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Metals, Energy Futures Fall Across the Board

November 2, 2012 5:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Commodities prices fell across the board Friday, sending gold back below $1,700 an ounce and crude oil to a four-month low. Gold lost $40.30 to settle at $1,675.20 an ounce, the first close below $1,700 since Sept. 5. Other metals also fell sharply. Silver fell 4 percent, and platinum, palladium...

Satellite Still Shows Sandy's Remnant Clouds Over Eastern Canada and the Northeastern US

November 2, 2012 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Satellite imagery from Nov. 2 showed that Sandy's remnant clouds continue to linger over Canada and the northeastern U.S. The National Weather Service map for Nov. 2, 2012 showed two areas of low pressure over eastern Canada, near Quebec. That's where the remnants of Sandy are located and the storm's massive cloud cover...

Energy Harvesters Challenge Batteries into Wireless Sensors

November 2, 2012 4:09 pm | by Yole | News | Comments

Yole Développement announces its new analysis “Emerging Energy Harvesting Devices”. In this report, Yole Développement analysts describe why and how emerging energy harvesting devices will be increasingly used in the dynamic wireless sensor business.

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America, the Blend Hub

November 2, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Rainone, Co-founder, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

Usually there is a light dusting of activity here at PCDworks, but the last few weeks have been a veritable blizzard. This is due, in part, to my company’s growing involvement in the food business, as well as a recently formed relationship with Henrik Stamm Kristensen, a Danish entrepreneur and innovator who was my co-presenter at the Open Innovation Summit in Brussels last May. The combination of these two factors has created an unusual and unexpected opportunity, and despite my habitually pessimistic temperament, I feel hopeful for the future of innovation and the promise of real job creation, both here and abroad.

Noble Communications Creates New “Automotive” Group

November 2, 2012 3:44 pm | by Noble Communications | News | Comments

Noble is proud to announce the creation of a new automotive advertising group, working specifically with Auto Dealers and Dealer Associations, effective November 1, 2012. This new vertical will be headed-up by veteran automotive ad man, Douglas Ekman, and media and digital professional, Jeff Chardell. Ekman has deep automotive ad experience as Creative Director on the national Chrysler account in Detroit.

Kickstart Your Heart

November 2, 2012 3:36 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

It’s time to embrace the power of Kickstarter.com and like-minded sites that offer a crowdsourcing funding platform for new products attempting to enter the market. While the site is used to fund everything from films and music to new technology, Kickstarter has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world of engineering start-ups. Since its launch in April 2009, more than $350 million has been pledged to projects by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 projects.

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Garlock Rubber Technologies Can Now Make Larger Conveyor Belts

November 2, 2012 3:34 pm | by Garlock Rubber Technologies | News | Comments

Garlock Rubber Technologies (GRT) has nearly doubled the weight of individual, bulk-haulage conveyor belts it can produce for a wide range of industries, including agriculture, construction, mining, pulp and paper, chemical processing, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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New Lean Automation Solutions for North American Customers

November 2, 2012 3:30 pm | by Eaton Corporation | News | Comments

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has introduced the XC controllers with Controller Development Software (CoDeSys) to the North American market. Already available in Europe, the XC PLCs provide fast, cost-efficient control for global food packaging, renewables, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) applications.

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Green Hills Software Joins Xilinx Alliance Program

November 2, 2012 3:24 pm | by Green Hills Software | News | Comments

Green Hills Software has announced that it has joined the Xilinx Alliance Program as a Premier member, offering its INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS), INTEGRITY Multivisor secure virtualization technology, high speed JTAG...

Engineers in the White House

November 2, 2012 2:56 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the November 6 election date quickly approaches, the parties are amping up their advertisements, battle lines are being drawn, and people are choosing sides. Sort of. Maybe it’s the way our society is turning or perhaps it’s because I’ve become a seasoned voter, but there is a drastic disconnect between us (the normal masses of the United States) and politicians.

Thermogenerator from the Printer

November 2, 2012 1:56 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars, and power stations. They increasingly “harvest” the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient.

A Next-Generation X-Ray Telescope Ready to Fly

November 2, 2012 1:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Those who watch the sun are regularly treated to brilliant shows – dancing loops of solar material rise up, dark magnetic regions called sunspots twist across the surface, and dazzling flares of light and radiation explode into space. But there are smaller, barely visible events, too: much smaller and more frequent eruptions called nanoflares.

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World Record for the Entanglement of Twisted Light Quanta

November 2, 2012 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To this end, the researchers developed a new method for entangling single photons which gyrate in opposite directions. This result is a first step towards entangling and twisting even macroscopic, spatially separated objects in two different directions.

Virtual Information with New Data Sunglasses

November 2, 2012 1:31 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Putting on a pair of novel data glasses with an OLED microdisplay allows you to see not only the real world, but also a wealth of virtual information. Imagine looking through a repair manual; the trick here is that you turn the pages using just your eyes.

Rotating Detonation Engines to Power the Future

November 2, 2012 1:21 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

With its strong dependence on gas-turbine engines for propulsion, the U.S. Navy is always looking for ways to improve the fuel consumption of these engines. At the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), scientists are studying the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs) which offer the potential for high dollar savings by way of reduced fuel consumption in gas-turbine engines

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