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Content posted in August 2011
Ford, Toyota To Collaborate On Hybrid Powertrains
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8/26/2011  6 comments
The Ford-Toyota hybrid partnership is a logical way for the two giant automakers to develop the technology they both need to compete in the truck market.
Hackers Probe Medical Implants
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8/25/2011  7 comments
Attendees of Black Hat Technical Security Forum seem to be leaving computers behind and probing arcane security concerns. But the hacking of a microcontroller-powered medical implant may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Wireless Sensor Nets Make Better Economic Case
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8/23/2011  11 comments
Wireless sensor networks are more reasonable to deploy in many vertical domains than they were a decade ago, but market analysts say the jury's still out on which domains will see sensor networks become commonplace soon.
Arduino Open-Source Controller Platform Gains Ground
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8/8/2011  6 comments
Arduino has become the classic bottoms-up open hardware enabler for the type of home hobbyist who has worked with development kits ranging from Lego Mindstorms to open ARM and FPGA kits.
Thin-Film Ferros Promise Energy Harvesting Bounty
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8/2/2011  3 comments
Georgia Tech team explores ferroelectric thin films as a new method of implementing MEMS structures for energy harvesting.




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