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Brainstorm: Encoders

October 16, 2014 9:46 am | by Christian Fell, VP Motion & Position Sensors, FRABA | Fraba Inc. | Articles | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What new encoder technologies are helping ease-of-use ...

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Photos of the Day: GE's Steam Turbine Generators, Dating Back to 1897

October 16, 2014 9:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE launched the steam turbine business in Schenectady in 1897, 15 years after Charles Parsons and Gustaf de Laval had built their first turbines in Europe. The average age of the 17 GE turbines at the Eastman plant is almost 54 years ... 

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U.S. Military's Mysterious Spacecraft to Return Home

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B? Must be a secret space weapon. Or something to rocket next-generation spy gear into orbit. Or maybe a decoy to keep China's ...   

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Teardown: 4 Channel, 50 MHz Oscilloscope

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, Dave tears down the new US$399 Rigol 4 channel 50MHz DS1054Z oscilloscope. How can they get such incredible value for the price?             

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Chrysler Recalling Nearly 907,000 Cars, SUVs

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires. The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the ...

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Behind the Hangar Doors of Virgin Galactic

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Virgin Galactic | Videos | Comments

On October 4, 2014 Virgin Galactic celebrated the anniversary of the Ansari X-Prize victory by inviting special guests for a 'Behind the Hangar Doors' tour ...              

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Top Gas Mileage Goes to Mitsubishi Mirage

October 16, 2014 9:16 am | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

The non-hybrid new car with the best gasoline mileage rating in the United States is not a Honda or Toyota. It's a Mitsubishi that's priced less than the average cost of a used car or truck. Mitsubishi's 2015 Mirage compact, five-door hatchback is ...

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Building Blocks That Blink, Beep & Teach

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together ...

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Google Tries to Upstage Apple with Latest Devices

October 16, 2014 9:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and ...

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New iPads, Mac System Expected at Apple Event

October 16, 2014 9:02 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also ...

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Success for 2nd Station Spacewalk in 2 Weeks

October 16, 2014 8:53 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts replaced a failed electrical unit at the International Space Station on Wednesday, restoring full power to the orbiting lab.The space station had been operating since spring with only seven of its eight solar-power ...

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Perfect Torque Distribution for Safe Driving

October 15, 2014 5:29 pm | by TU München | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Center (FZG) at the TU München have developed a ...

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Weather History 'Time Machine'

October 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Michael Price, San Diego State University | News | Comments

During the 1930s, North America endured the Dust Bowl, a prolonged era of dryness that withered crops and dramatically altered where the population settled. Land-based precipitation records from the years leading up to the ...   

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World's Thinnest Electric Generator

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material ...   

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Robotic Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of ...

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