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Plastic electronics could slash the cost of solar panels

April 2, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Princeton University, Engineering School) By producing plastics that are translucent, malleable and able to conduct electricity, researchers have opened the door to broader use of the materials in a wide range of electrical devices.

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Do Engineers Go to Parties?

April 2, 2010 7:23 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Of course we go to parties. We’re party animals. You just don’t know that because we don’t go to YOUR parties.

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Bettati named director of information security center

April 2, 2010 7:22 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Riccardo Bettati, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS). CIAS has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by...

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LED Driver Addresses Medium LCD Display Backlighting

April 2, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduced a new high power LED driver with output disconnect for backlighting medium LCD displays. This driver targets in-dash navigation systems, automotive infotainment, and back-up camera displays.

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MIT makes significant step toward lightweight batteries

April 2, 2010 6:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A team of researchers at MIT has made significant progress on a technology that could lead to batteries with up to three times the energy density of any battery that currently exists.

Liquid Level Sensors Suit Automotive, Control, and Industrial Apps

April 2, 2010 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hermetic Switch announced its PRX+1660 Series sensors for liquid level monitoring in appliance, automotive, control, household, industrial, municipal, petrochemical, power generation, processing, and recreational markets. These sensors can

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Infographics of 2009 Patent Activity

April 2, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

Here are some graphics that display overall patent activity in semiconductors and medical devices by technology area in 2009.

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Concept Electric Car Uses Exotic Materials

April 2, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Capable of 60 km/hour and a cruising range of 100 km, a very lightweight electric concept car uses proprietary materials and technologies including carbon fiber composites, polycarbonate resins and bio-derived polyester.

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Hardware and Software Design Security; It’s All in the Mix

April 2, 2010 5:21 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, element14, www.element-14.com | Articles | Comments

Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.

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RTC Minimizes Current Consumption

April 2, 2010 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products expands its RTC (real-time clock) product line with the DS1341. This RTC integrates an AGC (automatic gain control) circuit for dynamic drive-current adjustment to ensure that the device consumes the least amount of current required for operation.

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Chroma Electrical Safety Test Instruments Now Available Direct

April 2, 2010 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma announced today that their full line of electrical safety testing equipment and systems are now available directly from Chroma in North America. From low cost hipot testers to multi-function electrical safety analyzers, engineers in need of electrical safety compliance testing can find a bench top or production solution specific to their requirements and budgets.

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Sharp shows 3-D displays for mobile devices

April 1, 2010 11:30 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) screen held one foot (30 centimeters) from the viewer's face.Sharp Corp. demonstrated liquid crystal...

Web site of China-based journalist club attacked

April 1, 2010 9:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization for foreign journalists based in China has become the latest victim of cyberattacks targeting the Web sites or e-mail accounts of human rights groups and reporters focused on China.Cyberattacks linked to China have gained more attention since Google Inc. accused Chinese hackers...

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Yale Robots Dance, Gesture and, Hopefully, Spark Interest in Science

April 1, 2010 8:23 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

There were robotic dinosaurs, a robot that danced and one that played rock-paper-scissors. But all of the robots on display at the robotics workshop on March 28 had something to teach us about ourselves.

Starbucks, Microsoft chip in for Seattle fireworks

April 1, 2010 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have each chipped in $125,000 toward an effort to save the only remaining major July 4 fireworks show in Seattle.Restaurateur and chef Tom Douglas started the effort Thursday when he pledged $5,000 toward a fireworks display. He urged other business leaders...

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