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Engineering Newswire 87: Combat Drone Flies with Twin Fighter & Business Jet

April 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving BMW’s latest concept car, redesigning human legs to fly helicopters, and flying drones in formation with business jets and combat fighters ...                 

Photos of the Day: The Navy's First All-Electric Warship

April 24, 2014 9:22 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy christened this month the USS Zumwalt, the largest stealth destroyer ever built...

Fearsome Stealth Destroyer Becomes Navy’s First All-Electric Ship

April 24, 2014 9:21 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The stealthy 610-foot long USS Zumwalt, named after the late Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., is...

Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles for Wrigley Field

April 24, 2014 9:11 am | News | Comments

The lack of a video board is only the most visible example of some of the differences between...

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Images Released of Shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

April 23, 2014 4:53 pm | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal ocean scientists have released images of the wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, a disaster that killed 16 people. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's James Delgado said ...   

Rail Safety Effort Marred By Squabbling

April 23, 2014 4:49 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by U.S. government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who ...

State OKs Power Line in Historic Battlefield Area

April 23, 2014 4:46 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota regulators on Wednesday approved a permit for a proposed $375 million high-voltage power line that would run through the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield, a site in the western part of the state where a battle between U.S. Army soldiers and ...

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A Shark-Deterrent Wetsuit (It's Not What You Think)

April 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of ...

Extreme Conversion with Fast Transient Response

April 23, 2014 1:18 pm | by Vince Stueve, FAE & Jayant Rao, Micrel, Inc. | Articles | Comments

What if a simplified, straightforward buck regulator were able to be used for extreme conversions? How much simpler could the circuit design be?Imagine how much real estate and cost could be saved if a simple "off the shelf" inductor could be ...

Photos of the Day: Sub Records WWII Wreckage

April 23, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary. Bourne, Mass.-based Hydroid says they are the first high-definition sonar images of ...

Jet Hunt Leads to Material on Australian Shore

April 23, 2014 12:53 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was scrutinizing ...

How Trustworthy is the Data You’re Using?

April 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Knovel | Blogs | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at ...  

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Google, SunPower Team Up on Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google and SunPower are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday. Google is investing up to $100 million, while solar panel maker SunPower is committing ...   

Photos of the Day: Floating Pool Filters River Water

April 22, 2014 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pool will be the first of its kind because it's made of filtration material designed to make dirty river water safe for swimming. The designers say the pool will be anchored to the river bed. It'll have a walkway to shore ...   

Splashy Plan for Pool in NYC's East River Unveiled

April 22, 2014 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Forget Jones Beach or the Jersey Shore. A design team says New York's East River could soon be the place for summer fun. The developers of a massive floating swimming pool said Tuesday the project is on track to launch off Brooklyn in ...

The New Wild West

April 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an ...  

Phoenix Contact Goes Off the Grid

April 22, 2014 2:58 pm | by Phoenix Contact | Phoenix Contact | News | Comments

Phoenix Contact has installed a new combined cooling, heating, and power system that will generate enough electricity to power the company’s U.S. headquarters approximately 65 percent of the time. As part of the company’s Earth Day activities ...

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Choosing the Right Cabling Option

April 22, 2014 1:14 pm | by Uwe Schenk, Global Segment Manager – Wind, Helukabel USA | Articles | Comments

Renewable energy industry reports suggest that more than 60% of all future power capacity will come from renewable technologies, only 25% will be in the form of gas or oil, with the remainder being nuclear. Furthermore, experts estimate in ...

Condition Monitoring Systems & the Importance of the Encoder

April 22, 2014 1:02 pm | by Bob Setbacken, Product Manager, Leine & Linde | Leine&Linde Ab | Articles | Comments

Whether you are operating a mine, a mill, or a power plant, the goal is to generate expected yields and associated revenue. These factories or plants operate continuously to meet their targets. Downtime that is ...     

New Design for Mobile Phone Masts Could Cut Carbon Emissions

April 22, 2014 12:03 pm | by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | News | Comments

A breakthrough in the design of signal amplifiers for mobile phone masts could deliver a massive 200MW cut in the load on UK power stations, reducing CO2 emissions by around 0.5 million tonnes a year. The Universities of Bristol and Cardiff have designed ...

Drones Unearth More Details about Chaco Culture

April 22, 2014 9:07 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery ...

Search Group Sues FAA Over Drones

April 22, 2014 9:03 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work. Texas EquuSearch had been ordered in ...

HotSpot: Wireless Sensors Track Bridge Deterioration

April 22, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Ti introduces a thirst party ecosystem of IoT cloud service providers; Alliance Sensors Group's LV-45 position sensors help track bridge deterioration; a glass fabric-based TE generator that is light and flexible; and a smart composite human-computer interface ...

PCDworks Innovation Firm Launches New Website

April 21, 2014 5:30 pm | by PCDworks | News | Comments

PCDworks, a new product development design and innovation firm, today launched a redesigned website, www.pcdworks.com, aimed to reach a broader audience of new product developers, innovators, and engineers. The new website highlights ...

Electromagnetic Navy Railgun to Deploy at Sea

April 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016. This test will mark the first time an electromagnetic railgun (EM railgun) has been ...     

Photos of the Day: You Won’t Believe What This Machine Can See

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Two days before Christmas 1895, shortly after Wilhelm Röentgen discovered X-rays by experimenting with a cathode tube in his laboratory, he invited his wife to experience the phenomenon. Anna Bertha Ludwig put her left hand inside his apparatus and became the first human to ...

NASA's Space Station Robonaut Finally Getting Legs

April 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going ...  

Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Succes Dies

April 21, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was ...

Largest U.S. Solar Farm on Superfund Site Is Online

April 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.The 43-acre Maywood Solar Farm went ...   

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