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Solar Power Material Converts 90% of Captured Light into Heat

October 29, 2014 10:31 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the ...  


Russians Deliver Space Station Cargo After U.S. Flop

October 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Just hours after an American cargo run to the International Space Station ended in flames, a Russian supply ship has arrived at the station with a load of fresh supplies. The Russian supply ship launched early Wednesday from Kazakhstan and ...


Orbital Sciences' Stock Plummets After Explosion

October 29, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Orbital Sciences tumbled in Wednesday morning trading after the aerospace company's unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff on Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported ...  


Laser Experiments Mimic Cosmic Explosions & Planetary Cores

October 29, 2014 10:23 am | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester's OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted ...


Helping General Electric Upgrade the U.S. Power Grid

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing ...


Using Radio Waves to Control the Density in a Fusion Plasma

October 29, 2014 10:10 am | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

Recent fusion experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics (San Diego) and the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), show that beaming microwaves into the center of the plasma can be used to control ...   


'Reverse Engineering' Materials for More Efficient Heating & Cooling

October 29, 2014 9:58 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

If you've ever gone for a spin in a luxury car and felt your back being warmed or cooled by a seat-based climate control system, then you've likely experienced the benefits of a class of materials called thermoelectrics. Thermoelectric materials ...


Device Detects Prostate Cancer, Kidney Disease on the Spot

October 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

When you flush the toilet, you may be discarding microscopic warning signs about your health. But a cunningly simple new device can stop that vital information from “going to waste.” Brigham Young University chemist Adam Woolley and ...  


NKorea May Be Developing Sea-Based Missiles

October 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea has built a new testing facility that is probably intended to research how to launch ballistic missiles from submarines or ships, according to a U.S. research institute. The North is still likely years away from fielding such missiles, but ...


Chrysler Recalls Over 566,000 Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total ...


Cause Sought for Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Marcia Dunn & Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across ...


OMEGA Introduces Autoclave Temperature Data Logger

October 29, 2014 9:35 am | by PD&D Staff | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Omega has introduced its new series of autoclave temperature data loggers. The OM-CP-HITEMP140 is a rugged, high precision logger that is built for use in harsh environments. The device records date and time stamped readings ...

Photos of the Day: Rocket Explodes Seconds After Launch

October 29, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded shortly after liftoff from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. No injuries were reported following the ...


Fiber Optic ESTOP & U-Beam Sensors

October 29, 2014 9:30 am | by PD&D Staff | Micronor Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MICRONOR has introduced two new inherently safe, fiber optic signaling products for the industrial automation, robotic, and medical markets. The MR380 series Fiber Optic Emergency Stop offers ESTOP Functional Safety compliance with ...


Ironless Line of Linear Motors

October 29, 2014 9:20 am | by PD&D Staff | Etel Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ETEL has announced its line of ironless high-speed linear motors, the ILF and the ILM series.  Built for use in the semiconductor and electronics industry, the ILM and ILF series are designed specifically for ...


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