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Photos of the Day: Restored Star Trek Galileo Shuttlecraft

August 1, 2013 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trekkies of all stripes arrived in Houston Wednesday for the momentous unveiling of the shuttlecraft that crash-landed on a hostile planet in the 1967 "Star Trek" episode called "The Galileo Seven." Some wore Scotty's Repair Shop T-shirts, others full-blown spandex outfits worn by Mr. Spock and his peers in the famous TV show and movies that have garnered a following so large and so devoted it is almost cult-like.

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Restored Star Trek Ship Galileo Arrives in Houston

August 1, 2013 10:31 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the smoke cleared and the music died down, Candy Torres could no longer contain herself. Looking at the shiny, restored Star Trek Galileo shuttlecraft sitting in Houston in all its TV glory, she broke down. Adam Schneider paid $61,000 for the battered shuttlecraft in an auction and spent about a year restoring the fiberglass ship and making it look nearly as it did on that episode.

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FDA Warns of Massive Diabetes Test Strip Recall

August 1, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about a recall of up to 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels that can show incorrect, abnormally high blood sugar readings. Nova Diabetes Care announced the recall Friday. An incorrect reading could potentially lead to dangerous medication errors for patients.

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Smartphone Cradle, App Detect Toxins, Bacteria

August 1, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, and more.

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Digi-Key & VCC Sign Global Distribution Agreement

August 1, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | Digi-Key, Visual Communications Co. Inc. | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Visual Communications Company, a recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative, dependable, and cost-effective incandescent and LED light solutions.

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A Computer Display that Floats in Mid Air

August 1, 2013 9:37 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Taiwan are developing a wearable computer that allows users to navigate its controls on a 3D virtual display that seemingly floats in mid-air. A user perceives a 3 dimensional display that floats approximately 40 centimetres in front of their face ... when in fact it's being projected on the lenses of a pair of wearable glasses.

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Swiss 'Jetman' Flies Along B-17 Aircraft

August 1, 2013 9:33 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

It's a bird, it's a plane -- Oh, no it's Yves Rossy - the pilot also known as "Jetman," performing his first-ever public stunt in the U.S. Hundreds of people watched as the Swiss daredevil rocketed through the sky over Wisconsin, alongside a B-17 bomber.

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A Hi-Tech Squat Toilet

August 1, 2013 9:29 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A British design student has invented a hi-tech squat toilet for the western market, which he believes will provide health benefits for users and lead to the demise of the traditional seated lavatory.                   

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Shark Cam Robot Films a Great White

August 1, 2013 9:19 am | by Discovery Channel | Videos | Comments

In this video, an underwater robot, called Shark Cam, tracks and films a great white shark for the first time.                                                                          

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Teen Aims for Around-World, Solo Flight Record

August 1, 2013 9:13 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 19-year-old Australian who describes flying as "magical" aims to become the youngest person to go solo around the world and could break a world record set just a month ago by a 21-year-old Californian. Ryan Campbell left    

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Teardown: Sinclair C5 Electric Car Teardown & Test Drive

August 1, 2013 9:06 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

In this EEVbog Teardown, Dave goes back to the future and takes a 1985 vintage Sinclair C5 electric "car" for a spin, one of only a handful in the country. This was Sir Clive Sinclair's vision for personal transport.           

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The Fastest Ambulance? A Motorcycle

August 1, 2013 9:01 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs -- many on foot -- ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives.

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Netflix Rolls Out New Tool to Profile Viewers

August 1, 2013 8:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Netflix is introducing a long-awaited feature that will make it easier for the Internet video service to track and analyze the viewing habits of people sharing the same $8-per-month account. The tool coming out Thursday can splinter a single Netflix account into up to five different profiles at no additional charge.

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Off-the-Shelf Motion Card

July 31, 2013 11:10 pm | by PD&D Staff | Performance Motion Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Motion Devices has announced a new family of Prodigy motion cards that combines a full featured four axis motion card with high performance on-card amplifiers. The Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Card utilizes PMD's ATLAS Digital Amplifiers to eliminate the need for external amplifiers, allowing new levels of convenience, integration, and cost savings for applications in life sciences equipment, scientific automation, robotics, and general purpose automation.

Designed for Maximum Reliability

July 31, 2013 11:08 pm | by PD&D Staff | Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company has introduced the new Dodge MAXUM XTR concentric reducer, a compact, power dense design, packaged in a rugged ductile iron housing. The MAXUM XTR offers more torque rating per case size versus any other concentric reducer on the market, according to the company. 

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