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Jacobs Gets BART Contract Worth up to $20M

December 11, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jacobs Engineering Group said Tuesday that it received a contract worth up to $20 million to provide San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit with on-call construction management services.

Panel: Fault Under Japan Nuke Plant May Be Active

December 11, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of Japanese geologists says a seismic fault running underneath a nuclear plant in western Japan is likely to be active, which could force the scrapping of one of its two reactors. The five-member panel commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced Monday that the structure underneath the Tsuruga plant showed signs of seismic movement around 100,000 years ago, recent enough to still be active.

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Eating or Spending Too Much? Blame It on Facebook

December 11, 2012 1:53 pm | by University of Chicago Press Journals | News | Comments

Participating in online social networks can have a detrimental effect on consumer well-being by lowering self-control among certain users, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

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Battling Brittle Bones

December 11, 2012 1:51 pm | by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

A new study from engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows, for the first time, how the little-understood protein osteocalcin plays a significant role in the strength of our bones. The findings could lead to new strategies and therapeutics for fighting osteoporosis and lowering the risk of bone fracture.

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aPriori Elevates Costing with Latest Release of PCM Platform

December 11, 2012 1:44 pm | by aPriori | News | Comments

aPriori has announced their latest technology in aPriori 2012r2, which delivers expanded capabilities that further enable the platform to be deployed across global manufacturing organizations, continuing the company’s mission to drive product cost awareness upstream into the earliest stages of new product development.

Graphene Films Used for Field-Effect Transistors

December 11, 2012 1:33 pm | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The electronic properties of graphene films are directly affected by the characteristics of the substrates on which they are grown or to which they are transferred. Researchers are taking advantage of this to create graphene p-n junctions by transferring films of the promising electronic material to substrates that have been patterned by compounds that are either strong electron donors or electron acceptors.

Inspiration from a Porcupine’s Quills

December 11, 2012 11:35 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Anyone unfortunate enough to encounter a porcupine’s quills knows that once they go in, they are extremely difficult to remove. Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital now hope to exploit the porcupine quill’s unique properties to develop new types of adhesives, needles and other medical devices.

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Band Aids, Fitness Resolutions, and Continuous Improvement

December 11, 2012 11:22 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

That time of year is approaching where we all look in the mirror and admire the damage we have done to ourselves over the holidays, and make our resolutions to get back into shape… again. Unfortunately, most resolutions don’t survive the first month. Most of those that do won’t make it to three months. Why is that?

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Japan Extends Period for Order to Intercept N. Korean Rocket

December 11, 2012 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan on Tuesday extended the period for a defense minister order issued to intercept a North Korean rocket in the event it heads toward Japanese territory, a step taken to match North Korea's extension of its launch window by one week.

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‘Engineer by Objective’ Transforms Acceptable Designs into Benchmark Products

December 11, 2012 10:58 am | by noesis | Articles | Comments

It not only takes high quality and clear differentiation to ensure new products excel in today’s competitive market. Manufacturing companies should also ‘get it right first time’ to maximize product profitability. They must do this in a lean environment with intense, continuous pressure to develop better products faster.

Lisa Harouni: A Primer on 3D Printing

December 11, 2012 10:54 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

2012 may become known as the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology became accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni, co-founder of Digital Forming, gives a useful primer on this fascinating way of making things - including intricate objects once impossible to create.

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OPC Server with Enhanced Connectivity

December 11, 2012 10:50 am | by PD&D Staff | Carlo Gavazzi, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CARLO GAVAZZI (Buffalo Grove, IL) has introduced the new OPC Server software for interfacing CARLO GAVAZZI Energy Meters and EOS Array products with other OPC devices. OPC (OLE for Process Control) is a worldwide standard for industrial data communication. It enables reliable data exchange among products and applications from different manufacturers or developers.

Tiny Infrared Chip

December 11, 2012 10:42 am | by PD&D Staff | Osram Opto Semiconductors Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new 1 mm2infrared chip prototype from Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has achieved an efficiency of up to 72 percent at 100 milliamps using thin-film technology. The wavelength of the chip prototype is perfect for infrared illumination, particularly for surveillance tasks and use with CCTV cameras.

North Korea Extends Window, Still Readies Rocket Launch

December 11, 2012 10:42 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea is pressing ahead with preparation for a long-range rocket launch after extending its liftoff window by another week because of technical problems. It's North Korea's second attempt this year, and the fifth since 1998, to launch a rocket that many say is meant to test technology for missiles that could be used to strike the United States.

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Fully Digital 800 Watt Bulk Front-End Power Supply

December 11, 2012 10:35 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

A new 800 watt bulk front-end power supply from Emerson Network Power (St. Louis, MO), a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), meets the 80 PLUS Gold standard for efficiency. Developed primarily for systems employing distributed power architectures, the power supply has a wide input voltage range of 90 to 264 Vac and is rated for 800 watts output power.

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