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Indiana Landmark’s Fate Rests On Engineer’s Report

Indiana Landmark’s Fate Rests On Engineer’s Report

By Thomas B. Langhorne

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – The fate of the Owen Block, a dilapidated but historically significant 19th century row house in Downtown Evansville, hinges on a private engineering study expected any day now.

The report by Fishers, Indiana-based Arsee Engineers is being paid for by Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit organization that holds an option to purchase the long-vacant building, which annually appears on the Preservation Alliance of Evansville’s “Most Endangered Places” list. Indiana Landmarks’ …

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Fiery Risk? Air Shipments Of Batteries Questioned

Fiery Risk? Air Shipments Of Batteries Questioned

By Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

Yet U.S. and international officials have been slow to adopt safety restrictions that might affect the powerful industries that depend on the batteries and the airlines that profit from shipping them. The batteries are used in products ranging from cellphones …

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89-Year-Old Gary Church Turns Into Ruin Gardens

89-Year-Old Gary Church Turns Into Ruin Gardens

By Joseph S. Pete

GARY, Ind. (AP) – When they learned much of the sanctuary roof caved in, local photographers rushed to the majestic ruins of the City Methodist Church, a long-abandoned downtown cathedral that skilled craftsmen carved out of Bedford limestone to glorify God in a hardscrabble mill town nearly a century ago.

They wanted to capture whatever images they could of the towering nine-story church, which was constructed with an attached auditorium and school as a civilizing influence …

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Riello UPS Introduces Three-Phase UPS for 65-250 kVA Applications

Riello UPS Introduces Three-Phase UPS for 65-250 kVA Applications


Dayton, OH – Ranked among the four leading manufacturers of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) in the world, Riello UPS introduces the Master HP UL – a UL® listed, three-phase UPS for 65-250 kVA applications. Built entirely with IGBT and digital signal processing (DSP), the Master HP UL features online double-conversion technology for maximum power supply protection and power quality with a clean sine wave output. These 480-volt 60 Hz offerings can be run in parallel …

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J.W. Winco Revolving Knobs Substitute For Revolving Handles

J.W. Winco Revolving Knobs Substitute For Revolving Handles


NEW BERLIN, Wisc. – J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 319.5 Revolving Ball Knobs, Long Shoulder Type, with Stainless Steel Tapped Shoulder, in inch and metric sizes.

These RoHS-compliant revolving knobs can be utilized instead of revolving handles, i.e. with handwheels. The tapped shoulder allows the revolving ball knob to be mounted from the underside via a screw or bolt, which can then …

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Pasternack Introduces Expanded Lines of In-Stock RF Amplifiers

Pasternack Introduces Expanded Lines of In-Stock RF Amplifiers


Irvine, Calif. – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has significantly expanded their portfolio of connectorized RF amplifiers including high power amplifiers, high-rel amplifiers, broadband amplifiers, limiting amplifiers, power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers (LNAs), log amplifiers and gain blocks.

Pasternack’s broad lines of coaxial amplifiers are employed across the entire spectrum of commercial and military applications including use in radar, electronic warfare, satcom, wireless communications, test lab instrumentation, commercial …

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MIT Engineers Have High Hopes For Cheetah Robot

MIT Engineers Have High Hopes For Cheetah Robot

By Rodrique Ngowi

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – It’s a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world’s fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors – including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles.

The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes – all while using less power than a …

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Mickey And Math? Disney Launches Education Apps

Mickey And Math? Disney Launches Education Apps

By Barbara Ortutay

NEW YORK (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. is launching a new line of learning tools designed to help parents encourage kids 3 to 8 to learn outside of school. Disney Imagicademy begins with a series of mobile apps but will later expand into other products such as books and interactive toys. Over time, the target age will also grow to include older kids.

To start, Disney is launching an iPad app called “Mickey’s Magical Math …

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Police Tout Benefits Of Surveillance Cameras

Police Tout Benefits Of Surveillance Cameras

By Jan Hefler
RIVERSIDE, N.J. (AP) – High-tech surveillance cameras are going up on street poles in suburban South Jersey communities where they are being used as virtual patrols to stretch police departments.

Many have been installed quietly, netting a rash of drug dealers as well as petty criminals.

In Riverside, a blue-collar town of 9,000, the equipment was used in recent years to disband a burglary ring and a Bloods Gang affiliate known as Sex Money Murder.

Nearby, in Burlington City, the equipment captured an encounter with a vandal who …

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Student Texts Space Station With Rooftop Antennae

Student Texts Space Station With Rooftop Antennae

By Chase Castle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – If you have a message to relay to the International Space Station, simply stop by Van Allen Hall and ask if Ross McCurdy is around.

The sophomore astronomy student at the University of Iowa built a communication station on the seventh floor of the building there and helped assemble an approximately 20-foot rooftop antennae. The devices were used this summer to make contact with the station – a 460-ton, continuously crewed …

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Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92

Pioneer Of Video Games, Simon Dies At 92


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to “Pong” and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home, the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester confirmed.

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Born in Germany, Baer escaped the Holocaust with his family.

He started thinking about what later became the home video game console while …

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Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering

Engineers Embark on a Mission to Bring Humanity to the Field of Engineering


David E. Goldberg, President of Big Beacon and emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, – are two men on a daring mission. Their goal is to transform the entire world of engineering. Their objective is simple – they aim at humanizing the engineering profession.

Their new book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, …

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Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

Digital Effort Increases Access To Rare Books

By Dave Gong
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time.

Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.

Display cases containing replicas of important Lincoln documents line the walls in front of the hall windows, while a rocking chair – a replica of the one Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated – sits in the …

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Silicon Valley Struggles To Speak FDA’s Language

Silicon Valley Struggles To Speak FDA’s Language

By Matthew Perrone

WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple’s new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently expressed his frustration with the complex web of rules that govern the field.

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“Health is just so heavily regulated,” …

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