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Obama’s proposal to end NSA bulk phone data collection still presents a disconnect

March 28, 2014 1:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

If the President has his way, the NSA’s ability to reach out and touch your phone data will be curtailed a bit, or so it seems. It’s been nearly a year since the public was made aware of the government’s widespread collection of communications data, and President Obama is looking to strike a balance between

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What is the state of the supply chain? Your chance to speak out

March 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

ECN has always positioned itself at the forefront of the supply chain. From anti-counterfeiting features to the latest trends in distribution and design services, we continually make the designer’s ability to procure components smarter, safer and more efficiently a top editorial priority. In conjunction with our EDS show coverage, we’re letting you, the reader, speak out about the supply chain.

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Photos of the Day: NASA's next spacesuit

March 28, 2014 9:19 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design....

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X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium

March 27, 2014 4:19 pm | Events

The X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium — presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune — is a "TED-style" conference for elementary through high school students featuring interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower....

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Battery-free RFID sensor tag offers an extended temperature range from -30°C to 300°C degrees

March 27, 2014 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pyros-TGT2-DWB from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated temperature measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag....

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Company introduces the industry's first automated SSL test system

March 27, 2014 3:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ASE Test (Greenville, NC) has developed the industry’s first automated test system that is specifically designed for quickly testing the electrical performance of LED drivers, LED arrays, and LED fixtures. Designated the ASE SSL 3.0 Test System, this flexible test system can be used for design....

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IP67 box enclosure seals out water and dust in extreme conditions

March 27, 2014 3:34 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Cleveland, OH) has introduced its PIP Series IP67 box, which provides waterproof protection of electronics for approximately 10% less than competing enclosures. The new enclosure is made from a material that offers improved rigidity and tighter tolerances....

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Artesyn Embedded Technologies launches new website

March 27, 2014 3:25 pm | News | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies, formerly Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power business, today launched its new website at www.artesyn.com. The new site was designed with users in mind to provide quick and easy access to essential information....

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First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3-D models of space weather

March 27, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team led by University of Cambridge researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping...

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Democratizing data visualization

March 27, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called "Exhibit." Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data embedded in them....

Scientists watch nanoparticles grow

March 27, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, Danish scientists observed the growth of nanoparticles live. The study shows how tungsten oxide nanoparticles are forming from solution. These particles are used for example for smart windows, which become opaque at the flick of a switch...

Computing with slime

March 27, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A future computer might be a lot slimier than the solid silicon devices we have today. In a study published in the journal Materials Today, European researchers reveal details of logic units built using living slime molds, which might act as the building blocks for computing devices and sensors....

Controlling electron spins by light

March 27, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The material class of topological insulators has been discovered a few years ago and displays amazing properties: In their inside, they behave electrically insulating but at their surface they form metallic, conducting states. The electron spin, i. e., their intrinsic angular momentum, is playing a decisive role....

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In mapping feat, Scripps Florida scientists pinpoint neurons where select memories grow

March 27, 2014 2:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Memories are difficult to produce, often fragile, and dependent on any number of factors—including changes to various types of nerves. In the common fruit fly—a scientific doppelganger used to study human memory formation—these changes take place in multiple parts of the insect brain....

New guidance system could improve minimally invasive surgery

March 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. In a report published recently in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology...

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