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New 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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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

September 22, 2014 5:36 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the ...

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SpaceX Launches 3D Printer, Other Station Gear

September 21, 2014 2:37 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space station supplies for ...

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GM Recalls 221,558 Sedans for Fire Risk

September 20, 2014 6:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they're not needed, increasing the risk of a fire. The recall involves Cadillacs from the ...   

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Astronauts Getting 3D Printer at Space Station

September 19, 2014 5:37 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. The printer, made by ...

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Solar-Cell Efficiency Improved with New Polymer Devices

September 19, 2014 5:01 pm | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers identified a new polymer - a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials - which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells' ...

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Wireless Sensor Transmits Tumor Pressure

September 19, 2014 4:53 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

The interstitial pressure inside a tumor is often remarkably high compared to normal tissues and is thought to impede the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents as well as decrease the effectiveness of radiation therapy. While medications ...

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Smoke and Fire Compliant Railway Connectors

September 19, 2014 4:31 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU has announced the MSG 3U connector. Designed for on-board or on-ground TCMS (Train Control Monitoring System) and TIMS (Train Information Management System) applications, the ...

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GE Affiliate to Use Crowdsourcing, 3D Printing to Invent Next Gen Home Appliances

September 19, 2014 4:28 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd has announced its partnership with FirstBuild, a GE affiliate. The partnership combines co-creation and micro-manufacturing to build and commercialize the next evolution of various GE appliances and accessories by leveraging ...

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NOSHOK Announces Intrinsically Safe Hammer Union Transmitter

September 19, 2014 4:06 pm | Noshok, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

NOSHOK has announced the availability of the 628 Series Intrinsically Safe Hammer Union Transmitter. This transmitter is CSA compliant for hazardous location equipment, NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 compliant, and is ideal for ...

High Accuracy & Repeatability Pressure/Temperature Data Loggers

September 19, 2014 3:56 pm | by PD&D Staff | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Omega has announced its new series of pressure/temperature data loggers. The OM-PR series features a temperature range of -20° to 85°C (-4° to 18°F). Pressure ranges are 35, 150, 350, 550, 2000, 5800 psia, and vacuum ranges are ...

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Engineering Update: A Cheap 3D-Printed Drone

September 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of the Engineering Update:  A Cheap 3D-Printed Drone:  Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a ...

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Superabsorbing Ring Could Produce Ultimate Camera Pixel

September 19, 2014 1:51 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems that could make the 'ultimate camera pixel'. 'Superradiance', a phenomenon ...    

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

September 19, 2014 1:32 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones – and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone – mobile phones have become second-nature for most people. The SideSwipe system uses the phone’s wireless transmissions to ...  

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Soft Robotics Toolkit Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate ...

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