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Julian Treasure: The Invisible Architecture of Sound

September 18, 2012 11:46 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Rotary Clamping Latches

September 18, 2012 11:32 am | by J.W. Winco | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco (New Berlin, WI) has announced that it now offers GN 516 Rotary Clamping Latches in metric sizes. These RoHS compliant components have a closing mechanism which transfers the rotary movement of the operating element (key) into a 90° turn and then into a 6 mm linear stroke.

TWIN-CAL IP67 Caliper

September 18, 2012 11:29 am | by Hexagon Metrology | Product Releases | Comments

Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the release of the new Brown & Sharpe TWIN-CAL IP67 calipers with a built-in output connection. This electronic measuring tool is IP67 compliant with its main components encapsulated and protected from shop floor contaminants such as dust, oil, and coolants.

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Wound Field Motors

September 18, 2012 11:26 am | by Ohio Electric Motors | Product Releases | Comments

Ohio Electric Motors (Barnardsville, NC) has announced the introduction of new Wound Field Motor Models. OEM Wound Field Motors are UL and CSA approved and are available with other special options.

Study suggests tie between BPA and child obesity

September 18, 2012 11:01 am | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don't prove it's the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the...

Apple shares hit $700 for first time

September 18, 2012 10:57 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's stock reached $700 for the first time on Tuesday, setting a record for the company the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours. The stock traded as high as $701.44 in the morning, up a quarter of a percent from Monday's close. It later...

Photos of the Day: CATS and MABEL in the Sky

September 18, 2012 9:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

  The ER-2 from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., will carry two instruments, the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System and the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar. CATS and MABEL are test beds for instruments to be carried by future satellite missions, and because they are both high-altitude laser instruments they will share space on the ER-2 in part as a way to lower costs for both teams.

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WHY IT MATTERS: China's Auto Parts Industry

September 18, 2012 9:27 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government has challenged Chinese policies it says improperly subsidize exports of auto parts in violation of World Trade Organization free trade rules. The issue is politically sensitive at a time when Western governments are trying to boost exports, especially of higher-value industrial goods, to cut high unemployment.

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Ford Hopes New Fusion Will Be its Camry Killer

September 18, 2012 9:18 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Fusion has become Ford's best-selling car since it went on sale in 2005, and it's one of the top sellers in the country. But Ford hopes the sexier styling, improved fuel economy and features like automatic parallel parking on the new Fusion will help it trounce the perennial leader, the Toyota Camry.

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German Watchdog Warns of Internet Explorer Breach

September 18, 2012 7:22 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government agency overseeing IT safety is warning of a security breach in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and recommending people use other browsers until the problem is fixed. The browser's "weak point is already being used for targeted attacks," the Federal Office for Information...

LG Unveils New Flagship Smartphone

September 18, 2012 4:44 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics will launch the Optimus G smartphone next week in South Korea, pinning high hopes on the new Android device to help revive its loss-making mobile business. LG said Tuesday that the Optimus G will go on sale in Japan next month and in the U.S. in November. That would put LG's new...

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Messaging Apps Show Mobile Internet's Rise in Asia

September 18, 2012 4:30 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A handful of smartphone apps that began as basic instant messaging services have amassed several hundred million users in Asia in just a couple of years, mounting a challenge to the popularity of online hangouts such as Facebook as they branch into games, e-commerce, celebrity news and other...

Shell's Safety System Problems Plague Arctic Plans

September 18, 2012 4:03 am | by DAN JOLING - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety equipment that Shell Oil volunteered to put into place for drilling off the coast of Alaska is complicating the company's quest to reach oil-bearing rock during the short open-water drilling season this year. Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced Monday that a containment dome being tested off...

Canada auto union extends GM, Chrysler contracts

September 17, 2012 10:24 pm | by ROB GILLIES - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Auto Workers union decided late Monday to keep working past a midnight strike deadline after reaching a deal with Ford and extending its contracts with General Motors and Chrysler. Workers will stay on the job as talks continue, but can go on strike after giving GM and Chrysler 24...

Grim analyst report delivers latest hit to Netflix

September 17, 2012 7:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix Inc.'s stock slid nearly 6 percent Monday amid the latest round of investor concerns about the video subscription service's ability to make money and retain customers as it grapples with higher licensing costs and tougher completion. Macquarie Securities analysts Tim Nollen and James...

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