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Informal meeting with EU ministers on the situation of GM reconfirms need for European coordination

November 24, 2009 4:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The meeting reconfirmed the consensus that EU rules (in particular on state aid and the Single Market) must be fully respected and that no national measures should be taken without prior information and coordination with other involved countries and the Commission. In this context it was...

Commission launches consultation on EU 2020: a new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market

November 24, 2009 4:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The Commission today issued a public consultation document on giving the EU economy a brighter future through the EU 2020 Strategy. EU 2020 aims to deliver greener and socially inclusive growth, as outlined by President Barroso in his Political Guidelines. The consultation paper sets out...

Green Living, Green Technologies: Things to Be Thankful For

November 24, 2009 4:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's nearly Thanksgiving, the second of the "big" holidays that break up the last three months of the year. One of the most common family traditions is listing the things for which we are thankful. These are mostly items such as "family," "friends" or "good

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Autonomous Military Robots: A Short Survey

November 24, 2009 4:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The four soldiers move from their concealed position and “stack” themselves, one behind the other, parallel to the door. The #2 man throws an M84 grenade (flashbang) into the room, then yells “frag out!” The flashbang detonates, and the fire team storms through the “fatal funnel” (door). 

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Augmented Reality and You

November 24, 2009 2:45 am | Videos | Comments

I remember going to a demonstration of virtual tagging technology at the Kihara Research Center in Tokyo several years back, and the researchers frankly weren't quite sure what to do with the tech at the time.

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CU search-and-rescue robots to compete internationally

November 23, 2009 1:54 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

In early November, Cornell was named one of 10 semifinalists in the first Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge.

Tips to Green Your Home

November 23, 2009 12:52 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new green homes Web site. The site provides an interactive experience that helps people

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President Obama Launches Engineering Education Initiative

November 23, 2009 12:52 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

The President announces the “Educate to Innovate” initiative, a campaign to get students excited about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Quotes from President Obama from his speech – (see webcast above): “As President, I believe...

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Water droplets direct self-assembly process in thin-film materials

November 23, 2009 11:57 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a technique for fabricating 3-D, single-crystalline silicon structures from thin films by coupling photolithography and a self-folding process driven by capillary interactions.

Global TV Shipment Growth Recovered in Q3

November 23, 2009 11:41 am | News | Comments

Global TV shipments showed a spark of recovery in Q3’09 amid an easing global economic recession, reports DisplaySearch in its latest Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.

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80-Watt 90º Coupler Covers 1.0 - 4.2 GHz

November 23, 2009 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Power Products introduces their Model IPP-7015, a 3dB, 90º surface mount hybrid coupler that operates from 1.0 – 4.2 GHz. The IPP-7015 combines two signals of up to 80 Watts CW total output power. This coupler is produced in a compact surface mount (SMD) package size of 1.80" x 0.39" x 0.17".

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Canada woman to fight insurance co. over Facebook

November 23, 2009 10:57 am | News | Comments

A Canadian woman on sick leave for depression said Monday she would fight an insurance company's decision to cut her benefits after her agent found photos on Facebook of her vacationing, at a bar and at a party. Nathalie Blanchard said Monday she was diagnosed with major depression and was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits until payments dried up this fall.

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Digi-Key Corporation Announces Expansion of CTS Distribution Agreement to Include Tusonix Line

November 23, 2009 10:51 am | by Digi-Key | News | Comments

Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Elkhart, Indiana (USA) — November 23, 2009 — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, announced it has...

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Allegro MicroSystems Announces New Switching Regulator Series

November 23, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a new series of hybrid integrated circuits (HICs) with a built-in power MOSFET and a control IC designed for quasi-resonant type switch-mode power supplies (SMPS). In normal operation, the HIC provides high efficiency and low EMI noise with bottom-skip quasi-resonant operation...

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Fully Shielded 30-W Converters Offer 4:1 Input Range

November 23, 2009 10:35 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda has introduced a family of single and dual-output DC/DC converters that provide a broad range of inputs and outputs for a variety of industrial, telecom and process control applications. Comprising the PXD30W Series, these converters feature -sided shielded metal cases that

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