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Polymer Vision's Readius Combines Electronic Reader, Cell Phone

The new cell phone, e-reader and mp3 player features a foldable 5-inch screen.

Goodbye Google: Hello Yahoo

Goodbye Google: Hello Yahoo

Like millions of others, my home page was the simple Google search page. But lately, it’s been forcing me to Yahoo and you know, it’s just as good a search engine. Google has been accusing me of spamming it and as a result makes me repeat those squiggly letters before it will conduct my query – Not always, but enough to make me give Yahoo a try. This only happens at work, BTW. 

I do a couple of dozen of searches on a slow day so it’s irritating. So hello Yahoo, goodbye Google, for now.

Resource Center: Free Materials/Fastening Information, Made Easy

January 24, 2008
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FREE STAMPING BROCHURE Vendor:Bokers | Type: Data Sheet | Category:Materials/Fastening This webcast reviews how optical encoders were successfully used in applications including pick and place machines, digital camcorders, printers, security cameras and miniature motors. There is also a selector guide of alternative encoder technologies.
Design Tips for Engineers: Adhesives for Stronger Aluminum Extrusion Joints Vendor:Hydro Aluminum | Type: Design Guide | Category: Materials/Fastening This primer outlines how joint design is one of the most significant factors determining the strength of any structure and choosing the right joint can be critical to the success of your product. An important compliment to conventional joining techniques is adhesive bonding.
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Special Coverage: DN's Videos, Photos from the Detroit Auto Show

January 24, 2008
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Interview with GM's Rick Wagoner GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner talks about increasing emphasis in V-6 engines over V-8s. Watch Now
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The Future of the Auto Industry at the 2008 NAIASFor all its glitz, tailfins and muscle, the auto industry is deeply troubled. But what fun would auto making be if there wasn’t a challenge? Browse through photos from NAIAS and get DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge's take on what’s happening. View Now
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Who invented the microchip?

Who invented the microchip?

Robert Noyce and Jack Kilby are both credited with inventing the microchip. This video discusses the development of the microchip, looking at the contributions from by Noyce and Kilby. There is also a third inventor who helped with the process of developing the microchip.

You can play this vest like drums

Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac demonstrates the Atari Hotz Box, which is a vest that you can play like drums. The Hotz Box invented by Jimmy Hotz and first manufactured by Atari. Starting with an early Hotz MIDI vest and progressing to the Atari Hotz Box at NAMM shows, this includes show performances by Mick Fleetwood, Jon Anderson, Paul Haslinger, Scott Gershin and other friends.

Darkest Manmade Material Created with Carbon Nanotubes

Strong absorption and low reflection may lead to uses in solar applications

Complex Engine Turbines Spur Ceramic Casting Growth

Complex Engine Turbines Spur Ceramic Casting Growth

Booming demand for aircraft and power generation plants is fueling higher requirements for a specialized investment casting process that creates complex hollow internal shapes.   Use of molded ceramic cores allows turbine engine blades and vanes to be cast to size with complex cooling passages, permitting engines to operate at higher temperatures with greater efficiency. GE Aviation has a record number of engines on order through 2012, its third record year in a row. The cores are also used for turbines in natural gas power generation plants.

 

One of the beneficiaries is a company called Certech, which is the largest independent producer of ceramic cores for investment casting. Technology growth is in materials development. “We’re always looking for a better mousetrap to give a better yield to the customer,” says Michael Kasberg, vice president and general manager of Certech. “When they pour metal around our parts sometimes they want to pour hotter metal. As a result you need a ceramic that won’t melt when it sees a higher temperature. “

Criminal Charges Avoided: Big Dig Contractors' Settlement Tops $458 Million

Criminal Charges Avoided: Big Dig Contractors' Settlement Tops $458 Million

The firms responsible for designing and managing Boston’s Big Dig project reached a $458 million settlement with state and federal officials today. The settlement will allow these companies to avoid criminal charges in the 2006 fatal tunnel collapse and any civil liabilities with infrastructure problems. The settlement and terms were announced this afternoon at a press conference with U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and Attorney General Martha Coakley. Under the settlement terms, Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff will pay $407 million and 24 other companies involved in the project will pay about $51 million.

 

The settlement will keep Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff from facing criminal charges in the death of a 38-year-old woman who was killed in July 2006 when a portion of the I-90 Connector tunnel collapsed and crushed the car she was a passenger in. Her husband survived the accident.

 

State officials could seek additional money from Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff over the next 10 years if the project has a major failure in the future causing more than $50 million in damage. Its liability would be capped at $100 million.

Firms Expected to Reach $450 Million Settlement in Big Dig Disaster

Firms Expected to Reach $450 Million Settlement in Big Dig Disaster

Today could be the day the firms responsible for managing and designing Boston’s Big Dig will reach a settlement with Boston authorities. The settlement is said to be about $450 million.

 

The settlement is part of several legal battles over the Big Dig project, which not only claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman in 2006 when a portion of the ceiling collapsed and crushed the car she was driving in, but is also facing more flaws in design with constant leaking within the project’s tunnels.

 

According to the Boston Globe, the settlement would allow authorities to seek additional damages from Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff if the project has a major failure in the future. The “major failure” is defined as any incident which causes more than $50 million in damages, according to a source quoted by Globe reporters. The article also says “the consortium’s liability would be capped at $100 million in any future failure, and an arbitrator would have to determine that the consortium was at fault.”

 

In late August, a federal judge accepted a guilty plea from Aggregate Industries NE Inc. for supplying 5,700 truckloads of substandard concrete used in Boston’s Big Dig project. The pleacame as part of a settlement in a fraud case that will cost the company $50 million.

 

In September, employees from Powers Fasteners, the company indicted last month on one count of involuntary manslaughter in last summer’s Big Dig tunnel ceiling collapse, appeared in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston and pled not guilty to the charges. The Brewster, NY-based company provided the epoxy used to secure the bolts to suspend the tunnel roof ceiling. Powers Fasteners is the only company to be charged in connection with the death of a 39-year-old woman when a portion of a ceiling collapsed inside a Big Dig tunnel, killing her when the car in which she was a passenger was crushed. Her husband survived. Under current Massachusetts law, the maximum penalty Powers Fasteners could face if convicted is a fine of $1,000.

 

Several companies faced indictment for their role in the July 2006 Boston Big Dig tunnel collapse that killed a 38-year-old woman when the car she was riding in was crushed by falling ceiling panels.