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GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled. The company has repaired just over 491,000 cars that are covered by the recall announced in February ...

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What Would You Print?

July 18, 2014 11:45 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have all come to the understanding that as 3D printing is becoming more prevalent in the mainstream consumer market, it is becoming even more ubiquitous in the engineering office (if it wasn’t already necessary). Even with this insight ...

New Material Puts a Twist in Light

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics ...

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2U 4-Node Products

July 18, 2014 11:38 am | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Mechanics has expanded its high-density server family with the release of two 2U 4-node products based on Supermicro TwinPro architecture, the Rackform iServ R4420, and Rackform iServ R4422 ...

Ultrafast X-Ray Laser Sheds New Light on Fundamental Utrafast Dynamics

July 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Ultrafast X-ray laser research led by Kansas State University has provided scientists with a snapshot of a fundamental molecular phenomenon. The finding sheds new light on microscopic electron motion in molecules ...    

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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

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Sitara AM437x Processors for Industrial Connectivity

July 18, 2014 11:29 am | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the new Sitara AM437x processor family that integrates support for industrial protocols for ...

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 18, 2014 11:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the ...

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Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 11:16 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers ...   

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Small Alarm for Multiple Applications

July 18, 2014 11:08 am | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Transducers USA has annouced the model TRIP-1500PR alarm for outdoor and mobile applications. Suitable for gate alerts, area intrusions, mobile sirens, and rail alerts, a small integrated mounting bracket is packaged as ...

Metric Right-Angle Hypoid Gearmotor Line

July 18, 2014 9:39 am | by ECN Staff | Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bison Gear and Engineering has launched a metric complement to all standard inch PowerSTAR part numbers across all ratios and motor options. This will provide better mounting for metric equipment, and open up ...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...               

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Lunar pits could shelter astronauts, reveal details of how 'man in the moon' formed

July 17, 2014 7:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While the moon's surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

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'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

July 17, 2014 6:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light). A standard optical microscope acts as a "nanocamera" whereas the pBNAs are the analogous film.

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Future electronics may depend on lasers, not quartz

July 17, 2014 6:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in the laboratory of Kerry Vahala, the Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics at Caltech, have developed a method to stabilize microwave signals in the range of gigahertz, or billions of cycles per second—using a pair of laser beams as the reference, in lieu of a crystal.

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