google Glass puts the focus on Parkinson's

April 9, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The next generation of wearable computing is being trialled for the first time to evaluate its potential to support people with Parkinson's. Experts at Newcastle University are investigating Google Glass as an assistive aid to help people with Parkinson's retain their independence for longer....

Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

April 9, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies that slowly cool down over billions of years. On the way to this final phase of their lives the stars throw their atmospheres out into the space....

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Passwords vulnerable after security flaw found

April 9, 2014 8:59 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and ANICK JESDANUN AP, Technology Writers | News | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery....

Clinton urges tech leaders to invest in training

April 9, 2014 8:52 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers....

How trends in electronics are affecting connectors

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Blogs | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics....

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This program can make your phone more secure than ever

April 9, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of smartphones came a great debate about the security of technology. With all of the sensitive information stored in the phones—bank account numbers, emails, credit card information—keeping the security tight is of the utmost importance....

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Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

April 9, 2014 3:10 am | by Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

So far one of the biggest problems for the federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated...

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