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Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

By Nicholas K. Geranios

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a follow-up to the story “Idaho Company Gets $750,000 For Solar Parking Lot” that appeared in the September 2011 issue of The Chief Engineer.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear …

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Work Begins On Wall For Two Sandy-Devastated Towns

Work Begins On Wall For Two Sandy-Devastated Towns

By Wayne Parry

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) – Two wealthy New Jersey shore towns that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago began building a 4-mile-long steel wall last month, an expensive effort that the state says is needed to protect the communities but that some residents and environmentalists oppose.

State and local officials watched as the work began where the Atlantic Ocean tore through the sand and cut a channel into Barnegat …

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Bill Neustadt Announces Retirement as CEO of Neuco Inc.

Bill Neustadt Announces Retirement as CEO of Neuco Inc.


Neuco Inc. announced the retirement of its longstanding CEO Bill Neustadt effective July 1, 2014. Bill is retiring after a career spanning more than 40 years with Neuco. “The entire Neuco organization extends its sincerest gratitude to Bill for his innumerable contributions to the growth of the company,” said Brian Neustadt, VP, Sales of Neuco. “Everyone wishes him great happiness in his retirement.”

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Fairview Microwave Announces New Lines of RF Rotary Joints

Fairview Microwave Announces New Lines of RF Rotary Joints


Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces their new line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints.

Fairview Microwave’s RF rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to be transmitted between stationary and moving parts of a system, commonly used in commercial and military radar, land-mobile-radio communications and anti-missile defense applications. These rotary joints boast a compact design, excellent VSWR, low insertion loss, and minimal variation of RF …

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Safety Interlocks Promote Safe Tanker Loading/Unloading

Safety Interlocks Promote Safe Tanker Loading/Unloading


Massillon, Ohio – Kirk Key’s Eagle safety interlocking products provide process safety control in tanker loading and unloading operations. Kirk’s Eagle trapped key interlocking systems ensure that users follow a pre-determined sequence of operation for activating road, rail, and sea tanker control valves in oil refining, petro-chemical, pulp and paper, liquefied gas, and other industrial applications. Kirk Eagle Series valve interlocks integrate with its mechanical and electromechanical trapped key interlock series to form a …

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Complete Line of Break-Over Type Torque Wrenches Released by Fairview Microwave

Complete Line of Break-Over Type Torque Wrenches Released by Fairview Microwave


Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces the release of a new portfolio of beak-over type torque wrenches used to precisely fasten connections between components and systems.

Fairview Microwave has added a broad range of these break-over type torque wrenches suitable for multiple RF connector types including 1.0mm, 2.4mm, 2.92mm, 3.5mm, 7mm, SC, SMA, SMC, SSMA, SSMC, Type N and TNC designs. These RF torque wrenches are offered with …

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Are Drones The Future Of Firefighting?

Are Drones The Future Of Firefighting?

By Brian Smith

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – When it comes to analyzing dangerous wildfires, could a sensor attached to a drone ever replace a human eye connected to an intellect shaped by experience and intuition?

That’s one of the many questions federal wildland firefighting officials are asking as drones become increasingly popular in warfare and commerce.

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The wildfire drone conversation comes on the heels of a national reminder about the human cost of firefighting after one of the deadliest …

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Hybrid Tricycle Designed To Increase Mobility

Hybrid Tricycle Designed To Increase Mobility

By Melissa Griffiths

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Adventure runs in the Janes family, so when Bob Janes found his father’s age affected his ability to be active outdoors, something had to be done.

So Janes invented the Access Hybrid, a trike with an assistive electric motor, meant to provide all the fun of a bicycle and all the function of a traditional mobility device.

“My father, three years ago, at 89, was given a standard mobility scooter,” Janes said. “He …

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Kansas Dad’s Droid Hobby Makes Him A Hit With Sons

Kansas Dad’s Droid Hobby Makes Him A Hit With Sons

By James A. Fussell

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) – Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid.

As in R2-D2. As in Star Wars. As in … “Whoa! Where’d you get that thing?”

With “Star Wars: Episode VII” now shooting, every tidbit of news about the iconic franchise flies across social media and the Internet at light speed.

Fan-built droids are part of the frenzy. Costing more than …

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Students Learn Through Electric Car Competition

Students Learn Through Electric Car Competition

By Connie Jo Discoe

BENKELMAN, Neb. (AP) – The boys have tweaked the standard gear ratios, and they’ve figured out how to get the throttle to work better.

“It’s going 30 miles an hour now,” says a smiling Bill Wilson, sponsor of Dundy County-Stratton High School’s first-ever electric vehicle competition team.

The “Power Drive” electric car program, sponsored since 1998 by the Nebraska Public Power District and Omaha Public Power District, gives high school students hands-on experience in a challenge …

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Review: Tech Goodies To Bring Along On Trips

Review: Tech Goodies To Bring Along On Trips

By Anick Jesdanun

DENVER, Colo. (AP) – Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.

But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you’re going?

In my travels, I’ve come across a number of products and services worth bringing along:

KEEPING YOUR GADGETS CHARGED:
Duh. You’ll need not only the charging cord, but also the unit for plugging into the wall outlet. Bring …

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New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

By Michael Liedtke
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.

Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic …

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Researcher: Technology Not To Blame For Teen Woes

Researcher: Technology Not To Blame For Teen Woes

By Leanne Italie

NEW YORK (AP) – Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it’s her teens’-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart.

Now, Boyd has written her first book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” out in February from Yale University Press and available for free on her website, …

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Device Lets Oakland Deputies Track Cellphones

Device Lets Oakland Deputies Track Cellphones

By Joel Kurth and Lauren Abdel-Razzaq

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) – Oakland County commissioners asked no questions last March before unanimously approving a cellphone tracking device so powerful it was used by the military to fight terrorists.

Now, though, some privacy advocates question why one of the safest counties in Michigan needs the super-secretive Hailstorm device that is believed to be able to collect large amounts of cellphone data, including the locations of users, by masquerading as a cell tower, according to The Detroit News.

“I don’t like not knowing what …

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