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US envoy in Cuba engages critics on and offline

May 23, 2013 1:54 pm | by PETER ORSI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The meeting on a sunny Havana square was a little bit revolutionary for Cuba's revolution. And for U.S. diplomacy as well. Dozens of young bloggers and tweeters gathered to talk about their place in a socialist society whose leaders have referred to the Internet as "a wild colt" to be tamed and make access difficult for all but a few.

NYU researchers took bribes from Chinese group

May 23, 2013 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three New York University researchers from China divulged results from a U.S.-funded study to Chinese competitors in exchange for tuition, rent and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Monday. Zhu Yudong, a U.S.-educated NYU professor, and Yang Xing, a lab engineer, were released on bail after appearing in court...

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Rice University students engineer electricity-generating shoes

May 23, 2013 12:49 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A group of Rice University mechanical engineering students are getting a charge out of having the coolest new shoes on campus. As their capstone project that is required for graduation, four seniors created a way to extract and store energy with every step.

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Amplifier operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz and has a rated power of 260 W

May 23, 2013 12:36 pm | Teseq, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a rated power level of 260 W. For use in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is appropriate for automotive, military and aerospace BCI

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Pressure sensors ensure optimal operations of safety trailers used on remote sites

May 23, 2013 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies (AST) pressure sensors are serving as components in a remote monitoring system that ensures optimal operations of safety trailers used on remote sites as emergency first aid stations. Mining, construction, oil fields and other industrial sites are often located miles away from medical facilities.

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Data acquisition module ideal for high-power applications

May 23, 2013 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA has introduced M-7069D, a Modbus RTU based data acquisition module with 8 LED indicators that can be used to monitor the relay output status. Options are provided that allow power-on and safe digital output values to be configured. 4 kV ESD, 4 kV EFT and 3 kV surge protection are provided to enhance noise protection capabilities in industrial environments.

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Unipolar and bipolar high-voltage amplifiers are available to 20 kV

May 23, 2013 12:05 pm | UltraVolt, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

UltraVolt expanded its line of precision high-voltage amplifiers - the HVA Series - capable of operating in DC, reversible, and amplifier modes. The new line of precision high-voltage amplifiers, the 10 HVA-20 HVA Series, is available with unipolar or bipolar output at 0 to 10 kV, 15 kV and 20 kV. Together with

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Innovation could bring flexible solar cells, transistors, displays

May 23, 2013 11:44 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new type of transparent electrode that might find uses in solar cells, flexible displays for computers and consumer electronics and future "optoelectronic" circuits for sensors and information processing. The electrode is made of silver nanowires covered with a material called graphene, an extremely thin layer of carbon.

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Yale Cancer Center goes to Washington

May 23, 2013 11:38 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A delegation from Yale Cancer Center (YCC) went to Capitol Hill on May 16 to stress the life-saving urgency of continuing to fund National Institutes of Health cancer other biomedical research during these difficult budget times....

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Tests lead to doubling of fuel cell life

May 23, 2013 11:34 am | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

Researchers working to improve durability in fuel cell powered buses, including a team from Simon Fraser University, have discovered links between electrode degradation processes and bus membrane durability. The team is quantifying the effects of electrode degradation stressors in the operating cycle of the bus on the membrane lifetime.

Software allows for easy setup of embedded motion controllers

May 23, 2013 11:13 am | Performance Motion Devices | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Motion Devices announces a major new release of its Pro-Motion software for Windows-based environments. Pro-Motion 5.0 adds a number of key capabilities including an upgraded axis setup wizard, support for SPI-based motion amplifiers including PMD's ATLAS digital amplifier products, and support for all-in-one embedded motion cards and systems.

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Milwaukee-York researchers forward quest for quantum computing

May 23, 2013 11:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research teams from UW-Milwaukee and the University of York investigating the properties of ultra-thin films of new materials are helping bring quantum computing one step closer to reality. An on-going collaboration between physicists is focusing on understanding, tailoring and tuning the electronic properties of topological insulators...

End-to-end test solution analyzes IP-based applications

May 23, 2013 11:05 am | Rohde & Schwarz | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has developed the world's first integrated end-to-end test solution that examines the impact applications have on smartphones and the network using IP and protocol statistical analysis. Equipped with the new R&S CMW-KM051 option, the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester can comprehensively analyze and test IP-based applications....

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Tesla uses stock, note sale to repay government

May 23, 2013 10:56 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors, which makes a highly acclaimed $70,000 electric car, has paid off a startup loan from the U.S. government nine years early. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said it wired in a $451.8 million payment to the government on Wednesday.

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Solar plane completes 2nd leg of trip in Texas

May 23, 2013 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane has landed in Texas, completing the second leg of a trip across the United States. The Solar Impulse is making the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across the U.S.

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