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Japan net retailer Rakuten to buy Viber for $900M

February 14, 2014 7:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Rakuten Inc. is buying Cyprus-based Viber Media, which operates a popular Internet phone application, for $900 million, fortifying the online retailer's social networking footprint. The Tokyo-based company said Friday it sees Viber, with 280 million global users, as a key platform as...

Google gets more guarded about acquisition numbers

February 13, 2014 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is becoming more secretive about its acquisitions as the Internet company hunts for promising innovations and engineering talent to help shape the future of technology. The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's 2013 annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of...

When is an 0201 not an 0201?

February 13, 2014 5:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

I'm working on a special project here that involves some 0402 LEDs and 0201 resistors. When doing such a thing, you should always check the footprint you're using against the data sheet. When using extra small parts, like this, I recommend making a custom footprint unless the one you picked is exact, and I mean exact.


See You at Tech

February 13, 2014 3:39 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

February 11, 2014 Atlanta, GA Approximately 1,000 women in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, who have been admitted to Georgia Tech, received a pair of specially-designed sunglasses from Tech's Women's Recruiting Team....

Engineering Update Episode 45 bloopers

February 13, 2014 2:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Hey, even journalists have a sense of humor! Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, outtakes, and bloopers from the latest edition of the Engineering Update. Special thanks to Managing Editor Kasey Panetta and Technical Editor Jason Lomberg for being such good sports!


Engineering Update Episode 45: The most advanced British aircraft ever built

February 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Taranis, an unmanned combat demonstrator aircraft being billed as the most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers took it's first 15-minute test flight under the command of test pilot Bob Fraser, a few months ago at a super top secret location.


3 Questions: Francis O’Sullivan on the climate impact of ‘leaky methane’

February 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Natural gas has been touted as a “bridge fuel” to a less carbon-intensive future, as it generates far less carbon dioxide than energy produced by burning coal. But the natural gas production, processing, and distribution system leaks methane, another powerful greenhouse gas. A study published today in the journal Science reports that federal estimates of methane emissions have consistently underestimated the methane leaking from the natural ga...

Superconductivity in orbit: Scientists find new path to loss-free electricity

February 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Armed with just the right atomic arrangements, superconductors allow electricity to flow without loss and radically enhance energy generation, delivery, and storage. Scientists tweak these superconductor recipes by swapping out elements or manipulating the valence electrons in an atom's outermost orbital shell....


Development platform for NFC/RFID tags promises to jumpstart IoT designs

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics (Geneva) announced an easy-access development platform for its M24SR dynamic NFC tags that are now entering volume production in all memory densities and package options. Aiming to accelerating the design of IoT applications, the M24SR Discovery Kit contains


New NIST method evaluates response to oxidation in live cells

February 13, 2014 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new method for accurately measuring a key process governing a wide variety of cellular functions that may become the basis for a "health checkup" for living cells.

Stirring-up atomtronics in a quantum circuit

February 13, 2014 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Atomtronics is an emerging technology whereby physicists use ensembles of atoms to build analogs to electronic circuit elements. Modern electronics relies on utilizing the charge properties of the electron. Using lasers and magnetic fields, atomic systems can be engineered....

NIF experiments show initial gain in fusion fuel

February 13, 2014 10:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ignition – the process of releasing fusion energy equal to or greater than the amount of energy used to confine the fuel – has long been considered the "holy grail" of inertial confinement fusion science. A key step along the path to ignition is to have "fuel gains" greater than unity....

Penn geophysicist teams with mathematicians to describe how river rocks round

February 13, 2014 10:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For centuries, geologists have recognized that the rocks that line riverbeds tend to be smaller and rounder further downstream. But these experts have not agreed on the reason these patterns exist. Abrasion causes rocks to grind down and become rounder as they are transported down the river.


Second NASA grant will fund UT Arlington study of space weather effects

February 13, 2014 10:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington physicist Yue Deng will receive more than $500,000 from NASA to study how space weather events such as solar flares drive vertical winds to affect electrodynamics in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Deng's work could one day help operators of near-earth satellites....


Satellites help spot whales

February 13, 2014 9:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated how new satellite technology can be used to count whales, and ultimately estimate their population size. Using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery, alongside image processing software, they were able to automatically detect and count whales breeding in part of the Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes in Argentina.


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