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Content posted in May 2012
LED Streetlights Have Bright Future
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5/30/2012  21 comments
Cree Inc. is marketing a series of lights designed to compete directly with products that use sodium vapor technology.
Army Tests Lightweight Machine Gun
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5/30/2012  12 comments
The Army has contracted with Textron Systems to design a lighter-weight machine gun than the one currently used in Afghanistan.
MCU Market Boosted by Driver Aid Features
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5/29/2012  22 comments
A study predicts rapid growth in the automotive driver assistance market. This will be good news for microcontroller providers.
Sensor-Laden T-Shirt Sweats Workout Details
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5/29/2012  14 comments
A team of students at Northeastern University in Boston has combined medical and Web-based technologies to create an intelligent T-shirt that can dynamically track a person's activity level.
Sensors Determine Effects of Explosions on Military Personnel
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5/25/2012  12 comments
The Department of Defense is testing a device meant to gauge the effects of bomb or shrapnel blasts.
Indy Aerodynamics the Difference Between Victory & Defeat
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5/24/2012  29 comments
At this year's Indy 500, team engineers will be focusing on the airflow of their race cars, not just the engines.
Sensor Monitors Patients' Health in the Cloud
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5/24/2012  11 comments
A new device connects to a cloud-based system to wirelessly monitor a patient's condition even when they are not in a hospital or doctor's office.
Boeing's Engine Fan Upgrade Maximizes Efficiency
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5/23/2012  10 comments
Boeing continues to tweak the design of its 737 Max to add fuel efficiency to the next-generation jetliner with a change in the size of fan on the plane’s CFM LEAP-1B engine.
Stratasys Gets Mojo With Sub-$10K Printer
Product News 
5/23/2012  11 comments
With its QuickPack print engine technology, easy-to-use preprocessing software, and hands-free cleaning system, Stratasys' Mojo is taking professional-grade 3D printing to a new level.
Indy Electronics Drive Cars to Be Lighter & Faster
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5/22/2012  15 comments
IndyCar chassis run with specialized electronics, with features geared for safety, reliability, and data acquisition.
Army's Rocket-Intercept System Hits the Mark
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5/22/2012  17 comments
A next-generation guided ammunition system for intercepting enemy fire that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Army has hit its targets in an initial series of tests by the company.
Web Apps Help Police Coastal Waters
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5/21/2012  11 comments
The Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research are funding the design of Web applications that will help protect and police coastal waters.
Indy 500 Drivers Sweat the Tech Details
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5/18/2012  16 comments
This year, when Indy teams search for a competitive edge on the track, they're going to have to dig deeper into the mechanical aspects of the car than ever before in the history of the race.
DARPA Device Cleans Wounded Soldiers' Blood
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5/18/2012  11 comments
The Department of Defense is designing a device that can virtually cure sepsis, an often fatal blood infection to which soldiers injured on the battlefield are prone.
Renewable Energy Grids Power Soldiers
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5/17/2012  13 comments
The Army is exploring new designs to get power to soldiers using renewable forms of energy.
Disposable Satellite System Sees Soldiers
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5/16/2012  19 comments
DARPA's SeeMe program will allow soldiers to communicate directly with satellites using handheld devices that will give them location information and images.
Boeing iPad App Chronicles Aviation Innovation
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5/15/2012  9 comments
Boeing has designed and released its own custom iPad application, leveraging Apple’s tablet device to show off decades of aerospace design to a new generation of tech-savvy mobile users.
Prosthetic Limbs Mimic Soldiers' Movements
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5/14/2012  10 comments
The Army is working with the medical prosthetics industry to provide more flexible and customized prosthetic limbs for wounded soldiers.
Nylon 12 Replacements Include Bioplastics
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5/14/2012  13 comments
The worldwide nylon 12 shortage is forcing automakers and suppliers to look at alternative materials with chemical, heat, and salt resistance for quick connectors, multi-layer flexible tubing, and assemblies. Many of the replacement candidates are bio-based polyamides.
Indy Engines Still Pack a 700HP Punch
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5/11/2012  39 comments
This year, when the Indy cars line up in the grid, they'll be using engines with less displacement than that in a Volkswagen Golf or a Toyota Camry.
Wearable Batteries Unburden Soldiers
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5/11/2012  19 comments
Batteries are the latest item the US military is seeking to create out of lighter materials to reduce the burden soldiers carry in the field.
Johnson Controls Standardizes on Siemens PLM
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5/11/2012  7 comments
Johnson Controls automotive division is deploying Siemens PLM to globally integrate its design processes.
Video: Football Helmet Airbags Target Concussion Issues
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5/10/2012  44 comments
A startup company in Colorado wants to take the concept of the smart football helmet a step further by enabling it to pop open dozens of tiny airbags and cushion the blow of a hard hit to the head.
Festo's Robotic ExoHand Provides Strength & Endurance
Product News 
5/10/2012  22 comments
A robotic exoskeleton, worn like a glove, is designed to function as an extension of an individual's hand to provide strength and endurance, or on both a human and an industrial robot arm to assist in assembly.
NASA Will Use Cereal & Crayons to Test Engine Sensors
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5/9/2012  19 comments
The US Air Force's C-17 will undergo health monitoring tests to create a new sensor system for early diagnosis of engine problems.
Airborne Wind Turbine Cuts Noise & Energy Costs
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5/9/2012  36 comments
Altaeros Energies has completed tests of a 35-ft scale prototype of its Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT).
Conference Aims to Beef Up Power Plants
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5/8/2012  6 comments
Better materials for constructing electrical power plants, including a variety of alloys, are becoming increasingly important to their operation and have sparked a new international conference on the subject.
NASA Explores Humanoid Robot Design
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5/8/2012  15 comments
NASA is exploring the potential for human robot design with Robonaut 2, a humanoid machine currently assisting astronauts on the International Space Station.
Top 25 Global Distributors Ranking
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5/8/2012  3 comments
We rank the top 25 electronics distributors by revenue and address issues of significance to their operations, customers, and suppliers.
At Indy 500, Rules Make It Tough to Gain Competitive Edge
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5/7/2012  17 comments
A miniscule engineering adjustment may make all the difference at this month's Indianapolis 500.
Military Designs Artillery Shells With Reactive Materials
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5/7/2012  12 comments
The Army's Advanced Materials Lab wants to use structured reactive materials to increase the destructive power of shells.
'Ironman' Ammunition Carrier Lightens Soldiers' Loads
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5/4/2012  8 comments
Army soldiers have been inspired by the film Predator to design a backpack-like ammunition-feeding system to lighten the load in combat.
Tiny Military Camera Sees Through Fog
Product News 
5/3/2012  20 comments
A one-inch cube camera that sees through fog and smoke at short-wave infrared spectra is small and light enough to be handheld or mounted onto helmets and weapon systems.
Army Concept Vehicle Can Double as Electricity Generator
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5/3/2012  10 comments
A new Army concept combat vehicle maximizes fuel efficiency and can generate power in remote areas.
Slideshow: Long Beach Grand Prix
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5/2/2012  12 comments
More than 200,000 spectators lined the downtown streets of Long Beach, Calif., in April as 26 drivers battled for dominance in the 2012 IndyCar circuit.
Navy Provides Sneak Peek of Next-Gen Warship
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5/2/2012  22 comments
The next-generation Navy warship, the DDG 1002 Zumwalk Class Warship, is being designed and built by General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works. It is expected to go on line in fiscal 2018.
Uniform Would Detect Wounds on the Battlefield
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5/1/2012  15 comments
The DoD is looking for a small business to design an intelligent soldier uniform that can monitor overall health and identify if and where a soldier has been wounded.
Robots Star in 3D Systems' Consumer Push
News 
5/1/2012  29 comments
With its latest acquisition of My Robot Nation, 3D Systems is adding to its portfolio of consumer-oriented 3D printing technology, which includes the Cubify.com content site and the Cube personal 3D printer.




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