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Tantalum chip capacitor series offers a small footprint and low profile

May 30, 2013 1:40 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation announced the release of three new series of tantalum chip capacitors: T488 Small Case Substrate Terminal MnO2, T527 Facedown Polymer, and T529 Small Case Substrate Terminal Polymer. These miniaturized solutions offer the highest capacitance values (22uF to 220uF) available today in both a standard 2012 (2.0mm x 1.2mm) and 3216 (3.2mm x 1.6mm) EIA case size....


How the turtle got its shell

May 30, 2013 12:16 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

New research led by Tyler Lyson of Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution pushes back the origins of the turtle shell by about 40 million years, linking it to Eunotosaurus, a 260-million-year-old fossil reptile from South Africa. The work strengthens the fossil record and bolsters an existing theory about shell development while providing new details about its precise evolutionary pathway.

Company seeking money to build space telescope

May 30, 2013 12:05 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Washington company that wants to send robots into space to mine precious metals from asteroids has found another way to use the expensive technology it's developing for its space venture. Planetary Resources Inc. announced Wednesday it plans to launch an extra space telescope in early 2015 to be used by the general public...


Not LOL: Service allows bully reporting by text

May 30, 2013 12:01 pm | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading education technology company on Wednesday announced it would give schools a free and confidential way for students to tell school officials via text that they are being bullied or are witnessing bullying. Blackboard's TipTxt program could change the school climate — or reveal just how pervasive student-on-student harassment has become.


SKorea fosters startups as it seeks economic shift

May 30, 2013 11:58 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Among the policies aimed at nurturing a "creative economy," South Korea is pouring more than 3 trillion won ($2.7 billion) into funding startups, establishing a third stock market to help new ventures raise money, and changing laws to lower hurdles for crowd-funding.


Motorola: 1st US-assembled smartphones coming

May 30, 2013 11:57 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cellphone pioneer Motorola says it's opening a manufacturing facility that will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. — its new flagship device, Moto X. The Texas site was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices...


Sensor chip family provides high integration touchless gesture control for computers and consumer devices

May 30, 2013 11:53 am | Infineon | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies introduced a family of 3D Image Sensor chips for implementation of touchless gesture recognition. Developed in cooperation with pmdtechnologies GmbH, the new chips are the first to combine a 3D image sensing pixel array with the digital conversion and control functionality needed to design very compact and accurate monocular systems....


UN expert urges moratorium on 'killer robots'

May 30, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nations should agree to a moratorium on developing robots for war that can function autonomously before it is too late to stop their use, a U.N. human rights expert warned Thursday. U.N. special rapporteur Christof Heyns urged a temporary freeze on producing or using so-called killer robots, saying it would give nations time to think through the implications...


China says US hacking claims faulty

May 30, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent allegations of Chinese hacking of Pentagon defense programs are faulty and underestimate China's ability to produce its own defensive weaponry, the country's Defense Ministry said Thursday. Newly publicized claims allege that China employed cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs...


Intelligent street lights adapt to conditions in Finland

May 30, 2013 11:33 am | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a dimmable LED street light that consumes significantly less energy than current lighting systems, while improving the lighting characteristics. The street lights were tested in Helsinki with user experiences collected.


Cold climate wind energy showing huge potential

May 30, 2013 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wind energy capacity is growing rapidly in the cold climates of the world. According to the latest forecasts, between 45 and 50 gigawatts of wind energy will be built in cold climates by 2017, which would mean an increase of as much as 72 per cent since the end of 2012 and investments amounting to approximately EUR 75 billion.

Einstein's 'spooky action' common in large quantum systems

May 30, 2013 11:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Entanglement is a property in quantum mechanics that seemed so unbelievable and so lacking in detail that, 66 years ago this spring, Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance." But a mathematician at Case Western Reserve University and two of his recent PhD graduates show entanglement is actually prevalent in large quantum systems and have identified the threshold at which it occurs.

Hip-hip-Hadoop: Data mining for science

May 30, 2013 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The model of distributed calculations, where a problem is broken down into distinct parts that can be solved individually on a computer and then recombined, has been around for decades. Divide-and-conquer techniques allow scientists to predict complex phenomenon from tornado formation to the qualities of nanomaterials to tomorrow's weather forecast.


Locomotion in confined spaces could help future robot teams work underground

May 30, 2013 11:18 am | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar to people living in the southern United States. By studying fire ants in the laboratory using video tracking equipment and X-ray computed tomography...

Diodes reduce switching losses for solar inverters, UPS, electric vehicles, and welding machines

May 30, 2013 11:01 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology released 11 new Gen2 650 V FRED Pt Ultrafast diodes. The "H" family of bare die devices, suitable for applications working above 40 kHz, combine extremely fast and soft recovery time with low forward voltage drop and reverse leakage current to reduce switching losses....



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