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Kevlar Used to Make Batteries Tougher

January 30, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We usually picture Kevlar as the synthetic fiber used for ballistic vests, combat helmets, and other applications for personal armor. But the same material famed for its ability to stop bullets could also prevent batteries from catching fire and exploding. One of the reasons the batteries caught fire in the Boeing 787 ... 

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New Light-Converting Materials Point to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs ...                 

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Wireless Minute: Bluewire Bluetooth Headset Can Record Your Calls

January 30, 2015 9:28 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Bluewire Bluetooth 4.0 headset designed to record up to 1,000 hours’ worth of calls. The device can record both sides of a user’s conversation, is wireless charging-enabled, and includes a built-in flashlight and “find my phone” feature. The headset ... 

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Keysight Technologies Launches Complimentary Seminar Tours to Help Engineers Master Measurement Techniques

January 29, 2015 3:19 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced an all-new Insight Seminar Series to help engineers hone their test and measurement skills. The series includes two free seminars, one focused on advanced measurement theory and techniques, the other on core benchtop-instrument measurements ...            

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Keysight Technologies'12-bit High-Speed Data Acquisition PCIe Card

January 29, 2015 3:10 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced that the U5303A high-speed data acquisition 12-bit PCIe card, in collaboration with YellowSys, a provider of IP processing firmware and software, is now available with an option dedicated to the optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology ...                           

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TE Connectivity’s Black Zinc Nickel Plating Approved for Adapters

January 29, 2015 3:02 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) announces the approval of new RoHS-compliant black zinc nickel “Z” plating for AS85049 adapters/82 to /90. AS85049 is a military specification for connector accessories designed to work with military connectors like those built to MIL-DTL-38999 ...               

Transphorm and Fujitsu Semiconductor Announce Mass Production of GaN Power Devices

January 29, 2015 2:56 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Transphorm, Transphorm Japan, and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited have announced that Fujitsu Semiconductor group’s CMOS-compatible, 150 mm wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan, has started mass production of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power devices for switching applications ...                           

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Laser Diode Simplifies Fiber-Coupled Systems

January 29, 2015 11:21 am | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

High-power laser bars display unique brilliance New laser diode from Osram (Sunnyvale, CA) simplifies fiber-coupled systems The new SPL BF98-40-5 laser bar from Osram Opto Semiconductors combines unprecedented power and beam quality. Thanks to its high brilliance, this laser diode considerably reduces ...

Wireless Minute: Multitouch Smart Coffee Table Runs Both Windows 8 and Android

January 29, 2015 9:39 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Duet, a new multitouch smart coffee table from Ideum, brings Windows 8 and Android computers into a single unit. You can easily switch between the two operating systems, and the hardware itself is pretty rugged. The smart table contains ... 

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Inventor of Now-Ubiquitous Laser Dies at 99

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charles H. Townes, inventor of the laser and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died at 99 years old ...                                                 

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NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2014 Annual Report

January 28, 2015 5:39 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2014 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials ... 

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Former Samsung Engineer Develops File Sharing App

January 28, 2015 4:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to smaller companies in the fields of engineering and product management ... 

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Google Awards Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon ...                                           

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Rogers Corporation to Exhibit High Performance Circuit Materials at DesignCon

January 28, 2015 1:26 pm | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation will be showing samples of the Company’s wide range of industry-leading printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials at DesignCon January 28-January 29, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA ...              

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Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 12:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker.  On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and several other smart home apps and hardware ...                   

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Photo of the Day: A View from the Edge of Space

January 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | News | Comments

Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large appeal for using this platform to perform novel science and to train new scientists ...                             

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