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“ChemBot” takes cue from The Terminator

February 2, 2010 4:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

It can morph from a liquid to a solid state, but can’t form “knives and stabbing weapons.” It can squeeze through tight spaces, join with others, and expand in size. No, it’s not the T-1000, but a new “chemical robot” created by the Pentagon. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Association (DARPA) sought to create a “ChemBot” that could perform the following functions...

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ADP's 2Q profit boosted by tax gain, lower costs

February 2, 2010 4:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automatic Data Processing Inc., the world's biggest payroll processor, said Tuesday its quarterly profit rose 5 percent with help from a one-time tax gain and shrinking expenses.With the recession still reverberating through the jobs market, ADP said revenue remained flat from the year before...

Microchip Responds to the EEVblog PICkit 3 Review

February 2, 2010 3:08 am | Videos | Comments

 Microchip's video response to Dave Jones' EEVblog #39 regarding PICkit 3 Debug Express.  

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Sony Pictures to lay off 450 people as DVDs fall

February 1, 2010 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Pictures Entertainment is laying off about 450 people mostly in the United States and leaving 100 positions unfilled in order to cut costs and cope with declining DVD sales.The movie studio subsidiary of Japan's Sony Corp. told employees about the cuts in a memo on Monday.The layoffs...

Virtusa posts lower 3Q profit and revenue

February 1, 2010 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Information technology company Virtusa Corp. said Monday its fiscal third-quarter profit declined, hurt by lower revenue and foreign currency exchange losses.For the three months ended Dec. 31, the company earned $2.9 million, or 12 cents per share, down from a profit of $6.3 million, or 27...

Switchable adhesive could let humans walk on walls

February 1, 2010 1:53 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Invented in Paul Steen's lab, the device uses water surface tension as an adhesive bond.

CACI completes cybersecurity acquisition

February 1, 2010 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CACI International Inc., which provides IT services to the government, said Monday it has completed its acquisition of cybersecurity company SystemWare Inc. for an undisclosed sum.The acquisition comes as the federal government steps up its focus on cybersecurity. President Barack Obama...

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Snap-in Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Offer 3,000-hour Life

February 1, 2010 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier introduced two snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitor series with extended voltage rating up to 450 VDC. Designated the Type SLP (105°C) and SLPX (85°C) Series, the capacitors are targeted for next generation 

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NCR opens 100 new Blockbuster kiosks in Arizona

February 1, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NCR Corp., which makes devices including ATMs, self-service checkout machines and airport ticketing kiosks, said Monday it has installed more than 100 new Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks at Food City and Bashas' supermarkets in Arizona.Blockbuster is scrambling to regain business it has...

Earnings Preview: Cisco expects sales increase

February 1, 2010 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, reports its fiscal second-quarter results after the stock market closes Wednesday.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Cisco has said it expects to post its first year-over-year sales increase since Jan. 2009, with the improving...

The ECN Roundtable - Harsh Environment Needs

February 1, 2010 10:38 am | Articles | Comments

Given the improved performance of modern parts and packaging, how much certification and categorization does a product intended for operation in a harsh environment require?

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ANADIGICS Power Amplifiers Selected for Novatel Phones

February 1, 2010 10:07 am | News | Comments

ANADIGICS, Inc., a leading provider of innovative RF solutions for broadband wireless and wireline communications, today announced that Novatel Wireless has selected its WCDMA/HSPA and EDGE power amplifiers (PAs) for two new wireless HSPA+ Mobile Broadband USB modems. HSPA+ is the next evolution of high-speed packet access (HSPA) wireless broadband technology, offering greater capacity for data throughput compared to current 3G networks.

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Farmingdale High School Wins Science Bowl at Brookhaven Lab

February 1, 2010 9:55 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Farmingdale High School took first place in the Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven Lab, beating Half Hollow Hills West, which won second place.

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