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LDRA Wins Contract in China’s Manned Spacecraft Program

December 7, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

The China Manned Spacecraft Program (CMSP) selected LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification tools, and the LDRA tool suite to analyze complex safety-critical applications related to the Tiangong 1 spacecraft, experiments that support the overall mission of CMSP.

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Phone thieves targeting more live music gigs

December 7, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Music-lovers watching their favorite acts at live concerts are increasingly becoming targets for gangs of mobile phone thieves, British police said on Monday. Detectives warn that they have seen a growing problem of organized criminals at both indoor and outdoor gigs hoping to make off with top-of-the-range phones.

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RIM announces Blackberry China distribution deal

December 7, 2009 5:22 am | News | Comments

Digital China, a Hong Kong-listed information technology company, is to distribute Research In Motion's Blackberry handsets, accelerating RIM's effort to expand into mainland China. The agreement will "help RIM further expand its business in China" by giving it access to Digital China's national distribution network, the two companies said on Monday.

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Nobel prize foundation frets over its finances

December 7, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

The Nobel Foundation might have to reduce the money it awards winners of its prestigious prizes due to the effects of the global financial crisis, its director said on Saturday. The foundation will give 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.5 million) for each prize this year as it has done for most of the last decade. But the downturn could strain resources for future prizes.

You've Got Freedom: AOL ends ties with Time Warner

December 7, 2009 5:17 am | News | Comments

AOL is shaking loose from Time Warner Inc. and heading into the next decade the way it began this one, as an independent company. Unlike the 1990s, though, when AOL got rich selling dial-up Internet access, it starts the 2010s as an underdog, trying to beef up its Web sites and grab more advertising revenue.

Virgin Galactic to Unveil Commercial Spaceship

December 7, 2009 5:14 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

After five years of secret construction, the cloak is coming off a privately funded spacecraft designed to fly well-heeled tourists into space. The long-awaited 

Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

December 7, 2009 5:09 am | Articles | Comments

What is your opinion on the incandescent ban?

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Multimatch Amp Design Tech Module Available for Microwave Office

December 7, 2009 4:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

AWR, a leader in high-frequency electronic design automation (EDA) and AMPSA, supplier of RF and microwave amplifier design software, today announced a relationship that enables AWR to incorporate AMPSA’s Multimatch amplifier design technology as an optional module into its industry-leading Microwave Office high-frequency design software.

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Forest-saving deal could lift climate summit hopes

December 7, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

In a potentially valuable boost to fighting climate change, rich and poor countries are close to an agreement to end the destruction of the world's forests in 20 years, government negotiators said. It depends, however, on whether consensus on an overarching climate accord is reached by the 192 countries at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen starting Monday.

Chicken of the sea? Tuna farming getting a boost

December 7, 2009 4:43 am | News | Comments

Thousands of tuna, their silver bellies bloated with fat, swim frantically around in netted areas of a small bay, stuffing themselves until they grow twice as heavy as in the wild. Is this sushi's future? Tuna raised like chickens or cows?

Climate drama climax looks elusive in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments

For 20 years, as this crowded planet grew warmer, nations have gathered annually to try to do something about it. History now brings them to this chilly northern capital, and to a crossroads. The world looks to Copenhagen "to witness what I believe will be an historic turning point in the fight against climate change," says Yvo de Boer, United Nations organizer of the two weeks of talks opening Monday.

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Scientists, lawyers mull effects of home robots

December 7, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

Eric Horvitz illustrates the potential dilemmas of living with robots by telling the story of how he once got stuck in an elevator at Stanford Hospital with a droid the size of a washing machine. "I remembered thinking, `Whoa, this is scary,' as it whirled around, almost knocking me down," the Microsoft researcher recalled.

NASA to launch sky-mapping spacecraft

December 7, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

NASA's latest space telescope will scan the sky in search of never-before-seen asteroids, comets, stars and galaxies, with one of its main tasks to catalog objects posing a danger to Earth. The sky-mapping WISE, or Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, is scheduled to launch no earlier than before dawn Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast aboard a Delta 2 rocket.

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Study: Missing DNA can promote childhood obesity

December 7, 2009 4:33 am | News | Comments

Some children get severely obese because they lack particular chunks of DNA, which kicks their hunger into overdrive, researchers report. The British researchers checked the DNA of 300 children who'd become very fat, on the order of 220 pounds by age 10.

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20 W Power Supplies include universal AC input

December 7, 2009 4:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the MPM-20PB series is a family of single output, 20W switching power supplies. These compact modules include a universal AC input, full safety approvals, robust filtering and miniature packaging.

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