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Standex and MEDER Electronics Establish a Global Presence for Electronics Group

July 17, 2012 4:50 am | Comments

Standex International Corporation today announced that it has acquired MEDER Electronic Group (“MEDER”), which designs, manufactures and distributes a broad offering of magnetic reed switch , reed relay and reed sensor solutions in an all-cash transaction. MEDER offers significant sales synergies as well as cost synergies resulting from expected procurement and infrastructure savings.


Phoenix Convention Center Awards Contract for Technology Services to Smart City Networks

July 16, 2012 10:47 am | Comments

Smart City Networks announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide client technology and telecommunication services at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., for the next 5 years. Beginning this month, Smart City Networks will maintain the convention center’s phone system, wired and wireless Internet networks and cable television service.


Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke, Hear Victims

July 16, 2012 9:22 am | Comments

Firefighters all over the world risk their lives to save others in the heat of raging fires in various scenarios, from wildfires to urban accidents. In most cases, they are required to dress hastily within 90 seconds to reach ground zero. Because of the rushed time, it’s only human to miss out on key accessories and equipment.


7 Compact, Carry-On Gadgets for Travel

July 16, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Does work have you constantly on the move? Tablets and smartphones usually make things more efficient and compact on the ground, but traveling with these devices can have the opposite effect. Wires and chargers and cases, oh my! Keeping them organized can be a time-vacuum, and the standard equipment can fill up your carry-on before you’ve stashed your other essentials.


Raytheon Honors AVX with 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award

July 16, 2012 7:11 am | Comments

AVX Corporation was recently presented with the 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business unit. Raytheon IDS instituted the annual Supplier Excellence Awards program to recognize suppliers who have provided outstanding service and partnership in exceeding customer requirements.


Microsoft Set to Make Next Big Announcement Today

July 16, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

Another week, another big Microsoft announcement. The tech behemoth has scheduled a press event for 3 p.m. ET on Monday featuring CEO Steve Ballmer. The event will be live-streamed here . A media alert announcing the event was scant on details. However, the smart money is on an Office 15 announcement.


One in Every Three Mobile Phones Sold in the Philippines is a Smartphone

July 16, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Consumers bought five times as many smartphones in the first five months of this year compared to a year ago. Increasing affordability of smartphones has been propelling the strong growth of the sector in the Philippines, rendering the country one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the emerging Southeast Asia region.


Keeping Electric Vehicle Batteries Cool

July 12, 2012 11:06 am | Comments

Heat can damage the batteries of electric vehicles – even just driving fast on the freeway in summer temperatures can overheat the battery. An innovative new coolant conducts heat away from the battery three times more effectively than water, keeping the battery temperature within an acceptable range even in extreme driving situations.


Platinum Is Wrong Stuff For Fuel Cells

July 12, 2012 10:52 am | Comments

Material wastes energy, Case Western Reserve University researcher suggests Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.


ONR Opens a Gateway to Improved Network Data Sharing on Navy Ships

July 12, 2012 10:50 am | Comments

An  Office of Naval Research (ONR) universal gateway that gives Sailors access to more accurate, secure, real-time information will be delivered to the fleet in just three years from the project’s inception at ONR officials announced July 11. On any Navy destroyer, cruiser or carrier today, there are two networks: one for combat systems (weapons and sensors) and one for command and control, or C2, which also encompasses intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


Researchers 1 Step Closer to New Kind of Thermoelectric 'Heat Engine'

July 12, 2012 10:46 am | Comments

Researchers who are studying a new magnetic effect that converts heat to electricity have discovered how to amplify it a thousand times over - a first step in making the technology more practical. In the so-called spin Seebeck effect, the spin of electrons creates a current in magnetic materials, which is detected as a voltage in an adjacent metal.


Toward Achieving 1 Million Times Increase in Computing Efficiency

July 12, 2012 10:43 am | Comments

Modern-day computers are based on logic circuits using semiconductor transistors. To increase computing power, smaller transistors are required. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors that can fit on an integrated circuit should double every two years due to scaling. But as transistors reach atomic dimensions, achieving this feat is becoming increasingly difficult.


Researchers Create Highly Conductive and Elastic Conductors Using Silver Nanowires

July 12, 2012 10:35 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed highly conductive and elastic conductors made from silver nanoscale wires (nanowires). These elastic conductors can be used to develop stretchable electronic devices. Stretchable circuitry would be able to do many things that its rigid counterpart cannot.


University of Utah Physicists Invent 'Spintronic' LED

July 12, 2012 10:33 am | Comments

New technology promises brighter TV and computer displays University of Utah physicists invented a new "spintronic" organic light-emitting diode or OLED that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic lights and numerous electronic devices.


Test Framework For Upgrading Smart Electrical Meters

July 12, 2012 10:30 am | Comments

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its first-ever draft guidelines* to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from a remote location.



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