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Content posted in January 2012
Slideshow: Plant Safety Takes Center Stage in Factory Automation
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1/30/2012  36 comments
Safety networks have become more complex, and have actually become simpler and easier to deploy for plant operators. This slideshow highlights developments in plant safety with an emphasis on integrated safety networks.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
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1/19/2012  14 comments
As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
Superbattery: The Next Great Triumph of Engineering
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1/13/2012  77 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
CES: Nest Thermostat Aims at Smart Home
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1/12/2012  11 comments
The Nest is a sleek-looking digital thermostat which can actually "learn" its owners' schedule and then continue to regulate temperature to suit the user's preferences and patterns.
MEMS Will Set the World on Fire
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1/6/2012  9 comments
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) were in focus at the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, with the news that the US has a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing in nano- and, to some extent, microtechnology.




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