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Siemens Receives $400M Order for Advanced Power Plant in the USA

August 22, 2013 10:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Siemens has received an order from the U.S. for the delivery of two power plant blocks for the Liberty combined cycle power plant in Pennsylvania. Siemens will deliver two H-class gas turbines, two steam turbines, two generators, two heat recovery steam generators as well as the electrical equipment and the control system.

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First Laser-Like X-Ray Light from a Solid

August 22, 2013 9:55 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron | News | Comments

Researchers have for the first time created an X-ray laser based on a solid. The method developed at DESY's free-electron laser FLASH opens up new avenues of investigation in materials research. Unlike laser diodes in home DVD players, it has thus far not been possible to build X-ray lasers as compact devices based on a solid. For one thing, the energy needed to excite the laser medium is too high.

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Using Corn Stalks for Better Biofuels

August 22, 2013 9:43 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Using a community of fungus and genetically modified E. coli, a Michigan Engineering professor has developed a way to turn corn stalks and leaves into biofuel. The process breaks down waste plant materials into a sugar, which is then turned into isobutanol.

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Google's Startup Brings Sightseeing App to Glass

August 22, 2013 9:36 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass, a spectacle-like computing device drawing lots of attention, can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company. The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs.

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New App Sees the World Through Google Glasses

August 22, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Once given permission, Field Trip tracks a user's whereabouts so it can automatically deliver alerts and informational snapshots about nearby historical landmarks, tourist attractions, restaurants, and other local merchants in neighborhoods all over the world. The descriptions of locations flagged by Field Trip are pulled from more than 130 online sources.

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Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 9:19 am | by Mari Yamaguchi - Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated water from storage tanks. The plant operator has built hundreds of steel tanks to store massive amounts of radioactive water coming from three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor and turbine basements.

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Railroads Seek to Install Cameras to Watch Crews

August 21, 2013 5:45 pm | by Josh Funk - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

At least two major U.S. freight railroads are seeking to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use. Union Pacific asked a federal judge this week to declare it has the authority to install the cameras under the railroad's existing labor agreements.

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A Dose of Datapoints: Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop'

August 21, 2013 5:20 pm | by Mark Bünger, Lux Research Director | Blogs | Comments

Technology billionaire Elon Musk has revealed his ideas for "hyperloop," a speculative new mode of high-speed transportation. While it’s easy to get overly excited or overly skeptical about the concept, a dose of datapoints is useful.   

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ABB Robotics - SVIA Machine Tending System Installed at Atlas Copco

August 21, 2013 4:44 pm | by ABB Robotics | News | Comments

ABB Robotics and SVIA, LLC Industrial Automation announce that the first machine tending cell in the United States featuring SVIA’s PickVision Smart Camera vision system and an ABB robot was installed at the Atlas Copco facility in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 19, 2013.

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DfR Solutions & Dassault Systèmes Announce Strategic Alliance

August 21, 2013 4:24 pm | by DfR Solutions | Dassault Systems Of America | News | Comments

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software will integrate with Abaqus Finite Element Analysis from Dassault Systèmes realistic simulation application (SIMULIA) to create an unparalleled tool empowering electronics manufacturers to develop better, more reliable products while reducing product development time and cost.

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Dry Anaerobic Digester Turns Organic Waste into Electricity

August 21, 2013 11:53 am | by Central Concrete Supply | News | Comments

Central Concrete Supply, a U.S. Concrete company, along with Jos. J. Albanese has announced that they developed several innovative concrete solutions to address the aggressive specifications required by the Zero Waste Energy Development Facility currently under construction in San Jose, California.

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3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum?

August 21, 2013 11:46 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Tech | News | Comments

One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them. Dye-sensitized solar cells are thin, flexible, easy to make and very good at turning sunshine into electricity. However, a key ingredient is one of the most expensive metals on the planet: platinum.

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HotSpot: Spoofing an $80M Yacht

August 21, 2013 11:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, xPico Wi-Fi helps consumers leverage mobile solutions; spoofing an 80 million-dollar yacht; bulk metal foil COTS resistors; and a synthesized RF signal generator from Saelig.

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‘Groovy’ Hologram Creates State of Light at Visible & Invisible Wavelengths

August 21, 2013 11:38 am | by Manny Morone, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have demonstrated that they can change the intensity, phase, and polarization of light rays using a hologram-like design decorated with nanoscale structures.    

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Stabilizing Aircraft Using Math

August 21, 2013 11:34 am | by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics | News | Comments

One of the lesser known concerns about commercial aircraft is their stability on the ground during taxiing, takeoff, and landing. During these processes, planes must maintain stability under various operating conditions. However, in some situations, the aircraft landing gear displays unwanted oscillations...

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