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Philips Sells Stake in LED Components, Automotive Lighting

March 31, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics giant Philips says it is selling a majority stake in its LED components and automotive lighting division to a consortium led by investment fund GO Scale Capital in a deal worth up to $2.9 billion. Philips announced ...

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Big Rigs Often Go Faster Than Tires Can Handle

March 31, 2015 8:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The American Trucking Associations, an industry group, says it opposes speed limits over 65 mph, and it has petitioned the government to require speed-limiting devices on trucks. ATA spokesman Sean McNally provided a 2007 survey ...

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Boeing Supplier Wages Low; Dyson Opens Engineering School

March 30, 2015 4:40 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Companies ebb and flow like water, staking their fortunes on the next big thing. Some strategies are proven, while others seem to work based on luck, chance, and chutzpah. A new generation of students always brings new variables into the equation. Here are the stories of up-and-coming think tanks and established companies on rocky roads to success, from all across the design engineering industry.

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DoD Sniper Targeting Pods Among Contracts Awarded

March 30, 2015 2:21 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that it will be handing out contracts to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Carnegie Mellon University, Boeing Company, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Raytheon and ...

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EVs May Be More Useful Than Previously Thought

March 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will ...

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Racing Into the Future of Automotive Energy

March 30, 2015 2:05 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

In the race through the automotive industry, companies are jockeying for position to find the next big thing. Whether it's electricity or algae, a new fuel may have to replace fossil fuel eventually, and the winner will need enough infrastructure to easily and conveniently support existing ...

Today in Engineering History: Heinkel Fighter Sets World Airspeed Record

March 30, 2015 1:59 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1939, German pilot Hans Dieterle set a world record speed when he reached 746,606 km/h (463.919 mph) in a Heinkel He 100 fighter aircraft. Dieterle set the record near the town of Oranienburg, just north of Berlin ... 

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The Bright Future of Lighting

March 30, 2015 1:11 pm | by Sonia Fernandez, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have become ubiquitous, and are favored for their energy savings capability. In addition, their versatility makes them the lighting of choice for electronic devices, smart buildings, vehicles, displays, public ...

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Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 30, 2015 1:04 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill by voice vote shortly before ...    

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Century-Old Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 1:00 pm | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last ever Passover matzos have rolled out of a century-old bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side — a neighborhood that's been dubbed the "Jewish Plymouth Rock" but is rapidly gentrifying. The Streit's factory building is the oldest in ...

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Volvo Cars to Build New Factory in U.S.

March 30, 2015 12:56 pm | by Volvo Cars | News | Comments

Volvo Cars has announced that it is to build a brand new manufacturing facility in the U.S., fulfilling its ambition to be a truly global car maker, investing around 500 million dollars in a new plant and underscoring its long term ...     

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New Tech Developed for Low-Vibration Sawing & Sanding

March 30, 2015 12:50 pm | by Fraunhofer Institute | News | Comments

No matter whether it’s a drill or an oscillator, handheld power tools produce powerful vibrations. But a new anti-vibration system almost entirely eliminates that uncomfortable shaking sensation you get when using ...                    

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Laser-Based Aircraft Countermeasure Provides 'Unlimited Rounds' Against MANPADS

March 30, 2015 12:38 pm | by C. Todd Lopez, U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program. The CIRCM system, under development now by both BAE and Northrup Grumman ...       

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Diagnosing Infectious Diseases at the Point-of-Care

March 30, 2015 12:16 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

A new ‘lab-on-a-disc’ technology developed by an EU project research team can diagnose malaria and other febrile infectious diseases simultaneously in just an hour – allowing faster point-of-care treatment and precise drugs administration ...

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Destroyed Mosul Artifacts to Be Rebuilt in 3D

March 30, 2015 12:01 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

It didn’t take long for the scientific community to react. Two weeks after the sacking of the 300 year-old Mosul Museum by a group of ISIS extremists went viral on Youtube, researchers from the ITN-DCH, IAPP and 4D-CH-WORLD projects ... 

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