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Photos of the Day: The World’s Largest Vertical Reactors

October 12, 2012 2:17 pm | by OCTAL | News | Comments

OCTAL has tripled its annual production capacity of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin this month with the commissioning of two of the world's largest vertical reactors at the company's PET complex.

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Bouncing on Titan

October 12, 2012 2:08 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

ESA’s Huygens probe bounced, slid and wobbled its way to rest in the 10 seconds after touching down on Saturn’s moon, Titan, in January 2005, a new analysis reveals. The findings provide novel insight into the nature of the moon’s surface.

Focus on Space Debris: Envisat

October 12, 2012 2:03 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Space debris came into focus last week at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy. Envisat, ESA’s largest Earth observation satellite, ended its mission last spring and was a subject of major interest in the Space Debris and Legal session.

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Light Might Prompt Graphene Devices on Demand

October 12, 2012 1:59 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University researchers are doping graphene with light in a way that could lead to the more efficient design and manufacture of electronics, as well as novel security and cryptography devices.

Ironman-Like Exoskeleton for Improved Mobility and Strength

October 12, 2012 1:52 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Marvel Comic's fictional superhero, Ironman, uses a powered armor suit that allows him superhuman strength. While NASA's X1 robotic exoskeleton can't do what you see in the movies, the latest robotic, space technology, spinoff derived from NASA's Robonaut 2 project may someday help astronauts stay healthier in space with the added benefit of assisting paraplegics in walking here on Earth.

‘Invisibility’ Could Be a Key to Better Electronics

October 12, 2012 1:45 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

A new approach that allows objects to become “invisible” has now been applied to an entirely different area: letting particles “hide” from passing electrons, which could lead to more efficient thermoelectric devices and new kinds of electronics.

Bonso Enters New Era in Xinxing, China

October 12, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Bonso Electronics International, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sensor based products, reported the grand opening ceremony of its new manufacturing facility at Xinxing (Guangdong Province, China). Company services include product design and prototyping...

Melissa Marshall: Talk Nerdy to Me

October 12, 2012 12:36 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

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Navy Evaluating Second Electromagnetic Railgun

October 12, 2012 12:33 pm | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

The Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun program is evaluating the second of two industry railgun prototype launchers at a facility in Dahlgren, Va., officials announced.

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Nexon and ThingSoft Announce Publishing Agreement

October 12, 2012 12:13 pm | News | Comments

NEXON, a worldwide leader in free-to-play online games, announced that Nexon Korea Corporation has partnered with ThingSoft, an online game development company, to service ProjectNT globally. Under the agreement, Nexon will gain the publishing rights to service ThingSoft’s ProjectNT...

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Fluid Filter Assembly

October 12, 2012 11:48 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Clear View Filtration (Spokane, WA.) has developed new patent pending billet aluminum Oil and Fluid Filter Assemblies. These filter assemblies allow the user to visually see the fluid pumping through the filter, to help determine the condition of the oil or fluid.

Dual-Core Microcontrollers

October 12, 2012 11:43 am | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Houston, TX) (NASDAQ:TXN) has announced its latest 32-bit C2000 Concerto microcontrollers for motor control, renewable energy, and smart grid applications that require power conversion, remote data sharing, diagnostics, monitoring, and control from a single device.

High-Performance Universal Motion Controller/Drivers

October 12, 2012 11:31 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) has introduced an ultra high-performance universal motion controller/driver, the XPS-Qx. The XPS-Qx is ideal for demanding applications that require precision control.

Photos of the Day: Fusion Energy Handles

October 12, 2012 10:01 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

A new finding from the University of Washington could help contain and stabilize the plasma using as little as 1 percent of the energy required by current methods. The new equipment looks like handles on a coffee mug – except they attach to a vessel containing a million-degree plasma that is literally too hot to handle.

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Space Shuttle Embarks on 12-Mile Trip to LA Museum

October 12, 2012 9:53 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In a massive feat of parallel parking, the space shuttle Endeavour has been backed into a Los Angeles parking lot for a pause on its final journey to a museum. The 170,000-pound spacecraft was cheered by hundreds of viewers Friday morning as it made its predawn journey from a Los Angeles International Airport hangar through the Westchester neighborhood.

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