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NKoreans hail rocket launch; US, others condemn

December 12, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Pyongyang, North Koreans clinked beer mugs and danced in the streets to celebrate the country's first satellite in space. In Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, leaders pushed for consequences for Wednesday's successful rocket launch, widely seen as a test that takes the country one step closer to being capable of lobbing nuclear bombs over the Pacific.

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Full electrical and conformance test support now available for test fixtures

December 12, 2012 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc., announced that it is adding full electrical verification and conformance test support for JEDEC DDR4, DDR3L and LPDDR3 standards, giving design engineers the tools they need to bring chips and systems that incorporate these next generation memory technologies to market.

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Laser diodes designed for wide variety of applications

December 12, 2012 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSI Laser Diode, Inc. (LDI)  introduces a product family of high power monolithic stack pulsed laser diodes for a wide variety of military/defense, industrial, automotive, and machine vision applications.  Single and stacked pulsed laser diodes are available up to 375W and fiber-coupled devices are available up to 188W.  Custom packaging is also available, upon customer request.

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MCU tools help estimate and minimize power use

December 12, 2012 9:58 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Articles | Comments

Josh Norem, an application engineer at Silicon Laboratories, gave me a demonstration of the company's Power Estimator tool available within the larger, free AppBuilder software. The Power Estimator tool now covers the SIM3L1XX Device, although Silicon Labs plans to add sleep-mode power conditions and other MCUs soon.

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Yue Fan awarded Argonne postdoctoral fellowship

December 12, 2012 9:07 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) doctoral student Yue Fan has been selected for the 2013 Aneesur Rahman Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Materials Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. The Argonne National Laboratory Named Fellowships are awarded to candidate...

Rice cultivates green batteries from plant

December 12, 2012 8:48 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Here's a reason to be glad about madder: The climbing plant has the potential to make a greener rechargeable battery. Scientists at Rice University and the City College of New York have discovered that the madder plant, aka Rubia tinctorum, is a good source of purpurin, an organic dye

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Pope needs help sending out blessing in first tweet

December 12, 2012 8:46 am | by Philip Pullella, Reuters | News | Comments

After weeks of anticipation bordering on media frenzy, Pope Benedict solemnly put his finger to a computer tablet device on Wednesday and tried to send his first tweet - but something went wrong.Images on Vatican television appeared to show the first try didn't work. The pope, who still writes his speeches by hand,

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Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

December 12, 2012 8:44 am | by MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind. The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday hidden on top of an Atlas V rocket. As if on cue, clouds quickly swallowed up the rocket as it disappeared out over the ocean.

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NKorea rocket a gift to leaders, warning to world

December 12, 2012 5:34 am | by JEAN H. LEE - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Why would North Korea launch a rocket into space now? The act invites additional sanctions for a country where the U.N. says millions are going hungry, and the bitter cold had only increased the risk of the launch becoming the latest of several embarrassing failures. Some of Pyongyang's reasons...

Natick official named to Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council

December 12, 2012 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

An official from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center was named to the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory Council in Massachusetts....

Microsoft increases Surface tablet production

December 11, 2012 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it's increasing production of its Surface tablets and will sell them in more stores. Staples says it will start carrying them starting Wednesday. The Surface is the first tablet Microsoft Corp. is selling under its own brand, and the company is promoting it heavily after its...

Yahoo revamps email in bid to catch up with Gmail

December 11, 2012 4:27 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is spiffing up and expanding its email service in an attempt to regain some of the ground lost to a Google alternative that lured away millions of users. The changes unveiled Tuesday are meant to make Yahoo's email faster and easier to use on the Web. To cater to the growing audience...

Antistatic, snap-in keylock switch offers secure mounting

December 11, 2012 3:14 pm | NKK Switches | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches announced the availability of the new SK Series of miniature, antistatic, snap-in keylock switches. This new series offers secure mounting and is ideal for designs requiring space-saving, minimum-security switching.

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Digital humidity/temperature sensors offer stability, energy efficiency

December 11, 2012 3:07 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control (S&C)announced that it will be launching a wide range of industrial sensors and switches. This includes Honeywell HumidIcon™ sensors which combine both temperature and humidity sensing into one package, its new line of basic pressure sensors with a variety of sensitivity, reliability and packaging variations,

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EEPROM-configurable IC enables easier development of TPMS modules

December 11, 2012 3:01 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

The MLX91802 is a system in package solution for tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) implementations that combines an analog pressure sensor and a low power sensor interface with an MLX16 16-bit RISC-based microcontroller. It is housed in a compact, pressure ported, plastic SO16 package and has an operational temperature range of -40 °C to 125 °C.

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