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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.

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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Energy Metering ICs Deliver Highest Accuracy for Billing and Power Quality Monitoring Applications

December 7, 2009 4:03 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today introduced four energy metering ICs (integrated circuits) designed to improve the accuracy and performance of commercial, industrial, and residential smart meters.

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High-Performance Chip and R & D Package Combine for Record-Setting Efficacy

December 7, 2009 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announces it has achieved industry-best reported R&D results of 186 lumens per watt for a white power LED. This result demonstrates Cree's continued focus on pushing the performance of its LEDs. Cree's tests confirmed that the LED produced 197 lumens of light output and achieved 186 lumens per watt efficacy at a correlated color temperature of 4577K.

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Program Launched to Boost Clean Energy Job Growth

December 7, 2009 3:48 am | News | Comments

The Apollo Alliance released a clean energy investment plan today that will create up to 1.2 million domestic jobs while increasing U.S. energy security and climate stability. The release of Apollo’s 5-point plan coincides with today’s urgent White House jobs summit and amid intensified talk by Congressional leaders of an emergency jobs bill.

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Anti-counterfeit Lab Thwarts False Components

December 7, 2009 3:27 am | News | Comments

To further protect against the increasing volume of counterfeit electronics components entering into the supply chain, Fusion, a global independent distributor of electronic components, has invested heavily in a new Anti-Counterfeit Screening and Analysis Laboratory.

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TSX November eReview: Short Positions - Expired

December 4, 2009 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Ross Perot Jr. to join Dell's board

December 4, 2009 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer maker Dell Inc. said Friday that Ross Perot Jr., son of former presidential candidate Ross Perot Sr. and chairman of Perot Systems Corp. before Dell bought the company this year, will join its board.Dell said Perot will start immediately and stand for election by shareholders at the...

LED Backlights Breathe New Life into Mature Monitor Market

December 4, 2009 7:02 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Capitalizing on the slim form factor and energy savings potential, the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in LCD monitor panels is growing rapidly. [...]

Start-Up Shakeout Unlike Dot-Com Bust

December 4, 2009 7:02 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

How harsh has Silicon Valley's start-up shakeout of 2009 been compared with the dot-com bust in 2000-01?

Hearst to Launch Digital Push

December 4, 2009 7:02 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Hearst plans to launch a service called Skiff to sell digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines in a format it hopes will be more visually appealing to users of electronic readers and other electronic devices.

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FCC Probes Verizon Wireless Fees

December 4, 2009 7:02 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

The FCC is looking into why Verizon Wireless is now charging a $350 fee to some subscribers who want to break their cellphone contracts early, and sent the company a letter Friday asking for information about the new fee.

Giuliani to help Rio in pre-Olympic crime fight

December 4, 2009 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says Rio de Janeiro can become a safe city before it hosts the 2016 Olympics. And his consulting firm will be paid to offer advice on how to make that happen.Giuliani visited a slum in Rio on Thursday and praised Rio's efforts to pacify the violence-plagued...

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