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Ageing heart can be prevented, say scientists

October 13, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Scientists in Japan said they have uncovered evidence that shows it may be possible to delay or prevent heart failure in humans. Tetsuo Shioi, lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, and his team described how they managed to suppress a variety of the P13K gene in a group of elderly mice.


Experts warn glaciers in Indian Kashmir melting

October 13, 2009 6:21 am | News | Comments

Indian Kashmir's glaciers are melting fast because of rising temperatures, threatening the water supply of millions of people in the Himalayan region, a new study by Indian scientists says. The study by Kashmir University's geology and geophysics department blamed the effect on climate change

George Soros to invest $1 billion in “green tech”

October 13, 2009 6:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier, we reported that global investments in renewable energy had dipped 40% from 2008-09—thus, the following comes as welcome news. George Soros has decided to invest $1 billion of his own money into “green technologies.” Soros issued a clear directive on how his money ought to be spent


MU Researchers Create Tiny Nuclear Battery

October 13, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

While scientists are finding ways to make batteries smaller but even more powerful, problems can arise when these batteries are much larger and heavier than the devices themselves. University of Missouri researchers are developing a nuclear energy source that is smaller, lighter and more efficient.


FBI delves into DMV photos in search for fugitives

October 13, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes. The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect.

MSOs Feature 80 ps Digital Channel Timing Resolution

October 12, 2009 11:57 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc announced the MSO70000 Series of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes. The instruments have up to 20 channels of measurement capture (four analog and 16 digital) with analog bandwidth ranging from 4 GHz to 20 GHz and 80 ps digital channel timing resolution. The MSO70000 Series combines

Hand-held LED Spectrolightmeter Offers Array of Measurements

October 12, 2009 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigahertz-Optik’s hand-held BTS256-LED is designed to measure luminous flux or illuminance, color data and spectral distribution of pc board mounted LEDs, discrete LEDs within a module, miniature lamps, endoscopes and any narrow beam emitting light source. Larger size light sources can

PoE Active Injector is Fully IEEE 802.3af Compliant

October 12, 2009 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlobTek’s GT-91085-1548 48V power over Ethernet (PoE) active injector offers a fully IEEE compliant solution for remote powering of wireless LAN (WLAN) access points, voice over IP phones and network security cameras. The active injector has automatic detection and


Oscillators contain Swept Quartz crystals

October 12, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing Swept Quartz crystals, the Model 1118 family of clock oscillators from Vectron International purportedly eliminates the potential for significant frequency shifts as a result of impurities.

PLL/Synthesizer includes typical Step Size of 2500 KHz

October 12, 2009 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CPLL58-4240-4240 PLL/Synthesizer operates at 4240 MHz with a typical Step Size of 2500 KHz. The PLL/Synthesizer is programmed using a standard three line interface

Playing with an E-Ink Watch

October 12, 2009 7:54 am | by Alix L. Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

My good friend Sriram Peruvemba of E-Ink sent me a Phosphor Brand Watch with an E-Ink display in it. I used the opportunity to get a reaction from my friends and colleagues and see if I liked it myself. I am a hard-core analog-watch man, and feel that the hands of a watch evoke the cycles of the day as they tell the time, an analog representation of the day in microcosm on my wrist.


Audio IC integrates 3D sound in small equipment

October 12, 2009 7:23 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced what is purportedly the first single-chip audio subsystem IC to include 3D sound enhancement for integration in small equipment.

Russia says to bear brunt of space missions

October 12, 2009 7:02 am | News | Comments

Russia expects to extend the life of the International Space Station beyond 2015, although Moscow must bear the brunt of flights after the United States retires its shuttles, officials said on Sunday.


High Hopes and Big Risks in Tech Earnings

October 12, 2009 6:59 am | by Gabriel Madway | News | Comments

The biggest risk for investors in technology, with stock prices up a whopping 55 percent this year, is they might be just a little too happy. All the buzz isn't without cause: Corporate technology spending could be set to rebound next year, cost-cutting is paying dividends, and dealmaking is back in a big way.

Capacitor Addresses Broadband Apps

October 12, 2009 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing DC blocking issues from 16 kHz (-3dB roll-off) to 40 GHz, the GX Series broadband capacitor from AVX is orientation insensitive with a standard EIA 0402 footprint to minimize board space requirements.


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