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Multi-cell battery monitors increase safety, protection for 12-V to 48-V industrial Li-ion batteries

May 20, 2014 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the first scalable, multi-cell battery monitors that significantly improve battery pack safety and reduce design time of 12-V to 48-V lithium-ion and lithium-iron phosphate batteries…


Handheld enclosures include integrated cable glands

May 20, 2014 10:38 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated cable glands are available as standard on OKW’s SMART-CASE range of handheld enclosures. They help to protect the cable as well as further enhance the aesthetics of this popular range. Integrated cable glands can be specified for


Why don’t the highly educated smoke?

May 20, 2014 10:25 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

It’s well established that adults with college degrees are much less likely to smoke than adults with less education, but the reasons for this inequality are unclear. A new Yale study shows that the links between smoking and education in adulthood are in fact explained by characteristics and...


Studies: Wildfires worse due to global warming

May 20, 2014 9:34 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three different studies and reports have warned that wildfires are getting bigger, that man-made climate change is to blame....

Young people hold Middle East peace talks online

May 20, 2014 9:30 am | by IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the collapse of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, hundreds of thousands of young people across the Middle East are talking reconciliation online, a former Israeli peace negotiator and founder of the movement said Monday. Uri Savir, himself an ex-peace negotiator between Israel and the Palestinians ...

Converter modules offer very high density, efficiency

May 20, 2014 9:28 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor (Andover, MA) announced a new platform of isolated, regulated DC/DC converter modules based on the company’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Delivering up to 2X the power density of conventional DC/DC converters…


AT&T eyes football in DirecTV buy

May 20, 2014 9:26 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

One of the hidden benefits of AT&T's $48.5 billion planned purchase of DirecTV is that it raises the possibility of making DirecTV's programming crown jewel, NFL Sunday Ticket, more broadly available on mobile devices. Making exclusive live NFL game programming available on AT&T smartphones could trump Verizon's deal with the NFL....

Cyber charges put more strain US-China relations

May 20, 2014 9:22 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia. That doesn't mean there will be a fracture in the U.S.-China relationship....


From wind tunnel tests to software reviews, NASA's Commercial Crew partners continue to advance

May 20, 2014 8:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil....

Technologies to watch in the rapidly evolving white box tablet market

May 20, 2014 8:04 am | by Robert Wang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

The white box tablet market has been booming for the past three years. Although this rapid pace has slowed somewhat, with white box tablet shipments projected for modest growth in 2014, innovative OEMs and forward-looking chip companies both see significant market opportunities....


Apple integrates FTIR pressure sensing with projected capacitive touch

May 20, 2014 7:22 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

A recent patent application indicates that Apple is working on integrating projected capacitive and FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) to offer pressure sensing and a new user experience. Per the patent, FTIR is used to detect finger pressure, and projected capacitive determines the touch ...

Illinois receives $2.1 million from NSA to help advance security of cyber systems

May 20, 2014 7:21 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was one of four universities selected to receive funding for cybersecurity research through the National Security Agency's Science of Security (SoS) initiative. Science of security refers to the emerging field in which the practice ...

CooliSys signs strategic distribution agreement with Marsh Electronics

May 19, 2014 4:08 pm | News | Comments

Milpitas CA– CooliSys (, a leading provider of AC/DC and DC/DC customizable power supplies system solutions, has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Marsh Electronics (, a leading distributor of power supplies and electronic components....


Kim Jong-un rides unicorns, defeats United States military

May 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Political statements take many forms. Sometimes, they’re a modest sit-in, a protest, or an op-ed agitating for change. And sometimes, they’re a farcical video game starring North Korea’s “glorious leader,” Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly taking down the United States with the help of unicorns and Dennis Rodman. Seriously....


'T-Ray' tech converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging

May 19, 2014 2:03 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum—the terahertz range. So-called T-rays, which are light waves too long for human eyes to see, could help airport security guards find chemical and other weapons....


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