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Engineers Call for National Approach to Flooding

September 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers was scheduled to ...

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'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 10:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. But a safety advocate says the recall doesn't cover enough models, contending the same ...

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San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars from Siemens

September 22, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest ...

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Nanosized Hydrogen Generator Uses Light & 2D Graphene

September 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a small scale "hydrogen generator" that uses light and a two-dimensional graphene platform to boost production of the ...     

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Oculus Unveils New Prototype VR Headset

September 22, 2014 9:56 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The knew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features ...

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Clinical Trial Begins for MRI-Compatible Robot

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot, in ...

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TTM to Buy Rival Circuit Board Maker Viasystems

September 22, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TTM Technologies Inc. said Monday that it plans to buy rival circuit board maker Viasystems Group Inc. for about $368 million in cash and stock. TTM, which makes circuit boards used in cellphones, medical devices and tablets, said it is buying Viasystems to expand into the auto industry. The...

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Apple: 10 Million iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sold

September 22, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. ... 

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Fluke Battery Analyzers Simplify Testing of Battery Backup Systems

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by PD&D Staff | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

New Fluke 500 Series Battery Analyzers perform all key measurements; including battery resistance, dc and ac voltage, dc and ac current (Fluke BT521 model only), ripple voltage, frequency, and ...

Smallest Possible Diamonds Form Ultra-Thin Nanothreads

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers ...  

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Texas Instruments Expands Low-Power Microcontroller Portfolio

September 22, 2014 9:29 am | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has released 46 new ultra-low-power MSP430 FRAM microcontrollers (MCUs). TI’s MSP430FR69x MCUs are scalable up to 128 KB non-volatile FRAM memory and include ...

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Overcoming Exciton 'Traps' Improves Solar Cell Efficiency

September 22, 2014 9:23 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself:  When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons — an energized ...

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A New Series of Self-Contained Pyrometers from Process Sensors

September 22, 2014 9:22 am | by PD&D Staff | Process Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Process Sensors has released a new series of self-contained pyrometers that deliver high performance in R&D and Industrial applications. The PSC-SR56 Series pyrometers are suitable for applications in induction heating ...

Underwater Glue Based on Mussel Proteins

September 22, 2014 9:12 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News | News | Comments

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be ...  

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Battery System Makes Wind & Solar Energy More Competitive

September 22, 2014 9:01 am | by David Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have improved a proposed liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company to produce ...   

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