A severe U.S. recession will bottom out this year, but any recovery will be weak due to anemic markets and shrunken consumer wealth, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Wednesday. "In this environment, a considerable degree of economic slack, especially in the labor market, is likely to persist bringing inflation to very low rates," the Paris-based OECD said in a twice-yearly report on global economic conditions.
Weighing less than a pound, the CANminiBOX compact CANbus embedded controller from Saelig has a power consumption of less than 6 W, enabling the unit to operate with passive cooling. Based on an AMD Élan 133MHz SC520 processor, the controller has front-panel availability for 10/100MBit/s Ethernet, status LED’s, an RS232 serial port, a CAN port, and one USB1.1 port.
Critics of the U.S. patent system have high hopes that 2009 might be the year Congress acts to amend it. But their lobbying has failed for years, so John F. Duffy sees another path to change: litigation. "I've thought a lot about reform of the patent system through the courts," says the George Washington University Law School professor. "It's not like the courts can't adjust in this area."
Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs appears to be a step closer to returning to work, as a doctor gave him an "excellent prognosis" after receiving a liver transplant at a Tennessee hospital.
A toy nuclear power plant built by two six year-olds sparked a public alert in Germany, only for authorities to discover the would-be security threat was the shell of a computer with a radiation warning sign stuck to it. Fire services and police cordoned off several streets and told residents to stay indoors in the western town of Oelde after the two boys left their mock power station on the street when they went home for dinner Monday evening.
Federal investigators are going to test the automated system that is meant prevent train crashes like the one in Washington, D.C., that killed nine people. Debbie Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators are going have their first opportunity Wednesday to test the computerized signal system.
Protecting workers from hydrogen selenide, a gas used in etching silicon wafers, a 2 in. x 3.5 in. gas sensor from Sensor Electronics can work by itself to monitor gas levels, tie into an existing protection system, or work in tandem with its own dedicated transmitter.
Sad news: Apple has rejected a Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone. It’s not surprising, and arguably not an utter outrage given that the iPhone developer agreement expressly forbids emulators, and the C64 app’s creator knew that when he began work on his brainchild.
With a 5 mm x 7 mm footprint, the single-channel VoIP telephony IC integrates everything needed for a foreign exchange station and foreign exchange office interfaces, providing the SLIC and high-voltage line-feed together with a DSP, DC/DC controller and test load.
Suitable for use in distributed-power architectures, the A_S-1W Series of DC/DC Converters from Mornsun are rated to provide 1 W with an I/O isolation of 1,000 VDC. Standard models operate from 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 15 VDC, or 24 VDC and provide dual outputs of +/-5V, +/-9V, +/-12V, or +/-15VDC. Features include efficiency as high as 80% and a MTBF calculated to 3,500,000 hours.
Able to connect male and female connectors, a 7/8-in thread-locking, feed-through panel connector from Binder is available with 5 gold-plated contacts, rated at up to 8 A each.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson broke ground on Friday on construction of Spaceport America, the world's first facility built specifically for space-bound commercial customers and fee-paying passengers. The $198 million project, which is being funded by the New Mexico state government, is located on a remote high-desert range near the town of Truth or Consequences.
Across the country, it is hard to find an elected official who hasn't jumped on the green economy bandwagon. So many stump speeches marry the policy objectives of saving the environment and creating jobs. It starts at the top: President Barack Obama has promised to spend $150 billion over 10 years to create 5 million green-collar jobs. Like a human wave at a sporting event, Americans are cheering for the green economy to bring us out of our economic funk and solve global warming and foreign energy dependence, all at the same time.
Junfeng Geng at the University of Cambridge, in the U.K., and buddies have found a way to polymerize these microballs so that they line up into buckywires. The trick that Geng and co have found is a way to connect two buckyballs together using a molecule of 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene--a colorless aromatic hydrocarbon. Repeat that and you've got a way to connect any number of buckyballs.
Researchers from Korea claim to have produced the world's first purely white LED (light-emitting diode).Soo-Young Park, a professor of organic materials for photonics at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea, led the group, which includes researchers from the University of Valencia in Spain.