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Let Dead Ears Lie

July 21, 2014 4:27 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I die, please don’t grow pieces of me. Whether the practice is in the name of science, art, or engineering, after I’ve been harvested of all viable organs in my remaining vessel, do not reconstruct and 3D print any body part to be kept alive ...

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High-Temperature Bearing Units

July 21, 2014 4:05 pm | by PD&D Staff | SKF USA Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SKF high-temperature bearing units provide a self-lubricating and drip-free solution for multiple applications. Typical applications include automated baking ovens for snacks, breads, breakfast foods from ...

Expandable Din Rail Terminal Modules

July 21, 2014 3:51 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Mencom Corporation has introduced its new Expandable Din Rail Terminal Modules. The T35 series of Din Rail modules allow for the mounting of a wide variety of connectors to a DIN rail. Also known as “break-out boards” the ...

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Wireless Pulse Data Logger

July 21, 2014 3:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new series of wireless pulse data loggers feature wireless two-way communication with pulse input for monitoring wind speed, energy, or flow rate. The data logger has a digital display that shows data ...

Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future

July 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that ...

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Stackable Apartment Saves Time, Money

July 21, 2014 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital ... 

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World’s Darkest Material Absorbs 99.96% of Incident Radiation

July 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by Surrey NanoSystems | News | Comments

Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ‘super black’ material to be launched at the ...   

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Transforming Classic VW Beetles into Electric Cars

July 21, 2014 1:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Zelectric is bringing vintage VW Bugs into the 21st century, turning the gas-fueled classics into modern day electric vehicles ...                   

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Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives ...

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GE Invests $5M to Strengthen Testing Capabilities

July 21, 2014 1:24 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C., operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that ...

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BlackBerry Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

July 21, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer. Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer ...

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NIST Develops Prototype Meter Test for Hydrogen Refueling Stations

July 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers ...   

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LEDs Shine in Bedding Plant Production Study

July 21, 2014 1:02 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Growers of annual bedding plant seedlings or plugs work to produce compact, fully rooted transplants with a large stem diameter and high root dry mass - qualities that make seedlings less susceptible to damage during shipping and transplant ...

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Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 12:56 pm | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists at the University of Oregon have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy ...

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Carbyne Morphs when Stretched

July 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists. Stretching the material known as carbyne — a hard-to-make, one-dimensional ...

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