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Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 20, 2014 11:01 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

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'Nanocamera' Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than Light's Own Wavelength

July 20, 2014 10:54 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light)...

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Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

July 20, 2014 10:49 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies—frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 years, these oscillators have relied upon quartz crystals to provide a frequency reference, much like a tuning fork...

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No Evidence That California Cellphone Ban Decreased Accidents

July 20, 2014 10:44 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. The findings...

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Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 20, 2014 10:00 pm | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was...

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Axead Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity

July 20, 2014 9:54 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company's pricier Lumia phones...

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RF Chip Inductors Offer Ceramic or Ferrite Cores

July 18, 2014 5:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sumida Electronics has launched a new series of 0603-size wire-wound chip inductors, targeting the RF and communications markets. Because they are available with ceramic or ferrite core construction, an exceptionally wide range of inductance values are offered within the series...

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Millimeter-Wave Transmitter Module

July 18, 2014 4:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vubiq Networks announced a fully integrated 60GHz radio transmitter module. Potential applications for the module include multi-Gbps digital communications, HD video transmission, millimeter wave radar and imaging, and ATE for 60GHz manufacturing...

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Brainstorm: EMI Shielding

July 18, 2014 2:41 pm | by Donald L. Sweeney, Senior EMC Engineer and President, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

An EMI shielding or filtering component can be used in two ways to correct an area that is prone to high levels of emissions or susceptibility...                                      

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IMCC 2014 Broadband for MDU Conference

July 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by IMCC | Events

The Independent Multi-Family Communications Council will host their annual conference on October 6 and 7, bringing together industry professionals for education and networking. This year’s event will focus on delivering competitive broadband in MDUs and will be highlighted with a session featuring Craig Moffett...

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Telit Expands m2mAIR Mobile Coverage in Partnership with Telefonica

July 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced its appointment to the Telefonica m2m Channel Partner Program. As a result, m2mAIR Mobile can now offer local Telefonica connectivity services, together with its own suite of value added services to M2M customers throughout Europe and Latin America...

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Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

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Hardware Obsolescence

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out ... 

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Photo of the Day: The Rx for 5G RF

July 18, 2014 11:01 am | by National Instruments | News | Comments

NI is collaborating with several top researchers focused on wireless – specifically 5G communications. Combining LabVIEW system design software with software defined radio (SDR) hardware, researchers are able to innovate faster...

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Rescuers Comb Scene of Malaysian Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Malaysian jetliner shot from the sky by what U.S. intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile scattered wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside, leaving investigators scrambling Friday to figure out what happened as rescue workers, policemen and even coal miners combed the crash site...

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