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Final 10-Mile Trek for Space Shuttle Atlantis

November 2, 2012 9:30 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Trailed by a solemn entourage of astronauts and shuttle workers, Atlantis began its slow journey to retirement Friday, the last space shuttle to fly in orbit and the last to leave NASA's nest.


EPA Finds Hyundai, Kia Overstated Gas Mileage

November 2, 2012 9:27 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on most of their models from the past three years in an embarrassing blunder that could bring sanctions from the U.S. government and millions of dollars in payments to car owners.


Farewell Lever and Punch-Card Machines

November 2, 2012 9:25 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gone are the days of voting behind a curtain with an old-fashioned lever machine. Almost gone are the days of punch-card ballots and those unforgettable hanging, dimpled and pregnant chads.


Japan Nuclear Plant Checked for Fault Line

November 2, 2012 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese nuclear regulators inspected ground structures at the country's only operating nuclear plant to examine if an existing fault line is active. The inspection Friday determines whether the Ohi plant in western Japan should close. Its No. 3 and No. 4 reactors went back online in July...

Derailed Tanker Burns in Central KY

November 2, 2012 9:22 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Emergency workers in Kentucky were increasingly confident that fire crews had contained a blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car, allowing them to focus on untangling other stricken rail cars loaded with toxic chemicals nearby.

Asia's Newest Megacity: Model for Urban Growth

November 2, 2012 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Malaysia's low carbon Iskandar offers planning template for a planet with an urban population expected to double by 2050 Iskandar Malaysia, the first "smart metropolis" of Southeast Asia founded on principles of social integration as well as low carbon emissions thanks to a green economy and green technologies, is a potential template for urban development in emerging countries with burgeoning populations, international experts say.

Nissan to Invest $358M in Thai Plant

November 2, 2012 3:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it is investing $358 million to build a new plant in Thailand to increase its production capacity and boost its growth in the Southeast Asian region. The company's executive vice president, Hiroto Saikawa, said Friday the assembly facility will add 150,000 units of...


Samsung's Galaxy Note II Hits 3M Sales

November 2, 2012 3:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. says it has sold more than 3 million Galaxy Note II smartphones in a little over a month since its launch. The South Korean firm said Friday sales of the oversize smartphone reached the figure 37 days after its September release. The Note II is one of the two key mobile...


Flying gets easier but travel woes still persist

November 1, 2012 7:03 pm | by DAVID KOENIG - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Planes are getting up to speed faster than trains and automobiles in the storm-stricken Northeast. All the region's major airports were open once New York's LaGuardia resumed flights Thursday morning. While there were additional canceled flights and the tri-state air space was still relatively...

Brainstorm: What Can Design Engineers Do to Improve Time-to-Market?

November 1, 2012 5:31 pm | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

  Dave Kelly and Tim Nakari of Spectrum Plastics Group and Kevin Lehrer of 5 Horizons Group discuss how design engineers can articulate and improve processes for a better time-to-market. What Can Design Engineers Do to Improve Time-to-Market?

Maine firm sues Microsoft over Windows 8 elements

November 1, 2012 5:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small local technology company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft over elements included in Windows 8. SurfCast Inc., based in Portland, filed the complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court asking for unspecified damages. The lawsuit claims Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft...

Stratasys Adds Black ULTEM 9085 High Performance Thermoplastic

November 1, 2012 5:15 pm | by Stratasys | News | Comments

At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Stratasys debuted black color ULTEM 9085, a high-performance thermoplastic, for use in its FDM additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) process.

X-FAB Acquires Majority Share in MFI

November 1, 2012 5:11 pm | by X-FAB Silicon Foundries | News | Comments

X-FAB Silicon Foundries has announced it has increased its share in the German-based MEMS Foundry Itzehoe GmbH (MFI) from 25.5 percent to 51 percent – becoming the majority shareholder – and also renamed MFI as X-FAB MEMS Foundry Itzehoe.

Basis of Design for New Biosimilars Manufacturing Facility in China

November 1, 2012 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pharmatech Associates, a compliance consulting firm serving companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, was selected by Innovent Biologics to provide facility design and compliance support for their new biosimilars manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China.

Medtronic Closes Buyout of China Kanghui Holdings

November 1, 2012 4:54 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device giant Medtronic completes the acquisition of Chinese orthopedic implant maker China Kanghui Holdings, planning to use the Kanghui network to broaden its reach in the emerging market. Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) completed the previously announced acquisition of China Kanghui Holdings in a deal valuing...



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