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Photos of the Day: NASA's Next-Gen Microshutter Arrays

July 30, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Considered among the most innovative technologies to fly on the Webb telescope, the microshutter assembly is created from micro-electro-mechanical technologies and comprises thousands of tiny shutters, each about the width of a human hair ...

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Amazon to Invest $2 Billion to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after ...

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Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 30, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars ... 

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NKorea Upgrading Rocket Launch Site

July 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States ...      

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Who Says There's No Crystal Ball for Product Success?

July 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Danius Silkaitis, Manufacturing Engineer, Stratos Product Development | Articles | Comments

Product development typically is the spring board for businesses to generate new revenue streams and ultimately profits. There are numerous decisions during development that affect how far and high a business can be vaulted ...   

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Why This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 30, 2014 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the ... 

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Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 4:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of ...  

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Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 12:22 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the ...   

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State fines Severstal $135K on Emission Sensors

July 29, 2014 8:22 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011. The company agreed to ...

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Battery-Free RF Field Detector

July 29, 2014 5:06 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The PHOTON from Farsens S.L. is a UHF RF field detector passive tag equipped with an LED. Whenever the tag is close to an RF field source, it will harvest the energy from the RF field and drive an LED. The stronger the RF field in a ...

Laser Material Processing Solution

July 29, 2014 4:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Universal Laser Systems has extended its product portfolio with the XLS product family. The XLS 10.150D is the first platform model to be released for the XLS product family. This CO² laser compatible platform addresses ...

Breaches in Supply Chain Security Increase Regulatory Scrutiny of Raw Materials Used in Medical Devices

July 29, 2014 4:20 pm | by Dow Corning | News | Comments

A pharmaceutical manufacturer makes an unannounced visit to the plant that produces one of its key raw materials, only to find that the plant doesn’t even exist. A well-known medical device manufacturer has to initiate a global recall of its ...

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Compact Modular Valves

July 29, 2014 3:39 pm | by PD&D Staff | Automationdirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s NITRA line of pneumatics products now includes compact modular valves. The compact modular valves are designed for performance, flexibility, and modularity combined with sturdy mechanics ...

Synchronous Drive System

July 29, 2014 3:20 pm | by PD&D Staff | Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company’s Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system delivers high torque, low maintenance, and potential energy savings with less overhung load than V-belts drives. HT500 belts also offer longer life in ...

FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 3:17 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency ...

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