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Prototype Generators Emit Much Less Carbon Monoxide

April 18, 2013 1:30 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama (UA) emitted significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide (CO) exhaust, according to the results of tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


Ultra-Fast High Resolution Imaging in Real Time

April 18, 2013 1:26 pm | by Rebecca Scott, The University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Ultrafast high-resolution imaging in real time could be a reality with a new research discovery led by the University of Melbourne. In work published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre for Excellence in Coherent Xray Science have demonstrated that ultra short durations of electron bunches generated from laser-cooled atoms can be both very cold and ultra-fast.


Have Two Arms, Will Work

April 18, 2013 1:18 pm | by DARPA | Videos | Comments

DARPA's Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program is developing software, hardware, and sensors to enable robots to semi-autonomously grasp and manipulate objects in unstructured environments (meaning, "outside of a laboratory") with human operators providing only task-level instructions.


Power Slide Switches

April 18, 2013 12:57 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

CW Industries (Southampton, PA) has developed a line of fully enclosed, heavy duty power slide switches. Used in many consumer and industrial applications such as power tools, vacuums and appliances, both series are ROHS compliant and UL ,CSA and VDE listed.

Overmolded Medical Devices

April 18, 2013 12:54 pm | by PD&D Staff | Minnesota Rubber And Qmr Plastics | Product Releases | Comments

Overmolded medical devices from Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) have improved function, design, and aesthetics of medical products. Using proprietary overmolding processes and selecting from a broad range of unique Silicone formulations, an ideal customized design solution provides improved functionality and performance.


MPU-400F Series

April 18, 2013 12:48 pm | by PD&D Staff | Micropower Direct | Product Releases | Comments

The MPU-400F series, available from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), provides 400 W of output power in a very compact package. The MPU-400F series is an ideal solution for a wide variety of industrial power applications requiring high power density, robust performance, and economy.

Tuning in: Twitter Launches Music Feature

April 18, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter has launched a service for people to find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. Twitter said in a blog post that an app will be available for download from Apple's online store Thursday. A Web version is also expected Thursday. Twitter said the service will...

Additional Options for Toolchain Connectivity with MapleSim

April 18, 2013 11:35 am | by Maplesoft | Maplesoft | News | Comments

Maplesoft has announced a new release of MapleSim, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform. With improved performance, more tools for programmatic analysis and model development, and expanded  connectivity options, MapleSim 6.1 helps engineers meet and exceed their system-level requirements.


Improved Motion & Efficiency in Motor Control Designs with TI’s InstaSPIN-MOTION Technology

April 18, 2013 11:12 am | by Texas Instruments Incorporated | Texas Instruments, Inc. | News | Comments

At long last, system designers have been liberated from limited operating ranges and time-consuming tuning processes with the new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control solution from Texas Instruments Incorporated.


MakrShakr Robotic Bar

April 18, 2013 10:31 am | by Makr Shakr | Videos | Comments

Makr Shakr is a robotic bar, able to prepare approximately one googol drink combinations based on crowd input. The digital design system can also monitor the individual's alcohol consumption, promoting responsible drinking. Makr Shakr aims to show the "Third Industrial Revolution" paradigm through the simple process design-make-enjoy, and in just the time needed to prepare a new cocktail.


Need to Repair a NASA Spacecraft? Just 3D Print It

April 18, 2013 10:22 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Engineers at NASA Ames Research Center have begun experimenting with 3D printers for some spacecraft design. CNET's Sumi Das visits one of its newly open workshops -- filled with state of the art equipment.


Curiosity Rover Report

April 18, 2013 10:07 am | by Mars Science Laboratory | Videos | Comments

NASA's Curiosity finds that the Red Planet doesn't have the same atmosphere it used to, in this episode of the Curiosity Rover Report.    


Engineering Newswire 34: Designing a Demonic Child

April 18, 2013 9:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re writing with fire, practicing with the Webb telescope, and writing emails with a guitar.               


Israel's Olmert Begins Tech Venture

April 18, 2013 9:43 am | by Aron Heller - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert joined forces Thursday with a leading Kazakh industrialist and an Israeli entrepreneur to launch a new high-tech venture. In an interview with The Associated Press, Olmert said he will serve as chairman of the advisory board of "Genesis Angels" — a...


Teardown: JVC Camcorder

April 18, 2013 9:38 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

In this week’s EEVblog teardown, inside a  JVC consumer camcorder. Hosted by David L. Jones, an electronics design engineer based in Sydney Australia.



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