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Why Astronomers Want to Put a Kibosh on the iRobot Lawn Mower

April 23, 2015 | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

iRobot, maker of the Roomba, the vacuum cleaning robot, is battling astronomers due to their newly proposed product, the robotic lawn mower. Now let me make it clear, iRobot isn't the first to make (or attempt to make) a robotic lawn mower, but according to a recent FCC ... 

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5 Reasons Why EMC Testing Should Start Early

April 24, 2015 4:09 pm | by Dunstan Power, ByteSnap Design | Blogs | Comments

You have built a great product that meets market demands. You are confident that it radiates little energy and is not susceptible to outside interference, yet when you reach final EMC testing stage, your product fails. This is the nightmare scenario for most of us product ... 

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Photo of the Day: Hubble Celebrates 25 Years With This Incredible Photo

April 24, 2015 10:06 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th. To celebrate this momentous occasion, NASA released an absolutely stunning ... 

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Autonomous Driving: A Problem Solved?

April 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death ... 

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Qspeed 150 V Diodes Feature Excellent Softness for Low EMI

April 24, 2015 9:37 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced a new family of Qspeed 150 V diodes. The fastest silicon diodes in the world, Qspeed LQA150 series devices also feature excellent softness for low EMI. Based on the company’s Qspeed merged-PIN technology, the diodes have the lowest junction capacitance (CJ) and lowest reverse ... 

Human Vision Components (HVC) Module

April 23, 2015 2:53 pm | by Omron Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

OMRON is pleased to announce the release of the Human Vision Components (HVC) module. The HVC integrates Omron’s best in class image sensing technology (OKAO Vision) along with a camera, processor, and external interface onto a single PCB, sized at 60x40 mm. Each HVC offers 10 functions, including face detection, face recognition, age ...

Photos of the Day: Autonomous, Swarming UAVs Fly Into the Future

April 23, 2015 11:33 am | by David Smalley, Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV ... 

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Drexel Materials Scientists Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

April 23, 2015 10:49 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode data. Unfortunately, the same drawbacks ... 

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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

April 23, 2015 10:23 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the last 10 years, computer security researchers have shown that malicious hackers don’t need to see your data in order to steal your data. From the pattern in which your computer accesses its memory banks, adversaries can infer a shocking amount about ... 

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Google Officially Launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 9:55 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work ... 

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Power Triple Lock Connectors for Home Appliances

April 23, 2015 8:45 am | by TE Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) introduces new wire-to-board headers as part of its Power Triple Lock connector product line; thereby expanding the family of connectors targeting appliances into a growing number of HVAC, automation and control, and automotive designs. The connectors’ combined attributes of higher-current ratings, connection reliability assurance options and higher ... 

The First 3D-Printed, Battery Powered Rocket

April 22, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

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Google's Wireless Service Rumored to Launch Soon

April 22, 2015 1:31 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Apparently Google, the tech giant that is dabbling in what seems like everything these days, is taking a dip into yet another market. The wireless service market. There has been no confirmation from Google yet, but a hidden app, called Project Fi, was found ... 

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Smaller and Cheaper Particle Accelerators?

April 22, 2015 10:17 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles close to the speed of light. But in radio-frequency machines there is an upper limit on the electric field before the walls of the accelerator ... 

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ASU Engineer is Pulling CO2 Out of Thin Air

April 22, 2015 10:17 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

It’s the massive buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere that makes it increasingly likely we will see warming temperatures, longer droughts and rising sea levels – all posing challenges to the habitability of much of the planet. At the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State ... 

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High Power Amplifier Boasts Dual Directional Coupler and Power Metering

April 22, 2015 9:46 am | by Empower RF Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface / functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. This is an extraordinary design which includes an integrated (internal) dual ... 

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