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Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

April 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves the same way an antenna does. This breakthrough ...

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Engineers Develop New Materials for Hydrogen Storage

April 15, 2014 1:19 pm | by Ioana Patringenaru, University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. The researchers have created for the first time compounds made from mixtures of ...  

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Photos of the Day: Monster Locomotive Returns

April 15, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Locomotive in Schenectady, N.Y., built 25 of the monsters to Union Pacific's specifications between 1941 and 1944, and they became legendary. They were the largest steam locomotives ever to work the rugged terrain of the American West, and by most standards the largest anywhere in ...

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Photovoltaic Solar-Panel Windows Could Be Next for Your House

April 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be ...

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PCI & PXI Programmable Resistors

April 15, 2014 11:57 am | by PD&D Staff | Pickering Interfaces | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces, a provider of signal switching and conditioning solutions, has expanded its range of PCI and PXI Programmable Resistors. All of these ...

Lowest-Power Microcontrollers

April 15, 2014 11:52 am | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling developers to save valuable board space, Texas Instruments has announced it has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to ...

Tactile and Non-Contact Measurements

April 15, 2014 11:47 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hexagon Metrology has announced the next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm. The portable CMM provides ...

Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 15, 2014 10:34 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to ...    

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Robot Sub Returns to Water After 1st Try Cut Short

April 15, 2014 10:32 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. Monday's planned 16-hour search lasted just six and ...

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Boeing Supplier Considering New Plant to Make Parts for 777X

April 15, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday. Work on the plant in Handa, Aichi Prefecture, which could open ...

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Zebra to Spend $3.45B on Motorola Business

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. The acquisition would broaden the bar-code company's ...  

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Invention Loves Collaboration at Milan Show

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's ...

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Photos of the Day: The World's Largest Design Fair

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo shows Du Pont Corian creations displayed at the Milan Design Fair, in Milan, Italy. Powermat wireless recharging technology is being incorporated into Corian surfaces, the DuPont creation that can be molded ...

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FAA: State Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights. The FAA said Monday it is suggesting a fine of nearly $548,000 for ...

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Huge Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming Back to Life

April 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century ...

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