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Nissan Recalls Over 256,000 Minivans Over Potential Winter Stalling

October 31, 2013 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor said Thursday it will recall 256,519 minivans in Japan produced between November 2010 and this August due to a risk of the engine stalling in cold conditions. The affected Serena and Suzuki Motor Corp.-branded Landy minivans ...

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HotSpot: Smart Knockers Give Breast Implants a Brain

October 31, 2013 9:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a stand-alone smart sensor label; smart breast implants that make medical care easier; Google's browser extension, uPoxy, provides more secure routes to the Internet; and i-Air touch technology ...   

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Shinry & Cree Raise the Bar for State-of-the-Art Electric Vehicle Power Converters

October 31, 2013 9:14 am | by Cree | Cree, Inc. | News | Comments

Cree has announced that Shinry Technologies, a premier high-tech enterprise focused on energy efficient applications in transportation and lighting, employed Cree’s 1200V C2M family of SiC MOSFETs in its new, high-efficiency, hybrid electric ...

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Wind Energy Research Focuses on Turbine Arrangement, Wind Seasonality

October 31, 2013 9:10 am | by Teresa Messmore | News | Comments

Research into the best ways to arrange wind turbines has produced staggering results — quite literally. The University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer and her Atmosphere and Energy Research Group found that staggering and spacing out ...  

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Breakthrough Research Produces Brighter, More Efficiently Produced Lighting

October 31, 2013 9:05 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

By determining simple guidelines, researchers at UC Santa Barbara's Solid State Lighting & Energy Center have made it possible to optimize phosphors –– a key component in white LED lighting –– allowing for brighter, more efficient ...

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U.S. Energy Chief Offers Japan Aid with Nuke Cleanup

October 31, 2013 6:16 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he expects deepening cooperation with Japan over the high-stakes cleaning up and decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The Fukushima plant has had a series of mishaps in recent ...

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Boeing to Scatter 777 Design Work to Several Sites

October 30, 2013 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing says much of the design work for a major overhaul of its 777 will be done outside of its main commercial airplane base in the Seattle area. The plan laid out in a memo to Boeing workers on Wednesday confirms suspicions that ...  

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Lenovo Hires Ashton Kutcher as Product Engineer

October 30, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-maker Lenovo has hired tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher to help design and pitch its latest line of tablets, dubbing the Hollywood star a "product engineer" who can bring his ideas along with his image. It's the latest tech foray for the ...

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Joystick Advances Independent Voting

October 30, 2013 1:43 pm | by Andy Henion, Michigan State University | News | Comments

A voting joystick created at Michigan State University could eventually enable people with dexterity impairments, senior citizens and others to exercise their right to cast ballots independently. On Nov. 5, many will vote absentee – or skip voting altogether – because of ...

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Improving Light and Heat Spectra Measurements

October 30, 2013 1:37 pm | by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) | News | Comments

Whether you want to investigate objects in space, characterize the quality of light sources, optimize photovoltaics modules or analyze chemical compounds, measuring the spectrum of light- or heat sources is often the method of choice. Conventional procedures thereby ...

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Bionic Hand Designed and 3D Printed in Bedroom

October 30, 2013 1:33 pm | by BBC | Videos | Comments

A young engineer based near Bristol has designed and built a prototype bionic hand in his bedroom. Roboticist Joel Gibbard, 23, developed the prosthetic using parts made on ...            

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Design at Home in its Community

October 30, 2013 1:17 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy ...

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Life in the 'Digital Now'

October 30, 2013 1:13 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we ... 

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Recycling Valuable Materials Used in TVs, Car Batteries, Cell Phones

October 30, 2013 12:33 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many of today's technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen televisions, rely on materials known as rare earth elements (REEs) that are in short supply, but researchers are reporting development of a new method to recycle them from ...

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A Crash-Happy Flying Robot Takes Flight

October 30, 2013 12:26 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Gimball bumps into and ricochets off of obstacles, rather than avoiding them. This 34 centimeter in diameter spherical flying robot buzzes around the most unpredictable, chaotic environments, without the need for fragile detection sensors. This resiliency to injury, inspired by insects, is ...

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