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posted in April 2013

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Comment:Question - Charles Murray-4/29/2013
Slideshow: Profs Say Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
Electronics News 
4/26/2013  159 comments
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said.
Comment:Ear - Charles Murray-4/23/2013
Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronics News 
4/23/2013  66 comments
Did you know Tom Landry and Dolph Lundgren are trained engineers? Find out who else earned engineering degrees and then found fame elsewhere.
Comment:Urbee - Charles Murray-4/22/2013
Slideshow: Lithium-Ion's Rise to Prominence
Automotive News 
4/19/2013  45 comments
A decade ago, the term “lithium-ion” meant little to consumers. Now, it’s everywhere.
Lead-Acid Could Challenge Lithium-Ion in Hybrids
Automotive News 
4/18/2013  46 comments
With disenchantment in lithium-ion technology on the rise, lead-acid batteries may be poised to play a bigger role in green vehicles.
Comment:Re: Ne EVs - Charles Murray-4/17/2013
Slideshow: Spotlight on Plug-In Vehicles
Automotive News 
4/16/2013  34 comments
Automakers large and small, from Detroit Electric to Fiat and Volkswagen, have unveiled pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the past six months.
Slideshow: Detroit Electric Unveils 'World's Fastest' Electric Sports Car
Automotive News 
4/15/2013  38 comments
Detroit Electric is rolling out a racy new EV that will be its first in 74 years.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
News 
4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
Comment:Re: Slow - Charles Murray-4/10/2013
Slideshow: Porsche Plans Plug-In Hybrid
Automotive News 
4/10/2013  28 comments
Porsche plans to roll out a powerful plug-in hybrid next year that will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and hit a top track speed of 167 mph.
From Prototyping to Production, Distributors Can Help
Blog 
4/8/2013  12 comments
If you're a design engineer juggling multiple projects while struggling to understand the proliferation of electronic components, here's a tip: You can get help from distributors.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
News 
4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Automotive News 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You
Electronics News 
4/3/2013  36 comments
A new technology will enable couch potatoes to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronics News 
4/2/2013  21 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industry’s most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce
Electronics News 
4/1/2013  27 comments
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a new fastback-style vehicle that cranks out 624 HP, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and employs more electronic technology than any vehicle in company history.


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