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Plastic solar-cell efficiency hits 6%
Researchers at Wake Forest Univ. say they have doubled the efficiency of organic or flexible, plastic solar cells in only two years.
Hot tips on thermal imaging
Thermal imaging helps detect problems before failure occurs.
Remote Patrol
Park rangers may not have to use robotic decoy animals to draw out poachers anymore thanks to a visiting researcher at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).
Virtual pitcher throws real heat
Not content to rest on their laurels, the 26-time world-champion New York Yankees have purchased three PX2pitching simulators from ProBatter Sports, Milford, Conn.
Recon robot in a backpack
Researchers at The Boeing Co., Chicago, and iRobot Corp., Burlington, Mass., will develop a small, unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV) for reconnaissance and securing real-time intelligence.
Hydraulic fluids change with the times
The right chemistry minimizes operating problems and saves money.
Residual-compressive stresses can pump fatigue strength
Estimating fatigue strength in components and assemblies is a frequent engineering task.
All-electric SUTs get ready for the road
Phoenix Motorcars Inc., Ontario, Calif., says it is on track to deliver the first of its all-electric sport utility trucks (SUT) for commercial fleets.
An "i" for the right aluminum alloy
The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) developed i-Select Al software to help designers, product specifiers, and die casters identify aluminum alloys that have specific casting properties.
Oval Rocker Switch
A Series of oval rocker switches come in single-pole and double-pole versions with UL, cUL, and VDE approvals.
Steam-Resistant Film
Polyimide films for capacitors, insulation, printed-circuit boards, and aerospace applications reportedly resist steam and alkali solutions better than other polyimides.
Encapsulated Ethernet Switches
A line of fully encapsulated Ethernet switches support 10/100 Base-T with twisted-pair Ethernet cable.
Heavy-Duty Cartridge Valve
New TDP 2/2-way electrohydraulic cartridge valves broaden the line of TDA and TDL Series valves for industrial applications.
Ironless Linear Positioner
Built around the 110 model of the Trilogy I-Force ironless motor, the T1D and T1S are ready-to-run positioners with selectable single or dual-square rail bearings.
High-Speed X-rays
Shad-o-Box HS is a high-speed, stand-alone X-ray camera with 12-bit digital interface for connecting it to a frame grabber.
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