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Photos of the Day: Asteroid Hunters Want Private Telescope

June 28, 2012 8:03 am | by AP | News | Comments

A group of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists plan to launch a privately-funded space telescope to search for small asteroids that may pose a danger to Earth.

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Heat builds, blast saps power in Morgan City, La.

June 28, 2012 7:50 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

With temperatures in the 90s on Wednesday, tourist carriages left the French Quarter empty after just one round — it was too hot for the mules that pull them to work any longer. Human-drawn pedicabs were few and far between as Louisiana settled in for another day of sweltering heat.Eighty miles...

BP fines for Gulf states included in highway bill

June 28, 2012 7:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says a transportation bill that Congress is close to approving includes a provision to steer 80 percent of the fines BP PLC is expected to pay in water pollution penalties stemming from the Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states.The money is tied to a...

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Pilots' union head applauds stake in 'new' AMR

June 28, 2012 7:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of a pilots' union says the value of pilots' share of a post-bankruptcy American Airlines should rise if the company merges with US Airways.David Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association, made the comment to his members after the union's board approved a tentative 6-year...

Asteroid Hunters Want to Launch Private Telescope

June 28, 2012 7:50 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Who will protect us from a killer asteroid? A team of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists thinks it's up to them.

C & K Components Develop Sealed Tactile Switch

June 28, 2012 7:49 am | by PD&D Staff | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its popular KSC Series sealed tactile switch offering to include a version with customizable actuation and button height.

New Photoelectric Sensor Family from Balluff

June 28, 2012 7:31 am | by PD&D Staff | Balluff, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new generation of BOS 18M photoelectric sensors from Balluff demonstrate expertise in every form of light for maximum precision throughout the product range.

PG & E: 1956 Pipeline Test Caused San Bruno Blast

June 28, 2012 7:20 am | by AP | News | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric told California regulators this week that a pipeline test the company performed in 1956 damaged a weld and led to the 2010 deadly explosion in San Bruno.

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Google's Futuristic Glasses Move Closer to Reality

June 28, 2012 7:13 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Engineers are hoping the glasses will make it easier for people to strike the proper balance between the virtual and physical worlds.

Pitfalls of Design Teams in Silos

June 28, 2012 6:59 am | by Gene Grilli, USON Global Sales Director, www.uson.com | Blogs | Comments

Sadly, the design team in a silo is usually in a company filled with silos—some seemingly hermetically sealed, but in most cases (thankfully) not leak tight.

Hospital stocks jump after health care ruling

June 28, 2012 6:50 am | by DANIEL WAGNER - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Stocks of hospital companies rose sharply and insurance companies fell Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a requirement that almost all Americans carry health insurance.The stock of Hospital Corp. of America, the largest private hospital chain in the United States, rose 8.5 percent. Quest...

Pepperl+Fuchs’ CANopen Absolute Encoders for Harsh Environments

June 28, 2012 6:33 am | by PD&D Staff | Pepperl + Fuchs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs  introduces CVM42H CANopen Multi-Turn Absolute Encoders.

Lithium Battery Holders

June 28, 2012 6:07 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

A broad, new selection of polarized SMT and THM CR2 and CR123A Lithium Battery Holders has joined the Keystone Electronics roster of premium battery holders.

Miniature Wideband Coupler

June 28, 2012 6:03 am | by PD&D Staff | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has developed a new wideband directional coupler with high directivity.

Precision Satellite Positioning Device

June 28, 2012 5:59 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

IDC Models (Datchet, Berkshire), the rapid prototyping and model making division of Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC), has just completed a project to help produce the casing for one of the most precise satellite positioning devices in the world.

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