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Honda counts on lean production for hybrid Fit

November 19, 2013 11:30 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. It's a challenge hinged on making the technology affordable. Hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, depending on driving conditions but cost more than gasoline cars.

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US safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires

November 19, 2013 11:26 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery. The National Highway Traffic Administration, which announced the probe early Tuesday, is looking into two incidents in which Model S drivers struck metal objects on highways.

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Uncertainties abound in Fukushima decommissioning

November 19, 2013 11:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Nobody knows exactly how much fuel melted after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems.

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Jury set to decide how much Samsung owes Apple

November 19, 2013 11:21 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding $380 million. Samsung counters that it only owes $52 million for using features such as "pinch-to-zoom" in 13 older-generation products.

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Medical LED provides better light for operating rooms

November 19, 2013 10:42 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new Osram Ostar Medical from Osram Opto Semiconductors is the first LED component with a high color-rendering index (CRI) of 95 and the capability of adjusting the temperature of the color white. This makes it ideal for medical applications such as operating rooms....

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Photos of the Day: Pressure cooking to improve electric car batteries

November 19, 2013 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Batteries that power electric cars have problems. They take a long time to charge. The charge doesn't hold long enough to drive long distances. They don't allow drivers to quickly accelerate. They are big and bulky. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery in an environmentally friendly way....

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10W integrated RGBW LED eases color mixing, simplifies integration

November 18, 2013 3:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiLEDs Corporation announced the introduction and release of the 10-Watt M63 RGBW integrated 6363 LED. The 4-channel M63 RGBW delivers over 410 total lumens of combined red, green, blue and white light output.

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Study reveals potential breakthrough in hearing technology

November 18, 2013 1:01 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background noise. They describe how they used the latest developments in neural networks...  

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Spanish scientists are designing a robot for inspecting tunnels

November 18, 2013 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Currently, maintenance and safety inspection of tunnels used for vehicular traffic is carried out by direct in situ observation. This process, which is slow and requires intensive labor, requires that traffic be stopped on entire streets or sections of the underground passageways, resulting in an inconvenience for users.

Single-atom bit forms smallest memory in the world

November 18, 2013 12:47 pm | by Helmholtz Association | News | Comments

One atom equals one bit: According to this design principle, we would like to construct magnetic data memories in the future. Presently, a compound of several million atoms is needed to stabilize a magnetic bit in a way that hard disk data are secure for several years.

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Columbia engineers make world's smallest FM radio transmitter

November 18, 2013 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Mechanical Engineering Professor James Hone and Electrical Engineering Professor Kenneth Shepard, has taken advantage of graphene's special properties—its mechanical strength and electrical conduction—and created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM signals...

Software coupling aims to streamline simulation process

November 18, 2013 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Motor Design Limited (MDL) has partnered with CD-adapco to create a link between MDL’s Motor-CAD and CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ software.  The collaboration aims to improve the accuracy of a fast analytical approach while simplifying the modeling process of the CFD computation. This will

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2 for 1 in solar power

November 18, 2013 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar cells offer the opportunity to harvest abundant, renewable energy. Although the highest energy light occurs in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum, most solar energy is in the infrared. There is a trade-off in harvesting this light, so that solar cells are efficient in the infrared but waste much of the energy...

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Process control meters can store up to five user-adjustable calibration presets

November 18, 2013 11:43 am | Extech Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Extech Instruments announced that its versatile PRC Series of four new precision meters – the PRC10, PRC15, PRC20 and PRC30 – enable plant and electrical technicians to test and calibrate a wide variety of process control equipment....

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Scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

November 18, 2013 11:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices. The secret is a stretchy polymer that coats the electrode, binds it together and spontaneously heals tiny cracks...

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