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Andropov Writes to U.S. Student
Andropov Writes to U.S. Student
The Soviet Union releases a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country.

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Suspending your keyboard from the ceiling forces you to sit up straight, thus reducing fatigue."
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Apple’s Profit Still Climbs, But Pressure is Growing
Apple's remarkable growth streak -- now more than a decade old -- is starting to fade a little. Apple reported that its revenue for the last quarter climbed 5% in the same period the year earlier. The company's earnings were up about 7% in the same quarter a year ago ...
The New York Times
No-Poaching Settlement Could Spur Tech Talent War
Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel reportedly close to settling a lawsuit over agreements not to recruit each other's employees. Tech pros could benefit from more ...
Information Week
Global tablet shipments drop 30% sequentially in 1Q14
Global tablet shipments reached only 58.56 million units in the first quarter of 2014, down almost 30% sequentially, but up 4.6% on year despite Samsung ...
The Death of the Smartphone
The biggest trend that was not reported at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona at the end of February was that, instead of lugging around four ...
EE Times
Head and Pillow SMT Failure Modes
This paper describes critical factors affecting head and pillow and how to identify the root cause and give potential solutions to prevent the defect.
IPC Outlook - Analysis Lab
Circuit Designs Using 6 Components or Less
I recently came across a really unique book written by Thomas Scarborough. It is an anthology of small designs of six electronic components or less. Sometimes ...
Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes Join Forces to Tackle Supercapacitors
Graphene and carbon nanotubes have been competing for many of the same applications for years, especially in the broad area of electronics. The jockeying ...
IEEE Spectrum
How To Determine Stencil Thickness
On what basis is stencil thickness decided in the case of BGA's or fine pitch components? The Assembly Brothers dive in.
IPC Outlook - Board Talk
IBM unveils new server model to tackle big data, analytics
International Business Machines Corp, in its latest attempt at reviving demand for its hardware products, is launching high-end system servers that it says ...
Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates
Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline ...
MIT Technology Review
Ultracapacitor Breakthrough May Recharge Energy Storage
Ultracapacitors, also called supercapacitors, serve as temporary energy storage that can quickly charge and discharge for everything from regenerative ...
EE Times
The Green Implosion
Why hasn't Clean Tech made more of an impact? The energy generated by solar, wind, and other so-called green energy technologies is simply too unreliable ...
IPC Outlook - Technology Briefing
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
Keeping heat and electricity from leaking out of integrated circuits becomes so difficult below the 20nm level that everyone from large chipmakers to academic ...
EE Times
Public Companies Fail in Dodd-Frank Compliance
For a long time, the industry has been deep in conversation about the reporting requirements for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Dodd-Frank rules ...
Beyond Smocks & Straps: Auditing ESD Protection
When you evaluate an electronic manufacturing services provider, look beyond the appearances of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection efforts. Complete an ...
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Sunstone Circuits recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers of Oregon
Sunstone Circuits(R) has been named one of the Healthiest Employers of Oregon for 2013. The awards are given to companies that promote the value of workplace wellness ...
Sunstone Circuits
Cytec Industries Elects New Director
IPC Hand Soldering Competition Winner Crowned at National Electronics Week
Microscan Hosts Free Worldwide Training Events Introducting Technology
TRI Signs Strategic Partnership with GRUPO EIIT
Horizon Sales Named Top Sayaka Sales Representative for Seika in 2013
Aqueous Technologies Offers Zero Interest Financing on the Trident ZDO
Metcal Presents Z Tech Services with 'Rep Firm of the Year' Award
ECT Brings the Latest Advances in Electrical Testing to DMEDS
KIC Discontinues SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer Profilers
GOEPEL electronic pushes cooperation network forward to Sweden
REFL Launch of HALO Rapid Product Development System
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Syringe Dispensed Solder Paste for Hand Soldering
You recently had a discussion about the application of liquid flux for hand soldering operations. Would you advise using a syringe to dispense solder paste as an ...
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  Doug Dixon, Global Marketing Director, Henkel Electronics
  Edward Zamborsky, Regional Sales Manager, OK International Inc.
  Fritz Byle, Process Engineer, Astronautics
  Doug Pauls, Principal Materials and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins
  Peter Biocca, Senior Market Development Engineer, Kester
Lead Emission for Selective Soldering
Question About J-STD-001
Tacky Substance Under Zero Clearance Parts
Contamination and Defects #2 Electronics Assembly Cleaning #2
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Faster Setup and Minimal Tuning using 'Advanced Modeling Techniques' in AOI
Printed Circuit Board Surface Finishes – Advantages and Disadvantages
Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies
How Lean Manufacturing Adds Value to PCB Production
Minimize Solder Extrusions
Protecting Chip on Board (COB) Devices with Glob Top Encapsulants
Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants
High-Reliability Pb-Free, Halogen-Free Solder Materials
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Apr 24, 2014 - Designing and Executing a DOE for a High-Reliability Cleaning Process
May 5, 2014 - Wafer Fab Processing Short Course (San Jose)
May 5, 2014 - Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (San Jose)
May 5, 2014 - Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (Munich)
May 7, 2014 - Atlanta 18th Annual Expo
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Quote of the Day
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction".
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
Test Your Knowledge
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Answer: Depth and time
Coffee Break
Here's a Riddle for Ya
Here's a Riddle for Ya
How about if I try a little riddle on you. My mother and father had a baby and it's not my brother and it's not my sister, who is it?
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