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New Scale Rotary Piezoelectric Motors Shine in NASA's "Cobra" Fiber Positioner

December 17, 2012 11:51 am | by New Scale Technologies | News | Comments

Researchers at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) have successfully tested a second-generation "Cobra" fiber positioner for astronomy, consisting of two rotary piezoelectric SQUIGGLE motors from New Scale Technologies. The second-generation design reduced the number of move iterations required to move an optical fiber to its target position for collecting astronomical data.

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Ford Talking to EPA About Hybrids' Fuel Economy

December 17, 2012 11:42 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said Friday that it's talking to the government about the fuel economy of its hybrid cars after a report suggested they're falling short of targets. Consumer Reports said last week that Ford's new C-Max hybrid didn't meet the published fuel economy of 47 miles per gallon, averaging 38 miles per in the magazine's testing. Other hybrids — including the Ford Fusion and Toyota Prius V — have also fallen short in the magazine's tests.

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Soyuz Put in Place for Mission to Space Station

December 17, 2012 11:40 am | by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Soyuz spacecraft atop a towering rocket was placed into launch position Monday at Russia's manned-space facility in the freezing steppes of Kazakhstan ahead of a five-month mission for three astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Garmin Names Pemble as Its CEO

December 17, 2012 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Garmin President and Chief Operating Officer Clifton Pemble will become CEO at the start of the new year as part of the company's succession plan. Pemble succeeds Min Kao, co-founder of the company. Kao will become executive chairman.

Twin NASA Spacecraft to Plunge into Lunar Mountain

December 17, 2012 11:31 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Ebb and Flow chased each other around the moon for nearly a year, peering into the interior. With dwindling fuel supplies, the twin NASA spacecraft are ready for a dramatic finish. On Monday, they will plunge — seconds apart — into a mountain near the moon's north pole. It's a carefully choreographed ending so that they don't end up crashing into the Apollo landing sites or any other place on the moon with special importance.

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Centrifuge Cell Windows

December 17, 2012 11:18 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

A line of UV cell windows for Beckman and other centrifuges that are made from sapphire and single crystal quartz for OEM and field replacement applications has been announced from Meller Optics (Providence, RI). Suitable for use with Beckman and other centrifuges, these UV cell windows are offered made from sapphire to resist chemicals, scratching, and high pressure and single crystal quartz for less demanding applications.

Enhanced Data Station Plus and Modular Controller

December 17, 2012 11:07 am | by PD&D Staff | Red Lion Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Red Lion Controls (York, PA) has announced the ZR Series Enhanced Data Station Plus and Modular Controller. Designed to act as the key connection point for industrial data collection and management, the ZR Series offers protocol conversion, data logging, and remote machine access – all at processing speeds six times faster than previous products.

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Miniature, Antistatic, Snap-In Keylock Switch

December 17, 2012 11:01 am | by PD&D Staff | Nkk Switches, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced the availability of the new SK Series of miniature, antistatic, snap-in keylock switches. This new series offers secure mounting and is ideal for designs requiring space-saving, minimum-security switching.

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Yazaki Opens Auto Parts Factory in Cambodia

December 17, 2012 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Yazaki Corp. opened a wire harness factory in Cambodia on Monday, which President Yasuhiko Yazaki said will create about 600 jobs in the country immediately. The $24 million plant is in Koh Kong Province about 270 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh.

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Researchers Create a Powerful, Microscale Actuator

December 17, 2012 10:08 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like a tiny beckoning finger.

Panasonic Eyes Ending Plasma Display Panel R&D

December 17, 2012 10:07 am | by Kyodo | News | Comments

Panasonic is weighing whether to cease research and development for plasma displays used in flat-panel televisions by the end of fiscal 2012 through March. Instead, Panasonic will focus on developing organic electroluminescence panels and other display equipment considered to be more promising as screen technology for the future.

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Professor Develops Stretchable Electronics

December 17, 2012 9:59 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

Electronic devices become smaller, lighter, faster and more powerful with each passing year. Currently, however, electronics such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc., are rigid. But what if they could be made bendable or stretchy?

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Dreidel-Like Dislocations Lead to Remarkable Properties

December 17, 2012 9:56 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A new material structure predicted at Rice University offers the tantalizing possibility of a signal path smaller than the nanowires for advanced electronics now under development at Rice and elsewhere.

NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft

December 17, 2012 9:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency's Orion capsule, the most advanced spacecraft ever designed, which will carry astronauts farther into space than ever...

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Photos of the Day: Instrument Deck Installed MMS Observatory

December 17, 2012 9:48 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Installation of instrument deck is complete on MMS Observatory #2, the second of four observatories being assembled in the special MMS cleanroom at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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