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Real glass that bends but doesn't break

January 29, 2014 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Normally when you drop a drinking glass on the floor it shatters. But, in future, thanks to a technique developed in McGill's Department of Mechanical Engineering, when the same thing happens the glass is likely to simply bend and become slightly deformed.

Report: Spies use smartphone apps to track people

January 29, 2014 1:54 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published Monday by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, suggest that the mapping, gaming, and social networking apps...

Photos of the Day: Study: Kids' obesity risk starts before school age

January 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten. The prevalence of weight problems has long been known....

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Dutch appeals court lifts block on Pirate Bay

January 29, 2014 1:51 pm | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch appeals court Tuesday overturned an order for major Internet providers in the Netherlands to ban access to the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, saying it has proved impossible to enforce. In 2011, the Hague District Court ordered providers Ziggo and XS4ALL to block customers from accessing a list of IP addresses linked to The Pirate Bay.

Pressure mounts for Apple to expand its horizons

January 29, 2014 1:49 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

Single-cable solution offers cable lengths of up to 100 m

January 29, 2014 1:42 pm | Heidenhain Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With the Hybrid Motor Cable Project called HMC 6 from Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL), the company has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so now only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical cabinet.

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Uninterruptible power system supports energy efficient 400 volt installations

January 29, 2014 1:26 pm | Mitsubishi Elec. America | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric announces its new 9950A UPS that provides mission-critical operations with an efficient UPS design for 400 volt power distribution infrastructures. Widely adopted in Europe and Asia, the 230/400 volt power distribution approach has gained traction in high-density data centers in North America due to significant increases in energy efficiencies....

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Google makes strides toward true artificial intelligence

January 29, 2014 11:32 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We all ask: Is the whole business of artificial intelligence indubitably creepy or sensationally cool? Google recently endorsed the “sensationally cool” side when they purchased a London startup called DeepMind, a company that strives to produce the best in artificial intelligence.

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Would Edison approve of this monumental shift to LEDs?

January 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to NJ.com, the 118-foot tall tower in Edison, New Jersey, where Thomas Edison revolutionized the incandescent light bulb, which is topped by a 14-foot glass replica light bulb, will no longer be lit by an array of incandescent bulbs. Instead, when renovations are completed, the replica bulb will be lit by LEDs.

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Signal conditioner provides 2x longer signal reach, consumes 35 percent less power

January 29, 2014 10:41 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the industry’s first signal conditioner capable of driving the serial-attached SCSI (SAS-3) protocol. In addition to supporting the faster data rates of the newest SCSI standard, the DS125BR800A multi-protocol repeater is compatible with existing 3-Gbps and 6-Gbps SAS link rates used in data center applications.

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Ceramic capacitors offer first-to-market CV values

January 29, 2014 8:58 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation is pleased to announce High Voltage-High Temperature (HV-HT) Series, 200 degrees C Capable Surface Mount Ceramic Capacitors in C0G Dielectric. This new product line offers industry-leading performance at extreme temperatures, patented C0G dielectric technology and greater volumetric efficiency....

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Photos of the Day: Google hopes designer frames will sharpen Glass

January 29, 2014 8:48 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass is getting glasses. The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don't actually come with lenses in its frame. Starting Tuesday, Google is offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

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Temperature swings may be bigger threat to life than increased warmth

January 28, 2014 7:02 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Insects may thrive in the warmer average temperatures predicted by climate models but are threatened by greater temperature variation also anticipated in many areas around the globe, a Yale-led study predicts in the Jan. 29 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London....

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Mobile World Congress

January 28, 2014 4:45 pm | Events

Mobile is transforming communication, advancing the next payment system that alters commerce, and expanding ways in which we interact. Similarly the world’s premier industry continues to expand. Once again taking place at Fira Gran Via – the world-class venue in the heart of the Mobile World Capital. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to witness the industry’s continued expansion and growth.

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Portable explosion-proof LED work light designed for low-voltage operation

January 28, 2014 2:38 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Leading manufacturer and supplier of explosion proof lighting equipment Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new pedestal mount LED work light equipped with an inline transformer for low voltage operation. The EPL-PM-150LED-X24I-100 LED Light can illuminate up to 10,000 square feet of work space....

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