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Study finds social networks are key to city violence

November 14, 2013 4:04 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A new study of gun violence in Chicago, led by Yale sociologist Andrew Papachristos, reveals that a person’s social network is a key predictor in whether an individual will become a victim of gun homicide, even more so than race, age, gender, poverty, or gang affiliation....

Quantum world record smashed

November 14, 2013 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A normally fragile quantum state has been shown to survive at room temperature for a world record 39 minutes, overcoming a key barrier towards building ultrafast quantum computers. An international team including Stephanie Simmons of Oxford University, UK, report in this week's Science....

RF gain blocks offering up to 24 dB gain, 40 dBm OIP3

November 14, 2013 3:55 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for four new broadband RF gain blocks from Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI). The new gain blocks are single-ended RF/IF gain block amplifiers that operate from 30 MHz to 6 GHz and offer up to 24 dB gain and 40 dBm third-order intercept point (OIP3).

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DC/DC converters provide 6W of output power in a miniature SMT package

November 14, 2013 3:50 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the ML600xRU series provides 6W of output power in a miniature SMT package. They provide the robust performance, miniature size and economy required by a wide range of space critical board level applications. Available on tape/reel, they can be used with most automated assembly systems.

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Anti-counterfeit regulation (and the pressure on distributors) is intensifying

November 14, 2013 3:44 pm | by Anne Ting, Components Direct | Articles | Comments

The comment period for the proposed revisions to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation System (DFARS) ended on July 15, 2013. This important piece of legislation, which is expected to go into effect in the first quarter of 2014, is the culmination of several years of effort by lawmakers to deal with the problem of counterfeit electronic components.

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Voltage regulators designed for space-constrained netcom, server, and storage applications

November 14, 2013 3:29 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the IR3891 and IR3892 SupIRBuck integrated dual output voltage regulators designed for space-constrained netcom, server and storage applications. The new dual output devices are optimized for single rail operation from 5V to 12V inputs or 1V to 21V input with external 5V bias.

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Confronting climate change from the bottom up

November 14, 2013 3:25 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

As international climate negotiators meet this month for the 19th meeting of the UN Conference of Parties (COP19), there’s an increasing realization that top-down efforts to confront climate change aren’t working — or at least, they’re not working quickly enough. Are there ways that large groups of people — even a global community— could work together to take action now? That was the focus of an MIT climate conference last week, titled “Crowds an...

Nano magnets arise at 2-D boundaries

November 14, 2013 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you squeeze atoms, you don't get atom juice. You get magnets. According to a new theory by Rice University scientists, imperfections in certain two-dimensional materials create the conditions by which nanoscale magnetic fields arise.

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Distant artificial atoms cooperate by sharing light, international research team shows

November 14, 2013 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has shown for the first time that atoms can work collectively rather than independently of each other to share light. Quantum physicists have long discussed such an effect, but it has not been seen before in an experiment.

Photos of the Day: Next generation of biofuels is still years away

November 14, 2013 3:00 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first trickle of fuels made from agricultural waste is finally winding its way into the nation's energy supply, after years of broken promises and hype promoting a next-generation fuel source cleaner than oil. But as refineries churn out this so-called cellulosic fuel, it has become clear, even to the industry's allies, that the benefits remain, as ever, years away.

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Wire-to-board connector designed for industrial and solid-state lighting applications

November 14, 2013 12:55 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its innovative 9296 Poke Home Connector Series with the introduction of a new vertical through board, SMT, wire-to-board (WTB) connector.  The new 9296 WTB single poke home connectors feature a dual beam box contact that provides maximum mechanical stability....

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10W GaN MMIC power amplifier covers 6 to 18 GHz

November 14, 2013 12:41 pm | Hittite Microwave Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation announced a new Gallium Nitride (GaN) MMIC power amplifier product which offers significant performance, size and durability advantages for communications, test instrumentation and radar systems operating in the 6 to 18 GHz frequency range.

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This NASA-inspired shower could lessen the global water crisis

November 14, 2013 12:28 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Growing up in a rural area I learned to expect cries of “Turn that shower off, you’ll run the well dry!” while getting cleaned up for school. Having a well was the price you’d pay for living in the middle of nowhere, away from a reservoir-supplied water source. But apart from my teenage battles, a real problem lurks, one of global proportions.

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Transformer deliver high bandwidth over existing copper transmission lines

November 14, 2013 12:15 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces a new VDSL2 30MHz transformer that is compliant for use with the Lantiq Vinax V3 chipset family. The BX4290LNL and BX4290LNLT transformers are used with the Class AB line driver to deliver high bandwidth over existing copper transmission lines.

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Watching the Milky Way grow up

November 14, 2013 11:02 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Humans take the starry night for granted. But Earth’s night sky hasn’t always sparkled: In the distant past, during the infancy of the Milky Way, it was a much darker place. Now scientists have pictures of what it looked like and how it’s changed....

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