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Nanotechnology Leads to Better, Cheaper LEDs

September 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting ...

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Mars Missions: Successes & Failures

September 24, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved. The former Soviet Union made the world's first attempt in 1960, but the satellite didn't get far from Earth ...  

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The Toll of Patent Trolls

September 24, 2014 10:24 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Inventions and engineers go together like songs and musicians, and consequently every engineer should know something about patents. The practice of patenting inventions to give the inventor a temporary monopoly as a reward for ingenuity ...

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Defects of 2D Crystals Key to New Materials

September 24, 2014 10:21 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

Understanding how atoms "glide" and "climb" on the surface of 2D crystals like tungsten disulphide may pave the way for researchers to develop materials with unusual or unique characteristics, according to an international team of researchers ...

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Boston Gear Introduces a New Stainless Steel Mounted Bearings & Shaft Couplings for Washdown Applications

September 24, 2014 10:19 am | by PD&D Staff | Boston Gear | Product Releases | Comments

Boston Gear has launched a new line of stainless steel mounted bearings and shaft couplings designed for superior performance in high pressure food processing and packaging washdown applications ...

Hexagon Metrology Releases DataPage+ 5.0 Software for Statistical Process Control

September 24, 2014 10:13 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hexagon Metrology has announced a new release of DataPage+ 5.0, an innovative Statistical Process Control (SPC) software for Quality Assurance professionals. The new version delivers meaningful ...

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Fixtureworks Announces Complete Lineup of One-Touch Fasteners

September 24, 2014 10:12 am | by PD&D Staff | Fixtureworks | Product Releases | Comments

Fixtureworks has announced a complete lineup of Imao “One-Touch” fasteners. The pin-and-receptacle fasteners are used to attach fixtures, plates, machine covers and more, joining components with moderate clamping force ...

Low-Cost Transistor Heralds Advance in Flexible Electronics

September 24, 2014 9:54 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As tech company LG demonstrated this summer with the unveiling of its 18-inch flexible screen, the next generation of roll-up displays is tantalizingly close. Researchers are now reporting in the journal ACS Nano a new, inexpensive and ...

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Taking Advantage of Graphene Defects in Security Screening

September 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Springer | News | Comments

Electronic transport in graphene contributes to its characteristics. Now, a Russian scientist proposes a new theoretical approach to describe graphene with defects — in the form of artificial triangular holes — resulting in the rectification ...

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SpaceX Breaks Ground on World's First Commercial Spaceport

September 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday ...    

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Mission Accomplished: India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. In scenes broadcast live on Indian TV, scientists broke into ...

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Wind Energy Proposal Would Light Los Angeles Homes

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Michael R. Blood & Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has ...  

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Island to Get 1st German Drone Delivery Service

September 24, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island. The company said the quad-rotor "DHL Paketkopter 2.0" will begin daily flights ...

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Solar Energy Could Revolutionize Oil Sands

September 24, 2014 9:00 am | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry ...

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Gas Turbine Fired Up on Stealthy Warship

September 24, 2014 6:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship. Engineers and technicians have spent months testing systems and preparing for lighting the marine turbines, which are similar...

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