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Breaches in Supply Chain Security Increase Regulatory Scrutiny of Raw Materials Used in Medical Devices

July 29, 2014 4:20 pm | by Dow Corning | News | Comments

A pharmaceutical manufacturer makes an unannounced visit to the plant that produces one of its key raw materials, only to find that the plant doesn’t even exist. A well-known medical device manufacturer has to initiate a global recall of its ...

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Compact Modular Valves

July 29, 2014 3:39 pm | by PD&D Staff | Automationdirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s NITRA line of pneumatics products now includes compact modular valves. The compact modular valves are designed for performance, flexibility, and modularity combined with sturdy mechanics ...

Synchronous Drive System

July 29, 2014 3:20 pm | by PD&D Staff | Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company’s Dodge HT500 synchronous drive system delivers high torque, low maintenance, and potential energy savings with less overhung load than V-belts drives. HT500 belts also offer longer life in ...

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FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 3:17 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. It is the second-largest fine the agency ...

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Long Range Ultrasonic Sensors

July 29, 2014 2:59 pm | by PD&D Staff | Carlo Gavazzi Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CARLO GAVAZZI has announced the new long range UA30CAD60 Series Ultrasonic Sensors with digital and analog output configurations. The UA30CAD60 Series sensors are designed for use in a wide variety of ...

Mouser Launches New Communications Applications Site

July 29, 2014 2:45 pm | by Mouser Electronics, Inc. | Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. has unveiled a new Communications Application Site on Mouser.com to inform engineers and customers about the different types of applications within the communications sector. The new site gives all customers ...  

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K-12 Teachers Gain Experience with Nanotechnology Research

July 29, 2014 1:56 pm | by Jonathan Damery, ECE ILLINOIS | News | Comments

This summer, Koker and three other area high-school science teachers are participating in a new training program at Illinois that aims to give K-12 teachers and community-college faculty the opportunity to conduct six weeks of research in ...

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Boeing B-29 Superfortress Being Restored for Flight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

As a child, he spent countless hours drawing aircraft from his World War II book collection, daydreaming of what it would be like inside of one. As an adult and veteran of 19 years, his aircraft dreams are still alive and even more vivid ...

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Optimum Inertial Design for Self-Propulsion

July 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia ...

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Getting Rid of Eye Drops for Glaucoma

July 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering | News | Comments

Imagine yourself at age 80, fumbling for the small vial of eye drops your ophthalmologist prescribed for your glaucoma. It’s five in the afternoon, you can’t remember whether you put them back in the bathroom or the bedside table after your ...

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Students Develop Safe-Water System for Dominican Republic Community

July 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A group of Purdue University students and faculty members have completed work on a system that makes safe drinking water available to a community in the Dominican Republic sickened by poor water. About 40 percent of illnesses in ...  

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Printing the Metals of the Future

July 29, 2014 1:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need for molds. But for making spacecraft, engineers sometimes need custom parts that ...   

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A New Way to Make Microstructured Surfaces

July 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, could exhibit a variety of useful properties ... 

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Tough Foam from Tiny Sheets

July 29, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University. In microscopic images, the foam dubbed “GO-0.5BN” looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and ...  

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New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 29, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment, the system combines a number of pattern recognition technologies into a single platform and, for the first time, allows mathematics and ...  

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