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Chemical weapons: Then and now

February 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Sadly, human history offers all too many examples of how chemical weapons can be used to devastating effect. The employment of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) dates back to at least as far as 1000 BC, when the Chinese used arsenical smokes as weapons.

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The F-35 is "a failure waiting to happen"

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s an oldie but goodie. Last year, Four Corners — an Australian current affairs program — did an expose on the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and their conclusions were ... none-too complimentary. Like their American counterparts, Australia is pursuing a one-size-fits all solution....

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US appeals court may restrict Apple monitor duties

February 4, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

US appeals judges suggest they may let a court monitor get back to reviewing Apple's antitrust procedures, but they might limit his duties. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday. It didn't immediately rule whether the monitor's duties should...

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A look at Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

February 4, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NAME: Satya Nadella AGE: 46 BORN: Hyderabad, India. FAMILY: Married for 22 years to partner he's known since high school. Three children. HOBBIES: Reads books, takes online courses. "I buy more books than I can finish." Reads poetry. "It's like code," he says. Grew up playing cricket and...

How true love opened the smart bra

February 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When Microsoft reported plans for a smart bra equipped with sensors to help keep track of your health and mood, I scoffed at the idea. The concept of smart bras seemed a passing gimmick, and the comments from other critics on my previous blog on the topic seemed to agree.

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No room for wrong notes

February 4, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the examiner rewinds once again, one question remains: has the refrain of the song been plagiarized? Eyes narrowed, the music expert presses the start button once more and focuses on the melody and notes with the utmost attention. Finally, no doubt remains....

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology

February 4, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research shows that a remarkable defect in synthetic diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition allows researchers to measure, witness, and potentially manipulate electrons in a manner that could lead to new "quantum technology" for information processing.

In vitro innovation: Testing nanomedicine with blood cells on a microchip

February 4, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Designing nanomedicine to combat diseases is a hot area of scientific research, primarily for treating cancer, but very little is known in the context of atherosclerotic disease. Scientists have engineered a microchip coated with blood vessel cells to learn more about the conditions under which nanoparticles accumulate....

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Carnegie Mellon model predicts growth, death of membership-based websites

February 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Facebook, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a proven success in what the late Nobel laureate Herbert Simon called "the marketplace of attention." A new model devised at Carnegie Mellon University assesses the viability of websites and social networks in this new attention economy to predict which sites are sustainable and which are not.

RF front end includes reconfigurable option

February 4, 2014 12:04 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. announces UltraCMOS Global 1, the first reconfigurable RF front end (RFFE). For the first time, 4G LTE platform providers and OEMs will be able to save time and money by creating a single-SKU design for global markets.

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Mutation leads to combined hyperlipidemia; genetic targeting may reverse it

February 4, 2014 12:02 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A Yale study has identified the underlying genetic basis of combined hyperlipidemia, as well as a treatment that may normalize the condition. The study appears in Cell Metabolism....

Buck converter features 12µA quiescent current

February 4, 2014 11:37 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3638, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications.

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SnowJam 2014

February 4, 2014 11:18 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Members of the Georgia Tech community share their stories from Atlanta's SnowJam 2014 February 4, 2014 Atlanta, GA It was the kind of day that you’ll never forget. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, faculty, staff, and students headed to work and class unaware of the chaos to come when campus closed at 1:30 p.m. ...

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Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet

February 4, 2014 11:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope....

CAT6 RJ45 four-pair protector promises 10x faster performance than CAT5

February 4, 2014 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITW Linx (Carol Stream, IL) launched its SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair surge protector. Thoroughly tested to meet or exceed CAT6 standards for signal integrity and featuring solid state technology for enhanced surge protection and exceptional respose time, the SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair offers

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