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Manufacturer to Make Fuel from Crayola Castoffs

August 2, 2013 2:18 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

All those markers being bought up for the new school year will eventually run dry, but that doesn't have to be the end of their usefulness. Niagara Falls manufacturer JBI Inc. this week announced an agreement with Crayola to take in castoffs from schools and the crayon-maker and convert them to fuel.

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'Made in U.S.A.' Means Customized Google Phones

August 1, 2013 4:39 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With its first smartphone designed completely in-house, Google is demonstrating one of the benefits of moving production from Asia to the U.S.: It's letting buyers customize phones to give them their own style. Workers at the factory in Fort Worth, Texas, assemble the custom phone and Google ships it to the buyer's door within five days.

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Space Launch System Answers to the Acronym

August 1, 2013 4:28 pm | by Kim Henry, Marshall Space Flight Center | News | Comments

So, what exactly is PDR when you're talking about building the world's most powerful rocket? And why is it important to the future of space missions? It's a lot more complex than its abbreviated moniker suggests.      

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Infographic: A Visual History of the Technology Enabling the Digital Age

August 1, 2013 4:23 pm | by KLA-Tencor | News | Comments

  Surfscan unpatterned wafer inspection identifies defects and surface quality issues affecting chip performance, enabling the creation of next-generation semiconductor devices. Supports IC, OEM, and substrate manufacturers for leading-edge design nodes.

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Damaged Geismar Plant Could Restart in April

August 1, 2013 4:12 pm | by David Mitchell, The Advocate | News | Comments

The plant has been shut down since an equipment failure led to the explosion near a propylene fractionator, which prompted ongoing probes by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The burned fractionator, part of which was ripped open, refines propylene for products such as consumer plastics.

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High-Speed Rail Seeks to Reassure on Safety

August 1, 2013 3:56 pm | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California high-speed rail officials sought Thursday to reassure the public about safety in the wake of deadly European train crashes this summer. An eight-car train that crashed in northern Spain last week, killing 79 passengers, was not operating on a system like the one planned for California, and it was not part of the country's high-speed rail network.

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'Sinistro' Imager Captures First Light

August 1, 2013 3:45 pm | by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope | News | Comments

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope, with first lights at nine new 1-meter telescopes since April of 2012, achieved another critical milestone by capturing the first on-sky image with a production Sinistro camera. In development for over six years, the camera is arguably more important than the telescopes that will use them.

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Top 5 Design Tools of the Week 8/2

August 1, 2013 3:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Avnet, Mouser Electronics, Yaskawa Electric America-Drives Div. | Articles | Comments

An evaluation kit for exploration and prototyping, a CAD software with a range of new functionality for converting product designs into tooling designs, and a low-power vision and video processing solution, on this week’s Top 5.        

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A400M Military Transport Plane from Airbus

August 1, 2013 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus says the A400M, which uses the largest turboprop engines ever fitted to a Western aircraft, will be able to carry twice the load of another competitor, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, and that its fuel-efficient power plants will make it cheaper to operate than the jet-powered C-17.

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Light that Moves & Molds Gels

August 1, 2013 2:26 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Some animals—like the octopus and cuttlefish—transform their shape based on environment, fending off attackers or threats in the wild. For decades, researchers have worked toward mimicking similar biological responses in non-living organisms, as it would have significant implications in the medical arena. 

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14,000 Photovoltaic Panels at Cuba's First Solar Farm

August 1, 2013 2:14 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's like a vision of the space age, carved out of the jungle: Thousands of glassy panels surrounded by a lush canopy of green stretch as far as the eye can see, reflecting the few clouds that dot the sky on a scorching Caribbean morning.

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ASIC Based Current Transducers

August 1, 2013 1:48 pm | by Erik Lange, Marketing & Applications Engineer, LEM USA, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Current measurement is a standard requirement in power electronics applications. Many of these applications have a DC component to the current and/or require Galvanic isolation. This drives the measurement device to a current transducer as opposed to a current transformer. 

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$1.4 Billion Propeller Aircraft Order

August 1, 2013 1:35 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Newly reorganized Beechcraft said Thursday it's received a nearly $1.4 billion order — believed to be the largest propeller aircraft order by value in general aviation history. The Wichita-based plane maker won a contract to build up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued at $788 million, from Wheels Up, a New York City-based private aviation membership company.

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Self-Clinching Faster Solutions

August 1, 2013 1:32 pm | by PD&D Staff | Pennengineering | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Types PF50 and PF60 self-clinching captive panel screws keep hardware parts count to a minimum by integrating a captive screw in a spring-loaded assembly to promote easy and efficient handling and installation. Their permanent mounting in thin metal assemblies additionally eliminates any risks associated with loose hardware that could fall out, get lost, or misplaced and potentially cause damage to internal components.

Google-Funded Sea Research Vessel Sets Sail

August 1, 2013 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive is setting sail from San Francisco to study a so-called "dead zone" in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea. The ship carries an unmanned submarine that will travel deep into the ocean ...

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