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Apple files promised appeal in book-collusion case

October 4, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is fighting a legal order requiring the company to modify its digital book contracts and submit to oversight by a court-appointed antitrust monitor. The Cupertino, California, company filed its notice of appeal Thursday in New York, following through on a pledge to fight the verdict. A...

Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots

October 4, 2013 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2011, when an MIT senior named John Romanishin proposed a new design for modular robots to his robotics professor, Daniela Rus, she said, "That can't be done." Two years later, Rus showed her colleague Hod Lipson, a robotics researcher at Cornell University, a video of prototype robots, based on Romanishin's design, in action. "That can't be done," Lipson said.

Ultraviolet light to the extreme

October 4, 2013 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you heat a tiny droplet of liquid tin with a laser, plasma forms on the surface of the droplet and produces extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light, which has a higher frequency and greater energy than normal ultraviolet. Now, for the first time, researchers have mapped this EUV emission....

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NSF awards $12 million to SDSC to deploy 'Comet' supercomputer

October 4, 2013 1:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $12-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deploy Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains.

Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth

October 4, 2013 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The mystery of why life on Earth evolved when it did has deepened with the publication of a new study in the latest edition of the journal Science. Scientists at the CRPG-CNRS University of Lorraine, The University of Manchester and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris have ruled out a theory as to why the planet was warm enough to sustain the planet's earliest life forms....

COM Express Modules feature Intel Core i7/i5 4th-Gen CPUs and removable memory

October 4, 2013 1:35 pm | Acromag | Product Releases | Comments

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express Module provides a high-performance processor in a package that is small, light, and very power-efficient. The XCOM-6400 is a Type 6 Basic COM Express module that is available with a choice of Intel’s 4-generation Core i7 or i5 Haswell CPU and Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset....

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Embedded Video Engine features 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface development

October 4, 2013 12:35 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking FDTI’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) integrated circuit, which addresses the need for easy-to-design, advanced forms of human-machine interaction. The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) available at Mouser Electronics is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality....

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Software includes expanded electro-acoustic capability

October 4, 2013 12:29 pm | Audio Precision | Product Releases | Comments

Audio Precision announced a new software release that expands the features of the electro-acoustic test suite for APx audio analyzers. APx v3.4 adds Thiele/Small parameters, Complex Impedance and Loudspeaker Production Test to the APx platform.

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How Instagram can ruin your dinner

October 4, 2013 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Warning Instagrammers: You might want to stop taking so many pictures of your food. New research out of Brigham Young University finds that looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat. Turns out your foodie friend's obsession with taking pictures of everything they eat and posting it on Instagram or Pinterest may be ruining your appetite....

Tesla fire shows electrics face safety challenges

October 4, 2013 11:58 am | by Mike Baker & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

When debris on a Seattle-area freeway pierced the battery of a $70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for electric-vehicle owners. It also caused rare jitters among investors, who of late have viewed Tesla as nearly invincible.  

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Gain block covers the frequency range from 50 to 4,000MHz

October 4, 2013 11:12 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TQL9047, an 8-pin, 2x2mm DFN packaged gain block from TriQuint Semiconductor. The TQL9047 offers internally match I/O over the frequency range of 50 to 4000MHz. With OIP3 of 35.5dBm, this gain block is ideally suited for BTS transceivers and repeaters....

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Battery-operated proving unit ensures safe 2-pole tester operation

October 4, 2013 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers a palm-sized, battery-operated proving unit that provides a substitute voltage source for testing a two-pole tester.  The MPU690 helps to ensure that a voltage tester is capable of detecting voltage safely and efficiently.

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A question of style

October 4, 2013 10:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most molecules occur in several shapes, which may behave very differently. Using a sorting machine for molecules, a German–Swiss research team can now for the first time directly measure the various reaction rates of different forms of the same compound.

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Aerospace engineering researchers design, build unmanned air system

October 4, 2013 10:53 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. John Valasek (left) with Cecil Rhodes, flight mechanics specialist, with the Pegasus I Unmanned Air System A research team led by Texas A&M University professor......

NIST physicists 'entangle' microscopic drum's beat with electrical signals

October 4, 2013 10:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Extending evidence of quantum behavior farther into the large-scale world of everyday life, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have "entangled"—linked the properties of—a microscopic mechanical drum with electrical signals.

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