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Circuit Maker Intersil to Cut 150 Jobs

July 26, 2013 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intersil said Friday that it will cut 150 jobs, about 10 percent of its workforce, as part of a shift of spending from manufacturing into product development. The company also announced that its second-quarter earnings would be better than it had expected. 

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The Future of Ethernet - Technology Exploration Forum

July 26, 2013 2:39 pm | by The Ethernet Alliance | News | Comments

The Ethernet Alliance will host a one-day Technology Exploration Forum to discuss the future of Ethernet, including the next generation specifications and applications. This forum brings together experts and key players in the Ethernet industry to discuss and explore these areas.

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Engineering Update: The DIY quadrotor & 3D-printed Mini-Me

July 26, 2013 1:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's headlines: Drone It Yourself turns random objects into RC quadrotors: A Drone It Yourself project turns just about anything into a quadrotor drone with the addition of a few motors and a control unit. Twinkind 3D photo booth scans your body in a flash: A company called Twinkind in Hamburg, Germany is offering a 3D portrait service that creates your very own mini-me.

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Hyundai's $180K Hydrogen Car

July 26, 2013 1:07 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Unhook it, plug it in, and let the hydrogen flow. This could be how you refuel your car in the not-so-distant future. Hyundai has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered vehicle for sale to government and businesses with hopes to have the car in dealerships by 2025.

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Simulation Accuracy Helps Pioneering Superconducting Generator Developments

July 26, 2013 12:30 pm | by Cobham Technical Services | News | Comments

Factory testing of a pioneering superconducting generator for hydroelectric applications from GE Power Conversion business has demonstrated a high correlation between the accuracy of the Opera electromagnetic simulation tool used during the design process, and the performance of the finished product.

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Bonus Photos of the Day: World's Largest Electromagnet Travels 3,200 Miles

July 26, 2013 12:04 pm | News | Comments

The electromagnet is 50 feet wide, weighs more than 15 tons and has taken a month to transport 3,200 miles from New York to Illinois. It is the largest electromagnet the world and will help study blazing-fast particles at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, outside Chicago.

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After Tedious Trip, Giant Magnet Reaches Lab

July 26, 2013 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Resembling the glowing flying saucer that took E.T. home, a 50-foot-wide electromagnet stopped pre-dawn traffic along a suburban Chicago interstate on Friday as it arrived — after a 3,200-mile trip over land and sea — at its new home.   

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Samsung Emphasizes Components as Smartphones Peak

July 26, 2013 11:51 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth.     

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Jetting is Redesigned with GPD Global’s New NCM5000 Dispense Pump

July 26, 2013 11:48 am | by GPD Global | News | Comments

GPD Global, a manufacturer of precision fluid dispensing systems for high-volume 24/7, low-volume/high-mix and R&D production, has introduced its new NCM5000 dispense pump for easy jetting. With only two wetted parts and no seals or springs to replace or adjust, field operation is simple. 

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Polymers Made from Safe & Renewable Natural Resources

July 26, 2013 11:30 am | by NIST | News | Comments

Sometime soon you could be drinking your fruit smoothie from a plastic cup that started life as a pile of grass clippings. Moreover, these same kinds of cups also might end up as compost on your lawn. Researchers are focused on creating polymers that manufacturers can produce efficiently from renewable starting materials, are non-toxic, and can be composted.

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Bonding Materials with Ultrasound

July 26, 2013 11:26 am | by Cynthia Lee, McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new way to join materials together using ultrasound. Ultrasound – sound so high it cannot be heard – is normally used to smash particles apart in water.          

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Improved Nuclear Fuel-Rod Cladding Might Prevent Future Fukushimas

July 26, 2013 11:24 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

In the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was initially driven into shutdown by the magnitude 9.0 quake; its emergency generators then failed because they were inundated by the tsunami. But the greatest damage to the complex, and the greatest release of radiation, may have been caused by explosions of hydrogen gas that built up inside some of the reactors.

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High-Performance16th Brick DC-DC Converter Family

July 26, 2013 11:09 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits has introduced new members of its “Cool Power” product family. These open frame modules provide up to 50 Watts of output power @ 55C & 200lfm of airflow – ideal for distributed power architecture applications or as a fully regulated intermediate bus converter.

An Unprecedented Close-Up Look at the Sun

July 26, 2013 11:02 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is getting an unprecedented close-up look at the sun, thanks to a new telescope. NASA's IRIS spacecraft, launched just a month ago, already is providing detailed pictures of the sun. The telescope's door opened last week, and it began observing the lower solar atmospheres in never-before-seen detail.

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Home Depot Recalls Fan Heaters Due to Melting Risk

July 26, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Home Depot Inc. is recalling around 107,000 fan heaters because the fan's plastic housing can melt, deform, and catch fire during use. The company is recalling Soleil portable fan heaters with the model number LH-707. The CPSC says Home Depot has received reports of 464 fans melting, but no injuries or property damage have been reported.

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