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Reduced Wiring Costs & Increased System Reliability

September 6, 2013 5:03 pm | by PD&D Staff | Hms Industrial Networks Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HMS Industrial Networks has launched a range of CAN repeaters under the IXXAT brand. These well-proven products enable coupling of two or more CAN network segments, provide them with galvanic isolation, and eliminate the effects of EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).

NASA’s Upcoming Lunar Mission: Testing a Multi-Use Spacecraft Design

September 6, 2013 3:55 pm | by Ruth Dasso Marlaire, NASA Ames Research Center | News | Comments

On Friday, Sept. 6, NASA is scheduled to launch a small satellite mission, called the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), which will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about its atmosphere and the role of dust in the lunar sky. LADEE is the first spacecraft...

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NASA Launching Robotic Explorer to Moon from Va.

September 6, 2013 3:41 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is poised to return to the moon. An unmanned rocket is scheduled to blast off late Friday night (11:27 p.m. EDT) from Virginia's Eastern Shore with a robotic explorer that will study the lunar atmosphere and dust. Called LADEE (LA'-dee), the moon-orbiting craft will measure ...

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NIST Announces Award to Create New Manufacturing Support Center in Maryland

September 6, 2013 3:06 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, has awarded a cooperative agreement to Maryland MEP, Inc., to run a center that will help the state’s small and medium-sized manufacturers ...

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Air Pistols Exploding at High Temps

September 6, 2013 2:34 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

According to the CPSC, the air pistols, manufactured by Taiwan-based WinGun Technology, can explode at high temperatures, propelling the pistol’s broken plastic pieces into the air, and posing a risk of serious ...     

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Using DNA to Assemble a Transistor from Graphene

September 6, 2013 1:36 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

DNA is the blueprint for life. Could it also become the template for making a new generation of computer chips based not on silicon, but on an experimental material known as graphene? That’s the theory behind a process that Stanford chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao reveals in Nature Communications.

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Device to Detect Biodiesel Contamination

September 6, 2013 1:33 pm | by University of Tennessee at Knoxville | News | Comments

In 2010, a Cathay Pacific Airways plane was arriving in Hong Kong when the engine control thrusts seized up and it was forced to make a hard landing—injuring dozens. The potential culprit? Contaminated fuel. The probability of contamination of diesel fuel is increasing as ...

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Made-to-Order Materials

September 6, 2013 1:00 pm | by Kimm Fesenmaier, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The lightweight skeletons of organisms such as sea sponges display a strength that far exceeds that of manmade products constructed from similar materials. Scientists have long suspected that the difference has to do with the hierarchical architecture of the biological materials ...

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Researchers Find New Opportunites for Waste Heat

September 6, 2013 12:54 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Physicists at the University of Houston's physics department and the Texas Center for Superconductivity are working on an innovation that could boost vehicle mileage by 5 percent and power plant and industrial processing performance as much as 10 percent. Their research uses ...

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MakerBot Collaborates on a 3D Printed Dress

September 6, 2013 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

It’s Fashion Week in New York this week, and for MakerBot that means it’s time to unveil a 3D printed fashion item and talk about an exciting new product in the world of filament. The Verlan Dress, designed in the New Skins: Computational Design for Fashion workshop led by designer Francis Bitonti of the famed Dita Dress, and held at the Pratt Institute’s DAHRC, is the first creation to ever ...

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Toyota Technical Center Plans $28M Investment

September 6, 2013 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Toyota Technical Center plans to invest more than $28 million to expand its powertrain operations at two facilities in the Ann Arbor area. The expansion announced Thursday is expected to focus in design, evaluation and ...   

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SpaceShipTwo Makes 2nd Supersonic Test Flight

September 6, 2013 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Galactic has successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing. The craft dubbed SpaceShipTwo reached an altitude of 69,000 feet over California's Mojave Desert early Thursday after it ...

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Growing Thin Films of Germanium

September 6, 2013 11:25 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new technique to produce thin films of germanium crystals — key components for next-generation electronic devices such as advanced large-scale integrated circuits and flexible electronics, which are required for ...

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Runaway Truck Flattens Vehicle, Hits Home

September 6, 2013 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A red vehicle sitting in a Bountiful driveway was flattened Thursday morning after it was hit by a runaway semitrailer carrying 45 tons of sand. Nobody was injured in the crash that happened a little before 7 a.m. Thursday, but ...    

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Indiana Jones Meets George Jetson

September 6, 2013 11:16 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A team of researchers has designed a microplasma source capable of exciting matter in a controlled, efficient way. This miniature device may find use in a wide range of applications in harsh environments, but can also help revolutionize ...

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