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Power Distribution for Downstream Industrial Equipment

September 9, 2013 10:58 am | by Dave Proli, Director of Engineering, Marway Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Proper distribution of power within a facility is vital for continuous operations. Power must be made available throughout the building whether to power desktop computers or more power hungry process automation equipment. However, power distribution downstream at the system level is equally important to assure ...

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The Days of the Meter Reader Are Numbered

September 9, 2013 10:00 am | by Tammy Webber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Are smart meters safe? The radio frequency is lower than that in a cellphone or baby monitor, but there were reports of three smart meters catching fire during a pilot program. The investigation concluded they were caused by ...   

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Inflatable Antennae Could Give CubeSats Greater Reach

September 9, 2013 9:55 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The future of satellite technology is getting small — about the size of a shoebox, to be exact. These so-called “CubeSats,” and other small satellites, are making space exploration cheaper and more accessible: The minuscule probes can be launched into orbit at a fraction of the weight and cost of traditional satellites. But with such small packages come big limitations ...

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Jacobs Engineering to Buy Sinclair Knight for $1.2 Billion

September 9, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To expand its reach, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is buying Australian consulting and engineering firm Sinclair Knight Merz for about 1.3 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion). Jacobs CEO Craig Martin said in a statement Sunday that the two companies ...

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When Cars Talk to Each Other, Everyone is Safer

September 9, 2013 9:49 am | by Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune | News | Comments

When cars talk to each other, everyone on the road is safer. That's the summation of University of Minnesota Duluth professor Imran Hayee after five years of work with his electrical engineering graduate students to create technology that will better inform drivers as they travel in congested areas. They have developed programming that will ...

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First Uses of New Solar Energy Technology

September 9, 2013 9:47 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A revolutionary new solar energy technology that turns water into steam without boiling the entire container of water has become the basis for new devices to sanitize medical and dental instruments and human waste in developing countries. Prototypes of the devices, which need no electricity or fuel, were the topic of ...

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Water-Purification Plant the Size of a Fast-Food Ketchup Packet Saves Lives

September 9, 2013 9:44 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An ambitious partnership among more than 100 organizations and governments led by Procter & Gamble's nonprofit program, Children's Safe Drinking Water, has helped provide more than 6 billion quarts of clean drinking water to families in developing countries, saving an estimated 32,000 lives. And they're just getting started ...

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New 'Artificial Nose' Device Can Speed Diagnosis of Sepsis

September 9, 2013 9:38 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Disease-causing bacteria stink — literally — and the odor released by some of the nastiest microbes has become the basis for a faster and simpler new way to diagnose blood infections and finger the specific microbe. The new test produces ...

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Artificial Lung to Remove Carbon Dioxide – from Smokestacks

September 9, 2013 9:32 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The amazingly efficient lungs of birds and the swim bladders of fish have become the inspiration for a new filtering system to remove carbon dioxide from electric power station smokestacks before the main greenhouse gas can billow into the atmosphere and contribute to global climate change. A report on the new technology ...

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Wireless Network Detects Falls by the Elderly

September 9, 2013 9:24 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah electrical engineers have developed a network of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling. This monitoring technology could be linked to a service that would call emergency help for the elderly without requiring them to wear monitoring devices. For people age 65 and older, falling ...

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Photos of the Day: 10 Hybrids, Concept Cars Generate Auto Show Buzz

September 9, 2013 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited new cars going on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The display includes the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the Audi Sport Quattro concept plug-in hybrid, and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.       

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The Days of Squeezing Suppliers Are Over

September 6, 2013 5:23 pm | by Diane Palmquist, Vice President of Manufacturing Industry Solutions, GT Nexus | Blogs | Comments

High level executives, often at the CFO level, are trying to extend payment terms to increase cash. Longer payables equal more cash on-hand. It sounds like a great concept to some in the organization (mostly in the finance world). Wal-Mart, for example, has popularized the idea of not owning goods until they actually sell them. On the other side ...

Satellite Cameras Saving Endangered Species

September 6, 2013 5:21 pm | by Cambridge Consultants | Cambridge Consultants | Articles | Comments

Product development firm Cambridge Consultants is helping conservationists at the Zoological Society of London – in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service – protect some of the world’s most rare and endangered species. As part of the Instant Wild project, new satellite-connected and motion-triggered cameras are ...

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Small Spindle Drives in Wearproof Ceramic

September 6, 2013 5:13 pm | by PD&D Staff | Maxon Precision Motors | Product Releases | Comments

With the GP8S and GP16S spindle drives, maxon motor is expanding the program and simultaneously launching the ceramic spindle. The GP 16 S with ceramic spindle joins the ranks of the existing 16 series spindle drives. With its unique metric M6 ceramic spindle, it transmits up to 315 N in short-term operation.

TransGuard Automotive Series Varistors

September 6, 2013 5:07 pm | by PD&D Staff | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has added several new high temperature varistors to its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series. Exhibiting excellent current and energy handling capabilities, AVX’s new high temperature TransGuard Automotive Series varistors are available in four working voltages (14, 18, 26, and 48V), four clamping voltages (60, 67, 100, and 150V), and three energy ratings (0.1, 0.4, and 2.0J), and are also rated for 25kV ESD.

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