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Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Sevenfold in 5 Years

October 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019, according to IHS ...

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Magnetic Mirrors Enable New Tech by Reflecting Light in Uncanny Ways

October 16, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

As in Alice's journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no other. As reported today in The Optical Society's ...

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Engineering Newswire 112: Boeing UAV Completes Secret Space Mission

October 16, 2014 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re inverting EV inverters, attempting to destroy an industrial keyboard, and carrying a classified payload to space in a Boeing UAV ...             

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Building 3D Materials of the Future

October 16, 2014 10:48 am | by Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University | News | Comments

Researchers in Japan have developed a novel yet simple technique, called "diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly," to construct graphene into porous three-dimensional (3D) structures for applications in devices such as batteries ...  

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How, When, & Why Industrial Ecology is Good for Business

October 16, 2014 10:43 am | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

Industrial ecology, a rapidly growing field focused on sustainable production and consumption, has contributed numerous important tools to modern environmental management — life cycle assessment; "industrial symbiosis," or the ...   

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Astronauts Receive Mental Health Treatment Through Virtual Reality

October 16, 2014 10:35 am | by John Cramer, Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized ...

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Toyota Recalls 423K Lexuses for Fuel Leak Risk

October 16, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about ..    

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State Delegation Praises P&W Jet Engine Deal

October 16, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's congressional delegation is praising a new $592 million Pentagon contract with jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney for the seventh lot of propulsion systems for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft ...      

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Spacecraft to Attempt Comet Landing Next Month

October 16, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet. The agency said Wednesday its unmanned probe Rosetta will release the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander at 0835 ...   

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Court Clears Nation's First Bullet Train, Problems Remain

October 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Juliet Williams, Associate Press | News | Comments

California will forge ahead with plans to build the nation's first bullet train by buying land in the Central Valley and demolishing buildings in the path of the $68 billion rail line after the state Supreme Court decided not to hear an ...

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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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