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  • New Standard for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks

    Many people love riding on a train, even if it’s a miniature scale ride at an amusement park. A new ASTM International standard will ensure that the tracks for such rides are built soundly. The new standard is ASTM F2960.

  • Residential Solar Energy Storage Market to Grow by Factor of 10 from 2014 to 2018

    The global market for grid-connected residential photovoltaic (PV) solar installations coupled with energy storage is predicted to grow tenfold to reach more than 900 megawatts (MW) in 2018, up from just 90 MW in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS Technology.

  • U.S. and China Agree to Carbon Reduction Goals

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. would aim to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

  • 10 Steps to Better Foundation Fieldbus Installations--Part 3

    Lessons learned from fieldbus users can help improve systems, performance and personnel. Part 1 of this three-part series discusses how wiring mistakes interfere with communication. Part 2 examines how configuration and addressing make all the difference.

  • Heat Transfer Sets Noise Floor for Ultrasensitive Electronics

    A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments.

  • Internet of Things in the Real World, Part 2

    How will the Internet of Things (IoT) actually be implemented in an industrial enterprise? Many of the separate elements have been in place for a couple of decades, so the challenge is to understand what needs to be done to pull them together to function as a whole.

  • Material Aims to Be "Black Hole" for Sunlight in Power Projects

    An engineering team at the University of California, San Diego has developed a new nanoparticle-based solar power material that eclipses previous designs.

  • Graphical Programming Stretches Engineering Design Frontiers

    No matter what the technical specialty, the education of most engineers includes at least a taste of a popular textual programming language, such as Java, C, C++ or Visual Basic, just to name a few.

  • Method Could Expand Biomass Waste Use for Chemical Feedstock

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation could held expand the use of biorenewable materials for fuel and chemicals, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in green chemistry at the University.

  • Revised Standard for Installing and Maintaining Medium-voltage Cable

    The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the National Cable Splicing Certification Board (NCSCB) released NECA/NCSCB 600-2014, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Medium-Voltage Cable the latest in a series of revisions for National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS).

  • 10 Steps to Better Foundation Fieldbus Installations—Part 2

    Lessons learned from fieldbus users can help improve systems, performance and personnel. Part one of this three part series discusses how wiring mistakes interfere with communication. This installment examines how configuration and addressing make all the difference. Part 3 will be published in the near future.

  • IHS BOM Manager Offers World’s Largest Database of Electronic Components

    IHS Technology announces that its IHS BOM Manager tool now offers the world’s largest component database, containing more than 442 million parts. IHS BOM Manager is the centerpiece of the IHS suite of parts management tools, which includes CAPS Universe and XML Web Services.

  • Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond

    The semiconductor industry is on the verge of transitioning to new realities of fabrication.

  • Without Relativity, GPS Would Be Lost

    Ask the average person what "relativity" means, and you'll likely hear answers such as "everything's relative," "you can't go faster than light" or even the classic formula "E = mc2.”

  • ASTM Committee Approves Standard to Test for Glycols in Motor Oil

    The presence of ethylene glycol in in-service motor oil indicates that antifreeze coolant has leaked into the crankcase of an internal combustion engine. Such leakage leads to engine wear problems.

  • Apple and Samsung Drive Adoption of Next-Generation Sensors

    Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology.

  • Internet of Things in the Real World, Part 1

    The Internet of Things has been riding the crest of a wave of attention in the technology and financial media in recent years.

  • NIST Publishes Cloud Computing Roadmap

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government's accelerated adoption of cloud computing.

  • Is Hyperspectral Imaging Ready to Take Off?

    After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the U.S. space agency, NASA, deployed its Earth Resources-2 aircraft to detect the presence, extent and concentration of the spill.

  • 10 Steps to Better Foundation Fieldbus Installations—Part 1

    Lessons learned from fieldbus users can help improve your systems, performance and personnel. Part one: How wiring mistakes interfere with communication.

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