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Study: Temperatures go off the charts around 2047

October 10, 2013 9:09 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot - permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047.

Photos of the Day: NASA diagnosing Jupiter-bound craft after flyby

October 10, 2013 8:56 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA engineers were troubleshooting why the Jupiter-bound spacecraft ran into some problems after successfully zipping past Earth to boost its speed toward the outer solar system. Despite the snag, the team said Wednesday Juno was on track to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016.

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Smartphone app allows full monitoring and control of network-connected power supplies over local wireless networks

October 10, 2013 8:42 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision launched its new “pwrApp” for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Adding greater value to its DC power solutions, B&K Precision’s pwrApp allows full monitoring and control of network-connected (via WLAN) XLN-GL series of power supplies over local wireless networks.

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Robot kit comes fully programmable in C language

October 10, 2013 8:12 am | Global Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Global Specialties today introduced the ASURO Robot. The ASURO is a small autonomous multi-sensored robot developed for educational purposes by the DLR, the German Aerospace Center (like NASA). Highly versatile, the ASURO is completely programmable in C.

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Global PC shipments fall for 6th quarter in row

October 9, 2013 6:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell in the third quarter of the year, the sixth straight quarter of decline as cheaper tablet computers and smartphones cut into demand, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner Inc. IDC said the market fell nearly 8 percent, to 81.6 million...

Digital step attenuator operates from 9 kHz to 8 GHz

October 9, 2013 5:36 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new high frequency, high power, 7-bit digital step attenuator (DSA) from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The PE43704 operates from 9 kHz to 8 GHz....

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Why Twitter is a male chauvinist’s dream company

October 9, 2013 4:57 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Twitter is in big trouble. The company, which recently began preparing to go public, came under fire for its all-male board and lack of female executives within the company. All of this was pointed out in a NYT’s piece by Clair Cain Miller where Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance...

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Why the U.S. sucks at math

October 9, 2013 4:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

No doubt about it – we're failing our children. We take it for granted that American children lag behind the rest of the world in STEM literacy: In a recent survey, U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 25th out of 34 developed countries in mathematics. We also assume that kiddies are born with a natural affinity for math and science. But what if STEM literacy isn’t an innate skill? What if it can be taught?

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Study: Ethanol not a major factor in reducing gas prices

October 9, 2013 3:50 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

If you have stopped at a gas station recently, there is a good chance your auto has consumed fuel with ethanol blended into it. Yet the price of gasoline is not substantially affected by the volume of its ethanol content, according to a paper co-authored by an MIT economist. The study seeks to rebut the claim, broadly aired over the past couple of years, that widespread use of ethanol has reduced the wholesale cost of gasoline by $0.89 to $1.09 p...

Poetry is like music to the mind, scientists prove

October 9, 2013 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New brain imaging technology is helping researchers to bridge the gap between art and science by mapping the different ways in which the brain responds to poetry and prose.Scientists at the University of Exeter used state-of-the-art functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology....

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Longer life for humans linked to further loss of endangered species

October 9, 2013 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables....

Evidence for a new nuclear 'magic number'

October 9, 2013 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have come one step closer to understanding unstable atomic nuclei. A team of researchers from RIKEN, the University of Tokyo and other institutions in Japan and Italy has provided evidence for a new nuclear magic number in the unstable, radioactive calcium isotope 54Ca.

Self-healing materials could arise from finding that tension can fuse metal

October 9, 2013 3:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It was a result so unexpected that MIT researchers initially thought it must be a mistake: Under certain conditions, putting a cracked piece of metal under tension -- that is, exerting a force that would be expected to pull it apart -- has the reverse effect, causing the crack to close and its edges to fuse together.

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Shutdown heads south; Antarctic stations shuttered

October 9, 2013 3:24 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown is reaching all the way down to the South Pole. The National Science Foundation announced Tuesday that it is putting its three Antarctic scientific stations in deep freeze just as scientists are starting to arrive for the start of a new research season.

Modeling software now features SXP- & SMX-style MLCCs rated for up to 200°C

October 9, 2013 3:16 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has updated its advanced SpiCalci 8.0 SPICE modeling software with the addition of two new high-temperature multilayer ceramic capacitor series for power electronics employed in harsh environment applications such as down-hole oil drilling.

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