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Redesigned Material Could Lead to Lighter, Faster Electronics

April 10, 2013 1:11 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according to a new study. Chemists at The Ohio State University have developed the technology for making a one-atom-thick sheet of germanium.

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Health Awareness Spurs Quadrupling in MEMS Sensor Market

April 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Jonathan Cassell, IHS | News | Comments

From smart wristwatches that record heart rates, to intelligent armbands that track physical activities, wearable electronics and fitness monitoring devices are attracting increased attention from health-conscious consumers, causing shipments of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors used in these products to more than quadruple in just five years.

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Development Kit for Cypress’s New PSoC 4 Architecture

April 10, 2013 1:04 pm | by Newark element14 | News | Comments

Premier Farnell and Cypress Semiconductor have announced that customers can pre-order the new PSoC 4 Pioneer Development Kit from element14. The powerful new kit costs only $25, and lets designers discover the capabilities of the new PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture, which combines Cypress’s best-in-class PSoC analog and digital fabric with ARM’s power-efficient Cortex-M0 core.

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NTSB: Pilot's Texting Contributed to Copter Crash

April 10, 2013 12:59 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, federal accident investigators declared Tuesday, and they approved a safety alert cautioning all pilots against using cellphones or other distracting devices during critical operations.

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Linear Guide Rail System

April 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

A new linear guide rail system, identified as the S99GWRM40... and S99GWRM80... series, from Sterling Instrument (New Hyde Park, NY) features heavy-duty, low wear, low friction, quiet, maintenance- free operation, without the need for lubrication.

No Panic in NKorea Despite Talk of Missile Test

April 10, 2013 11:59 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim & Jean H. Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of a North Korean missile test is "considerably high," South Korea's foreign minister told lawmakers Wednesday as Pyongyang calmly prepared to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when it seeks to draw the world's attention with dramatic displays of military power.

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Employers Eager for New Foreign Worker Program

April 10, 2013 11:53 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

As desperate as unemployed Americans are to find work, there are still some jobs that many would never consider applying for because they are seen as too dirty, too demanding, or just plain unappealing. But employers that struggle to fill those jobs — washing dishes, cleaning hotels, caring for the elderly — could soon get help

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China Recovery Dogged by Doubt as Data Questioned

April 10, 2013 11:36 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China reported stronger trade in March in a possible positive sign for its recovery but analysts said the data might be inflated and give a distorted picture of the economy's health. Imports rose 14.1 percent after growing 5 percent rate for the combined January-February period...

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Simplify Integration

April 10, 2013 11:07 am | by PD&D Staff | Piab Vacuum Products | Product Releases | Comments

Piab (Hingham, MA) has announced its patented COAX technology in a new simplified integration platform called piCHIP. COAX is the most energy efficient ejector technology based on a multi-stage concept for creating vacuum with compressed air.

Low-Cost Sound & Vibration DAQ Module

April 10, 2013 11:04 am | by PD&D Staff | Data Translation, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Data Translation (Marlboro, MA) has announced the release of the DT9839 low-cost USB-powered module for sound and vibration measurements. QuickDAQ 2013, ready-to-measure application software, is included with the DT9839 and allows users to acquire, analyze, and display data.

Pluggable Ground Connector

April 10, 2013 10:58 am | by PD&D Staff | Harting, Inc. Of North America | Product Releases | Comments

Han GND (Han-Ground) is an innovative, low-cost HARTING (Elgin, IL) solution for potential equalization. This new connector series makes it possible for the first time to create grounding systems with pluggable connections.

New JZ20-R31: A Jazz 2 Series Controller

April 10, 2013 10:21 am | by PD&D Staff | Unitronics Inc. (Usa) | Product Releases | Comments

Unitronics (Quincy, MA) has introduced the first member of their Jazz 2 Series , the JZ20-R31. With the same look, dimensions, wiring, and functional behavior, the JZ20-R31 model has complete backward compatibility as the standard Jazz.

Tech Execs Head Historical Flameouts

April 10, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ron Johnson's short-lived tenure as J.C. Penney's CEO will go down as one of the biggest flameouts in corporate America. The former Apple executive was hailed as a big thinker when he was hired by the ailing department store chain but his radical moves ended up alienating shoppers, sent sales plunging and left the company in an even worse situation.

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Navy's Laser Weapon System Demonstration

April 10, 2013 9:22 am | by U.S. Navy | Videos | Comments

The Office of Naval Research's Solid State Laser (SSL) portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets.

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Microsoft Assault on Google a Sign of the Times

April 10, 2013 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is skewering Google again with ads and regulatory bashing that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals. This time, Microsoft is vilifying Google for sharing some of the personal information that it gathers about people who buy applications.

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