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Harnessing magnetic vortices for making nanoscale antennas

April 30, 2014 5:18 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal-generating or receiving antennas and other electronic applications. 

Microsoft to sell Xbox One console in China

April 30, 2014 12:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will start selling its Xbox One video game console in China in September. Microsoft Corp. says it is launching the system through a partnership with BesTV New Media Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group. Microsoft says the system will be available throughout China. Video...

Graphene not all it's cracked up to be

April 29, 2014 2:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobile in lakes or streams and therefore likely to cause negative environmental impacts if released....

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High voltage Reed switch is presented as world’s smallest

April 29, 2014 2:47 pm | Standex Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics (Cincinnati, OH) announced the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch. At a maximum glass length of 10.5 mm and an overall lead length of 34.5 mm, the KSK-1A35/1 can...

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Solving a mystery of thermoelectrics

April 29, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Materials that can be used for thermoelectric devices — those that turn a temperature difference into an electric voltage — have been known for decades. But until now there has been no good explanation for why just a few materials work well for these applications, while most others do not....

Experiment on Earth demonstrates effect observed in space

April 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce some of the most stunning objects seen in space. Astronomers have seen them shooting out of young stars just being formed, X-ray binary stars and even the supermassive black holes at the centers of large galaxies....

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Proving uncertainty: New insight into old problem

April 29, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nearly 90 years after Werner Heisenberg pioneered his uncertainty principle, a group of researchers from three countries has provided substantial new insight into this fundamental tenet of quantum physics with the first rigorous formulation supporting the uncertainty principle as Heisenberg envisioned it....

Low profile shielded power inductors offer DCR as low as 7.06 mOhms

April 29, 2014 2:32 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XFL6012 Series of shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling and exceptionally low DC resistance in a rugged, low-profile package. Measuring 6.56 mm x 6.36 mm with a maximum height of 1.2 mm, the XFL6012 Series provides...

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Kerry: Internet access a 'fundamental right'

April 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by Matthew Lee - AP Diplomatic Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State John Kerry says people around the world have a fundamental right to the Internet. He is denouncing authoritarian governments that place restrictions on web access and social media. Speaking from Washington to an online freedom forum in Estonia, Kerry said Monday that open and...

5 things to know about Google's self-driving cars

April 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of Google's self-driving car project wrote in a blog post Monday that development of the technology has entered a new stage: trying to master driving on city streets. Many times more complex than freeways, which the cars can now reliably navigate, city streets represent a huge...

Europe warns Google, Samsung on phone patent abuse

April 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by Toby Sterlng - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway. Separately, Samsung settled a case where it had...

Justices wary of unlimited cellphone searches

April 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mark Sherman - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. A key question in two cases argued Tuesday is whether Americans' cellphones, with vast quantities of sensitive records, photographs and...

As strong as its weakest link: Experiments determine real-world limits of graphene

April 29, 2014 1:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have measured the fracture toughness of imperfect graphene for the first time and found it to be somewhat brittle. While it's still very useful, graphene is really only as strong as its weakest link, which they determined to be "substantially lower" than...

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Broadband limiting amplifiers target electronic warfare, broadband communications

April 29, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) unveiled new wide dynamic range broadband limiting amplifiers commonly used in electronic warfare, microwave receivers and broadband communications systems. These coaxial limiting amplifiers cover...

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SMT Aluminum electrolytic capacitors target high-temperature applications

April 29, 2014 11:44 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) has introduced four new lines of surface mount electrolytic capacitors, with maximum temperature ratings of 105°C to 125°C. These products are designed to handle a wide range of applications in power, portable instruments and other compact electronic devices. Capacitance ranges from...

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