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Study finds piece-by-piece approach to emissions policies can be effective

December 16, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Discussions on curbing climate change tend to focus on comprehensive, emissions-focused measures: a global cap-and-trade scheme aimed at controlling carbon, or a tax on all carbon emissions. But a new study by researchers at MIT finds that a “segmental” approach — involving separate targeting of energy choices and energy consumption through regulations or incentives — can play an important role in achieving emission reductions.The new...

New graphene treatment could unleash new uses

December 15, 2013 1:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Graphene, a two-dimensional array of carbon atoms, has shown great promise for a variety of applications, but for many suggested uses the material requires treatments that can be expensive and difficult to apply predictably. Now, a team of researchers at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley has found a simple, inexpensive treatment that may help to unleash the material’s potential.The new method is described in a paper pub...

Water, water everywhere: But is there enough to drink?

December 13, 2013 4:29 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The challenge of supplying clean, safe drinking water to an expanding world population comes down to money, MIT economist Franklin Fisher says: We are surrounded by water — it covers 71 percent of Earth’s surface — and industrial-scale desalination has operated successfully around the world for many years. “Every country with a seacoast can have as much water as it wants, if it is willing to incur the costs,” Fisher, the Jane Berkowit...

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US Department of Energy cracking down on idle adapters

December 13, 2013 4:24 pm | by Michael O’Loughlin, Senior Systems Solutions Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Portable devices such as cell phones, MP3 players and tablets have become popular over the years. Most people own at least two of these devices. Each device requires a power adapter to charge and provide power for these portable electronics.

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Understanding the ambiguity of the peak power rating of TVS devices

December 13, 2013 3:55 pm | by Robert Ashton, Sudhama Shastri, ON Semiconductor | On Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

All electrical systems, including computers, entertainment systems, mobile phones, medical instrumentation and automotive electronics, need to be immune from damage due to electrical transients encountered on a day-to-day basis. Electrical transients can come from many sources.

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You won’t find selfies on this Instagram account

December 13, 2013 3:26 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Drones are becoming almost as prevalent in the skies as they are in the news. From “Amazon Prime Air” to military drones in overseas conflict, it seems like these are devices that aren’t going away any time soon. For London-based artist and activist, James Bridle, this is a troubling fact. One of Bridle’s most well-known endeavors is Dronestagram: an Instagram account that posts pictures of drone strike locations...

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Can smartphones snap out of technological stupor?

December 13, 2013 2:03 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. Smartphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull....

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What changes in board level-assembly made the biggest impact in 2013?

December 13, 2013 1:15 pm | Articles | Comments

Machine assembly technology for all size orders (especially small sizes) and related advances in stencil printing capability significantly impacted board level assembly in 2013. The auto assembly field has benefited tremendously from this progress. A major driver for these auto assembly changes came from advances in board packaging from active components like semiconductors....

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How Internet TV will impact the electronics industry

December 13, 2013 1:00 pm | by Jonathan Rodriguez, Founder and CEO, BitMar Networks | Blogs | Comments

The Internet has become our way of life. It connects us like never before. As such, it is no wonder that so many industries have resorted to the Web as their main distribution channel -- and the Television industry is not the exception. But what do all the changes, taking place within the TV realm, have to do with the rest of the electronics industry?

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Horizontal mating connectors engineered for high current loads

December 13, 2013 12:44 pm | Hirose Electric Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose is now taking orders for its newest connector: the DF64 Series, a Horizontally Mated 2-Piece Connector System. Made available for board-to-board and board-to-wire interfaces, the 2-position DF64 Series connector measures 20.4 x 14.4 mm and has a mated height of just 4.7 mm.

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OMEGA Engineering inaugurates new office in Brazil

December 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by Omega Engineering | News | Comments

OMEGA Engineering is celebrating its newest office in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil with an official grand opening on December 16, 2013. This is in line with OMEGA's strategy to expand its business and leadership globally. Headquartered in the USA, OMEGA has been a leader in process measurement and control in the USA...

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Neuroscience method of optogenetics as good as electrical stimulation

December 13, 2013 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Neuroscientists are eagerly, but not always successfully, looking for proof that optogenetics – a celebrated technique that uses pulses of visible light to genetically alter brain cells to be excited or silenced – can be as successful in complex and large brains as it has been in rodent models.

New system allows for high-accuracy, through-wall, 3-D motion tracking

December 13, 2013 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house. Gaming could become this realistic, thanks to new technology developed by Dina Katabi's research group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) that allows for highly accurate, 3-D motion tracking.

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Piezoresistive shock accelerometer designed for weapons testing

December 13, 2013 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has introduced the Endevco model 7284 series, a family of lightly damped, high-g, triaxial, piezoresistive shock accelerometers designed for weapons testing, high-g data recorders, missile fuzes and other extreme-g applications.

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Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code

December 13, 2013 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine, made the discovery.

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