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Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 30, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars ... 


Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 4:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of ...  


Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 12:22 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the ...   


State fines Severstal $135K on Emission Sensors

July 29, 2014 8:22 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011. The company agreed to ...


Battery-Free RF Field Detector

July 29, 2014 5:06 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The PHOTON from Farsens S.L. is a UHF RF field detector passive tag equipped with an LED. Whenever the tag is close to an RF field source, it will harvest the energy from the RF field and drive an LED. The stronger the RF field in a ...

Laser Material Processing Solution

July 29, 2014 4:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Universal Laser Systems has extended its product portfolio with the XLS product family. The XLS 10.150D is the first platform model to be released for the XLS product family. This CO² laser compatible platform addresses ...

Breaches in Supply Chain Security Increase Regulatory Scrutiny of Raw Materials Used in Medical Devices

July 29, 2014 4:20 pm | by Dow Corning | News | Comments

A pharmaceutical manufacturer makes an unannounced visit to the plant that produces one of its key raw materials, only to find that the plant doesn’t even exist. A well-known medical device manufacturer has to initiate a global recall of its ...


Compact Modular Valves

July 29, 2014 3:39 pm | by PD&D Staff | Automationdirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s NITRA line of pneumatics products now includes compact modular valves. The compact modular valves are designed for performance, flexibility, and modularity combined with sturdy mechanics ...


Synchronous Drive System

July 29, 2014 3:20 pm | by PD&D Staff | Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company’s Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system delivers high torque, low maintenance, and potential energy savings with less overhung load than V-belts drives. HT500 belts also offer longer life in ...

FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 3:17 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency ...


Long Range Ultrasonic Sensors

July 29, 2014 2:59 pm | by PD&D Staff | Carlo Gavazzi Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CARLO GAVAZZI has announced the new long range UA30CAD60 Series Ultrasonic Sensors with digital and analog output configurations. The UA30CAD60 Series sensors are designed for use in a wide variety of ...

Mouser Launches New Communications Applications Site

July 29, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mouser Electronics, Inc. | Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. has unveiled a new Communications Application Site on to inform engineers and customers about the different types of applications within the communications sector. The new site gives all customers ...  


K-12 Teachers Gain Experience with Nanotechnology Research

July 29, 2014 1:56 pm | by Jonathan Damery, ECE ILLINOIS | News | Comments

This summer, Koker and three other area high-school science teachers are participating in a new training program at Illinois that aims to give K-12 teachers and community-college faculty the opportunity to conduct six weeks of research in ...


Boeing B-29 Superfortress Being Restored for Flight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

As a child, he spent countless hours drawing aircraft from his World War II book collection, daydreaming of what it would be like inside of one. As an adult and veteran of 19 years, his aircraft dreams are still alive and even more vivid ...


Optimum Inertial Design for Self-Propulsion

July 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia ...



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