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Caltech researchers create 'sound bullets'

April 21, 2010 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(California Institute of Technology) Taking inspiration from a popular executive toy ("Newton's cradle"), researchers at Caltech have built a device -- called a nonlinear acoustic lens -- that produces highly focused, high-amplitude acoustic signals dubbed "sound bullets." The acoustic...


Thermally Conductive PCB Substrate Addresses LED Module Apps

April 21, 2010 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Laird Technologies announced the release of its enhanced Tlam SS LLD for use as a thermally conductive printed circuit board (PCB) substrate. The Tlam SS LLD is designed for heat dissipation in bright and ultra-bright LED module applications. It provides


Netflix 1Q profit rises with 1.7M more subscribers

April 21, 2010 1:31 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix Inc.'s first-quarter income rose 44 percent as the movie subscription service added 1.7 million more customers to extend a torrid streak of growth.The results announced Wednesday are the latest evidence of Netflix's rising popularity. The service has picked up more than 5 million...


Circular Connectors Enable Overmold Strain Relief Options

April 21, 2010 1:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose Electric Co. has expanded its popular HR30 Circular Connector Series by developing an option that accepts a user-specified over-molded strain relief. The over-mold feature is ideal for demanding applications that require durability and environmental protection, in a cost effective package.


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...

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.


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...


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.


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...

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...


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