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Drone Nearly Blocks California Firefighting Planes

July 29, 2014 9:32 am | by Fenit Nirappil & Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to ...  

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Board Denies Challenges to Giant Telescope

July 29, 2014 9:28 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has denied requests to contest the approval of a sublease for the Thirty Meter Telescope, allowing construction to move forward for what will be one of the largest telescopes in the world ...

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Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines on the online retailer's website. Amazon's 3-D product store will offer more than 200 print on-demand products that ...

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China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law by failing to publish all documentation related to...

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Avoiding Plane Crashes as Air Traffic Doubles

July 29, 2014 3:20 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard ...

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The Evolution of Airplanes

July 28, 2014 5:08 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

One of the traditional arguments against Darwinian evolution has been that no one can confirm the process exists because it occurs on a time scale immensely greater than a human lifetime ...         

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NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

July 28, 2014 4:52 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover ...

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NASA Selects Environmental Test & Integration Services II Contract

July 28, 2014 4:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services II (ETIS II) contract to Sierra Lobo, Inc of Fremont, Ohio. The contract will support the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center ...

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Rexroth Releases Mobile App Fit4Filter 3.1

July 28, 2014 4:14 pm | by Bosch Rexroth | News | Comments

Bosch Rexroth has just released the latest version of its Fit4Filter smartphone app, which allows customers to cross reference and replace their existing hydraulic filter elements with the corresponding Rexroth filters. The app, now at version ...

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ASTM Additive Manufacturing Committee Developing Proposed Standard for Metal Powder Bed Fusion Quality Requirements

July 28, 2014 4:01 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

Products for medical implants and aerospace components are two of the applications of powder bed fusion additive manufacturing. A proposed new ASTM standard, WK46188, Practice for Metal Powder Bed Fusion to Meet ...     

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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 3:55 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has ...  

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New EL7211 Servo Terminal

July 28, 2014 3:48 pm | by PD&D Staff | Beckhoff Automation Llc | Product Releases | Comments

With the new EL7211 servo terminal, the EtherCAT I/O system from Beckhoff now offers a complete compact servo drive with an output current of up to 4.5 ARMS. This EtherCAT Terminal is available with integrated resolver ...

Flexible IDC Ribbon Cables for Microelectronic Applications

July 28, 2014 3:40 pm | by PD&D Staff | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil's Flexible IDC Ribbon Cables have been designed for use on High-Precision Microelectronic Equipment Systems. The Flexx-Sil jacketed 28 AWG Ribbon Cables are available with up to 64 conductors in .050" and ...

Contractor Admits to Role in Bribery Scheme

July 28, 2014 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a Washington state manufacturing company has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, the fourth person to admit to a role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to The Boeing Company. Jeffrey Lavelle, owner of J.L. Manufacturing of Everett,...

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NI System on Module

July 28, 2014 3:18 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NI has announced the NI SOM, enabling design teams to deploy embedded systems. Based on the same design standards as the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, the architecture has already been ...

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