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Nissan Recalls SUVs to Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from ...     

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The True Form B Reed Switch – How’d They Do That?

January 28, 2015 5:08 pm | by David Posey, HSI Sensing | Articles | Comments

Recently the release of our HSR-376R - the world’s first true Form B reed switch - has been getting a lot of attention. And a lot of people have been asking how exactly it works and how it was developed. I’ll attempt to answer ...   

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Google Awards $5.25M in Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 5:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon, on Jan. 26. This prize was an optional part of the Lunar X-Prize contest, which was first announced on ...

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Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 4:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker. On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a ...

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U.S. Issues New Requirements to Improve Defibrillator Safety

January 28, 2015 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems ...         

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MCU Provides 10x Energy Improvement with Subthreshold Tech

January 28, 2015 1:48 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Each year, microcontroller (MCU) companies announce upgrades or additions to new and improved MCU families. However, one company’s recent announcement is producing more excitement and discussion than normal. The company claims that wearable ...

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes

January 28, 2015 1:05 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was ...

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This Robot Learns One Step at a Time

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Researchers at the L'Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR) in France are teaching a robot how to evolve. The team use a six-legged robot called Creadapt to study how machines can adapt to new ...     

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'Bulletproof' Battery Tech to Prevent Fires

January 28, 2015 11:04 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013. The innovation is an advanced barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery ...  

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Researchers 3D Print Cartilage to Repair Tracheal Damage

January 28, 2015 10:53 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | News | Comments

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have made a medical breakthrough using 3D printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to create cartilage designed for tracheal repair or replacement. The results were ...

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The Laser Pulse That Gets Shorter All By Itself

January 28, 2015 10:39 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

In a marathon, everyone starts at roughly the same place at roughly the same time. But the faster runners will gradually increase their lead, and in the end, the distribution of runners on the street will be very broad. Something similar happens to a ...

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Which Prototyping Hardware Is Right for You?

January 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing in many fields requires prototyping hardware to be efficient, quick, and cost-effective. Phidgets, based in Canada, outlined three different brand options in a whitepaper from which manufacturers can choose to help create usable ...

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Vietnam War-Era Helicopter Crashes, Killing 4 Soldiers

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, army deputy chief of staff, said ...

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New Pathway to Valleytronics Discovered

January 28, 2015 9:56 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional ...  

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Nanoscale Mirrored Cavities Amplify, Connect Quantum Memories

January 28, 2015 9:51 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

By constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light around impurity atoms in diamond crystals, the team dramatically increased the efficiency with which photons transmit information about those atoms' electronic spin states, which can be used to ...

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