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Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up

December 5, 2012 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenhouse gases equivalent to 1,307 million tons of carbon dioxide were emitted in Japan in fiscal 2011 through March 2012, up 3.9 percent from the previous year, the Environment Ministry said Wednesday in a preliminary report.

David vs. Goliath – Stealing Innovation

December 5, 2012 11:18 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Last January, I wrote about Dan Brown and his invention the Bionic Wrench. I really like his story because his company is a small manufacturer, and I thought the methods he used in developing a successful new product would be an inspiration to other small manufacturers interested in developing new products.


3D Modeling Solution with Seamless Design

December 5, 2012 11:05 am | by PD&D Staff | Geomagic | Product Releases | Comments

Geomagic (Germany) has announced its newest version of Geomagic Freeform 3D modeling software. Now including subdivision modeling, Freeform 2013 is the only system that gives product designers the freedom and flexibility to combine four different modeling representations – voxels, NURBS, subdivision surfaces and polygons – in the same model.


Half-Brick DC-DC Converter

December 5, 2012 11:02 am | by PD&D Staff | Murata Power Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) PAH series of high efficiency, medium-power DC-DC converters are capable of delivering up to 450 Watt output. Ideally suited for power amplifiers, wireless networks, and other telecom applications, the PAH series' mechanical design incorporates a baseplate that provides conduction cooling for demanding thermal environments found in outdoor sealed box applications and telecommunications equipment cabinets.

Latching Pushbutton NP Series Switch

December 5, 2012 10:58 am | by PD&D Staff | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new single-pole single-throw, latching version of its NP Series industrial sealed pushbuttons. An innovative internal construction allows designers the feel of a momentary switch that has latching functionality.

Photos of the Day: Curiosity and Opportunity

December 5, 2012 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

While NASA’s Opportunity rover collects soil samples and explores craters, the space agency makes plans for another space rover to launch in 2020.


Mars Redux: NASA to Launch Curiosity-Like Rover

December 5, 2012 9:25 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If you thought NASA's latest Mars landing was a nail-biter, get ready for a sequel.

Rover Opportunity May Be at Clay-Rich Site on Mars

December 5, 2012 9:21 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

After rolling around the Martian plains for more than eight years, the Opportunity rover finally found a spot believed to be rich in clay minerals, scientists said Tuesday.


Cosmic radio Waves Mimic Chirping of 'Alien Birds'

December 5, 2012 9:21 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts — and they mimic the chirping of birds.


Texas Teen Takes Home $100K National Science Prize

December 5, 2012 8:57 am | by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A high school student from Texas has won a $100,000 scholarship for a developing a computer algorithm that helps robots navigate around obstacles, an algorithm that could be used in applications like driverless cars.


Samsung Promotes Chairman's Son to Vice Chairman

December 5, 2012 8:57 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. promoted its chairman's only son to vice chairman, putting the 44-year-old closer to the top leadership position at the world's largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs.

State gives $135M incentive package to land Sasol

December 5, 2012 6:49 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pledged a more than $135 million incentive package to South African energy company Sasol Ltd. to build a multibillion-dollar complex in southwest Louisiana to turn natural gas into chemicals, diesel and other fuels. Incentives include tax breaks, a $20...

Alcoa shutting down NE Ind. factory next year

December 5, 2012 6:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. has decided to shut down a northeastern Indiana factory after cutting hundreds of jobs there over the past decade. The company announced Tuesday that the Auburn factory will end operations in March. The factory has 25 hourly and 18 salaried workers. The Pittsburgh-based company says...

EU Imposes $1.9B Fine on Screen Producers

December 5, 2012 6:09 am | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has imposed a massive fine of almost €1.5 billion ($2 billion) on seven international companies for fixing the market of television and computer monitor tubes for a decade ending in 2006. The EU's Commission said Wednesday that the companies, including Philips, LG Electronics...


EU imposes $1.9 billion cartel fine on screen producers including Philips, LG, Panasonic

December 5, 2012 6:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EU imposes $1.9 billion cartel fine on screen producers including Philips, LG, Panasonic.


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