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Bonding Materials with Ultrasound

July 26, 2013 11:26 am | by Cynthia Lee, McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new way to join materials together using ultrasound. Ultrasound – sound so high it cannot be heard – is normally used to smash particles apart in water.          


Improved Nuclear Fuel-Rod Cladding Might Prevent Future Fukushimas

July 26, 2013 11:24 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

In the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was initially driven into shutdown by the magnitude 9.0 quake; its emergency generators then failed because they were inundated by the tsunami. But the greatest damage to the complex, and the greatest release of radiation, may have been caused by explosions of hydrogen gas that built up inside some of the reactors.


High-Performance16th Brick DC-DC Converter Family

July 26, 2013 11:09 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits has introduced new members of its “Cool Power” product family. These open frame modules provide up to 50 Watts of output power @ 55C & 200lfm of airflow – ideal for distributed power architecture applications or as a fully regulated intermediate bus converter.


An Unprecedented Close-Up Look at the Sun

July 26, 2013 11:02 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is getting an unprecedented close-up look at the sun, thanks to a new telescope. NASA's IRIS spacecraft, launched just a month ago, already is providing detailed pictures of the sun. The telescope's door opened last week, and it began observing the lower solar atmospheres in never-before-seen detail.


Home Depot Recalls Fan Heaters Due to Melting Risk

July 26, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Home Depot Inc. is recalling around 107,000 fan heaters because the fan's plastic housing can melt, deform, and catch fire during use. The company is recalling Soleil portable fan heaters with the model number LH-707. The CPSC says Home Depot has received reports of 464 fans melting, but no injuries or property damage have been reported.


IndyCar Going to Twin Turbochargers in 2014

July 26, 2013 10:51 am | by Michael Marot, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The IndyCar Series could be getting more parity next season. On Thursday, series officials announced they would require all engines used in 2014 to be powered by twin turbochargers. Chevrolet has been running with twin turbos since returning to competition in 2012. Honda, the series' sole engine producer from 2006-11, has been using a single turbocharger.


Gold Nanoparticles in Electronic Devices

July 26, 2013 10:38 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The mineral molybdenum disulfide, which, when solid, behaves in many ways like grease, has semiconducting properties that make it a promising alternative to silicon or graphene in electronic devices. It also strongly absorbs visible light, and so it has been widely employed in light-sensing photodetectors.


Probe of Deadly Derailment Focuses on Train Speed

July 26, 2013 10:25 am | by Yesica Fisch, Associated Press | News | Comments

By all accounts, the train was going way too fast as it curled around a gentle bend. Then in an instant, one car tumbled off the track, followed by the rest of the locomotive, which seemed to come apart like a zipper being pulled. The derailment sent pieces of the sleek train plowing across the ground in a ghastly jumble of smashed metal, dirt and smoke.


Photos of the Day: Structural Testing at NASA

July 26, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA Dryden Flight Loads engineer William Lokos monitors a wing loading test of NASA G-III 804 during recent testing in support of the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge, or ACTE, project. In the ACTE experiment, both of the G-III’s conventional 19-foot-long aluminum flaps will be replaced with advanced, shape-changing flaps that form continuous bendable surfaces made using composite materials with a patented design by FlexSys, Inc.


Innovative Aerodynamics Test Bed Undergoes Stress Tests

July 26, 2013 10:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s G-III Research Test Bed aircraft No. 804 recently underwent structural testing in NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory. The experimental project currently under way with the aircraft is the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flight experiment, or ACTE, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.


Europe's Largest Telecommunications Satellite Launched

July 26, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arianespace has launched Europe's largest telecommunications satellite ever as well as a meteorological spacecraft for India from the South American country of French Guiana. The European space consortium says the Alphasat satellite will provide voice and data transmission services for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


Wiring Damage on Boeing 787 Locator Beacons

July 26, 2013 7:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways has found damage to wiring on two Boeing 787 locator beacons, a device suspected as the cause of a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines 787. ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said Friday that Boeing, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and Japanese regulators had ordered checks of the beacons.


Top 5 Design Tools of the Week 7/26

July 25, 2013 5:06 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Nvidia, Enocean Inc., Texas Instruments, Inc., Wago Corporation | Articles | Comments

A developer kit for energy harvesting wireless, an evaluation platform, and a new GPU for tackling the most complex visual computing problems on this week’s Top 5 Design Tools.                                


Getting to How: From the Vision to Sales

July 25, 2013 4:42 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

I think it is easy to develop a vision or mission. But the big question is how do you get from the vision to actual sales growth? Many articles on the wonders of vision statements imply that if a manufacturer writes a good vision statement that some how it will get implemented (the rain dance myth). In my experience, visions and goals never get realized unless someone develops a plan.


SuperSpeed Certified USB3 Controller Hubs

July 25, 2013 4:26 pm | by PD&D Staff | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced its third-generation USB3 Controller Hubs (UCH3s). This UCH3 family includes a seven-port hybrid version with a certified four-port USB3 hub and three additional USB2 lanes. The remaining three family members feature two-, three- and four-port USB3 hubs.



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