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Physics Panel to Feds: Beam Us up Some Neutrinos

May 23, 2014 11:55 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. should build a billion-dollar project to beam ghostlike subatomic particles 800 miles underground from Chicago to South Dakota, a committee of experts told the federal government Thursday. That would help scientists learn about these puzzling particles, called neutrinos, which zip right through us...

SmartWatch, Episode 11: AT&T-DirecTV Deal by the Numbers

May 22, 2014 10:20 pm | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we’re breaking down AT&T’s mammoth $48.5 billion acquisition bid for DirecTV. Our editor Andrew Berg is catching some rays in Orlando at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, so Wireless Design & Development Editor Meaghan Ziemba was kind enough to fill in...

China Will Step up Scrutiny of Internet Technology

May 22, 2014 8:58 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government announced Thursday it will examine information technology for possible security flaws, a move that comes amid tensions with Washington over accusations of cyber spying. Experts will scrutinize products and services to be used for communications, finance, energy, national security and other purposes...

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Automating Privacy Compliance for Big Data Systems

May 21, 2014 11:41 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Web services companies, such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, all make promises about how they will use personal information they gather. But ensuring that millions of lines of code in their systems operate in ways consistent with privacy promises...

New Tide Gauge Uses GPS Signals to Measure Sea Level Change

May 21, 2014 11:35 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

A new way of measuring sea level using satellite navigation system signals, for instance GPS, has been implemented by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Sea level and its variation can easily be monitored using existing coastal GPS stations, the scientists have shown...

Prysmian, New Contract Worth Approx. € 730 M

May 21, 2014 3:39 pm | by Prysmian Group | News | Comments

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded by 50Hertz Offshore GmbH a subsidiary of 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, operator of transmission grids in Germany a new contract worth approximately up to € 730 million...

Emerson Agrees to Sell Connectivity Solutions Business to Bel Fuse

May 21, 2014 2:01 pm | by Emerson | News | Comments

Emerson announced that it has agreed to divest its Connectivity Solutions business unit to Bel Fuse, Inc. The transaction, valued at 98$ million, is expected to close before the end of the fiscal year, with proceeds deployed for incremental share repurchase in 2014...

Telit Adds LS Research to Global Roster of Competence Centers

May 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Telit Wireless Solutions | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, products and services, announced that it has selected LS Research, a global leader in wireless product development, as its newest Competence Center...

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Germany Clamps Down on Exports of Spy Tech

May 20, 2014 9:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany says it will restrict exports of surveillance technology to states that fail to respect their citizens' human rights. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says the move is designed to prevent spy software 'Made in Germany' from being used for...

IBM and KPN Bring the Stadium Experience from the Field to the Second Screen for Football Fans

May 20, 2014 6:49 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and leading Dutch telecommunications provider KPN have developed a mobile app to engage fans in new ways. The app integrates real-time, virtual experiences on a mobile device allowing users to participate in activities...

Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has bought Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees are increasingly relying upon to get their work done. Financial terms of the acquisition announced Monday were not disclosed. The deal is part of...

Israeli, Chinese Universities to Collaborate

May 19, 2014 3:34 pm | by Ariel David, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Two top universities from Israel and China announced Monday that they are starting a $300 million research project focused on nanotechnologies, the latest move in booming ties between the Jewish state and the Asian giant. Tel Aviv University and Beijing's Tsinghua University said they will exchange graduate students...

Liberating Devices from their Power Cords

May 19, 2014 3:23 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

This intriguing prospect is one of the reasons for the current interest in building the capacity to store electrical energy directly into a wide range of products, such as a laptop whose casing serves as its battery, or an electric car powered by energy stored in its chassis...

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Advanced Connectivity Solutions Reduce Weight in Space Applications

May 19, 2014 2:58 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

Members of the media are invited to visit the TE Connectivity (TE) at booth #1305 at the 30th National Space Symposium to see TE’s advanced solutions that reduce weight and are space qualified to meet the most critical demands for mission critical applications...

National Instruments Announces Next-Generation 5G Collaboration with Nokia

May 19, 2014 12:18 pm | by NI | News | Comments

NI announced that it’s working with Nokia’s Networks business to collaborate on advanced research related to fifth generation (5G) wireless technologies such as exploring peak data rates and cell-edge rates in excess of 10 Gbps and 100 Mbps, respectively...

NASA Awards Radiation Budget Instrument Contract

May 19, 2014 11:26 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has awarded ITT Space Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Exelis, Inc., of Fort Wayne, Indiana, a contract to provide the Radiation Budget Instrument, a scanning radiometer capable of measuring Earth’s reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation...

Sennheiser to Cooperate with Smartphone Startup Phonebloks

May 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Jeff Touzeau, Public Relations, Hummingbird Media, Inc. | News | Comments

Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced a new partnership with Phonebloks. The startup company Phonebloks, founded by the Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, has developed an idea for a modular smartphone where customers can use individual components to compile a phone specifically to suit their own needs...

Vitesse Licenses Gigabit Ethernet IP Cores To Freescale

May 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Vitesse Semiconductor | News | Comments

Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS) (Camarillo, CA) has announced that Freescale® Semiconductor (Austin, TX) is using Vitesse’s VSC9953-01 SparX™ Gigabit Ethernet switch IP core in Freescale’s 28 nm QorIQ® T1040 quad-core and T1020 dual-core communications processors, now sampling to customers...

Spiders Spin Possible Solution to 'Sticky' Problems

May 16, 2014 8:49 pm | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk — this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially attach tendons to bones or bind fractures...

Lighting the Way to Graphene-Based Devices

May 16, 2014 8:47 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Graphene continues to reign as the next potential superstar material for the electronics industry, a slimmer, stronger and much faster electron conductor than silicon. With no natural energy band-gap, however, graphene’s superfast conductance can’t be switched off, a serious drawback...

With Imprecise Chips to the Artificial Brain

May 16, 2014 8:44 pm | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

Which circuits and chips are suitable for building artificial brains using the least possible amount of power? This is the question that Junior Professor Dr. Elisabetta Chicca from the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology has been investigating...

Fast and Curious

May 16, 2014 8:38 pm | by Princeton University | News | Comments

As smartphones get smarter and computers compute faster, researchers actively search for ways to speed up the processing of information. Now, scientists at Princeton University have made a step forward in developing a new class of materials that could be used in future technologies.

The Early Earthworm Catches on to Full Data Release

May 16, 2014 8:36 pm | by GigaScience | News | Comments

To quote the American cartoonist Gary Larson: all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm—but perhaps never in such a visually stunning way as that presented in two papers published today in the open access journals GigaScience and PLOS ONE...

Tricking the Uncertainty Principle

May 16, 2014 8:34 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Today, we are capable of measuring the position of an object with unprecedented accuracy, but quantum physics and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle place fundamental limits on our ability to measure. Noise that arises as a result of the quantum nature of the fields...

ECM Announces New Authorized Distribution Agreement with Molex

May 16, 2014 4:06 pm | by East Coast Microwave Distributors (ECM) | News | Comments

East Coast Microwave Distributors, Inc.- (ECM) announced a new authorized distribution agreement with Molex Incorporated to supply the manufacturer’s line of RF/Microwave connectors and cable assemblies. Molex Incorporated is a global leader in RF/microwave cable assembly technologies...

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