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U.S. Cites Company in Cell Tower Deaths

September 29, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal safety enforcement agency cited a Missouri-based communications company on Friday for "willful" and "serious" safety violations in the death of two workers in the collapse in March of a cell tower they were dismantling in ...  

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Rice Husk Byproduct in Goodyear Tires?

September 29, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires. Akron-based Goodyear is ...

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Japan’s Largest Solar Power Project

September 29, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kuni Umi Asset Management, GE unit GE Energy Financial Services, and Toyo Engineering Corporation have invested in Japan’s largest solar power project, a 231-megawatt facility to be built in Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture, via special ...

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A Colorful Life for Crash-Test Engineer Behind Rainbow Loom Craze

September 29, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheong Choon Ng was trying to make rubber-band bracelets with his daughters four years ago when he realized his fingers were too big to manipulate the bands. So, the automotive crash-test engineer set about ...      

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Tetra Tech Wins $30M NIST Engineering Services Contract

September 29, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tetra Tech announced it has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity, $30 million contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide engineering services for the NIST Center for Neutron ...

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Lenovo Looks to Expand After IBM Acquisition

September 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion ...

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BlackBerry Posts $207M Quarterly Loss

September 29, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry posted a smaller loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call with analysts that BlackBerry is "definitely in ...

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European Space Agency Sets Date for Comet Landing

September 29, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at ...

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In-Flight Sensor Testing to Enhance Aviation Safety

September 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance. These flight tests are part of a Federal Aviation ...  

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How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

September 29, 2014 9:08 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right:  It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the ...

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New Tool Assesses Skill Development in Robotic Microsurgery

September 29, 2014 8:59 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ... 

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3 Design Fails of the Week

September 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, ignition modules are failing to ground, gas valves are leaking, and Bad Boy Buggies’ brakes ... break ...                    

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J.W. Winco Door Handles Include Locking Mechanism

September 26, 2014 2:07 pm | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco has announced it now offers GN 115.7 zinc die-cast door handles with latch mechanism, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant door handles are used when the application requires both a locking mechanism and a ...

Sensor Interface Integrated into Battery Management Systems in BMW Electric Vehicles

September 26, 2014 1:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG has announced that the BMW Group is using the AS8510, an integrated automotive sensor interface, to provide accurate battery voltage and current measurements in its i3 series electric vehicles. The BMW i3 model that is in ...

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New Generation of Operator Panels for CNC Applications

September 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by PD&D Staff | Siemens Industry Inc., Solutions, Automation & Drive Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens has announced their Sinumerik blackline panels OP 015 black and OP 019 black. The panels are a new generation of operator panels for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC system, and they offer new options for machine operation ...

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