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Fraunhofer solves power grid converter station problem

November 18, 2010 9:25 pm | by Medical Design Technology | Comments

Scientists and researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) in Erlangen, Germany, said they have solved a major challenge that stumped them while building converter stations for power grids of the ...

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Light flow controlled with all-optical transistor

November 18, 2010 9:24 pm | by Medical Design Technology | Comments

By discovering how to couple light and vibrations, scientists have built a device in which a beam of light traveling through an optical microresonator could be controlled by a second, stronger light beam. The device acts like an optical transistor, in which one light beam influences the...

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Sensors for defense and security: launch of European business roundtable

November 18, 2010 8:24 pm | by Medical Design Technology | Comments

A group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters has today launched a Business Round Table for Photonics Sensors for Defense and Security (www.photonics-sensors.eu).

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An Unsealed Lawsuit Indicates Dell Hid Faults of Computers

November 18, 2010 5:30 pm | by New York Times | Comments

A court case against the computer maker was unsealed, indicating that customers were sold defective equipment and the criteria the company used for fixing the problems.

Dell’s Earnings Beat Forecasts

November 18, 2010 5:30 pm | by New York Times | Comments

The computer company said that revenue saw strong gains in every unit except consumer products.

Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges

November 18, 2010 5:29 pm | by New York Times | Comments

The computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran’s nuclear program was calibrated to send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control, experts found.

Backyard Wildlife: Walking Leaf

November 18, 2010 2:23 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Comments

See some more great photos of the hike on Penang Island in Malaysia, from the Capturing Penang blog. Related: Backyard Wildlife: Fox – Backyard Wildlife: Great Spreadwing Damselfly – Backyard Wildlife: Turtle

Salesforce doubles earnings, grows sales in Q3

November 18, 2010 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Salesforce.com Inc., which helps businesses manage relationships with customers, said Thursday that its third-quarter earnings more than doubled as revenue hit a record and its paying customer base grew 31 percent from the same period a year earlier.The company's shares rose $9.60, or 8.3...

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Autodesk 3Q matches views; outlook disappoints

November 18, 2010 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Engineering software maker Autodesk Inc. said Thursday that its net income rose 82 percent in the third quarter, thanks to strong demand from the manufacturing sector, but its outlook for the full year was below analysts' expectations. Shares fell.Net income in the three months to Oct. 31 rose...

Revenue up at Intuit but seasonal 1Q loss widens

November 18, 2010 2:07 pm | by EILEEN AJ CONNELLY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Financial software maker Intuit Inc. on Thursday said its fiscal first-quarter loss widened during the slow season for TurboTax, but the company reported increased revenue from small-business products like QuickBooks.For the three months that ended Oct. 31, Intuit reported a net loss of $70...

Blue Coat fiscal 2Q profit rises 44 percent

November 18, 2010 2:05 pm | Comments

Security hardware and software company Blue Coat Systems Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter profit beat analyst estimates Thursday, rising 44 percent as revenue increased and the cost of revenue declined.Shares of the company dipped in after-hours trading, though, as it forecast third-quarter...

Computer science professors receive NSF grant for improving digital libraries

November 18, 2010 1:24 pm | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Computer science and engineering professors Richard Furuta and Frank Shipman were recently awarded a National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (NSF DUE) grant to develop tools that will allow for easier curation of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). Their...

Lawrence appointed Bruce Chair

November 18, 2010 12:22 pm | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. Barry Lawrence to the Leonard and Valerie Bruce Endowed Chair in Industrial Distribution. Lawrence is director of the Industrial Distribution Program and director of the Global Supply Chain Lab (GSCL) in the...

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Randy Wayne takes new look at relativity

November 18, 2010 12:21 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

The viscous force that arises from Doppler-shifted photons prevents electrons from exceeding the speed of light, according to Randy Wayne, professor of plant biology.

Dell 3Q net income more than doubles

November 18, 2010 12:05 pm | by JESSICA MINTZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Personal computer maker Dell Inc. said Thursday that its net income for the latest quarter more than doubled as companies spent more to replace aging technology.Dell's earnings topped Wall Street's expectations, and investors sent shares up nearly 6 percent after the results were...

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