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Threat to ozone layer as four new ozone-eating gases found

March 11, 2014 10:08 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Four new harmful fluorinated gases, of the type that destroys Earth's protective ozone layer, have been found in the atmosphere. Three of the gases are CFCs — chlorofluorocarbons — whose use has been progressively banned since the 1990s under the...

Photos of the Day: Influential women in engineering

March 11, 2014 9:28 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper served in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) in World War II and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language in the 1950s. She was also one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and created the term “debugging”.

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X-Ray inspection techniques to identify counterfeit electronic components

March 11, 2014 9:07 am | by Dr. Bill Cardoso, Dr. Glen Thomas, Brian Wagner, Creative Electron, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The success of our global economy relies on the free flow of information and products across multiple geographical boundaries. In a networked society, markets transcend political borders to reach every corner of the globe. With such connectivity come serious challenges....

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Apple releases iOS 7.1 with new CarPlay features

March 11, 2014 1:08 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Today, Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, with bug fixes and several new features. The most prominent addition to this version is the new CarPlay, the "Best iPhone Experience on Four Wheels," that Apple...

U.S. News ranks MIT’s graduate program in Engineering No. 1; Sloan is No. 5 business school

March 11, 2014 12:13 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT’s graduate program in engineering has been ranked No. 1 in the country in U.S. News & World Report ’s annual rankings — a spot the Institute has held since 1990, when the magazine first ranked graduate programs in engineering. U.S. News awarded MIT a score of 100 among graduate...

From leaker to speaker

March 10, 2014 7:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Edward Snowden appeared via secure video to motivate developers at SXSW.If Edward Snowden hadn’t fled to Russia to seek political asylum, he’d probably be incommunicado on a U.S. naval brig somewhere. Instead, he’s giving motivational speeches to huge crowds of developers.

Tech companies shine some light on national security data requests

March 10, 2014 5:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.Data now being published regularly by many U.S. tech companies reveal the scale and scope of government requests for user information.

Entrepreneur Hopes to Use Interference to Improve the Mobile Internet

March 10, 2014 5:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

WebTV’s creator thinks his forthcoming wireless technology will give us faster, better mobile Internet access.Ten years ago, when most of us still had no idea what a smartphone was, Steve Perlman was contemplating a future in which we’d be watching so many YouTube videos over cellular networks that...

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Let’s shelve legislation for smart phone tracking in stores – for now

March 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing new about being tracked online. Most Internet users have come to realize that’s the price they pay for free content and services online. But many people do not realize retailers like department stores and big box stores can track a customer’s movements via their cell phones.

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Open-ended problems with no answer keys

March 10, 2014 4:15 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

What do MIT freshmen Pavlina Karafillis and Rasheed Auguste like about their work in the Short Lab? “There’s no answer key — you have to figure things out on your own,”  Karafillis says. Adds Auguste, “it’s like one big open-ended problem; nobody tells you exactly how to attack it.” That spirit...

High-speed CMOS DDR2 SDRAMs are offered with 512-Mb and 1-Gb densities

March 10, 2014 3:45 pm | Alliance Memory, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Memory (San Carlos, CA) introduced a new line of high-speed CMOS double data rate 2 synchronous DRAMs (DDR2 SDRAM) with densities of 512 Mb (AS4C32M16D2) and 1 Gb (AS4C64M16D2, AS4C128M8D2) in

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Vertical configuration connectors target high vibration automotive on-board instrumentation

March 10, 2014 3:28 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has released a vertical configuration version of its DuraClik 2.00 mm pitch wire-to-board connectors. The new vertical connector is designed for on-board automotive instrumentation, including steering wheels, gear sticks,

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Anti-diffusion gold coating lessens or eliminates the need for probe cleaning

March 10, 2014 3:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aries Electronics (Bristol, PA) announced the introduction of its unique Protect-A Probe, anti-diffusion, gold coating for its complete line of burn-in and test socket spring probes. The Protect-A Probe coating is designed to lessen or eliminate the need for probe cleaning....

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Calibrated current switches present simple installation for limit alarm applications

March 10, 2014 3:17 pm | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) introduced its ASC Series Switches. Theses current operated switches are precision calibrated at the factory per customer specifications and guaranteed within 1 percent accuracy. Compatible with most automation systems, ASC switches provide

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Lawns across America: Is the US becoming one shade of green?

March 10, 2014 3:12 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Boston and Baltimore. Miami and Minneapolis. Phoenix and Los Angeles.Fanned across the United States and in locations from coast to prairie to desert, what do these cities have in common?How their human residents manage that icon of America, the urban lawn, or so hypothesized a team of scientists....

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