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The 3D Printing Revolution

November 12, 2012 4:30 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Yet another product has been launched successfully, via the crowdsourcing start-up site, Kickstarter. Only this product reached its goal of $100,000 in less than three hours, and it stands to usher in the next revolution of 3D printing.

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LED replacements hit stores empty of 100W bulbs

November 12, 2012 3:02 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. Until recently, your only alternative was a compact fluorescent bulb, which has several drawbacks...

The Economic and Environmental Advantages of High Capacity Vehicles

November 12, 2012 1:44 pm | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

Award-winning research by a transport and logistics expert at the University of Huddersfield has shown that there would be economic and environmental benefits to individual companies and the country if the UK changed the rules to allow high capacity vehicles (HCVs) on to its roads.

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Using Rust and Water to Store Solar Energy as Hydrogen

November 12, 2012 1:40 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

How can solar energy be stored so that it can be available any time, day or night, when the sun shining or not? EPFL scientists are developing a technology that can transform light energy into a clean fuel that has a neutral carbon footprint: hydrogen.

The Recipe for 'Supercharging' Atoms with X-Ray Laser

November 12, 2012 1:38 pm | by DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a "supercharged," strongly positive state at energies previously thought too low.

First Noiseless Single Photon Amplifier

November 12, 2012 1:33 pm | by Griffith University | News | Comments

Research physicists have demonstrated the first device capable of amplifying the information in a single particle of light without adding noise. The research collaboration, involving Griffith University, The University of Queensland and University of Science and Technology of China, was able to amplify the noisy quantum state of a single photon subjected to loss, without adding noise in the process; in fact, their amplification reduced the noise in the quantum state.

UA Engineering Professor Developing Better Ankle Prosthesis

November 12, 2012 1:31 pm | by University of Alabama | News | Comments

Most people probably do not spend much time contemplating the mechanics of walking, likely unaware of their ankle’s crucial role. The human ankle supplies considerably more energy than both the hip and knee, making it a critical part of walking. Unfortunately, the standard below-knee prosthesis does not produce enough power to support an amputee’s walk.

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Curiosity Team Switches Back to Earth Time

November 12, 2012 1:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

After three months working on "Mars time," the team operating NASA Mars rover Curiosity has switched to more regular hours, as planned. A Martian day, called a sol, is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, so the team's start time for daily planning has been moving a few hours later each week. This often resulted in the team working overnight hours, Pacific Time.

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$700K Survival Home on Wheels

November 12, 2012 1:19 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

UNICAT manufactures self-contained expedition vehicles for the client craving off-road adventure and a two-month supply of all the modern comforts of home. This heavy duty vehicle can get about 8 miles per gallon while going 60 miles per hour. With 200 gallons of on-board fuel, that means drivers can go 1,600 miles without refueling.

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RIO-47142 Pocket PLC with Two Ethernet Ports

November 12, 2012 1:12 pm | by PD&D Staff | Galil Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) has announced the latest product in their RIO Pocket PLC Series. The new RIO-47142 includes an internal switch with two Ethernet ports for daisy-chaining multiple RIO units.

Custom High Torque Gear Motors

November 12, 2012 1:08 pm | by PD&D Staff | Applimotion Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced custom gear motors for your high-torque, low-speed, and low-profile applications. The assemblies combine precision gearing and direct drive frameless motor kits to form a new high torque alternative to coupling a servo motor to a traditional gear box

Integrated Multi-Vendor System from Elma

November 12, 2012 1:04 pm | by PD&D Staff | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc., in cooperation with Pentek, Inc. and Concurrent Technologies, has developed a small form factor (SFF), OpenVPX-based signal acquisition system for processing and recording applications.

Analog Devices Expands Flash LED Driver Portfolio

November 12, 2012 1:04 pm | by PD&D Staff | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) (ADI) has introduced two flash LED drivers. The ADP1649 and ADP1660 not only have low Rds(on) power FETs, which boosts efficiency and reduces input current...

Metric Hoopster Retaining Rings

November 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by PD&D Staff | Smalley Steel Ring Company | Product Releases | Comments

  Smalley Steel Ring Company (Lake Zurich, Illinois) has announced the launch of the new Metric Hoopster Retaining Rings. The new Metric Hoopster Retaining Rings offer an innovative way to retain mechanical components when space is a problem.

DIRAK Introduces New Line of SNAP-LINE Fasteners

November 12, 2012 12:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

DIRAK’s new line of SNAP-LINE fasteners securely joins two metal panels and can be used anywhere standard fasteners are used.

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