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Europe's Telecom Tie-Ups Signal Big Shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:29 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications...

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Malaysia: Files Were Deleted from Flight Simulator

March 19, 2014 11:22 am | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia's defense minister said Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that the pilot...

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Meaghan's Minute: Tiny Electrical Switches

March 19, 2014 9:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, GE Labs has developed tiny electrical switches thinner than a human hair that can transmit kilowatts of power...                       

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Modular Pressure Transducer Provides Low-cost Flexibility

March 18, 2014 8:19 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties now offers the M5200, a low-cost, durable pressure transducer with exceptional modularity that provides an accuracy of ±0.25% F.S. BFSL in harsh environments...

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WPC 1.1 and PMA 1.1 Dual-mode Wireless Power Receiver

March 18, 2014 8:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated Device Technology has announced the industry’s first dual-mode wireless power receiver compatible with both the Wireless Power Consortium’s 1.1 Qi standard, as well as the Power Matter’s Alliance 1.1 standard...

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Sierra Wireless Introduces Legato

March 18, 2014 7:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Wireless has introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of machine-to-machine applications from the device to the cloud.

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Durable, Low Pressure Overmolded Backshell Cable Assemblies

March 18, 2014 7:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies now offers durable, low pressure overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. This simplified backshell design is readily available and more cost-effective than its metal counterpart...

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Photos of the Day: NASA Tech Sees Birth of the Universe

March 18, 2014 7:35 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. Techniques called micro-lithography and micro-machining are used to fabricate the devices. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves...

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NIST Chips Help Find Evidence of Universe's Origin

March 18, 2014 7:23 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

Astronomers are announcing that they have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. This is the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times...

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Google Redesigns Android to Power Smartwatches

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google thinks it's time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet's most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing with a version of its Android software...

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Superconductive LEDs Opens New Window to Quantum Devices

March 18, 2014 6:41 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A team of physicists has proposed a novel and efficient way to leverage the strange quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. The approach would involve combining LEDs with a superconductor to generate entangled photons and could open up a rich spectrum of new physics...

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Reducing Anxiety With a Smartphone App

March 18, 2014 6:34 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety...

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Nanotube Composites Increase Efficiency of Next-Gen Solar Cells

March 18, 2014 6:29 pm | by Umea University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are becoming increasingly attractive for photovoltaic solar cells as a replacement to silicon. Researchers have discovered that controlled placement of the carbon nanotubes into nano-structures produces a huge boost in electronic performance...

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Antimony Nanocrystals for Batteries

March 18, 2014 5:34 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have succeeded for the first time to produce uniform antimony nanocrystals. Tested as components of laboratory batteries, these are able to store a large number of both lithium and sodium ions. These nanomaterials operate with high rate and may eventually be used as alternative anode materials...

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Video-Game Device Prevents Patient Falls

March 18, 2014 5:26 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Technology used in video games is making its way to hospital rooms, where researchers at the University of Missouri hope to learn new ways to prevent falls among hospital patients. Between 700,000 and 1 million people each year fall in U.S. hospitals. Hospitals nationwide are looking for ways to reduce that number...

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