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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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Photos of the Day: The History of the Panama Canal's Massive Expansion

September 22, 2014 10:04 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion ...   

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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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What Reality Capture Reveals in the Wreckage of a Pearl Harbor Battleship

September 22, 2014 9:52 am | by Shaun Bryant, Line/Shape/Space | Autodesk Inc | Articles | Comments

Reality capture does exactly what it says on the tin: It captures reality and puts it into your computer, into the cloud, or pretty much wherever you want that captured reality to go. Yep, it sounds like magic, and to be honest, if the architects and ...

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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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5 Things to Look for When Evaluating an Engineering Design Firm

September 22, 2014 9:41 am | by Doug Ringer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

How do we properly evaluate the efficacy of a design team (internal or contract) when we have little evidence of past performance? These 5 steps will provide excellent insight into their capability to meet project requirements ...   

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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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