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2012 Design Engineer Hall of Fame: John T. Venaleck, Sr.

October 9, 2012 5:38 pm | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

Entrepreneur and financier John T. Venaleck, invented the integrated circuit test chip in 1967. Venaleck holds over 170 patents, and has several pending in the aerospace, automotive, medical, marine, electrical, and electronics fields.

2012 Design Engineer Hall of Fame: Nikola Tesla

October 9, 2012 5:09 pm | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor and engineer who held over three hundred patents, some of which are still not accounted for. He also worked on many other inventions that were not put into patent protection.

Murata America’s Expansion Part of Globalization Effort

October 9, 2012 5:09 pm | News | Comments

Expansion of manufacturing capacity outside Japan will continue in 2013. Innovation in electronics technology results in the development of the world's smallest ceramic capacitor for the global mobile phone market. Recent acquisitions offer enhanced product development and manufacturing capabilities...

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2012 Design Engineer Hall of Fame: John Moses Browning

October 9, 2012 5:07 pm | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

The influence of nearly all categories of firearms design can be accredited to John Browning (1855 – 1926). Fitting for a gun toting designer, Browning was born in Ogden, UT, where he is arguably the most important figure in the development of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms.

2012 Design Engineer Hall of Fame: Philo T. Farnsworth

October 9, 2012 5:01 pm | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

Philo Farnsworth (1906 – 1971), an American inventor from Beaver, UT, is best known for his contributions to the early development of all-electric television. After his radio repair business, which he shared with a family friend, failed in Salt Lake City, Farnsworth became acquainted with a pair of San Francisco philanthropists. Farnsworth expressed interest in television research and they agreed to fund it, setting up shop in Los Angeles.

Design Engineer Hall of Fame: Class of 2012

October 9, 2012 4:53 pm | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

It is with great honor that I announce the 2012 class of the Product Design & Development Design Engineer Hall of Fame. This year, the editorial staff received more qualified nominations than ever before. Combine that with an outstanding voter turnout and it is clear that the PD&D Hall of Fame is something that the reader has come to expect and anticipate.

Graphene Membranes May Enhance Natural Gas Production

October 9, 2012 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recent findings have shown that atomically thin graphene membranes with tiny pores can effectively and efficiently separate gas molecules through size-selective sieving. This is a significant step toward more energy-efficient natural gas production and for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plant exhaust pipes.

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Colonizing Mars by 2023

October 9, 2012 4:08 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

So, NASA recently landed a rover the size of an SUV on Mars. Big deal, Mars One plans to colonize the place by 2023. The fifteen year-old dream project of CEO Bas Lansdorp is in the process of organizing a series of missions to the red planet. As more companies like SpaceX emerge from the private sector, it is quickly becoming a possibility that the first human on Mars could be a privatized endeavor.

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Feds seek full court review of cigarette warnings

October 9, 2012 2:54 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM - AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is asking a federal appeals court to rehear a challenge to a Food and Drug Administration requirement that tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people. The Justice Department filed a...

Skydiver Cancels Try at Supersonic Jump

October 9, 2012 2:18 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall Tuesday because of high winds, the second time this week he was forced to postpone his quest to be the first supersonic skydiver.

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Candy Coating Helps Provide Cleaner Medical Implants

October 9, 2012 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A nanotech material containing an extract from liquorice can be used to sterilize and protect medical devices and implants which include biological components, and protects these functional bio-components during the sterilization process. The nano-coating has been tested by coupling and stabilizing an anti-inflammatory antibody...

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App Protects Facebook Users from Hackers

October 9, 2012 1:40 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

Cyber-crime is expanding to the fertile grounds of social networks and University of California, Riverside engineers are fighting it. A recent four-month experiment conducted by several UC Riverside engineering professors and graduate students found that the application they created to detect spam and malware posts on Facebook users’ walls was highly accurate, fast and efficient.

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Robots Using Tools: The 'MacGyver' Robot

October 9, 2012 1:32 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Robots are increasingly being used in place of humans to explore hazardous and difficult-to-access environments, but they aren't yet able to interact with their environments as well as humans. If today's most sophisticated robot was trapped in a burning room by a jammed door, it would probably not know how to locate and use objects in the room to climb over any debris, pry open the door, and escape the building.

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Spacex Launch Good For NASA, Not Private Firm

October 9, 2012 1:25 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A private rocket successfully sent a capsule full of cargo zipping toward the International Space Station in a first of its kind delivery for NASA, but couldn't deliver on job No. 2: putting a commercial satellite into the correct orbit.

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An Operating System In the Cloud

October 9, 2012 1:23 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Computer users are familiar to different degrees with the operating system that gets their machines up and running, whether that is the Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, ChromeOS or other operating system.

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