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Review: Amazon Fire Offers New Ways to Use Phones

July 23, 2014 9:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work ...

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Shipwrecked Concordia Makes Final Voyage

July 23, 2014 9:15 am | by Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just ...

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Gun Law Forces Beretta Out of Maryland

July 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will ... 

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Chrysler Recalls Jeep SUVs for Ignition Switches

July 22, 2014 6:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler. Chrysler said Tuesday it is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could fall out of the ... 

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Ford Names VP of Engineering as Lincoln's New President

July 22, 2014 5:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's luxury Lincoln division is getting a new president. Kumar Galhotra, Ford's vice president of engineering, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1. Ford's global marketing chief, Jim Farley, led Lincoln for the last 18 months ...

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Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

July 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Hexagon AB | News | Comments

Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has announced the acquisition of Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing software. Vero Software is a UK-based software company with a ...

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Wright Brothers' Mechanic Honored at Ohio Museum

July 22, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor — a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop — who built the engine for the airplane that first ...

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The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms vs. Judgment

July 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the ...

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NASA’s Flying Saucer

July 22, 2014 3:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The basic Viking parachute design that was used to land vehicles on Mars in 1976 was the same design used to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012. While it has been more than 40 years since the initial mission, many of the technologies haven’t changed, until recently ...

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Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging

July 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Headwall has announced a new hyperspectral imager targeting high resolution spectral measurements of 0.1 nm over specific spectral ranges which yield indicators of vegetative fluorescence to ...

Safety Monitoring Flexibility

July 22, 2014 2:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

OMRON Automation and Safety’s new OS32C-4M is the latest addition to the company’s family of safety laser scanners. These Type 3 safety laser scanners provide a 4 meter safety range, 15 meter warning zones and a 270 degree ...

Rechargeable Portable Mass Flow Meters

July 22, 2014 2:16 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Alicat Scientific has released rechargeable portable gas mass flow meters. With 18 hours of continuous operation on a single charge and +/-0.8% of reading accuracy, these handheld meters bring laboratory-class accuracy to ...

NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast

July 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Highly purified crystals that split light with uncanny precision are key parts of high-powered lenses, specialized optics and, potentially, computers that manipulate light instead of electricity. But producing these crystals by current techniques ...

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Quantum Leap in Lasers Brightens Future for Quantum Computing

July 22, 2014 1:35 pm | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light. The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are ...

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Ethernet Cables for Military, Aerospace Markets

July 22, 2014 1:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has introduced GORE Ethernet Cables to meet the military and civil aerospace markets' emerging need for higher data rate cables in a lightweight, flexible, and routable package ...

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