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Futuristic Furniture Moves Around, Autonomously Changes Shape

May 26, 2014 5:40 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

EPFL scientists from the Biorobotics Laboratory have developed small robotic modules that can change their shape to create reconfigurable furniture. "Eventually, all you'll need to do is program the layout of a bedroom or a  conference room, then let ...

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Sharp Rise in West Coast Oil Trains, Fears Abound

May 26, 2014 3:32 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long. The increasing numbers of trains, each...

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India's Oldest Car Factory Shelves Elite Sedan

May 26, 2014 8:17 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's oldest car factory has abruptly suspended production of the hulking Ambassador sedan that has a nearly seven-decade history as the car of the Indian elite. It was unclear how long manufacturing will be on hold, but Kolkata-based Hindustan Motors said ...

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Price-Fixing Probe Rattles Industry

May 25, 2014 8:18 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet. The investigation, made public four years ago with FBI raids in ...

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Contracting Official's New Job Raises Questions

May 23, 2014 6:23 pm | by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and a watchdog group are questioning whether a former senior Air Force contracting official acted inappropriately by taking an executive position with a private contractor just months after awarding a multibillion-dollar rocket-launch contract that greatly benefits his new...

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Workers in Tech Case Likely to Get Average of $4K

May 23, 2014 5:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to ... 

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3 Design Fails Cause Fires, Falls & Alarms

May 23, 2014 1:26 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls: fire alarms fail to alert, loose lamp sockets are sparking, and weak welds for Office Depot ...                     

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GE to Delay Alstom Deal Vote

May 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric has agreed to give Alstom three additional weeks to consider GE's $17 billion offer for the French engineering company's energy-related operations. GE said in a statement that it would put off the deadline for ...   

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Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years. The French auto supplier is spending ...         

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Feds Probe Incident Involving Close-Flying Planes

May 23, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are investigating an incident in which two United Airlines planes may have flown too near to each other over Houston. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the two jets came within less than a ...

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No bigger than a Soda Can, Small-Scale Incubator Examines Cells

May 23, 2014 11:00 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Biologists and doctors rely heavily on incubators and microscopes. Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT has come up with a novel solution that combines the functions of both these tools in a compact and extremely ...

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High Current, Smart Motor Controller

May 23, 2014 10:54 am | by PD&D Staff | Roboteq Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq has introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 120 A each. The XDC2230 is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles, warehouse automation systems or any ...

Elsys' New High Resolution PCIe Cards

May 23, 2014 10:51 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elsys Instruments has expanded its family of LAN controlled transient recorders with a new, cost-effective series of high resolution PCIe data acquisition cards. The new TPCE-LE PCIe data acquisition waveform digitizing products ...

Ultra-Low-Power 2.4-GHz Wireless USB NX Transceiver

May 23, 2014 10:46 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced its fourth-generation 2.4-GHz Wireless USB radio-on-a-chip. The solution enables three years of battery life for wireless mice, keyboards, trackpads, remote controls and other Human Interface Devices ...

A New Way to Make Sheets of Graphene

May 23, 2014 10:35 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Graphene's promise as a material for new kinds of electronic devices, among other uses, has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the biggest limitations to wider use of the ...  

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