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Recall Madness Explodes with Defective Air Bags

October 28, 2014 9:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring ...

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Small Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs

October 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently ...

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W88 Warhead Program Performs Successful Tests

October 28, 2014 9:37 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

The first flight and drop tests for the latest variant of the W88 nuclear warhead are providing data for Sandia National Laboratories to validate designs, improve computer modeling and update component specifications. The two ...   

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Customer Service Robots Use 3D Cameras to Scan, Identify Items

October 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The robots dubbed OSHbots look like white columns with two large black screens on either side of them, and wheels to help them move. They are equipped with 3D cameras so they can scan and identify items. And customers can research ...  

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Keeping Hydrogen from Cracking Metals

October 28, 2014 9:32 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center | News | Comments

Metal alloys such as steel and zirconium that are used in pipes for nuclear reactors and oil fields naturally acquire a protective oxide or sulfide layer. But hydrogen penetration can lead to their breakdown and speed up corrosion ...  

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New Tech Doubles Smartphone Battery Life

October 28, 2014 9:17 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern ...  

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Higher Octane Gas Could Save Fuel, Money

October 28, 2014 9:06 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | News | Comments

If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in ...   

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Space Surveillance Satellite Celebrates 4th Anniversary

October 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Scott Prater, Shriever Air Force Base Public Affairs | News | Comments

Members of the 1st Space Operations Squadron gathered to celebrate the Space-Based Space Surveillance Satellite's (SBSS) fourth anniversary on orbit recently. The event not only provided an opportunity for squadron members and leaders ...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Apple Pay a Success

October 28, 2014 1:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. "We're already No. 1. We're more than ...

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GM to Move Production of Volt Part to U.S.

October 28, 2014 12:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan. GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to announce the plan later Tuesday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. The automaker will build ...

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Navy to Commission New Attack Submarine

October 27, 2014 5:27 pm | by U.S. Department of Defense | News | Comments

The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota, during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. North Dakota, designated SSN 784, honors the state's citizens and ...  

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Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth Aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

October 27, 2014 5:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space ... 

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Embedded NAND Flash Memory Products

October 27, 2014 5:13 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components has announced the launch of a class of e-MMCTM embedded NAND flash memory products that are among the world's smallest. The new products integrate ...

ATEX-Certified Dynamic Plate Brake

October 27, 2014 5:10 pm | by PD&D Staff | Wichita Clutch | Product Releases | Comments

Wichita Clutch recently introduced the 118VM Topdrive Plate Brake for oil and gas applications. The 118VM brake is a hydraulic pressure applied, single plate unit developed for high-energy dynamic stopping and parking in ...

Portescap Adds Brushless Slotless Motor to Its Ultra EC Mini Motor Platform

October 27, 2014 5:07 pm | by PD&D Staff | Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

Portescap has introduced the newest addition to its Ultra EC mini motor platform, the 16 ECH brushless motor, designed to provide a motor solution for high performance applications ...

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