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Rattlesnakes sound warning on biodiversity

April 21, 2010 1:05 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Even small, low-traffic roads can fragment wildlife populations genetically, reports a new Cornell study on timber rattlesnakes. That can make populations more vulnerable, say the researchers.

Mini I/O Connector Maintains Performance in High Vibration Enviornments

April 21, 2010 1:04 pm | by Tyco Electronics | News | Comments

The new Industrial Mini I/O connector system from Tyco Electronics features two points of contact to maintain performance and increase reliability in high vibration environments. The compact connector, approximately one-fourth the size of a traditional RJ-45 plug, includes a latching...

McAfee antivirus program goes berserk, reboots PCs

April 21, 2010 12:30 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus.Antivirus vendor McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its...

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Whither thou goest, Space Shuttle?

April 21, 2010 12:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Oh Space Shuttle, thou noblest of space-faring, low-Earth-orbiting vehicles, we hardly knew ye. Compared to the Apollo program, you were but a minor diversion—a minor, 30 year diversion. Proponents claimed you’d make space travel “routine and economical,” though you proved to be neither. And yet, your long-overdue retirement leaves a major void.

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SAG to buy regulatory software maker TechniData

April 21, 2010 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German business software maker SAP AG said Wednesday it is acquiring TechniData AG, a longtime strategic partner that makes software to help companies comply with environmental, health and safety regulations.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed early...

Propylthiouracil

April 21, 2010 11:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

[Updated 04/21/2010] FDA added a Boxed Warning to the label for propylthiouracil,to include information about reports of severe liver injury and acute liver failure, some of which have been fatal, in adult and pediatric patients.

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Facebook widens reach to tailor broader Web

April 21, 2010 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is spreading its wings to the broader Web. It's a move that could change the way people experience the online world, though it could come with deeper privacy implications.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new tools will allow users to see personalized versions of other websites...

Bizarre matter could find use in quantum computers

April 21, 2010 10:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Rice University) There are enticing new findings this week in the worldwide search for materials that support fault-tolerant quantum computing. New results from Rice University and Princeton University indicate that a bizarre state of matter that acts like a particle with one-quarter...

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Immersion names board member permanent CEO

April 21, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Immersion Corp., a company that develops touch-sensing technology, said Wednesday that board member and interim CEO Victor Viegas has been named permanent chief executive.He succeeds Clent Richardson, who resigned in October.It is a second turn as Immersion's top executive for Viegas. He joined...

Green@Rensselaer: Students using solar power to create sustainable solutions for Haiti, Peru

April 21, 2010 9:22 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are creating novel solar power systems to improve the situation of an impoverished Haitian school and jumpstart a new dairy industry in rural Peru.

Earnings Preview: Microsoft Corp.

April 21, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, is scheduled to report its fiscal third-quarter earnings after the stock market closes Thursday.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Strong revenue from the Microsoft divisions that make Windows and server software. Jeffries analyst Katherine Egbert expects...

Free Keithley Web-Base Seminar Explores the Basics of Ultra-Fast I-V Device Characterization

April 21, 2010 8:22 am | by 1888 Press Release | News | Comments

Keithley Instruments will broadcast a free Web-based seminar titled -Fundamentals of Ultra-Fast I-V Device Characterization- on Thursday, April 29, 2010.

TFT LCD Equipment Spending Approaches All Time High in 2010

April 21, 2010 8:21 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Spending on TFT LCD manufacturing equipment is expected to surge from the recession-induced low of $7.0 billion in 2009 to approach previous cycle peaks with $13.2 billion in 2010.

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A smart way to charge up

April 21, 2010 8:21 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Electromobility makes sense only if car batteries are charged using electricity from renewable energy sources. But the supply of green electricity is not always adequate. An intelligent charging station can help, by adapting the recharging times to suit energy...

ESC is near

April 21, 2010 8:21 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

The Embedded Systems Conference, Silicon Valley, is less than a week away and Screaming Circuits will be there in booth 827. I've been getting prepped all week (well, actually a lot longer than just all week) and that drives me...

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