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600-V rectifiers are desirable for PFC applications

March 19, 2014 9:57 am | Central Semiconductor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) introduced several new 600-V HyperFast Rectifiers designed for extremely fast switching applications, such as Power Factor Correction (PFC), where total conduction losses must be minimized and at the same time, power density must be maximized. The series

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Scientists open a new window into quantum physics with superconductivity in LEDs

March 19, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of University of Toronto physicists led by Alex Hayat has proposed a novel and efficient way to leverage the strange quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. The approach would involve combining light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with a superconductor to generate entangled photons and could open up a rich spectrum of new physics as well as devices for quantum technologies, including quantum computers and quantum communication.

NIST chips help BICEP2 telescope find direct evidence of origin of the universe

March 19, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The view back in time—way back to the origins of the universe—just got clearer. Much clearer. A team of U.S. cosmologists using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole announced this week that they have discovered the first direct evidence of the rapid inflation of the universe at the dawn of time, thanks in part to technology developed and built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Sauder research shows why innovation takes a nosedive

March 19, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new UBC study reveals that corporate leaders are victims of herd mentality when adopting new innovations, sometimes with deadly consequences. The paper, by Sauder School of Business Associate Professor Marc-David L. Seidel and INSEAD Professor Henrich R. Greve, shows leaders tend to pursue innovations, even as complex as airplanes, based on early adoption by competitors not close scrutiny of the technical merits.

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Reducing anxiety with a smartphone app

March 19, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention...

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Turning base camp waste into energy

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

One 150-person base camp in Afghanistan can produce as much as 1,000 pounds of solid waste a day. The Expeditionary Basing and Collective Protection Directorate of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center would like to turn a negative into a positive, and solve another...

Clearing up cloudy understanding on solar power plant output

March 19, 2014 8:12 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on. Systems are relatively easy to install and have relatively small maintenance costs. They begin...

Robodog: Man's newest best friend

March 19, 2014 7:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

 What kid doesn’t want a puppy? Come to think of it, what adult doesn’t want a puppy? Yet there’s always a list of reasons why that isn’t a good idea. A new robotic dog may be the answer. Zoomer, the latest in robotic dog technology, does everything a “real” dog would do— barking, running, tail-wagging —without any of the fur or

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Sony unveils virtual reality headset for PS4

March 19, 2014 3:09 am | by Derrik J. Lang - AP Entertainment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is getting into the virtual reality business. The Japanese electronics and gaming giant unveiled a prototype virtual reality headset to be used in conjunction with its PlayStation 4 video game console during a Tuesday talk at the Game Developers Conference. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony...

Jesse Jackson targets tech's lack of diversity

March 19, 2014 2:09 am | by Jesse Washington - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is bringing a strategy borrowed from the traditional civil rights era playbook to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation. Jackson plans to lead a delegation to Hewlett-Packard's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday to bring...

Apps by the Dashboard Light

March 19, 2014 1:10 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

New cars will soon come with high-bandwidth connections and app stores.Starting next month, many car buyers will be getting a novel feature: Internet connections with speeds similar to those on the fastest smartphones—and even a few early dashboard-based apps, engineered to be as dumbed-down as...

Microsoft Office for iPad coming next week

March 18, 2014 11:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

According to several sources, Microsoft will be revealing the long-rumored Microsoft Office Suite for iPad by the end of this month. Analysts are saying the company's brand new CEO Satya Nadella will make the announcement March 27. The merger of...

Popcorn Time is dead. Long live Popcorn Time!

March 18, 2014 11:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

An internet sensation. Popcorn Time is a Netflix-like interface that offers access to pirated films by streaming content shared illegally as BitTorrent files. As opposed to Netflix, if you didn't get that, it's free. Haven't heard about it? Well, it...

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Can We Put a Price on Autonomous Driving?

March 18, 2014 4:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Autonomous vehicles promise to have an enormous economic impact, even if significant uncertainties remain.Cars that can drive safely and reliably without human supervision are no longer science fiction. Indeed, cars are becoming smarter—they’re equipped with novel sensors for navigation and...

Millimeter-wave sub-assemblies enable next generation R&D projects

March 18, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jeff Elliott for Renassance Electronics & Communications | Articles | Comments

Millimeter waves are being used to deliver critical course correction to sub-atomic particle beams travelling at 99.995 percent the speed of light in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). For those engaged in R&D of next generation products, incorporating

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