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Rechargeable Batteries Improved with MoS2 Nano 'Sandwich'

April 17, 2015 1:27 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of ...

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Disney Shows Soft Sides with Layered Fabric 3D Printer

April 17, 2015 1:23 pm | by Disney Research | News | Comments

A team from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a 3D printer that layers together laser-cut sheets of fabric to form soft, squeezable objects such as bunnies, doll clothing and phone cases. These objects can ...

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Significant Step Toward a Better Performing Battery

April 17, 2015 1:21 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken ...

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Incorrect Blade Installations Among 5 Design Fails This Week

April 17, 2015 1:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, toy trucks violate federal standards, multiple electric blower vacuums pose a fire risk, bike fenders fail, and mowers are assembled with an incorrect …

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Thumbnail Wearable Could Operate Digital Devices

April 17, 2015 1:16 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when ...

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Today in Engineering History: Apollo 13 'Safely' Returns to Earth

April 17, 2015 1:07 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 17, 1970, Apollo 13, the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended mission to land on the Moon, returned to earth. James A. Lovell commanded the mission ...

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Mini UAV Torpedoes Among 5 Patents This Week

April 17, 2015 1:05 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent, assigned to Boeing, describes a miniature, lightweight torpedo that can be carried and launched by an unmanned aerial vehicle. According to the patent, the torpedo features ...

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Raytheon Lands Two DoD Work Deals

April 17, 2015 12:44 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (Dod) awarded two contracts Thursday to Raytheon Company, worth over $35 million ...

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Electronic Braking Torque Regulation

April 17, 2015 12:13 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

mayr’s new, intelligent braking torque control makes it possible to decelerate devices and machines evenly and gently. The intelligent braking torque control module offers a solution to generate a variable braking torque for ROBA-stop safety brakes. Features include ...

Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers a tremendous opportunity to bring jobs to Berkeley County. The county and the Department of Commerce have released a joint statement ...

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Engine Failure Forces Return of Serbian President's Plane

April 17, 2015 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government plane carrying Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic for an official visit to the Vatican returned to Belgrade Friday because of an engine failure, and the visit was canceled. Nikolic's press office said that one engine on the ...

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China Auto Brands Enjoying Rebound Driven By New Models

April 17, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese auto brands, pressed by foreign competition, are enjoying a rebound as they head into next week's Shanghai auto show, their biggest marketing showcase of the year. For two years, new but ambitious automakers including Geely ...

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Apple Antitrust Cooperation Has 'Declined'

April 17, 2015 10:23 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Apple Inc.'s cooperation with efforts to improve its compliance with antitrust laws after a federal judge concluded it colluded with electronic book publishers to raise prices five years ago took on an "adversarial tone" recently, a court-appointed ...

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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites in Search Shake-Up

April 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula ...

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Verizon Slices Up Bundle, Lets Customers Choose

April 17, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon is giving its customers more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV. Large cable bundles laden with dozens of channels and big price tags have pushed more ...

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