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New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

December 16, 2013 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices. Cornell engineers have created the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics...

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Agriculture the most promising market for drones

December 16, 2013 11:10 am | News | Comments

Idaho farmer Robert Blair isn't waiting around for federal aviation officials to work out rules for drones. He and a friend built their own, outfitting it with cameras and using it to monitor his 1,500 acres (600 hectares). Under 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) and 5 feet (1.5 meters) long nose to tail, the aircraft is the size of a turkey.

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China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017

December 16, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe. The new mission planned for 2017 would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020.

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Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs

December 16, 2013 11:06 am | by JULIE WATSON and ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago.

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China's moon rover leaves traces on lunar soil

December 16, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. The 140-kilogram (300-pound) "Jade Rabbit" rover separated from the much larger landing vehicle early Sunday...

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1W DC-DC converter designed for industrial automation applications

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the MEF1 series of 1 Watt regulated DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Suitable for use in industrial, automation and instrumentation applications, these tightly regulated single output converters, rated to better than 1% of nominal output voltage, are packaged in a fully encapsulated single-in-line through-hole format....

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Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

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UN study: Electrical waste up by third by 2017

December 16, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

The mountain of refrigerators, cellphones, TV sets and other electrical waste disposed of annually worldwide is forecast to grow by a third by 2017, according to a U.N. study released Sunday. E-waste — defined as anything with a battery or a cord — can pose a big problem....

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US lawmakers ask trade czar to stem data threats

December 16, 2013 10:29 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies. Some nations are seeking to tighten the flow of data after reports this fall of the National Security Agency conducting massive information-gathering efforts abroad.

3-wire current transducer specifically designed in a compact, space-saving case

December 16, 2013 10:08 am | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The new DT Series 3-Wire Current Transducer from NK Technologies is specifically designed in a compact, space-saving case. The DT 3-Wire uses a common point for both power supply and output signal, and is factory calibrated for a single current range.

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Hazardous area encoder offers high versatility in challenging application environments

December 16, 2013 9:58 am | Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new 78E Series Ex Encoder from Pepperl+Fuchs is especially designed for applications in hazardous areas. The 78E Series with its “flameproof enclosure” has ATEX and IEC Ex international approval in addition to third-party approval by TÜV. It is designed for the oil/gas, refineries, mining and material handling (agriculture, chemicals) industries.

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Translator series includes frequency range >800MHz

December 16, 2013 9:44 am | Cts Electronic Components Products | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Electronic Components announces a dual CMOS/TTL to Differential PECL Translator, CTS100ELT22, to their current frequency control products offering. CTS’ line of integrated circuits includes buffers & dividers, capacitive tuning, cable driver and PECL/ECL logic that are complementary to their current Frequency Control portfolio.

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Photos of the Day: Maybe not sci-fi, but robots readied for big tests

December 16, 2013 9:04 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL and KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The real world has not caught up yet with "Star Wars" and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida this week for a Defense Department competition. Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway....

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Possible China deal could pep up iPhone sales

December 16, 2013 8:07 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. might have a chance to pep up cooling iPhone sales in China if it finally can reach a deal with the world's biggest phone carrier. Once China's must-have gadget, the iPhone has seen its explosive popularity squeezed as the market filled with lower-priced rivals from Samsung to...

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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...

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