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Is Twitter More Valuable Than Newswires?

A University of Edinburgh study, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, found that news agencies continue to have an edge over Twitter in breaking news first. Over an 11-week period, researchers compared millions of tweets to the output from major news websites. The study found that the mainstream media often reported major breaking news before it appeared on Twitter. Twitter, however, did outperform traditional news sources with sports-related news and disasters where there were eyewitnesses at an event. The site also provided a large amount of minor local news items not covered by the mainstream media.

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Will the Touchscreen Replace the Keyboard?

A recent Gartner report suggests that by 2015, half of all computers purchased for children will implement touchscreens rather than the traditional keyboard. Despite their growing popularity, however, touchscreens have some drawbacks with users. Many who need to type, for example, prefer the feel of the familiar keyboard. Touchscreens are also often unresponsive to gloved hands, making their use impractical for certain industrial applications. Dirt and debris may also lead to false inputs.

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Do lightning surge problems cause equipment reliability issues in mission critical applications such as data centers, hospitals, banks, and telecommunications infrastructure?

In 2013, Littelfuse is taking engineers behind the scenes at NASA for a truly unique Exploration & Discovery experience. Speed2Design TechTalk events will be hosted at two premiere NASA facilities. Winners will meet face-to-face with NASA engineers involved in the NASA Technology Transfer Program. They will engage in peer-to-peer discussions with NASA engineers currently working on technological breakthroughs in small spacecraft, intelligent robotics, bioengineering and the NASA Space Portal. The drawing for Speed2Design Exploration & Discovery at NASA Ames Research Center is July 18th, so ENTER NOW!

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Will Users Adopt 3D TV?

ESPN, which in 2010 announced that it would offer sporting events like World Cup soccer and the NCAA national championship football game in 3-D, now says it will stop doing so this year. Now that the sports giant, one of 3-D TV's initial champions, is abandoning the format, many are wondering if the 3D experiment is over, or if 3D television will ever catch on.

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Is It Right to Bring Back an Extinct Species?

Recently, Russian scientists discovered perfectly preserved blood and muscle tissue of a woolly mammoth buried in the permafrost of the Lyakhovsky Islands in Siberia. The blood had dripped out of the giant animal into a natural ice capsule. The news comes amid a debate on whether scientists should try to recreate the extinct species using DNA.

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Is your product certified for use internationally by complying with the relevant safety standards worldwide?

In 2013, Littelfuse is taking engineers behind the scenes at NASA for a truly unique Exploration & Discovery experience. Speed2Design TechTalk events will be hosted at two premiere NASA facilities. Winners will meet face-to-face with NASA engineers involved in the NASA Technology Transfer Program. They will engage in peer-to-peer discussions with NASA engineers currently working on technological breakthroughs in small spacecraft, intelligent robotics, bioengineering and the NASA Space Portal. The drawing for Speed2Design Exploration & Discovery at NASA Ames Research Center is July 18th, so ENTER NOW!

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Do Social Tools Make Employees More Productive?

According to a recent Microsoft survey conducted by research firm Ipsos, nearly 50% of employees believe social tools make them more productive while more than 30% of companies restrict the use or undervalue them. Typical professional uses for social networks include communicating with colleagues, sharing/reviewing documents, and communicating with customers/clients. Many executives are still resisting the move to social networks because of the loss in predictability or productivity. Supporters say that deferring new innovations can cause companies to be overrun by their competitors.

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