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Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:08 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial....

Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

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A new method to monitor nuclear reactors

April 25, 2014 8:51 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. In addition to neutrons, the fission reaction of nuclear fuels ...

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WSU innovation improves drowsy driver detection

April 25, 2014 8:48 am | by Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel. Their recently patented technology is based on steering wheel movements—which are more variable in drowsy drivers....

Flexible technology could be printed in clothing

April 25, 2014 8:44 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A new version of “spaser” technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A team of researchers from Monash University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) has modelled....

Researchers characterize a new shape using rubber bands

April 25, 2014 8:39 am | by Paul Karoff, Harvard University | News | Comments

While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature. This made the researchers wonder....

Securities regulators are probing recall, says GM

April 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. securities regulators are looking into General Motors' delayed recall of more than 2 million cars with a deadly ignition switch problem. GM disclosed in a quarterly report that the Securities and Exchange Commission has made inquiries about the recall....

Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

April 25, 2014 8:32 am | by by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Big companies are finally starting to spend money, and that could mean a better economy and more jobs are on the way.Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar make expensive equipment that other companies need to buy to grow their business....

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How trustworthy is the data you’re using?

April 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at knowing which resources had answers....

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Nokia, Microsoft close $7.5 billion cellphone deal

April 25, 2014 8:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says it has completed the 5.44 billion-euro ($7.5 billion) sale of its cellphone and services division to Microsoft Corp. Friday's closure of the deal, which includes a license to a portfolio of Nokia patents, follows delays in global regulatory approvals, including from China. The...

Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

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Miniature chip bead ferrite comes in 0201 package

April 24, 2014 5:06 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Miniaturization of electronic circuits not only requires small components, but also interference-free operation. With the WE-TMSB product family, Würth Elektronik eiSos offers the smallest chip bead ferrite in the standard 0201 chip format. This package design increases packing density of components....

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Wide-frequency universal clocks offer ultra-low jitter

April 24, 2014 4:48 pm | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) announced an addition to its range of telecommunications timing products with a new family of Universal Clocks. The XR811xx series offers a wide range of output frequencies from 10MHz to 1.5GHz, with ultra-low phase noise jitter of less than 200fs....

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Wide-band, unmatched transistor enables efficiencies up to 77%

April 24, 2014 4:40 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the T2G6001528-SG from TriQuint. This wide band, unmatched transistor offers up to 15W P3dB of power from DC to 6GHz. GaN on SiC HEMT enables efficiencies up to 77%. Other features include....

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SOIC to DIP adapters offer competitive pricing and lead-free options

April 24, 2014 4:23 pm | Advanced Interconnections Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Interconnections Corp. (West Warwick, RI) recently reduced pricing on the 4414 Series SOIC to DIP Adapters. Whether you're battling device obsolescence or need a pluggable device for easy in-field replacement, SOIC to DIP Adapters from Advanced Interconnections now fit your board and your budget....

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