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Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 9:59 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. A hearing ...  

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GM Shakes Up Management, Names New Quality Chief

November 20, 2014 6:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has promoted its purchasing chief to be its head of quality as part of a management shakeup. The move comes after all GM brands but Buick performed worse than average in this year's Consumer Reports auto reliability ...  

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China Can Damage U.S. Power Grid

November 20, 2014 4:54 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency ...

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Latest MapleSim Release Offers New Tools for Design Exploration

November 20, 2014 3:58 pm | by PD&D Staff | Maplesoft | Product Releases | Comments

Maplesoft has announced a new release of MapleSim, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform. This release makes it easier to explore and validate designs, create and manage libraries of custom components, and use ...

Cree Announces New SC5 Technology Platform

November 20, 2014 3:25 pm | by PD&D Staff | Cree, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cree has announced the SC5 Technology Platform. The new platform powers the next generation of lighting with the introduction of Extreme High Power (XHP) LEDs. This new class of LEDs can reduce system costs by up to ...

Photos of the Day: New 3D Printer Multi-Tool Heads

November 20, 2014 3:04 pm | by LulzBot | News | Comments

LulzBot just unveiled two new products for advanced users. Designed for the LulzBot TAZ 3D printer, the all-new Dual Extruder and FlexyDually Tool Heads are upgrades that give advanced users the ability to print in two colors of the same ...

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The Latest List of Cars Involved in Air Bag Recalls

November 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NHTSA urges owners to use their vehicle identification number on manufacturer sites to see if vehicles are have been recalled by the manufacturer. Here's the latest list of models covered by multiple Takata-related recalls ...   

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Hearing Draws Apology, Admission in Air Bag Mess

November 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags ...     

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ON Semiconductor Unveils New Class of CCD Image Sensors

November 20, 2014 2:26 pm | by PD&D Staff | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a new class of CCD image sensor technology. Combining ON Semiconductor’s Interline Transfer (IT) CCD pixel design with a newly developed electron multiplication (EM) output structure, the new technology enables ...

A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind Provides Further Independence

November 20, 2014 12:06 pm | by Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo | News | Comments

These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they're beautiful, too. Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired. In partnership with Touch Graphics, developers at ...

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New Tech Could 'Light Up' Cancer Cells During Surgery

November 20, 2014 11:55 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

On Target Laboratories LLC and Purdue University are clinically investigating optical imaging technology that could "light up" cancer cells and help surgeons remove more cancerous tissue than previously possible during surgical procedures ... 

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Teaching Self-Driving Cars Ethics of the Road

November 20, 2014 11:23 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second ...

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Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          

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Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students' STEM Interest

November 20, 2014 11:17 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 middle schools across New Mexico will compete in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gymnasium in Albuquerque ...  

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Soldiers of the Future Will Generate Their Own Power

November 20, 2014 10:54 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Wearable technologies may provide U.S. soldiers with on-the-move, portable energy and reduce the weight of gear they carry into combat. Researchers at the Natick soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) are ...  

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