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India Abandons Moon-Orbiting Satellite

August 31, 2009 5:31 am | by ASHOK SHARMA | News | Comments

India's space agency has abandoned the country's only satellite orbiting the moon after efforts to revive communication with it failed, an official said Monday. Communications with the Chandrayaan-1 satellite, which has been orbiting the moon for nearly a year, snapped Saturday and scientists lost control of the satellite.

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As Internet Turns 40, Barriers Threaten its Growth

August 31, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

Goofy videos weren't on the minds of Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA when they began tests 40 years ago on what would become the Internet. Neither was social networking, for that matter, nor were most of the other easy-to-use applications that have drawn more than a billion people online. Instead the researchers sought to create an open network for freely exchanging information

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Discovery Arrives at Space Station

August 31, 2009 5:06 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

Space shuttle Discovery pulled up and docked at the international space station on Sunday night, delivering a full load of gear and science experiments. The linkup occurred as the spacecraft zoomed more than 200 miles above the Atlantic and ended a round-the-world chase of nearly two days.

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Coaxial Rotary Joint Mounts to PCB

August 28, 2009 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Serving coiled-cable applications such as in medical or satcom systems to protect both cable and PCB, the AMCORJ-PCB-SCA1 PCB-mounted coaxial rotary joint from Link Microtek is designed to allow a cable to be rotated through 360 degrees while connected to a printed circuit board.

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Mass Flow Meter and Totalizer is Programmable

August 28, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FMA-4100/4300 Series flow rate can be displayed in 23 different volumetric flow or mass flow engineering units including a user specific selection. FMA-4100/4300 flowmeters support various functions including, programmable flow totalizer, high and low

New generation of coupons means users clip less

August 28, 2009 7:06 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Electronic coupons, arriving by cell phone, Twitter, e-mail and Facebook, are helping generate an old standby's comeback and bringing in new, younger customers. Many shoppers, especially young consumers like 30-year-old April Englebert, used to

Power Inductors Reduce Core Loss by 90%

August 28, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PG0871NL and PG0702NL series of round-wire coil surface mount power inductors from Pulse yields a 90 percent core loss reduction and 30 percent increase in maximum operating temperature when compared to standard iron powder material. The series has a direct current resistance (DCR) of 0.68 m? to 31.5 m?

FCC inquiries could spawn new wireless regulations

August 28, 2009 6:40 am | by JOELLE TESSLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is taking a closer look at the practices of the wireless industry, potentially the first step toward more regulations intended to push down prices and increase choices for consumers.

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Molecular Sandwich May Miniaturize Electronics

August 28, 2009 6:33 am | News | Comments

The sandwich recipe recently concocted by scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may prove tasty for computer chip designers, who have long had an appetite for molecule-sized electronic components – but no clear way to satisfy it until now.

Problem Cancels Moon Rocket Test Firing in Utah

August 28, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

A mechanical failure forced a NASA contractor on Thursday to call off the first test firing of the main part of NASA's powerful new moon rocket. The test wasn't immediately rescheduled as officials scrambled to learn the root cause of the failure. Alliant Techsystems Inc. called off the rocket burn with just 20 seconds left on the countdown clock.

iPhone Coming to China After Apple, Unicom Deal

August 28, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

China Unicom Ltd. said Friday it will sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone in China this year, ending months of rumor about when the hit phone would make its long-delayed debut in the world's most populous mobile market. The phones are expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter under a multiyear deal struck between the two companies, Unicom executives said in Hong Kong.

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Dell's Numbers Show PC Industry Staggering Back

August 28, 2009 5:32 am | News | Comments

Dell Inc.'s second-quarter results reinforce what other tech heavyweights have shown recently about the health of the personal-computer industry: it's still wounded by the recession, but is staggering back to its feet, thanks to consumers, bargain prices and little "netbook" laptops for surfing the Internet. The Round Rock, Texas-based company reported Thursday that profit fell 23 percent and sales fell 22 percent in the May-July period.

Pressure Transmitter Measures up to ± 29 PSI

August 28, 2009 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CP200 pressure transmitter from E Instruments measures ranges from ± 0.4” H2O to as high as ± 29 PSI. Features include: accuracy of ±(1% rdg. + 0.008” H2O), 0.01” H2O Resolution, simultaneous display of 2 parameters, two output 4 mA-20 mA or 0 V-10 V (4 wires), RS 232, or 2 RCR relays at 6 A/230 Vac.

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Semiconductor Package Delivers Signal Speeds Exceeding 12 Gb/s

August 27, 2009 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The HyperBGA PTFE-based "coreless" semiconductor package from Endicott Interconnect Technologies purportedly delivers digital signal speeds surpassing 12 Gb/s. The material compliance of the PTFE material supposedly eliminates the BGA wear out, die cracking, delamination, and flip chip bump fatigue.

LEDs Enable Manufacture of Ultra-Thin LCDs

August 27, 2009 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 3 mm x 3 mm x 1.6 mm, the OSLON LX LEDs from OSRAM Opto are intended for side injection into light guides with a thickness of 2 mm to 4 mm. Light output is typically 75 lm or 90 lm at 350 mA, and the integrated polynomial lens features a beam angle of 125°. The multi-white version (High Color Gamut White)

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