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ABB, Solar Impulse Prepare for Historic Round-the-World Flight

January 20, 2015 9:44 am | by ABB | News | Comments

Three ABB engineers have joined the Solar Impulse team, where they are contributing expertise and passion. Their work includes improving control systems for ground operations, enhancing the charging electronics for the plane’s ...   

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Switching to 3D Tech to More Efficiently Design Brakes

January 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Siemens PLM Software | Siemens Plm Software | Articles | Comments

Since the 1990s, the design department at Knott has recognized the advantages of 3D technology, and its goal has been to use a 3D computer-aided design system to more efficiently design brakes and trailer components. In 1998, research led the ...

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VC Firms Rain Down Cash on Tech Startups, Is Bubble Brewing?

January 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies — levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing ... 

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Smart Racket Comes with a Power Switch

January 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rafael Nadal's new high-tech tennis racket looks and feels like his old one. Except for the on-off switch. Call it a "smart racket," the latest advance in tennis technology tells you where you hit the ball — with the help of an app ...  

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Value Added vs. Value Ensured

January 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

In our quest to minimize our work to only the essential value-added elements, we often overlook the benefits of non-value-added activities. One such activity is the quality process audit. Few of us enjoy conducting audits ...   

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Romanian Who Claimed He Invented World's 1st Jetpack Dies

January 20, 2015 9:22 am | by Alison Mutler, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of vehicles, calling the modern-day car "a disgrace," has died aged 81. Propelled by poverty and curiosity ... 

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Astronics Acquires Aviation Consulting Firm for $52M

January 20, 2015 9:19 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Astronics Corporation, a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, has announced that it completed the acquisition of Armstrong Aerospace ("Armstrong") for approximately $52 million in cash on ... 

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Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month ...

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Boy, 13, Builds Braille Printer with Legos, Starts Company

January 20, 2015 9:11 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for ...

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Driving 3D Printing into the Future with the Shelby Cobra

January 20, 2015 9:08 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL printed ORNL’s Shelby from 20 percent carbon fiber reinforced ABS material. The printed Shelby also ...   

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Japan to Sell Talking Robots That Won't Try to Make Sense

January 20, 2015 9:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations. Hiroshi Ishiguro's 28-centimer tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for ...

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U.S. Government Investigating Ford Trucks for Stalling Problem

January 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Ford Motor Co. should expand a 2013 safety recall of diesel trucks. The previous recall involved 2,951 F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks sold with ambulance packages. The trucks were equipped with ...

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Rocket Crash-Lands on Ocean Barge

January 19, 2015 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting the football field-sized barge a couple hundred miles off Florida's northeastern coast. The landing attempt came minutes after separation from the main rocket that ...   

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$1B Switch Data Center Near Reno will Be World's Biggest

January 19, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno — the world's biggest data center. Las Vegas-based Switch plans to invest $1 billion in the 3 million square foot "supernap" center ...

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

January 16, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Kennedy Space Center with a seven member crew. During the launch of mission STS-107, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle’s external tank and hit ...

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