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Photos of the Day: 3 umbrella designs that will never catch on

November 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Everyone who lives in a moderately wet climate has complained about the traditional umbrella design at least once in their lives. In fact, during a particularly nasty torrential downpour last summer, I remember cursing my umbrella’s metal rods for ...

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Camera taken to space in '60s sold for $275,000

November 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The camera that "would forever change our view of Earth" from space more than a half century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000, the auctioneer says. The Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens, reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra ...

Engineers-in-training compete to be world champion drone builders

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by American Society of Mechanical Engineers | News | Comments

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress...

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Review: Apple's iOS 8 provides a smarter type

November 17, 2014 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I never would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn't upgraded to Apple's new operating system, iOS 8. With the free upgrade, typing on the iPhone's touch keyboard doesn't seems as tedious, cumbersome, or infuriating ...

Rutgers engineers create smartphone app to cut risk of power outages

November 17, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An easy-to-use smartphone app developed by Rutgers engineers will help keep the lights on in a heavily wooded New Jersey suburb that suffered widespread power outages during Superstorm Sandy. Officials in Warren Township, a country-like ...

Georgia developer still trying to build coal plant

November 17, 2014 9:25 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep in rural Georgia, a developer is betting he can build one of the last new coal-fired power plants in the United States as the rest of the country moves away from the fuel. The project, which is being developed by Allied Energy Services, is ...

Direct-drive linear motors feature no backlash and zero cogging

November 17, 2014 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DDLMs (Direct Drive Linear Motors) from MotiCont (Van Nuys, CA) eliminate backlash and provide an economical solution for users requiring high acceleration, high speed, and long life. They are available in three popular off-the-shelf ...

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Pure copper conductive ink offers cost-effective design flexibility

November 17, 2014 8:57 am | Dupont Microcircuit Materials | Product Releases | Comments

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (Research Triangle Park, NC) is introducing its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing, DuPont PE510 copper conductor. DuPont PE510 is a cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks for a variety ...

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Los Angeles police use data to target crime

November 17, 2014 8:45 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say ...

Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

November 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

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Chinese stealth fighter could displace the F-35 on world stage

November 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

By the time the US military rolls out the F-35 in full, it’ll face ample 5th-gen competition – and not just a potentially superior Russian Sukhoi T-50, but two Chinese stealth fighters. In an unprecedented show of transparency, China recently showed ...

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State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

November 17, 2014 8:37 am | by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | News | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" ...

Current-sense resistor includes a 2-watt power rating

November 14, 2014 2:10 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduces the new TLR2HW metal plate chip current sense resistor in a 2010 size, featuring a 2-watt power rating and ultra-low resistance. The metal alloy of the TLR2HW provides superior corrosion and ...

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Explosion-proof high bay LED light fixture features I-Beam mount

November 14, 2014 1:59 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) EPL-IBM-2X150LED-RT explosion-proof high bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and a compact design ...

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Smartphones team-up with QR codes for secure 3-D displays

November 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quick Response (QR) codes -- the box-shaped symbols that appear on signs, posters, and even business cards -- are a convenient and efficient way of accessing specific web pages with a smartphone or other mobile device. However, new research ...

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