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Photo of the Day: Lancer Over Vegas

November 6, 2012 11:56 am | by U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

A B1-B Lancer aircraft takes off at night toward the Las Vegas Strip during exercise Green Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 30, 2012. The aircraft is assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

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Michio Kaku: Can Nanotechnology Create Utopia?

November 6, 2012 11:49 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Dr. Kaku addresses the question of the possibility of utopia, the perfect society that people have tried to create throughout history. These dreams have not been realized because we have scarcity. However, now we have nanotechnology, and with nanotechnology, perhaps, says Dr. Michio Kaku, maybe in 100 years, we'll have something called the replicator, which will create enormous abundance.

Quality Products from Rubber Residues

November 6, 2012 11:49 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Rubber residues can be downcycled to floor coverings and safety crashpads, and for the first time, also processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of material makes it possible: the environmentally-friendly material mix is called EPMT.

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Pressure Switch Inside the Head

November 6, 2012 11:36 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

An increase in cerebral pressure may cause dementia and could destroy the brain. Companies have been seeking to find monitoring sensors that can be implanted into the brain, and read from outside the body. A tiny sensor may provide the help needed.

Nissan Cuts Forecasts

November 6, 2012 11:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 8 percent, but the Japanese automaker lowered its full-year forecasts Tuesday because of a sales slump in China and weakness in Europe. Nissan Motor Co. reported a July-September net profit of 106 billion yen ($1.3 billion)...

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LED for Large-Format Outdoor Displays

November 6, 2012 11:13 am | by PD&D Staff | Osram Opto Semiconductors Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has developed the new Displix black and Displix blackprint multichip LEDs to meet the unique environmental demands of large-format outdoor displays typically used at rock concerts, sporting events or for perimeter advertising.

Embedded Load Cell Transmitter

November 6, 2012 11:06 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The BLH and Nobel Weighing Systems brands of Vishay Precision Group (Malvern, PA) (NYSE: VPG) has announced the release of LCAMP, a new embedded load cell transmitter for offshore applications.

Motion and Orientation Sensor Solutions

November 6, 2012 11:02 am | by PD&D Staff | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics (Geneva) (NYSE: STM) has collaborated with Microsoft to develop a motion and orientation Human Interface Device (HID) sensor solution for the Windows 8 operating system. ST’s MEMS sensors and the sensor-hub solution are now ready to ship in high volumes with the release of Windows 8.

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Aqua Tops Prius as Best-Selling Car in Japan

November 6, 2012 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Aqua hybrid was the top-selling car in Japan in October, selling 24,192 units to top the rankings for the first time since its debut in December last year, industry bodies said Tuesday. The small hybrid car has thus replaced Toyota's Prius hybrid, which had remained the best seller for 16 months in a row through September.

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Researchers Create Laser the Size of a Virus Particle

November 6, 2012 9:49 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A Northwestern University research team has found a way to manufacture single laser devices that are the size of a virus particle and that operate at room temperature. These plasmonic nanolasers could be readily integrated into silicon-based photonic devices, all-optical circuits and nanoscale biosensors.

Photo of the Day: Antares Rolls Out

November 6, 2012 9:42 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Over the next several months, Orbital plans a hot-fire test of the Antares first stage, the maiden flight of an Antares rocket, and a cargo delivery demonstration mission to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services.

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Utility Workers Face Tasks Monumental and Mundane

November 5, 2012 9:41 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

For utility crews racing to restore power to residents of this waterfront city that have been sitting in the dark for a week, the task is both mundane and monumental: Clean a bunch of gunk off electrical equipment with rags and cleaning spray. That's the way it has been across the Northeast, as...

American Suzuki Files for Bankruptcy Protection

November 5, 2012 8:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Suzuki Motor Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will cease selling automobiles in the U.S. as part of a plan to restructure its business. The company, based in Brea, Calif., is the sole distributor of Suzuki Motor Co. vehicles in the continental U.S. It...

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Microsoft, Apple Tablets Have Most Profit Margins

November 5, 2012 8:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft and Apple are garnering the highest profit margins for their tablets, followed by Google and then Amazon, according to research firm IHS. Microsoft Corp.'s first self-made tablet, the Surface, costs about $267 in parts and labor when excluding its optional keyboard cover. It went on...

Life Technologies buys Advanced Microscopy Group

November 5, 2012 6:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life Technologies Corp. said Monday it bought Advanced Microscopy Group, which makes microscopes, digital imaging equipment, and software. Life Technology did not disclose terms of the deal, but said it will add to its net income in 2013. It said the purchase will add to its array of cell-imaging...

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