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Germanium Made Compatible

April 22, 2013 1:30 pm | by Maja Schaffner, ETH | News | Comments

Researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Politecnico di Milano have jointly developed a manufacturing technique to render the semiconductor germanium laser-compatible through high tensile strain. In their paper recently published in Nature Photonics, they reveal how they can generate the necessary tensile strain efficiently.

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Measuring Near-Field Behavior of Semiconductor Plasmonic Microparticles

April 22, 2013 1:23 pm | by William King, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Recent progress in the engineering of plasmonic structures has enabled new kinds of nanometer-scale optoelectronic devices as well as high-resolution optical sensing. But until now, there has been a lack of tools for measuring nanometer-scale behavior in plasmonic structures which are needed to understand device performance and to confirm theoretical models.

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Former Google CEO Shares Vision In Tech Treatise

April 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop, and communicate. Until now, though, there hasn't been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google's brain trust.

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Earth Day Walk Touts Coal-To-Solar Efforts In NV

April 22, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Moapa Band of Paiutes tribe members led a 16-mile Earth Day weekend walk to put the spotlight on plans to close a coal-fired power plant and build a solar energy plant in southern Nevada. Activists and faith leaders joined the "Coal to Clean Energy" walk Saturday from NV Energy's Reid Gardner generation station to a planned 350-megawatt solar project on the Moapa Paiute Reservation.

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5 Reasons to Customize a Power Distribution Center

April 22, 2013 1:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Custom power distribution centers provide measurable economies of scale that instantly benefit any facility or situation. The innovative AMAXX enclosure system by MENNEKES offers an affordable solution for configurable power distribution to customize your application quickly and easily.

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Throw the Pilot Out

April 22, 2013 12:57 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

When we propose the institution of a new program or change, a common directive is to try it out with a pilot.  Don’t. 

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HotSpot Episode 9: Google Glass Tech Specs Released

April 22, 2013 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Google has released the tech specs for its upcoming smart specs, smack sensors that make different drum sounds when tapped to keep you amused in traffic, a new Internet of Things-friendly microcontroller designed to get home-brew electronics projects talking to the Internet and each other, and HP has recently joined the gesture control party.

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Pinball Matrixing

April 22, 2013 11:27 am | by The Ben Heck Show | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Ben Heck Show, Ben gives an overview of what it takes to build a pinball game and goes into detail on the electronic aspects on his Ghost Squad pinball game.           

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Domed Labels Recover from Scratches

April 22, 2013 11:20 am | by PD&D Staff | Nameplates For Industry, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Custom domed labels that create a high-value aesthetic appearance and are made from urethane which is virtually scratch- and dent-resistant have been introduced by Nameplates For Industry (New Bedford, MA). Suitable for branding and identifying products and equipment, domed labels can be produced in custom shapes with bright colors, images, and metallic inks.

High-Current and High-Energy Handling

April 22, 2013 11:12 am | by PD&D Staff | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) through its strategic alliance with KEKO Varicon has announced the AVL Series of radial leaded automotive varistors that are designed to protect automotive level electrical systems from transient voltage events.

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Ball Lock Pins

April 22, 2013 11:08 am | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

  J.W. Winco (New Berlin, WI) has announced it now offers GN 113.8 heavy duty ball lock pins with plastic T-handle, in metric sizes. These ball lock pins are used for rapid connecting and securing of components or work pieces. A typical application is locating pins that have to be regularly moved in and out of position.

Beleaguered Caregivers Getting Help from Apps

April 22, 2013 10:02 am | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

As her mother and father edged toward dementia, Nancy D'Auria kept a piece of paper in her wallet listing their medications. It had the dosages, the time of day each should be taken and a check mark when her folks. Now she has an app for that. With a tap or two on her iPhone, D'Auria can access a "pillbox" program that keeps it all organized for her and other relatives who share in the caregiving and subscribe to the app.

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Photos of the Day: 3D Printing Bicycle Hubs

April 22, 2013 9:37 am | by Chris Hardee, a science and technology writer based in New Hampshire | News | Comments

Kappius Components uses laser sintering for trailblazing bike hub/drive assembly. The Kappius rear hub is a groundbreaking lightweight, durable, oversized design. Its carbon-fiber housing, which interfaces with a commercially available gear cassette, contains a drivetrain assembly comprised of three components including an inner pawl ring, a toothed drive ring, and pawls.

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Should Engineers Be Licensed?

April 22, 2013 9:17 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Not long after I chose electrical engineering as a major in college, someone asked me if I was planning to take the EIT exam. What was that? It stands for “engineer in training” and it is the customary first step in obtaining a Professional Engineer (PE) license. 

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IAEA: Japan Nuke Cleanup May Take More Than 40 Yrs

April 22, 2013 7:27 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.N. nuclear watchdog team said Japan may need longer than the projected 40 years to decommission its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant and urged its operator to improve plant stability. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team, Juan Carlos Lentijo, said Monday that damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is so complex that it is "impossible" to predict how long the cleanup may last.

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