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Photos of the Day: NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building

July 24, 2013 10:12 am | by Bob Granath, NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. | News | Comments

When completed in 1965, the VAB was one of the largest buildings in the world with 129,428,000 cubic feet of interior volume. The structure covers eight acres, is 525 feet tall and 518 feet wide. As plans move ahead to outfit the VAB with the new infrastructure, code upgrades and safety improvements, the building will continue in its role as a central hub for the Florida spaceport well into the future. 

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Flood Board to Sue Oil Companies Over Erosion

July 24, 2013 9:56 am | by Kevin McGill & Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Orleans area levee authority says it plans to sue dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies for their alleged roles in the loss of coastal lands that serve as a natural buffer against hurricanes. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's board of commissioners has scheduled a Wednesday news conference about the litigation it plans to file in New Orleans.

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UP Railroad Plans to Restore Massive Steam Engine

July 24, 2013 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Union Pacific says it will try to restore one of the largest steam locomotives ever built to operating condition. The railroad said Tuesday it reached an agreement to acquire a "Big Boy" locomotive from the RailGiants Train Museum at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.

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Magnetic Field Sensors

July 24, 2013 9:26 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The newest member of Balluff‘s magnetic field sensors is the BMF 243 drop-in C-slot sensor. Based on GMR technology these sensors provide improved sensor performance and better reliability that results in less downtime and increased productivity. Like all of the other Balluff magnetic field sensors, the BMF 243 is backed by Balluff’s exclusive lifetime warranty.

Probe Links Lithium Battery to Plane Crash

July 24, 2013 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil aviation investigators in the United Arab Emirates say the crash three years ago of a United Parcel Service plane was caused by a fast-moving fire that began in cargo containing lithium batteries. Similar lithium-type batteries have been the subject of fire-related probes on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The entire 787 fleet was grounded for about three months earlier this year.

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Splash Proof Temperature Data Logger

July 24, 2013 9:11 am | by PD & D Staff | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new OM-CP-RFOT series of splash proof wireless temperature data loggers are used in the meat processing industry. Its rugged design, equipped with a flexible piercing probe allows it to be used in the harshest environments. It is ideal for smoke houses, ovens and other cooking processes.

MicroTCA AMC Carrier for a FPGA Mezzanine Card

July 24, 2013 9:10 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced a new Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) carrier for a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) per VITA-57. The design allows users to utilize the popular FMCs within the AMC format of the MicroTCA architecture.  

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Gas Well Catches Fire After Blowout

July 24, 2013 4:36 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast caught fire late Tuesday, hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from the drilling rig following a mid-morning blowout, a federal agency confirmed. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, told The Associated Press.

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Building Homes That Make More Power Than They Take

July 24, 2013 2:39 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Homes being built in this Hudson Valley cul-de-sac offer prospective buyers wooded lots, pretty views and — oh yes — the promise of thumbing your nose at the power utility. These "zero-net energy" homes will feature thick walls, solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems, meaning families should be able to generate more energy over a year than they consume.

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NASA Creates Spacewalk Mishap Investigation Board

July 23, 2013 5:31 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has appointed a board to investigate the July 16 early termination of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, develop a set of lessons learned from the incident and suggest ways to prevent a similar problem in the future.

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Mouser and Intel Announce Global Distribution Agreement

July 23, 2013 5:22 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics has signed a global agreement with Intel Corporation, creator of the microprocessor. Intel is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of semiconductors and continues to build on its heritage of leadership and innovation.

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FRCSW and Verisurf Collaborate on Portable Metrology Technology

July 23, 2013 5:13 pm | by Verisurf Software | News | Comments

Verisurf Software has announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the US Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW). The intent of the agreement is to jointly develop technologies and processes to increase efficiency of Maintenance Repair and Overall of fleet aviation assets.

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Faulty Sensor Forces Infusion Pump Recall

July 23, 2013 4:00 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

The MedStream Programmable Infusion Pump is an implanted device from Switzerland-based manufacturer Medos International that is designed to deliver a muscle relaxer directly to the spinal fluid to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or damage to the brain or spinal cord.

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Ford Hiring 800 More Salaried Workers in US

July 23, 2013 3:34 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor says it's hiring 800 more engineers, computer specialists and other salaried workers in the U.S. Ford initially planned to hire 2,200 salaried workers this year, but says it will now hire 3,000 as demand for new vehicles grows. 

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Ford, Toyota End Hybrid Trucks Collaboration

July 23, 2013 2:57 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford and Toyota are ending joint research into hybrid systems for trucks and SUVs. The companies said Tuesday that they will each develop the systems independently. Ford and Toyota agreed to the partnership two years ago after the CEOs of both companies met by chance in an airport.

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