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NASA's TRMM Satellite Sees Tornadic Texas Storms in 3-D

April 6, 2012 5:45 am | Comments

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite provides a look at thunderstorms in three dimensions and shows scientists the heights of the    The TRMM satellite passed above northeastern Texas on April 3, 8:33 p.m. CDT and gathered rainfall and cloud height data from a line of thunderstorms moving through the area.

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Pirates, Beware: Navy’s Smart Robocopters Will Spy You in the Crowd

April 6, 2012 5:21 am | Comments

By Grace Jean, Office of Naval Research Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said April 5. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), the sensor is a mix of high-definition cameras, mid-wave infrared sensors and laser-radar (LADAR) technology.

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Simulation Software Optimizes Networks

April 6, 2012 5:13 am | Comments

By the year 2020, thousands of kilometers of new grids will be operating in Germany to permit even more extensive use of power from renewable sources. However, these new “smart grids” also come with increased complexity, costs and vulnerability. Fraunhofer researchers developed new software that can be used to analyze and optimize transport grids for electricity, gas and water even at the planning stage, based on numerical simulations.

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Best Marketing for Renewable Energies

April 6, 2012 5:07 am | Comments

Transmission system operators must assess precisely the supply of electricity from renewable energies for the next day in order to market this electricity on the European Power Exchange (EPEX) as effectively as possible. The sharply fluctuating supply of solar and wind energy makes reliable forecasts even more difficult.

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RFID Chipmakers Align on Industry-Wide Serialization Schema

April 5, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

Alien Technology announced industry alignment on a chip-based serialization schema, termed MCS (Multi-Vendor Chip-Based Serialization), to facilitate serialization for brand-owners using passive RFID tags for item level tagging. MCS is designed to address applications using the Serialized Global Trade Identification (SGTIN-96) for universally identifying products in the supply chain and complies with the guidelines set forth by GS1, the standards body for Electronic Product Code (EPC).

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Industry First: Launch of Visual Tagging System

April 5, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Omni-ID hosted a press conference last week at the MIT Auto-ID center to formally launch its new ProVIEW Visual Tagging System. Today, at RFID Journal LIVE! -- the RFID industry's leading event, the company is unveiling the system and demonstrating this groundbreaking technology. ProVIEW is the first Auto-ID system in the industry to combine re-writable visual instructions with RFID asset tracking capability and real-time cyclic process communications software designed for moving assets.

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Alien Technology and Digital China Forming Strategic RFID Partnership

April 5, 2012 5:18 am | Comments

Alien Technology and Digital China announced a strategic relationship for RFID sales, product offerings and solution delivery to customers in China. Digital China provides customers with sophisticated application-based IT solutions, driving technological innovations for work and personal life while enhancing the digitalization process in China.

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Industry Leaders Establish Alliance for Wireless Smart Utility Networks

April 5, 2012 5:09 am | Comments

A group of major companies involved in smart utility network products and technology announced the creation of the Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Utility Network) Alliance to support certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices to better communicate from remote locations and with home appliances.

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Microprocessors from Pencil Lead

April 4, 2012 12:06 pm | by Grad student and first author Matthew Yankowitz (left) used a scanning tunneling microscope to make the atomic structures of graphene sheets visible. Here he is joined by co-authors Daniel Cormode... | Comments

University of Arizona physicists are making discoveries that may advance electronic circuit technology     Graphite, more commonly known as pencil lead, could become the next big thing in the quest for smaller and less power-hungry electronics.

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Free Apps Drain Smartphone Energy on 'Advertising Modules'

April 4, 2012 11:56 am | Comments

Researchers have shown that popular free smartphone apps spend up to 75 percent of their energy tracking the user's geographical location, sending information about the user to advertisers and downloading ads. "It turns out the free apps aren't really free because they contain the hidden cost of reduced battery life," said Y.

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Listening to the Radio Even with an Electric Drive

April 4, 2012 9:18 am | Comments

To enable radio reception in electric vehicles, manufacturers must install filters and insulate cables, since electrical signals will otherwise interfere with music and speech transmissions. Now, using new calculation methods, researchers are paving the way for pure listening pleasure while also helping to lower the associated costs.

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Facebook Focus Guides Google CEO's 1st year on Job

April 4, 2012 6:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google co-founder Larry Page has a Facebook fixation. When he replaced his mentor Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO last April, Page insisted that the company had to be more aggressive about countering the threat posed by Facebook's ever-growing popularity. Page responded with a social networking crusade that is still reshaping Google Inc.

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Union Contracts to Expire for 40,000 AT&T Workers

April 4, 2012 5:24 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Union contracts for 40,000 AT&T workers expire at midnight Saturday, putting the company at risk of a strike. The workers are on the local-phone and long-haul data side of the business, and located mainly in the Midwest and California. AT&T and the Communications Workers of America say negotiations are continuing.

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Lemos International Chosen to Represent and Distribute Oscillators in Central and Eastern US, and Canada for RFX Ltd.

April 4, 2012 5:02 am | Comments

Lemos International Co. Inc.  was chosen to represent and distribute Oscillators in Central and Eastern US and Canada for RFX Ltd. Out of Scotland: ABOUT RFX The company designs and manufactures high frequency innovative precision OCXO, TCXO, VCXO and PLL designs from 1MHz to 2.4GHz and GPS synchronized precision OCXO modules from its modern production unit based in Livingston, Scotland.

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Nanoscale magnetic media diagnostics by rippling spin waves

April 4, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Memory devices based on magnetism are one of the core technologies of the computing industry, and engineers are working to develop new forms of magnetic memory that are faster, smaller, and more energy efficient than today's flash and SDRAM memory. They now have a new tool developed by a team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland Nanocenter and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden—a method to detect defects in magnetic structures as small as a tenth of a micrometer even if the region in question is buried inside a multilayer electronic device.

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