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ORNL Research Uncovers Path to Defect-Free Thin Films

September 21, 2012 1:25 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee has discovered a strain relaxation phenomenon in cobaltites that has eluded researchers for decades and may lead to advances in fuel cells, magnetic sensors and a host of energy-related materials.

23 Nuclear Power Plants Are in Tsunami Risk Areas

September 21, 2012 1:18 pm | by FECYT | News | Comments

The tsunami in Japan in March 2011 unleashed a series of negligence related with the resulting nuclear disaster. A scientific study headed by Spanish researchers has for the first time identified those atomic power plants that are more prone to suffering the effects of a tsunami.

Silicon and Erbium on One Chip for the First Time

September 21, 2012 1:12 pm | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Within optical microchips, light finds its way through channels, waveguides, made of silicon. Light from a glass fiber, for example, is led through a structure of optical channels with splitters and couplers. Silicon is the workhorse for this, but it is still passive conduction of light, with some losses as well.

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Product Design for A Beloved American Sport

September 21, 2012 12:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Football season is once again upon us, and crazed fanatics are trash-talking their rivals, sporting their favorite teams’ gear, and betting on their lineups for fantasy football. However, there is a dark shadow looming over football that not too many people are aware of, and product design is in the running to play a major role in the future of the sport.

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3D Printing and the Culture of Creativity

September 21, 2012 12:25 pm | by Shapeways | Videos | Comments

With a growing online community and marketplace, Shapeways is a NY start-up that harnesses 3D printing to help make, buy, and sell anything design you want.

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NVision Helps Auto Engineering Team Pursue Racing Dream

September 21, 2012 12:13 pm | by Nvision | News | Comments

Purdue University’s Formula SAE team is utilizing NVision's HandHeld laser scanner to pursue its goal of taking home a first-place trophy in the annual Formula SAE Competition. The team anticipates that reverse engineering data obtained by the HandHeld scanner will allow for a strong Purdue showing at the upcoming 2013 competition.

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Ultra-Compact Mini-Mag Stages

September 21, 2012 11:39 am | by Dover | Product Releases | Comments

Mini-MAG (MMG) precision linear positioning stages from Dover (Westborough, MA) are now available with a complete and optimized controls package. OEMs and end users can combine an MMG linear motor stage with a compact Dover board-level single axis servo drive for easy integration into a control cabinet, or a Kollmorgen AKD servo drive for single or multi axis applications with a graphical user interface for easy set-up and programming, and real time performance feedback.

Custom Couplings

September 21, 2012 11:33 am | by Candy Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Candy Controls (Niles, IL) has introduced manufacturing services for “custom” couplings within its extensive Coup-Link product group. Material and machining capabilities incorporate aluminum and stainless steel, including 316 S.S. Rigid Couplings.

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High-Performance USB 3.0 Connector Technology

September 21, 2012 11:29 am | by FCI | Product Releases | Comments

FCI (Etters, PA) has released its new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connector that provides a significant performance enhancement versus USB 2.0 connectors. The halogen-free, RoHS-compliant USB 3.0 connector is available in two receptacle styles, right-angle and vertical mounting.

iPhone 5 launch pushes Apple to new high

September 21, 2012 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple shares hit another all-time as consumers lined up Friday outside stores in Asia, Europe and North America to get their hands on the iPhone 5. Apple's latest technology went on sale in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Britain, France and Germany. It will launch in 22...

GM recalls midsize cars to fix transmission cables

September 21, 2012 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 474,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars to fix a transmission problem that can cause the cars to roll away unexpectedly. The recall affects 2007-2010 Chevrolet Malibus, Pontiac G6s and Saturn Auras in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as well as a small number of...

Photos of the Day: Global Hawk Stalks Tropical Storm

September 21, 2012 9:50 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Global Hawk took off from Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 19 to conduct another science mission over Tropical Storm Nadine in the eastern Atlantic.

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Global Hawk Sees Nadine Display More Tropical Characteristics

September 21, 2012 9:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Researchers and forecasters have been analyzing Tropical Storm Nadine using various NASA satellites as NASA's Global Hawk flew over the storm gathering information. Both the Global Hawk and NASA's TRMM satellite noticed that Nadine has continued to display tropical characteristics, indicating that it has not transitioned to an extra-tropical storm.

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New York City Board Approves Future Taxi Fleet

September 21, 2012 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City's future yellow taxi has been chosen. It'll be a fleet of Nissan NV200s with skylights and electronic charging plugs, plus retractable steps that make entering and exiting easier. The new model was approved Thursday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission with a 5-2 vote. With a boxy...

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Light Squeezed on a Quantum Scale

September 21, 2012 9:31 am | by Griffith University | News | Comments

An international team of physicists has pushed the boundaries on ultra-precise measurement by harnessing quantum light waves in a new way. It is one thing to be able to measure spectacularly small distances using "squeezed" light, but it is now possible to do this even while the target is moving around.

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