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10 times more throughput on optic fibers

December 4, 2013 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

EPFL scientists have shown how to achieve a dramatic increase in the capacity of optical fibers; Their simple, innovative solution reduces the amount of space required between the pulses of light that transport data. Optical fibers carry data in the form of pulses of light over distances of thousands of miles at amazing speeds.

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Woman fights ticket for driving with Google Glass

December 4, 2013 1:42 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

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NYC train derailment airs queries about technology

December 4, 2013 1:40 pm | by FRANK ELTMAN & JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The revelation that a New York City commuter train derailed while barreling into a sharp curve at nearly three times the speed limit is fueling questions about whether automated crash-avoidance technology could have prevented the carnage. Safety officials for decades have championed what's known as positive train control technology...

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Daihatsu recalls 764,053 vehicles over transmission, sensor trouble

December 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 764,053 minivehicles due to possible damage to a gear shaft in a continuously variable transmission and faulty engine sensors. The nine models subject to the recall include the Move, Tanto and Mira, manufactured between May 2006 and November 2010, the automaker said.

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Team of int'l experts to advise on safety culture at TEPCO

December 4, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An international taskforce of nuclear experts will start meeting in January to advise Tokyo Electric Power Co. on safety issues, according to Barbara Judge, who has been called in by the Japanese utility to draw up a new culture and standards. Judge, former chairwoman of Britain's Atomic Energy Authority, is currently assembling a team of six experts...

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Repetitive sounds leave young brain starved for blood vessels

December 4, 2013 1:01 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Repetitive sounds and seizures experienced in infancy can permanently hinder formation of blood vessels in the brains of mice, Yale University researchers report online Dec. 4 in the journal Nature....

Smart bras track your mood

December 4, 2013 12:48 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do you or a loved one have an emotional eating problem standing in the way of your weight loss and healthy living attempts? Well, now there’s a bra for that. Microsoft recently reported it has been working on a “smart bra,” equipped with a generic remote access sensing platform (GRASP).

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SBA Communications buys Brazil wireless sites

December 4, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SBA Communications Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to expand its presence in Brazil with the purchase of about 2,000 wireless sites from Oi SA, one of Brazil's largest telecommunications service providers, for about $645 million. The communications tower operator's president and CEO, said that the sites are concentrated...

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Legislation for online video seeks to ensure consumer choice (for real!)

December 4, 2013 10:00 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the eulogy for Net Neutrality is being written a bit prematurely, because there’s a faint sign of life coming from, of all places, Congress. From the “too good to be true” department comes new legislation proposed by outgoing Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va). The Consumer Choice in Online Video Act (S. 1680) would be a boon to consumers who

Power-management IC provides a regulated high-voltage output up to 500V

December 4, 2013 9:10 am | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex expanded its product offerings in support of MEMS and other high voltage solutions with the introduction of the HV9150. The HV9150 is a power management IC, a hysteretic controller that is intended to simply and easily provide a non-isolated, regulated high voltage output (6V to 500V) from a battery level input (2.7V to 4.5V).

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Micro-circular connectors offer dramatic size and weight reductions

December 4, 2013 9:02 am | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Micro-sized, (.050 inch pitch), connectors in compact metal or over-molded polymer shells offer dramatic size and weight reductions for circuits requiring multiple pin interconnection systems. Omnetics offers an extensive array of micro-circular connector styles and formats using its specially designed flex-pin contacts.

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6-bit phase shifters offer 360 degree coverage

December 4, 2013 8:53 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for two new 6-bit phase shifters from TriQuint. Both the TGP2105-SM and TGP2107-SM offer 360 degree coverage with 5.625 degree LSB. Supporting X and Ku bands, the TGP2105-SM and TGP2107-SM span 6-18GHz and offer <10dB insertion loss.

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Photos of the Day: Apple guides shoppers inside stores with iBeacon

December 3, 2013 7:58 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're inside, whether it's to pick up an order, upgrade to a new iPhone or shop for a pair of headphones. On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using the technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information....

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Advancements in base metal electrode capacitor materials & processing technologies extend performance benefits to space circuits

December 3, 2013 4:28 pm | by John Marshall, Operations Manager, AVX & Pat Hollenbeck, Field Applications Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

Manufactured for more than twenty years, ceramic capacitors utilizing base metal electrode (BME) technology are routinely designed into applications spanning several industries.  Widely employed throughout the automotive industry, BME capacitors have long been qualified to the AEC-Q200 specification....

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Thousands of new particles in workplaces despite large knowledge gap

December 3, 2013 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a growing number of industries, workers are often unknowingly exposed to nanoparticles (NPs). Do they enter the body? Could they have an impact on health? Professor Denis Girard from the INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre has had the foresight to study the potential toxicity of a wide variety of NPs....

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