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Big Plans for Small Spacecraft

October 22, 2013 9:54 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano’s MIT office. The 100-lb. propulsion system — about as big as a car’s tire and built almost entirely of stainless steel — sits in a large glass showcase. The engine is the type of bulky hardware that powers many of today’s spacecraft to the moon, planets and far-off asteroids like Ceres and Vesta.

Builders of Obama's Health Website Saw Red Flags

October 22, 2013 9:50 am | by Jack Gillum, Julie Pace (Associated Press) | News | Comments

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

France is Latest U.S. Ally Angered by NSA Snooping

October 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Deb Riechmann, Kimberly Dozier (Associated Press) | News | Comments

The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about the surveillance net that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying.


Apple Unveils Latest iPads

October 22, 2013 9:28 am | by Apple | News | Comments

Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads.                                                                                                      

Ritron’s Quick Talk RQT Wireless Monitoring and Alerting System

October 21, 2013 4:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ritron’s Quick Talk RQT is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage that automatically alerts radio-equipped personnel when process conditions, such as temperature, change. This proven technology accepts inputs from up to 4 switches or sensors to monitor conditions.

Talley FTTA+Power System Combines Power and Fiber in One Solution

October 21, 2013 3:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Talley now offers a fiber-plus-power system that bundles all signal and power cabling elements required for installing a functional FTTA system into a single enclosure. Developed in cooperation with FiberSource and CONEC, the Fiber+Power-to-the-Antenna system saves significant installation time and money.

Salmonella Sensing System

October 21, 2013 10:19 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while 3,000 die.

Photo of the Day: Detecting Food Contamination

October 21, 2013 10:19 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

What sets this biosensing system apart from traditional detection methods is a design that involves using a magnetoelastic biosensor -- a low-cost, wireless acoustic wave sensor platform -- combined with a surface-scanning coil detector. The biosensors are coated with a bacteria-specific recognition layer containing particles of "phage," a virus that naturally recognizes bacteria.


Meaghan's Minute: Home Intelligence

October 21, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we have smart phones, smart TVs, smart appliances, smart cars, so why not make our homes more intelligent? The Neurio home intelligence technology does just that by using a Wi-Fi sensor and a cloud service with some smart pattern detection algorithms.

AT&T in $4.85B Deal to Lease, Sell Wireless Towers

October 21, 2013 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is leasing or selling the rights to 9,700 wireless towers for $4.85 billion as it generates cash to buy back stock, fund an acquisition and upgrade its cellular telephone system. The Dallas company said Sunday that it will lease about 9,100 towers and sell another 600 to Crown Castle International Corp.

HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. Microsoft takes pride in the new devices' redesigned kickstand. Previous models felt wobbly, while the new ones have a steady leg to stand on.

EU Lawmakers to Beef Up Data Protection Laws

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying. The draft regulation was beefed up after Edward Snowden's leaks about allegedly widespread U.S. online snooping.


Bacteria Found in Breast Milk Sold on Internet

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.The warning comes from researchers who bought and tested 101 breast milk samples sold by women on one popular site.

70.3M Records, 30 Days: NSA Report Draws Paris Ire

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation.

Philips Winning Market Share in Lighting

October 21, 2013 8:46 am | by TOBY STERLING, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

While presenting third quarter earnings on a conference call Monday, Frans van Houten did not give a specific figure on the company's global market share. But the report showed LED lighting sales grew by 33 percent from a year ago in the three months through September. They accounted for 30 percent of the $2.85 billion in lighting sales Philips had in the quarter.

RFMD Unveils First 1.2 GHz Power Doubler Amplifier Supporting New DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Specification

October 18, 2013 5:30 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD unveiled its first power doubler amplifier in a multi-chip module to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1. RFMD's new Gallium Nitride- (GaN-) based RFCM3316 allows cable operators and MSOs to easily upgrade existing CATV infrastructure...

Taoglas Launches First Cellular Road Marker Antenna the RG.01

October 18, 2013 5:27 pm | by Taoglas | News | Comments

Taoglas USA launched the RG.01, the first quad band road marker cellular antenna. This road marker antenna solution is used in botts' dots, the non-reflective raised pavement marker found on many U.S. roads. This robust antenna covers frequencies from 800MHz to 960MHz and 1700MHz to 1990Mhz, for 2G and 3G CDMA, GSM and GPRS. 

Agilent Technologies’ PNA Network Analyzer Metrology Option Sets New Standard in Precision S-Parameter Measurements

October 18, 2013 5:24 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced a metrology option for its PNA family of network analyzers that offers national metrology institutes and calibration laboratories around the world the ultimate in S-parameter measurement accuracy. Stability and measurement accuracy are key characteristics metrology laboratories look for in a network analyzer.  

HUAWEI Selects Cypress’s TrueTouch Solutions for Touchscreens

October 18, 2013 5:20 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced that HUAWEI has selected its TrueTouch controllers to drive the touchscreens in four HUAWEI smartphones. Two of the models leverage a TrueTouch Gen4 controller to deliver accurate navigation of the touchscreen even with thick gloves on, preventing users from having to remove their gloves in cold-weather climates.

Quintron DICES VoIP Now Providing Active Mission Support at White Sands Missile Range

October 18, 2013 5:16 pm | by Quintron Systems | News | Comments

Quintron Systems announced that the installation of DICES VoIP command and control voice system equipment at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has progressed past a major milestone this summer. The initial increment of user stations at the Base Command Center control rooms is now being used full-time for Range mission support.

RFaxis to Showcase its Pure CMOS 802.11ac RF Front-end IC Products

October 18, 2013 5:12 pm | by RFaxis | News | Comments

RFaxis announced that it will be demonstrating and showcasing its pure CMOS 802.11ac RF Front-end IC (RFeICTM) technology at the Broadband World Forum 2013 in Amsterdam next week. “RFaxis has become the new incumbent RF solution provider in the rapidly growing broadband wireless entertainment space...

Teardown of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone Finds Cypress CapSense Controller Implements Touch-Sensing Buttons

October 18, 2013 5:09 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced a teardown by semiconductor-analysis firm Chipworks has found a Cypress CapSense controller drives the “menu” and “back” buttons in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Chipworks Galaxy Note 3 teardown mentions the phone’s buttons support usage with gloved-fingers...

SABIC’s Material Technologies Enable Next Generation Performance and Design

October 18, 2013 5:06 pm | by SABIC | News | Comments

SABIC is delivering a range of highly advanced polymer and engineering thermoplastic solutions that allow manufacturers in the consumer electronics and lifestyle industries to create sleeker, more stylish products that meet environmental, high-performance and aesthetic requirements. A range of relevant applications that demonstrate this will be showcased at K 2013...

IP Infusion Launches Next Generation ZebOS-XP Network Platform

October 18, 2013 4:41 pm | by IP Infusion | News | Comments

IP Infusion announced the ZebOS-XP, a next generation network platform designed to help build today’s and tomorrow’s terabit scale networks and network devices. The ZebOS-XP (ZebOS Extended Performance) software architecture delivers superior scaling and performance to support current and future multiprocessor hardware platforms, helping ensure future scalability.

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