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Communicating Among Quantum Computers

April 12, 2013 2:06 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Quantum computers promise to perform certain types of operations much more quickly than conventional digital computers. But many challenges must be addressed before these ultra-fast machines become available, among them, the loss of order in the systems – a problem known as quantum decoherence – which worsens as the number of bits in a quantum computer increases.

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Fans with Salt Corrosion Resistance

April 12, 2013 12:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | Orion Fans | Product Releases | Comments

Orion Fans (Dallas, TX) has designed a series of AC and DC fans tested to tough environmental conditions, including salt fog, salt spray, temperature changes and humidity. The fans meet or exceed accelerated salt spray and salt fog testing that can last from eight hours up to 3000 hours.

Extended Capacitance Range

April 12, 2013 12:23 pm | by PD&D Staff | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded the voltage and capacitance range of its MIL-PRF-49470-qualified SMPS Series stacked MLC capacitors by adding a 25 V capacitor to the original 50-500 V offering. The new 25 V SMPS capacitor currently features standard MIL-PRF-49470 Level “B” reliability; however, a parallel component with T-Level reliability for space applications is under qualification.

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Magnetic Positioning Sensor

April 12, 2013 12:21 pm | by PD&D Staff | Sick, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SICK (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the launch of the MPA magnetic positioning sensor with analog output. The MPA provides high-resolution, non-contact position measurement for demanding automation tasks. The MPA is an economical alternative to potentiometers and other displacement sensors.

Bonding in Electric Motors

April 12, 2013 12:16 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

  DELO Industrial Adhesives (Boston, MA) has expanded its lineup for bonding magnets and other components in electric motors with two new anaerobic/light-curing adhesives: DELO-ML DB136 is a fluorescent adhesive for easy application control while DELO-ML DB180 is a dual-curing fluorescent adhesive with a high viscosity, ideal for applying on vertical surfaces.

RIM Seeks Probe Into Report on BlackBerry Returns

April 12, 2013 11:50 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry said Friday that it wants U.S. and Canadian regulators to investigate a "false and misleading" report by a financial analyst that claims the company's new smartphone is being returned in unusually high numbers. Thorsten Heins, the CEO of Research In Motion Ltd., said...

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Kickstarter of the Week: Portable Mini Detector Tests Radiation Anywhere

April 12, 2013 11:48 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

The amount of radioactive things we encounter in our everyday lives is quite astonishing. It can be found in everything from rocks to ceramic kitchenware and even food. In some parts of the world, radiation can be exceedingly rampant. So, who wouldn’t want their very own portable radioactivity-detecting device?

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Global Warming Didn't Cause Big US Drought

April 12, 2013 9:47 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Last year's huge drought was a freak of nature that wasn't caused by man-made global warming, a new federal science study finds. Scientists say the lack of moisture usually pushed up from the Gulf of Mexico was the main reason for the drought in the nation's midsection.

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Photo of the Day: Solar Arrays in Space

April 12, 2013 9:30 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This solar array is attached to the Zvezda Service Module, which was the first fully Russian contribution to the International Space Station and served as the early cornerstone for the first human habitation of the station.    

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Bitcoin Bursts: Hacker Currency Gets Wild Ride

April 12, 2013 9:28 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a promising form of electronic cash free from central bankers and beloved by hackers. It — Bitcoin — may also be in trouble, registering catastrophic losses that have sent speculators scrambling. Although the cybercurrency has existed for years as a kind of Internet oddity, a perfect storm of developments have brought it to the cusp of mainstream use.

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The ‘mini’ Future Of Education

April 12, 2013 9:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Dave Wilson, Director of National Instruments’ Academic Program, has been chasing this dream of helping student engineers and scientists “do engineering” for years, and he’s confident that time has finally come. The company has recently announced the availability of its miniSystems, which are educational tools built onto a small, affordable circuit board.

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The Creepiest Robot Yet

April 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

There is an interesting inverse phenomenon involved in creating humanoid robots: The more lifelike they are, the creepier they become. It’s not something that makes complete sense if you think about it. Theoretically, as robots become more human-like, they should begin to blend more into society and become less weird.

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Coding Boot Camps Promise to Launch Tech Careers

April 12, 2013 9:12 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking for a career change, Ken Shimizu decided he wanted to be a software developer, but he didn't want to go back to college to study computer science. Instead, he quit his job and spent his savings to enroll at Dev Bootcamp, a new San Francisco school that teaches students how to write software in nine weeks.

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Soviet Mars Spacecraft Possibly Spotted in Photos

April 12, 2013 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Space fans from Russia scanning NASA images have spotted what may be a Soviet spacecraft that landed on Mars in 1971 and then mysteriously stopped working. Photos taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the red planet pointed to what may be the Mars 3 lander along with its parachute, heat shield, and other hardware.

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Review: Home Shields You From Non-Facebook Tasks

April 11, 2013 5:09 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I got my first smartphone in 2010, I checked Facebook obsessively. But over time, the novelty wore off and opening Facebook's app to check photos, links and posts from friends turned into a chore. In a sense, I'm the ideal target for Facebook's new Home app.

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