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Content posted in March 2012
Tesla CTO Says EVs at Tipping Point
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3/30/2012  16 comments
During his keynote address at DESIGN West this week, Tesla co-founder JB Straubel said EV batteries will continue to offer higher ranges, better performance, and lower costs.
Biofuels Could Replace Fossil Fuels in the Shipping Sector
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3/30/2012  33 comments
A European study concludes that biofuels could provide economically and technically viable alternatives to marine fuels based on fossils.
Freescale Unveils Computing Architecture for Industrial HMIs
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3/28/2012  18 comments
A new multicore processor portfolio could simplify the "consumerization" of the industrial market, enabling rich interfaces to be more easily integrated into products such as refrigerators, exercise equipment, patient monitors, and industrial automation systems.
Thomas Dolby Says Tech's Going Direct
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3/28/2012  5 comments
Thomas Dolby, best known for his 1980s hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” delivered the keynote during DESIGN West in San Jose, Calif., this week.
Video: GM's Robo-Glove Mimics Human Hand
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3/27/2012  27 comments
A robotic device may make it easier for auto workers to grip and squeeze objects on an assembly line.
Liquid-Cooled LED Arrays as Bright as 30 Headlights
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3/27/2012  10 comments
High-power LEDs are becoming an option for edical products, industrial image processing, UV hardening, and other applications.
Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Dress Wounds
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3/26/2012  11 comments
The pressure-sensitive adhesives traditionally used in food applications can also be employed in wound dressings that stick to the skin.
DESIGN West: Microchip Boosts 8-Bit MCU Integration
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3/26/2012  8 comments
A new set of eight-bit microcontrollers to be unveiled at Design West today feature a level of peripheral integration that could make it easier to design products with closed-loop embedded control.
National Instruments Co-Founders Win ACE Award for Lifetime Achievement
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3/26/2012  6 comments
UBM Electronics will honor James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, both of National Instruments, with Lifetime Achievement Awards during its annual ACE Awards Tuesday, March 27.
Composites Boost Vega Satellite Launcher
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3/22/2012  15 comments
The European Space Agency's new Vega satellite launcher incorporates carbon-fiber composites to increase strength while maintaining its small size.
DESIGN West: Thomas Dolby to Keynote
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3/22/2012  3 comments
Thomas Dolby, whose songs "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Hyperactive" became huge hits in the 1980s, will provide a keynote during DESIGN West.
Apple iPad 3 Teardown
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3/21/2012  24 comments
The third generation of Apple Inc.'s wildly successful iPad media tablet features a modified version of Apple's A5 processor, A5X, which has a larger floor plan to include quad-core graphics, according to a teardown analysis.
ARM Says New Architecture Could Cut Cost of 32-Bit MCUs
Product News 
3/21/2012  8 comments
A new core architecture developed by ARM could cut the cost of a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) to as low as 30 cents for applications ranging from touchscreens and motor controllers to stoves and refrigerators.
Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics
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3/20/2012  24 comments
A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles efficiently converts non-food plant waste into the building blocks of plastics, medicines, and paint.
iPhone App Accesses Braze Alloy Data
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3/19/2012  10 comments
The Wesgo Metals app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch helps engineers evaluate braze alloys by including the forms in which a given alloy is available, along with that alloy's mechanical properties.
Powering a Handheld Explosives Detector
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3/16/2012  9 comments
RedXDefense's field unit uses small DC motors to improve consistency.
Robot Aids Military With 3D Maps
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3/15/2012  23 comments
Robots will autonomously navigate a constantly changing environment by making three-dimensional maps that they continuously update.
Home Healthcare Technology Gaining Momentum
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3/15/2012  11 comments
Medical technology is moving from the clinic to the home, even as the healthcare industry struggles to adjust to the home-based business model.
Chevy Volt Revealed: Teardown Videos
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3/14/2012  17 comments
After driving a Chevy Volt across the country, we took it apart.
Bioplastics Become Cost Competitive
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3/14/2012  13 comments
Renewably sourced engineering-grade plastics are getting stronger, more durable, and more plentiful.
Wireless Sensors Are Making Automation More Intelligent
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3/13/2012  11 comments
Factory automation is just the beginning of the evolution of wireless sensors for industrial control.
New iPad May Shave Apple’s Tablet Margins
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3/12/2012  6 comments
Apple will cut into its profit margins with its latest iPad and discounts on the iPad 2, according to estimates from UBM TechInsights.
Composites Strengthen Wind Turbine Blades
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3/12/2012  27 comments
Bayer MaterialScience introduced biobased polyurethane materials and a new process that may lead to stronger blades and lighter root rings in wind turbines.
Body Armor Inspired by Piranha-Proof Scales
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3/8/2012  37 comments
A fish scale architecture impervious to piranha teeth could be imitated to produce composites with a hard ceramic surface for body armor or prosthetic devices.
Design Decisions: Finding an Alternative Military Battery
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3/7/2012  10 comments
Lithium metal oxide chemistry challenges decade-old technology to reduce costs and increase reliability in military and aerospace applications.
EPA Finalizes PVC Production Emissions Standard
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3/7/2012  19 comments
The EPA's final version of its standards governing emissions from facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and copolymers is more stringent than previous regulations.
Multifunction Coatings Apply Harsh Environment Protection
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3/5/2012  18 comments
As operating conditions get tougher, coatings manufacturers are combining functions to make them more durable.
Autodesk PLM 360 Puts Modern Twist on Traditional Platforms
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3/2/2012  6 comments
Touting next-generation technologies like multitenancy and mobility, Autodesk has launched a cloud-based alternative to traditional PLM platforms.
Wearable Fabric Could Power Your iPhone
News 
3/1/2012  30 comments
A lightweight, flexible fabric could use body heat to power devices like iPods or iPhones.
Reducing Linear Bearing Wear
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3/1/2012  4 comments
Contamination and poor lubrication practices can shorten the life of linear bearings. Here is a look at how to avoid both problems.




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