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Hitchhiking Robot Charms Its Way Across Canada

August 20, 2014 9:29 am | by Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press | News | Comments

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast ...

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Bacterial Nanowires Not What Scientists Thought They Were

August 20, 2014 9:24 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

For the past 10 years, scientists have been fascinated by a type of “electric bacteria” that shoots out long tendrils like electric wires, using them to power themselves and transfer electricity to a variety of solid surfaces. A team led by scientists at ...

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Photos of the Day: Jet Engine Boot Camp Simulates Abusive Flight Conditions

August 20, 2014 9:21 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Crews at GE Aviation’s jet engine boot camp in Peebles, Ohio, feed some 800 gallons of water every minute into the maw of a GEnx engine during a water ingestion test. The test is just one of many trials jet engines must endure to ... 

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Hack Your Fridge With FirstBuild’s Smart Pitcher

August 20, 2014 9:11 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

With the Smart Pitcher, the team simplified the development by purchasing a pitcher off the shelf, instead of creating a new one. Then they used consumer-grade 3D printers to speed up prototyping. Finally, they saved time by opting for ...

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3D Codes Yield Unprecedented Physics, Engineering Insights

August 20, 2014 9:11 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry in 2002, sophisticated computer models were key to determining what happened. A piece of foam flew off at launch and hit a tile, damaging the leading edge of the shuttle wing and ...

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Flight Test Preparations Draw on Launch Services Program's Expertise

August 20, 2014 9:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The upcoming flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft will be a mission of firsts. This new crew vehicle, making its debut on Exploration Flight Test-1, will become the first of its kind in four decades to venture beyond low-Earth orbit ...

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Infographic: 3D Printing: In-House or Outsource?

August 20, 2014 8:59 am | by RedEye | Stratasys, Inc. | News | Comments

Your business needs 3D printed parts. There are two approaches:  you can invest in a 3D printer or order parts through a service bureau. Each has its benefits, and often businesses will use both for different reasons. Of course, this decision tree is ...

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NTSB: Crash Wiped Out Signal That Could Hold Clues

August 19, 2014 9:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board says a trackside signal that could hold clues to a fatal head-on train collision in Arkansas was damaged in the crash but that investigators still hope to recover its data. NTSB investigator ...  

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B&B Expands Family of Wireless Spectre Routers

August 19, 2014 5:23 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics has expanded its family of rugged wireless Spectre routers to include the new Spectre LTE Cellular Router. Taking advantage of the fast data transfer speeds ...

Altech’s All-in-One Power Solution Combines Several Features

August 19, 2014 5:18 pm | by PD&D Staff | Altech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Altech has announced the CBI all-in-one UPS Power Solution that combines the requirements for several applications into one device. The solution can be used as a power supply unit, battery charger ...

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy ...      

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Güdel Introduces Overhead Tracks for Robots

August 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by Güdel | Product Releases | Comments

Güdel has announced Trackmotion TMO – the latest generation in overhead robot tracks. TMO innovations include higher performance and reliability, configurable and scalable designs and reduced lead times. Güdel is the only track ...

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Advancing Subaru Hybrid Vehicle Testing Through Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation

August 19, 2014 4:53 pm | by Mr. Tomohiro Morita, Senior Engineer, HEV Design Department, Subaru Engineering Division, FUJI Heavy Industries | National Instruments Corp. | Articles | Comments

Using automated testing to develop a new verification system that satisfies the control quality level required for the motor electronic control unit in Subaru’s first production model hybrid vehicle, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and ...  

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92 mW Direct Conversion I/Q Modulator

August 19, 2014 4:31 pm | by Linear Technology | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology has announced a low power I/Q modulator that enables battery-powered transmitters operating in the 30 MHz to 1.3 GHz frequency bands, breaking new ground in power consumption, sideband suppression, carrier leakage ...

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GradConn Launches Test Probe Cable Assemblies

August 19, 2014 3:50 pm | by GradConn | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn has announced a new range of low cost co-axial test probe cable assemblies for the inspection of high frequency circuits. Suitable for testing Hirose MS-156 and Murata MM8030 sub miniature coaxial switch connectors ...

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