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In stem cells, like real estate, location is most important factor

October 6, 2013 1:01 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Stem cells and real estate have this in common: the most important thing is location, location, and location. Stem cells are extensively studied because of their ability to generate a wide variety of tissue types — from new heart, liver and even brain cells.  A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published online Oct. 6 in the journal Nature shows that the fate of stem cells depends upon their immediate surroundings....

Sloppy Silicon Valley techies find their style

October 6, 2013 10:58 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Silicon Valley has had a men's fashion problem dating back to its founders. From their inception, tech companies went out of their way to be different. There would be no more top-down management, cubicles or business suits. Thus leather sandals, elastic-waist jeans and old T-shirts became...

You say Twitter, I say Tweeter: Investor mix-up?

October 4, 2013 7:36 pm | by JOSEPH PISANI - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankrupt electronics retailer appears to have gotten caught up in the investor fervor for Twitter. Shares of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. rose as high as 15 cents Friday. That's up 1,400 percent from Thursday's closing price of 1 cent. And trading volume skyrocketed to 14.4 million...

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Fun facts about manufacturing files

October 4, 2013 6:56 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Circuit boards live and die by their manufacturing files. Without complete and accurate information, the board fab house can't fab the boards, the assembly house can't assemble your boards and nobody can buy the parts. Our old standard, the Gerber file, has been around since about the time King Arthur pulled the inductor out of the solder pot. It's old.

Apple files promised appeal in book-collusion case

October 4, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is fighting a legal order requiring the company to modify its digital book contracts and submit to oversight by a court-appointed antitrust monitor. The Cupertino, California, company filed its notice of appeal Thursday in New York, following through on a pledge to fight the verdict. A...

Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots

October 4, 2013 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2011, when an MIT senior named John Romanishin proposed a new design for modular robots to his robotics professor, Daniela Rus, she said, "That can't be done." Two years later, Rus showed her colleague Hod Lipson, a robotics researcher at Cornell University, a video of prototype robots, based on Romanishin's design, in action. "That can't be done," Lipson said.

Ultraviolet light to the extreme

October 4, 2013 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you heat a tiny droplet of liquid tin with a laser, plasma forms on the surface of the droplet and produces extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light, which has a higher frequency and greater energy than normal ultraviolet. Now, for the first time, researchers have mapped this EUV emission....

NSF awards $12 million to SDSC to deploy 'Comet' supercomputer

October 4, 2013 1:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $12-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deploy Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains.

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Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth

October 4, 2013 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The mystery of why life on Earth evolved when it did has deepened with the publication of a new study in the latest edition of the journal Science. Scientists at the CRPG-CNRS University of Lorraine, The University of Manchester and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris have ruled out a theory as to why the planet was warm enough to sustain the planet's earliest life forms....

COM Express Modules feature Intel Core i7/i5 4th-Gen CPUs and removable memory

October 4, 2013 1:35 pm | Acromag | Product Releases | Comments

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express Module provides a high-performance processor in a package that is small, light, and very power-efficient. The XCOM-6400 is a Type 6 Basic COM Express module that is available with a choice of Intel’s 4-generation Core i7 or i5 Haswell CPU and Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset....

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Embedded Video Engine features 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface development

October 4, 2013 12:35 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking FDTI’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) integrated circuit, which addresses the need for easy-to-design, advanced forms of human-machine interaction. The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) available at Mouser Electronics is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality....

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Software includes expanded electro-acoustic capability

October 4, 2013 12:29 pm | Audio Precision | Product Releases | Comments

Audio Precision announced a new software release that expands the features of the electro-acoustic test suite for APx audio analyzers. APx v3.4 adds Thiele/Small parameters, Complex Impedance and Loudspeaker Production Test to the APx platform.

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How Instagram can ruin your dinner

October 4, 2013 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Warning Instagrammers: You might want to stop taking so many pictures of your food. New research out of Brigham Young University finds that looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat. Turns out your foodie friend's obsession with taking pictures of everything they eat and posting it on Instagram or Pinterest may be ruining your appetite....

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Tesla fire shows electrics face safety challenges

October 4, 2013 11:58 am | by Mike Baker & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

When debris on a Seattle-area freeway pierced the battery of a $70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for electric-vehicle owners. It also caused rare jitters among investors, who of late have viewed Tesla as nearly invincible.  

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Gain block covers the frequency range from 50 to 4,000MHz

October 4, 2013 11:12 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TQL9047, an 8-pin, 2x2mm DFN packaged gain block from TriQuint Semiconductor. The TQL9047 offers internally match I/O over the frequency range of 50 to 4000MHz. With OIP3 of 35.5dBm, this gain block is ideally suited for BTS transceivers and repeaters....

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