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Designing touchscreens with true glove functionality

March 12, 2014 8:43 am | by Chitiz Mathema, Product Marketing Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Cypress | Articles | Comments

Most capacitive touchscreens simply do not work with gloves. Glove material is generally non-conductive and the material dielectric properties are closer to that of air. One method for getting gloves to work with capacitive touchscreens is to increase the sensitivity of the touchscreen.

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Fresenius to create 665 jobs at new Knox plant

March 12, 2014 4:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years. Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release that the German company plans to spend up to $140 million on the project to build the plant in...

At tech fest: 3D printers, bitcoin and 'Titanfall'

March 11, 2014 7:08 pm | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3-D printed candy and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the geek set is slowly filing out to make room for hordes of musicians descending on the city. Known as the...

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Levels of key brain chemicals predict children’s reading ability

March 11, 2014 5:16 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

March 11, 2014 5:13 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Duke engineers build world’s first 3-D acoustic cloaking device By Ken Kingery Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s...

Tech Companies Shine Some Light on National Security Requests

March 11, 2014 5:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.Newly released reports from Web and telecom service providers such as Facebook reveal for the first time that tens of thousands of Americans have had...

Cable assemblies support 64 fibers and accommodate up to 25 Gbps per channel

March 11, 2014 4:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has announced its plans to release MXC fiber cable assemblies later this year. This new product line will support 64 fibers and accommodate up to 25 Gbps per channel, allowing for aggregate data transfers of 1.6 Tbps.

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The Numbers Behind Japan’s Renewed Embrace of Nuclear

March 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.In the three years since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan has tried to replace nuclear energy with fossil...

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Miniature, digital sensor measures current up to +/-50 A

March 11, 2014 3:29 pm | Infineon | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies AG (Neubiberg, Germany) is launching a high-precision current sensor, which requires only a sixth of the board space taken up by existing sensors on the market today, according to the company. Using the TLI4970, it is possible to measure

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Top 10 solar PV markets illustrate shifts in global demand

March 11, 2014 3:14 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

The top 10 global PV markets accounted for over 80% of end-market demand in 2013. However, each of these markets has unique characteristics that drive demand, ranging from individual policy and regulatory structures to differing customer preferences and business models. These factors can lead to...

Salt detectors block interfering radiation

March 11, 2014 2:54 pm | Calsensors | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) launched a new line of single channel detectors (SCD) that block unwanted radiation below 1.2 microns. Exploiting the innate transmission bandwidth of Silicon, the new SCD-Si detectors are packaged with anti-reflection Silicon windows to block

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Is white--or green--the new black in cities?

March 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The following is part thirteen in a series on the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) investment. Parts one, two, three, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130712&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News...

The 10 most outlandish gadgets

March 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Most tech gadgets are nothing short of miraculous. But I think these are nothing short of ridiculous. 1. Wake'n Bacon, 2. Caffeine Machine, 3. Solar Hat, 4. Magic Wand Remote, 5. BeerPager, 6. iTypewriter, 7. WheelMate, 8. Spy Pen, 9. Text Message Chandelier, 10. iSmell.

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Asia set to surpass the American market for machine-safety components

March 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Moore, IHS, Inc. | News | Comments

The world market for discrete machine-safety components was estimated to be worth $3.4 billion in 2012. The American market accounted for 21% and Asia 20%. The remaining 59% of 2012 revenues were accounted for by sales in EMEA. Overall industrial growth in Asia is higher than that of the American market, as has been the case for a number of years. Machine-safety in Asia is also

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Why it’s time for a useful Internet of Things

March 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the Internet of Things.

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