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Book: Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience

June 11, 2013 3:05 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

YaleNews features works recently or soon to be published by members of the University community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers. Authors of new books may forward publishers’ book descriptions to us by email....

Incremental rotary encoders measure 7.2mm in diameter

June 11, 2013 2:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Nemicon continues to push the envelope in high-performance miniaturization with its 7S Series Incremental Rotary Encoder. At just 7.2mm (0.28346”) in diameter, and based on Nemicon’s successful line of 18mm (0.70866”) and 12mm (0.47244”) diameter miniature encoders, the 7S Series shaft type encoder features high resolution....

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COB-based solid-state lamps present cooling tradeoffs

June 11, 2013 2:33 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Solid-state lighting has taken its place in the mainstream of illumination, finding uses in a diverse range of industrial and consumer applications. Solid state lamps have shed the initial skepticisms about quality, and although the upfront costs are high, these costs are coming down.

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Waze sale signals new growth for Israeli high tech

June 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by JOSEF FEDERMANAssociated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc.'s $1.03 billion purchase of Israeli navigation software maker Waze marks an important milestone for the country that affectionately calls itself "Start-Up Nation." The acquisition is not only among the largest-ever purchase prices for an Israeli start-up. It also cements a recent push...

AC/DC power supply features variable outputs of 0-25 volts @ 5 amps

June 11, 2013 1:01 pm | Global Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Global Specialties today introduced a new rugged, general purpose AC/DC power supply with variable outputs of 0-25 volts @ 5 amps with digital LED (Green) displays for motoring both voltage and current outputs. This unique power supply is a low-cost, space-saving solution for applications requiring both AC/DC voltages.

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Boost regulator offers constant efficiency performance over a 100:1 span in output current

June 11, 2013 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Touchstone Semiconductor announced the TS3300 boost regulator. The TS3300 uses only 3.5µA of supply current, and the TS3300’s efficiency performance is constant over a 100:1 span in output current. No other low power boost converter offers this level of performance.

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IGBTs deliver higher power density and increased efficiency for motor drive and UPS applications

June 11, 2013 12:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a family of rugged 1200V ultra-fast insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) optimized for industrial motor drive and UPS systems. The new devices leverage IR’s field stop trench ultra-thin wafer technology that delivers lower conduction and switching losses.

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Google snaps up Waze to add to mapping service

June 11, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has purchased online mapping service Waze for in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system. The acquisition announced Tuesday ends several months of...

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eBook explains how to recover the costs sunk into circuit boards that will not boot

June 11, 2013 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new eBook from ASSET InterTech will help circuit board manufacturers who want to recover their investment in assembled boards that won’t boot – so called dead boards – and still maintain the tight production deadlines that constantly reduce the time they can spend on board debug.

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HotSpot Episode 16: Big Brother is watching

June 11, 2013 11:06 am | Videos | Comments

The news wires have been saturated with the leaked details of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) called PRISM, which has been collecting phone records from Verizon customers under a top-secret government order. According to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post: The NSA and FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies....

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'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries

June 11, 2013 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

 Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft.

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Should preemptive legislation be considered before a new technology takes off?

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

In just two years’ time, the skies around us may get a lot more crowded. Drones have received a lot of attention lately, thanks to military operations overseas and matters of congressional oversight. In September 2015, the federal government plans to issue its first drone permits for domestic use.

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US spy programs raise ire both home and abroad

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration faced fresh anger Monday at home and abroad over U.S. spy programs that track phone and Internet messages around the world in the hope of thwarting terrorist threats. But a senior intelligence official said there are no plans to end the secretive surveillance systems.

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What's the problem with PRISM?

June 11, 2013 10:56 am | by MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the federal government went looking for phone numbers tied to terrorists, it grabbed the records of just about everyone in America. Why every phone number? "Well, you have to start someplace," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told NBC News on Monday.

SF, NY officials wait to judge Apple 'kill switch'

June 11, 2013 10:33 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York, seeking ways to curb thefts of mobile devices, said Monday they will reserve judgment of Apple's new security feature designed to make it harder to reactivate a stolen iPhone. They have been asking the leading wireless device makers to create a "kill switch" that would render stolen phones useless.

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