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Skydiver's Feat Could Influence Spacesuit Design

October 18, 2012 1:54 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Now that the dust has settled in the New Mexico desert where supersonic skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner landed safely on his feet, researchers are exhilarated over the possibility his exploit could someday help save the lives of pilots and space travelers in a disaster.

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Google, Samsung to sell Chrome laptop for $249

October 18, 2012 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google and Samsung are introducing a lightweight laptop computer with a price similar to smaller tablet computers. The computer unveiled Thursday will sell for $249 and run on an operating system revolving around Google's Chrome Web browser. Like other so-called Chromebooks, this laptop doesn't...

GM to hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard

October 18, 2012 1:44 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house. The move is part of a larger GM strategy to have more control over the technology it uses in cars and to run its business. The H-P employees already work on GM projects. GM says...

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Amphibious Vehicle to Go on Sale Soon in U.S.

October 18, 2012 12:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage — or pond — and into yours. The Quadski — a one-person all-terrain vehicle that doubles as a personal watercraft — is being billed by its makers as the first high-speed, commercially available amphibious vehicle.

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Newsweek to cease print edition after 80 years

October 18, 2012 11:55 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Newsweek will end its print publication after 80 years and shift to an all-digital format in early 2013. Its last U.S. print edition will be its Dec. 31 issue. The paper version of Newsweek is the latest casualty of a changing world where readers get more of their information from websites,...

Michio Kaku: A Nano Ship to the Stars

October 18, 2012 11:38 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

One of the inventions that may be realized by advances in nanotechnology is the creation of a von Neumann probe, which is essentially a virus, a self-replicating probe that can then explore the universe near the speed of light.

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VPX Mass Storage Module Boots

October 18, 2012 11:33 am | by PD&D Staff | Acromag Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Xembedded XVPX-9756 from Acromag (Wixom, MI) is a SATA/SAS bootable storage module, in a 3U form factor, suitable for use with any CPU. It supports dual slim SATA drives or a single 2.5” drive, either rotating or solid-state.

High-Quality LED Lighting

October 18, 2012 11:28 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Intematix (Fremont, CA) has announced the release of the Ruby series of red nitride phosphors that enable exceptional efficacy, color rendering, and reliability for high-power LEDs. These unique phosphors, backed by Intematix U.S. patent No. 8,274,215, are ideal for applications like general lighting and backlighting for LCD TVs.

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Push-Pull Coupling

October 18, 2012 11:24 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Bulgin (Thousand Palms, CA), an Elektron Technology connectivity brand, has unveiled the latest addition to its rugged Buccaneer range of connectors, giving engineers and product design professionals greater flexibility in systems design.

Korean Firm Charged With Stealing Kevlar Secrets

October 18, 2012 11:13 am | by MATTHEW BARAKAT - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors indicted a South Korean company and five of its employees on Thursday for stealing the recipe for making Kevlar body armor from the DuPont Co. The indictment in U.S. District Court in Alexandria alleges that Kolon Industries engaged in a seven-year conspiracy to steal secrets on the...

Scion iQ EV Arrives for Car-sharing Programs

October 18, 2012 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Sales announced the arrival of the 2013 Scion iQ EV in the United States. The iQ EV is a battery- electric four-seater city commuter car designed for car-sharing programs, in urban and campus environments. “Toyota believes battery-electric vehicles have the potential to play a role in future mobility strategies...

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Keck Observations Bring Weather of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

October 18, 2012 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thanks to a new technique applied at the Keck Observatory, Uranus is coming into sharp focus through high-resolution infrared images, revealing in incredible detail the bizarre weather of the seventh planet from the sun. Images were released at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division...

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element14 Drives the Raspberry Pi Revolution Forward

October 18, 2012 9:23 am | by element14 | News | Comments

element14, a part of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell, has announced its continued partnership with Raspberry Pi with the launch of a new 512MB board version of the revolutionary, credit-card sized computer.

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Sprint Buys Majority Control of Clearwire

October 18, 2012 7:57 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint is buying out the founder of Clearwire to gain majority control of the wireless network operator. The move follows the pledge by Japan's Softbank to infuse Sprint with cash by buying a majority stake in it. Sprint Nextel Corp. says in a regulatory filing Thursday that it will pay wireless...

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Analysts, PC Industry Cool on Windows 8

October 17, 2012 5:40 pm | by Peter Svensson - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

While Microsoft is touting next week's launch of Windows 8 as the savior of the computer industry, PC makers and analysts are increasingly skeptical that the new operating system will lure consumers away from tablets and smartphones. Even Intel Corp., which makes the processors at the heart of 80...

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