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NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

April 16, 2014 4:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe ...

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Bring Your Own Device

April 16, 2014 3:49 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Elliot Soloway has made it his mission to shepherd mobile devices into the K-12 classroom environment, but it hasn't been easy ...                    

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Teardown: Gas Detection Warning System

April 16, 2014 3:46 pm | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, what's inside a Dräger Multiwarn II gas detection warning system used in mining, oil, chemical, and emergency services to detect hazardous or explosive atmospheres?       

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Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to ...

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High Oil Prices Are Actually Good for Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they ...          

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Toyota Camry Gets a Redesign

April 16, 2014 1:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, is ...           

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How Unused Patents Fuel Entrepreneurship

April 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Vadu is a Canadian startup using sophisticated face recognition algorithms and data analytics to study customer behavior. Like many young companies, it’s racing to convert ideas into products and compete on ...       

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Stainless Dualvee Vacuum Wheels

April 16, 2014 1:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bishop-Wisecarver has announced a new DualVee guide wheel specifically designed for use in vacuum environments. Vacuum Wheels are ...

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What Impact Will the Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As General Motors executives show off their newest cars and trucks in New York this week, analysts are watching for signs that consumers are shying away from the ones sitting on dealer lots. Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a ...  

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Solderless LED Interconnect

April 16, 2014 1:05 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The solderless panel mount LED holders from VCC combine simple and fast assembly with reliability and ruggedness. Offering quick and easy threaded connections into ...

Potential Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 1:04 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass, a device that is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerized central processing unit, touchpad, display ...

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Encoder for Severe Environments

April 16, 2014 1:02 pm | by PD&D Staff | Heidenhain Corp., Leine&Linde Ab | Product Releases | Comments

Leine & Linde has introduced a new stainless steel version of the well-known ISA and IHA 600 series of absolute rotary encoders. Designed to provide motion control and feedback for ...

Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

April 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never ...

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Repeated Self-Healing Now Possible in Composite Materials

April 16, 2014 12:58 pm | by Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology | News | Comments

Internal damage in fiber-reinforced composites, materials used in structures of modern airplanes and automobiles, is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to repair by conventional methods. A small, internal crack can quickly develop into ...

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Relieving Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety with Improved Batteries

April 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by Frances White, PNNL | News | Comments

Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial.Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework ...

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