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5 Things to Look for When Evaluating an Engineering Design Firm

September 22, 2014 9:41 am | by Doug Ringer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

How do we properly evaluate the efficacy of a design team (internal or contract) when we have little evidence of past performance? These 5 steps will provide excellent insight into their capability to meet project requirements ...   

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TTM to Buy Rival Circuit Board Maker Viasystems

September 22, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TTM Technologies Inc. said Monday that it plans to buy rival circuit board maker Viasystems Group Inc. for about $368 million in cash and stock. TTM, which makes circuit boards used in cellphones, medical devices and tablets, said it is buying Viasystems to expand into the auto industry. The...

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Apple: 10 Million iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sold

September 22, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. ... 

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Fluke Battery Analyzers Simplify Testing of Battery Backup Systems

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by PD&D Staff | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

New Fluke 500 Series Battery Analyzers perform all key measurements; including battery resistance, dc and ac voltage, dc and ac current (Fluke BT521 model only), ripple voltage, frequency, and ...

Smallest Possible Diamonds Form Ultra-Thin Nanothreads

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers ...  

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Texas Instruments Expands Low-Power Microcontroller Portfolio

September 22, 2014 9:29 am | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has released 46 new ultra-low-power MSP430 FRAM microcontrollers (MCUs). TI’s MSP430FR69x MCUs are scalable up to 128 KB non-volatile FRAM memory and include ...

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Overcoming Exciton 'Traps' Improves Solar Cell Efficiency

September 22, 2014 9:23 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself:  When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons — an energized ...

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A New Series of Self-Contained Pyrometers from Process Sensors

September 22, 2014 9:22 am | by PD&D Staff | Process Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Process Sensors has released a new series of self-contained pyrometers that deliver high performance in R&D and Industrial applications. The PSC-SR56 Series pyrometers are suitable for applications in induction heating ...

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Underwater Glue Based on Mussel Proteins

September 22, 2014 9:12 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News | News | Comments

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be ...  

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Battery System Makes Wind & Solar Energy More Competitive

September 22, 2014 9:01 am | by David Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have improved a proposed liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company to produce ...   

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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

September 22, 2014 5:36 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the ...

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SpaceX Launches 3D Printer, Other Station Gear

September 21, 2014 2:37 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space station supplies for ...

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GM Recalls 221,558 Sedans for Fire Risk

September 20, 2014 6:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they're not needed, increasing the risk of a fire. The recall involves Cadillacs from the ...   

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Astronauts Getting 3D Printer at Space Station

September 19, 2014 5:37 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. The printer, made by ...

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Solar-Cell Efficiency Improved with New Polymer Devices

September 19, 2014 5:01 pm | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers identified a new polymer - a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials - which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells' ...

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