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Air-Gas Mass Flow Meter Improves Wastewater Processing Efficiency

December 1, 2011 9:15 am | by Stephen Cox, Sr Member Technical Staff, Fluid Components International | Articles | Comments

A fast growing city in the arid desert regions of the Western U.S. recently addressed the need to expand its municipal service for new residents and subdivisions. In recent years, the city’s residential demand for wastewater treatment tripled from less than 1 million gallons to more than 1.

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Systemic Failures Of Leadership

December 1, 2011 9:09 am | Articles | Comments

For some time I have been interested in the whole notion of risk. Subsumed in the concept of risk is the idea that decisions, and the behaviors that result from those decisions, have positive and negative consequences. Virtually every decision we make is a hypothesis about the future, a bet; and we place thousands of internal wagers every single day, large and small.

MO Jobs Chief Defends Review Of Sweetener Maker

December 1, 2011 8:58 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's economic development chief defended the state's review of a Chinese firm that failed to follow through on a pledge to open an artificial sweetener factory in rural Missouri but insisted Wednesday that it would have been a waste of taxpayer money to more thoroughly screen the company.

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Economy Improving Despite Weak Job Growth

December 1, 2011 8:54 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is picking up. If only job growth would follow. A spate of data Thursday showed U.S. factories grew last month at the fastest pace since June, construction spending increased for a third straight month, and both retail sales and auto sales rose in November.

Machinists Reach Tentative Deal With Boeing

December 1, 2011 8:51 am | by Gene Johnson, Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — As Boeing executive Jim Albaugh spoke to an aerospace conference in New York, recent strikes by the company's workers in Washington state weren't far from his mind. "We've had strikes three out of the last four times that we've gone to the table with the union," he noted Wednesday morning.

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U.S. Auto Sales Look Strong In November

December 1, 2011 8:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — People are finally replacing the cars and trucks they held on to during the economic slump, giving a boost to U.S. auto sales in November. Chrysler, Ford and Nissan were among the companies reporting double-digit gains from last November, which is normally a lackluster month because of colder weather and holiday distractions.

Toyota, BMW To Work On Greener Car Battery

December 1, 2011 8:44 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Auto giants Toyota and BMW said Thursday they have agreed to collaborate on research for cleaner, next-generation car batteries, underlining the growing push in the industry for green technology. The agreement brings together Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's No. 1 carmaker and a leader in gas-electric hybrids, and BMW AG of Germany, a European maker that has a strong luxury brand image in both Japan and Europe.

Union Says Crystal Sugar Profits Mean Better Contract

December 1, 2011 8:40 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A banner year has produced big profits for American Crystal Sugar Co. and big paydays for its executives. Locked-out union workers at Crystal plants in three states say that's evidence the cooperative can afford to make a better contract offer. The company's net revenue for fiscal 2011 was $1.

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Your 2011 Impovation Award Winners!

December 1, 2011 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMPO readers voted in droves for the third annual IMPO vation product technology award. From a pool of over 100 nominees, you picked your favorites: The winner: New DryLube Bearings from SKF (Lansdale, PA) eliminate the need for grease relubrication and are designed to perform virtually maintenance-free over a wide temperature range.

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Traco Power TEP 150WI

December 1, 2011 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) has announced the Traco Power TEP 150WI series with input filter module. The filter module is now available on standard assembly together with the TEP 150WI DC-DC converter module. The input filter module is designed to meet high EMC demands like conducted noise in accordance to EN55022 class B and increased burst and surge immunity without external components.

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Heavy Duty Power Transformers

December 1, 2011 5:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight (Kemp, TX) MGPD-SP-200-1D-45-2B heavy duty power transformer provides operators the ability to tap into and distribute power from 480 VAC power sources outside of the workspace. This ability to convert and step down 480 VAC electrical current to a 120/208Y AC configuration is desirable in locations where local grid power has been shut down or is not available and alternative 480V sources must be utilized.

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EdgeGard Dock Gates

December 1, 2011 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EdgeGard Dock Gates from Wildeck (Waukesha, WI) help protect personnel and equipment from falling off wide truck pits and loading docks. The EdgeGard Dock Gates are designed with a smooth cantilever that allows for easy operation and long service life. When raised, the gate completely clears the opening, offering unimpeded traffic flow and maximum accessibility.

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Side Exit Accelerometers

December 1, 2011 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Germantown, MD) has introduced two new side exit accelerometers with metric mounting. The 712F-M4 and the 997-M4 are compact sensors capable of continuous submersion and high frequency monitoring. The captive screw design with a safety wire hole adds additional protection in underwater applications to ensure the sensor cannot become dislodged.

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Mobile Phones As Fronts For Cyberspying

December 1, 2011 3:19 am | Videos | Comments

Is it possible the mobile phones we use every day offer an opportunity for the Chinese government to access critical infrastructure in the United States and carry out economic espionage? CNN's Jill Dougherty attempts to answer that very question. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Frog's Leap, A Muscle Mechanics Marvel

December 1, 2011 3:18 am | Videos | Comments

The extraordinary ability of some frog species to leap vast distances relative to their size has perplexed scientists for decades. Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island now believe they have some answers. Henry Astley and Thomas Roberts say their findings could lead to the development of elastic propulsion systems in robots.

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Meet The 12-Year-Old App Developer

December 1, 2011 3:15 am | Videos | Comments

Thomas Suarez is not your typical 12-year-old boy. Sure, he plays games on his iPhone -- but some are games he has developed. Suarez taught himself how to develop mobile apps, including a Justin Bieber-themed wack-a-mole game called "Bustin Jieber." In this TEDxTalk, Suarez explains his story.

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Six Ways To Save The Internet

December 1, 2011 3:14 am | Videos | Comments

The next big web shift is now, and it’s not going to play out in the way many would expect. According to tech investor Roger McNamee, for the Internet to be saved (and for people to make money saving it), Google must be sacrificed and people must come to the realization that Facebook is the new Windows.

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Electric Torpedo Isolates Oil Spill In Port

December 1, 2011 3:12 am | Videos | Comments

The Swedish city of Malmo has become the first harbor in the world to install a fully automated system to contain an oil spill in its harbor, according to the system's developers. An electrically powered robotic vehicle, called a torpedo, isolates the spill by towing a floating boom around the harbor.

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NASA Selects 300 Research and Technology Projects

November 30, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

NASA has selected 300 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for possible contract awards through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These competitive awards-based programs encourage U.S.

Gun Violence Creates Growing Market For Armored Vehicles

November 30, 2011 8:45 am | News | Comments

CAGUA, Venezuela (AP) — Ever since a gunman tried to rob his father, Venezuelan businessman Dumas Rojas has insisted on driving cars armored with windows strong enough to withstand the bullets of a .44 Magnum. Rojas also decided to have the same level 3 armor installed on the Jeep his wife drives with their two small children.

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