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Wind Project Economic Details Unveiled

December 4, 2013 1:43 pm | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 12-megawatt offshore wind project being proposed off the coast of Maine is expected to create at least 340 full and part-time jobs and pump millions of dollars into the state's economy, but will come at a cost to utility customers, according to details released by ...

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Company Recalls 764K Vehicles Over Transmission, Sensor Trouble

December 4, 2013 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 764,053 minivehicles due to possible damage to a gear shaft in a continuously variable transmission and faulty engine sensors. The nine models subject to the recall include ...

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Alabama Faces Deadline for Boeing Proposal

December 4, 2013 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama faces a Dec. 10 deadline to respond to Boeing Co., which is seeking proposals from several states hoping to land an aircraft assembly plant. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has said the community is among several cities being considered for ...

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10 Times More Throughput on Optic Fibers

December 4, 2013 1:24 pm | by Luc Thévenaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Optical fibers carry data in the form of pulses of light over distances of thousands of miles at amazing speeds. They are one of the glories of modern telecommunications technology. However, their capacity is limited, because ...   

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Quieting Rail Transit

December 4, 2013 1:20 pm | by Jennifer Lauren Lee, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Vibration absorbers are devices used to damp vibration in everything from engines to buildings. When attached to the wheels or the tracks of rail transit systems, they may reduce the noise from trains, bringing more peace and quiet to passengers and those ...

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Laser Communication Mission Targets 2017 Launch

December 4, 2013 1:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s next laser communication mission recently passed a Preliminary Design Review, another major milestone towards the launch of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration scheduled for 2017. The PDR is a major agency evaluation milestone of the engineering plan to ...

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50 m of Optical Fiber Shrunk to the Size of Microchips

December 4, 2013 1:14 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Long coils of optical waveguides—any structure that can guide light, like conventional optical fiber—can be used to create a time delay in the transmission of light. Although optical fiber has extremely low signal loss, an advantage that enables the backbone of the global Internet, it is limited in ...

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A Leap Forward in X-Ray Technology

December 4, 2013 1:09 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

X-rays transformed medicine a century ago by providing a noninvasive way to detect internal structures in the body. Still, they have limitations: X-rays cannot image the body’s soft tissues, except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that ...

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Harvard Bioscience Cutting 13 Percent of Jobs

December 4, 2013 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical instruments maker Harvard Bioscience said Wednesday that it will eliminate about 50 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, to save money and plans to reinvest some of the savings in expanding its business in China. The company will...

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Woman Fights Ticket for Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 10:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass. The device known as Google Glass, not yet widely available to the public, features ...   

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Tesla Rises as Probe Finds No Defects

December 4, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla shares surged Tuesday after the company disclosed that a German investigation into recent fires involving its Model S sedan found no manufacturer-related defects. The electric car maker said late Monday that German regulators notified the company that they were ...

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Engineers Don’t Use Facebook

December 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When engineers reveal themselves on social media outlets, some say that they run the risk of being bombarded by requests and awkward conversations by young engineers looking for answers for college papers, recommendations, and even...  

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Feds Blast Railroad After Fatal Derailment

December 4, 2013 9:44 am | by Jennifer Peltz & Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before suddenly realizing something was wrong and hitting the brakes...   

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Photos of the Day: Attempting to Store Fukushima Water

December 4, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the contaminated water crisis at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday, Dec. 3, that current plans are not enough to ...          

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Broadband in Schools Gets Boost from Tech Gurus

December 4, 2013 6:04 am | by Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's goal is to have 99 percent of students connected to superfast Internet within five years. The Federal Communications Commission is weighing changes to a program to increase connectivity in schools. Nearly every school has Internet access, but...

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