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Vegas casinos now accepting cybercurrency Bitcoin

January 22, 2014 2:30 pm | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Las Vegas is getting one more novelty. Starting this week, patrons will be able to use the online currency Bitcoin to pay for rooms, food and drinks at two downtown casinos. The D casino and the city's oldest casino, the Golden Gate, will accept bitcoins at hotel front desks beginning Wednesday.

Ohio man questioned over Google Glass in theater

January 22, 2014 2:28 pm | News | Comments

Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device. The government says no action was taken after the man confirmed the Google Glass was also a pair of prescription glasses with the recording function inactive.

Global panel to review Internet security

January 22, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

A global commission has been created to investigate how to ensure Internet freedom and security at a time of growing concerns over privacy breaches. Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, will head a group of some 25 experts from various backgrounds, including academia, government and civil society.

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Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting

January 22, 2014 2:05 pm | by Ken Kusmer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal." Police said they haven't determined why...

230V LED lamps surpass halogen performance and design flexibility

January 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa launched the first line of high color and white rendering, high light output LED GU10 230V dimmable lamps. Uniquely, the company has released a 10o spot version, not available in halogen or from other LED manufacturers, as well as a 25o version that has a peak intensity higher than halogen and all other LED GU10 products.

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Synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter features 95% efficiency & low noise operation

January 22, 2014 1:51 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the LTC3111, a synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 1.5A of output current from a wide range of power sources, including single or multiple cell batteries, supercapacitor stacks and wall adapters. The device’s 2.5V to 15V input and output voltage range provides a regulated output....

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DC-DC modules achieve 88% efficiency

January 22, 2014 1:43 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the SPM series of low-power isolated DC-DC modules designed specifically for use in electronic equipment that will be subject to harsh environments such as outdoor communications, applications with little or no forced air cooling, smart grid and industrial process control equipment.

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Linear sensor helps prevent train derailment

January 22, 2014 1:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group’s LV-45 series linear sensors is being used in the Metrom Rail LLC SafeStructure System for road and rail bridge monitoring to help prevent train derailment. Bridge expansion and contraction due to seasonal heating and cooling is a common problem found in civil engineering.

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Low-power design considerations to enable effective health and fitness bio-patch solutions

January 22, 2014 11:05 am | by Rafael A. Mena, Systems Manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Bio-patch solutions are sensors worn on the body to enable continuous (or semi-continuous) monitoring of physiological and cognitive parameters without tethering the patient or athlete to a wired hub. They are poised to revolutionize the health and fitness market and create new ways of providing healthcare in clinical and remote settings.

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Staying cool in the nanoelectric universe by getting hot

January 22, 2014 10:36 am | by University of Buffalo | News | Comments

As smartphones, tablets and other gadgets become smaller and more sophisticated, the heat they generate while in use increases. This is a growing problem because it can cause the electronics inside the gadgets to fail. Conventional wisdom suggests the solution is to keep the guts of these gadgets cool.

Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins

January 22, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals. But bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens.

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Bio-inspired robotic device could aid ankle-foot rehabilitation

January 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Parker developed an active orthotic device using soft plastics and composite materials, instead of a rigid exoskeleton.

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Top flops from CES 2014

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What’s the only thing dorkier than a Segway? That’s right — Google Glass. They look like the drunken lovechild of the Borg and Jean Claude Van Damme from Universal Soldier. So naturally, they littered the CES show floor like weeds, belying the user’s fashion sense, professionalism, and any semblance of self-respect.

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Aging Fukushima Daini reactor can be safely offline for 10 more yrs

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday confirmed that one of the aging reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daini plant can remain offline safely for another 10 years, after assessing the deterioration level of related equipment and the impact of the March 2011 natural disasters.

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Ohio man questioned over Google Glass in theater

January 22, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device. The government says no action was taken after the man confirmed the Google Glass was also a pair of prescription glasses with the recording function inactive.

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