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Sunlight with cooling factor

May 3, 2010 7:22 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Although it sounds like a contradiction in terms, using the power of the sun for refrigeration is proving to be an original energy concept. In Tunisia and Morocco, Fraunhofer research scientists are using solar energy to keep perishable foodstuffs such as milk,...

PXI, cPCI Backplanes Suit Embedded Test and Control Apps

May 3, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments offers board-level backplanes from all of its PXI/CompactPCI and PXI Express chassis for OEMs to use in applications ranging from aerospace/defense to industrial embedded control. Engineers and scientists can use the PXI/CompactPCI backplanes to create


Everything is Going Digital – Including Reference Books

May 3, 2010 7:05 am | by Diana Bittern, director of product management at Knovel ( | Blogs | Comments

Simply put, static print has seen its hay-day and the general population is hungry for ways to find and absorb information faster, and on-the-go.


Envisat monitoring changes in oil spill

May 3, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

ESA’s Envisat has captured the changes in direction of the rapidly-growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as strong winds over the weekend pushed it around and hampered clean-up efforts. In these latest images, the oil spill is visible due east of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge extending into the Gulf.

Holiday in Ghana - the Impact of Cellular in Developing Countries

May 3, 2010 6:40 am | Blogs | Comments

According to the OECD, adding an extra ten mobile phones per 100 people in a typical developing country boosts growth in GDP per person by 0.8 percentage points. That is just staggering.


Driver Powers Multiple Strings of LEDs for LCD Backlighting

May 3, 2010 6:07 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

LCD backlight power specialist Endicott Research Group (ERG) has introduced a new LED driver that can simultaneously and efficiently power up to 8 strings of high brightness LEDs (HBLEDs). The new Smart Force SFD2C Series is a full-function LED driver board that features a dual output that provides a total maximum current of 1200 mA -- 600 mA per side...


New ZigBee Smart Energy Draft Now Available for Comment

May 3, 2010 5:57 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance announced it has made the draft 0.7 document of ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 available for public download and comment.


DC to DC Converter Accepts Input from 6V to 70V

May 3, 2010 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tech9 Corporation’s new 1 amp buck-boost DC to DC power converter accepts input ranging from 6V to 70V while output remains constant. The power converter can be ordered in 3V, 5V, 9V, 12V and 15V output models. Other outputs are available on request.


Pressure Sensors Offer 3 V Supply Versions for Battery Powered Apps

May 3, 2010 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensortechnics’ HDI sensors measure absolute, differential or gage pressures in various ranges from 10 mbar up to 5 bar (4 inch H2O up to 150 psi). The HDI series features 3 V supply versions which are suitable for battery powered applications


Photonics Control Devices Connect Via USB

May 3, 2010 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation introduced the CONEX family of compact, photonics control instruments. The product family features three devices that connect via USB plug-and-play technology and allow simple, functional PC-computer control solutions. Multiple units can


Pushbutton Switch Sealing Boot Takes Aim At High Water Pressure Applications

May 3, 2010 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

APM HEXSEAL announces the expansion of its line of high-pressure, high-temperature pushbutton switch sealing boots designed to handle external pressures to 1,500 psi (103bar), and temperatures from -80°F to +400°F (-62°C to +204°C).


Apple sells 1 million iPads, outdoing first iPhone

May 3, 2010 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it's been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new.Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., says it reached the milestone on Friday, when the new 3G model of the iPad was...

China targets 'foreign forces' in Web crackdown

May 2, 2010 9:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China will target online information from "overseas hostile forces" in its next crackdown to tighten Internet controls, a government spokesman said in comments reported Monday.The announcement gave no details about which groups might be targeted but Beijing sometimes accuses political, human...


Google acquires Canadian tech startup BumpTop, specializing in 3D software

May 2, 2010 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. has snatched one of Canada's hottest tech startups.The search engine company has acquired BumpTop, a Toronto-based firm specializing in software that turns a computer desktop into a 3D environment.The parties involved in the sale did not disclose the purchase price, but the Globe...

Antibiotics, Farming and Superbugs

May 2, 2010 6:21 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Antibiotics and farming – how superbugs happen Provocative new research from Boston University’s medical school and department of biomedical engineering now suggests, though, that multi-drug resistance can be acquired in one pass, through a different mutational process...



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