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Ex-BP Engineer Responds to Feds' 'Farcical' Claims

April 11, 2013 1:40 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says federal prosecutors have tacked on "farcical" allegations that he also deleted dozens of voicemails. 

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OUSBT66 Cell Density Sensor

April 11, 2013 1:36 pm | by PD&D Staff | Endress & Hauser, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Endress+Hauser has introduced the OUSBT66 sensor for cell density measurement. The OUSBT66 is a non-intrusive, hygienic sensor that is ideal for real time, in-situ cell production optimization in life science processes, fermentation biomass measurement, and algae growth monitoring for biofuel production.

Innovative Self-Cooling, Thermoelectric System Developed

April 11, 2013 1:20 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

Researchers at the UPNA/NUP-Public University of Navarre have produced a prototype of a self-cooling thermoelectric device that achieves “free” cooling of over 30ºC in devices that give off heat. It is a piece of equipment that acts as a traditional cooler but which consumes no electricity because it obtains the energy it needs to function from the very heat that has to be dissipated.

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Ex-BP Engineer Responds to Feds' "Farcical" Claims

April 11, 2013 1:17 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says federal prosecutors have tacked on "farcical" allegations that he also deleted dozens of voicemails. 

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Diamond as a Building Material for Optical Circuits

April 11, 2013 1:15 pm | by Monika Landgraf, KIT | News | Comments

The application of light for information processing opens up a multitude of possibilities. However, to be able to adequately use photons in circuits and sensors, materials need to have particular optical and mechanical properties. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now for the first time used polycrystalline diamond to manufacture optical circuits. 

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New Therapy Device Enables Stroke Victims to Recover Further

April 11, 2013 1:09 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Patients whose progress plateaued after undergoing conventional treatment showed new peaks in recovery under new system. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a new stroke rehabilitation device which greatly improves recovery in stroke patients.

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Protecting U.S. Forces by Simulating Hostile Unmanned Aircraft

April 11, 2013 12:57 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Today, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a rapidly growing part of military operations, and forces that aren’t prepared to deal with them are vulnerable. To protect its ground forces, the United States military must be prepared to counter the surveillance technologies aboard hostile unmanned aircraft.

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A Mini Robot - Powered by Your Phone

April 11, 2013 12:02 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Your smartphone may feel like a friend - but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.

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EtherCAT Box

April 11, 2013 11:43 am | by PD&D Staff | Beckhoff Automation Llc | Product Releases | Comments

In order to provide durable energy management solutions that can withstand harsh industrial environments outside of electrical cabinets, Beckhoff Automation (Burnsvill, MN) has introduced the new EP9214 power distributor box.

RF Test Tool with High-End Specs

April 11, 2013 11:39 am | by PD&D Staff | Saelig Co. Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company (Fairport, NY) has introduced the GA4063 Spectrum Analyzer, an advanced, high specification instrument for evaluating signals from 9kHz to 3GHz. The GA4063 is suited to electronics manufacturing, maintenance, RF education, and R&D situations. Included with the unit are a user guide, programming manual for automating operations, and an accessory kit.

Element Current Sense Resistors

April 11, 2013 11:36 am | by PD&D Staff | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

  Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) has announced the BR Series, a current sense resistor series offering power ratings up to 5 W with low PCB temperatures. The BR Series elevates the resistive element off of the board for maximum cooling into the ambient air and minimizing the amount of heat that must be dealt with at the board level.

Avago Tech to Buy CyOptics for $400 million

April 11, 2013 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Avago Technologies Ltd., which makes chips for iPhones and other mobile devices, said Thursday that it reached a deal to buy CyOptics Inc. for about $400 million in cash. CyOptics, based in Breinigsville, Pa., produces indium phosphide optical chip and component technologies for the data...

The Teardown: A Multi-Channel Photon Counter

April 11, 2013 9:42 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

Dave unboxes a random bit of gear from ebay. On this week's teardown, EEVblog goes inside the Stanford Research SR430 Multi Channel Scaler Photon Counter.                            

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Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 9:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. To help test the durability of hazmat suits, Boston Dynamics has unveiled its PETMAN (or Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin) robot, which can perform rigorous tests like running, jumping, crawling, crouching, and crawling.

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Toilet App Brings Relief to Those Caught Short in Shanghai

April 11, 2013 9:34 am | by Thompson Reuters | Videos | Comments

Technology is bringing relief to smartphone users who need to answer the call of nature in Shanghai, a bustling city of 23 million. Despite being a tourist magnet, Shanghai is lacking in public toilet facilities, although a new app designed by a local company is now addressing the occasionally urgent problem. Elly Park reports.

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