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Commercial HVAC Contractor Of The Year: Air Comfort

Commercial HVAC Contractor Of The Year: Air Comfort

By Ron Rajecki, Contracting Business

CHICAGO, Ill. — The skyline of Chicago is one of the most recognizable in the world. It is comprised of architectural masterpieces as well as simple, functional buildings, and includes three of the five tallest buildings in America. Each building has its own story, but it’s the skyline as a whole that stands as unique and distinctive. The Chicago skyline has evolved over the years, reflecting changes in society and technology, but it has …

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Man Cleaning Missile Silo Leftover From Cold War

Man Cleaning Missile Silo Leftover From Cold War

By Amy Bickel

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – The paved road that leads to the Cold War relic is full of potholes.

It only stretches about a mile across this remote area of Rice County, laid more than 50 years ago for military vehicles. On occasion, Jeff Flaningam says, a few partyers searching for his site that sits 174 feet deep below the prairie have come down the road too fast – ramming through his locked iron gate, The Hutchinson …

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In Vermont, A Milestone In Green-Energy Efforts

In Vermont, A Milestone In Green-Energy Efforts

By Wilson Ring

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.

With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold last month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city’s edge.

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When it did, Burlington joined the Washington Electric Co-operative, which …

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Spirax Sarco Introduces BCV43 Series Blowdown Control Valves

Spirax Sarco Introduces BCV43 Series Blowdown Control Valves


Blythewood, SC – Spirax Sarco, the leader in products and services for steam system solutions is pleased to release the BCV43 series blowdown control valves in line sizes 3⁄4” and 1 1⁄2”. This new range of BCV43 blowdown control valves are based on the SPIRA-TROL platform and are designed to maintain the TDS at an optimum level keeping blowdown to a minimum, thus maintaining a healthy steam and condensate system and conserve water and energy. The …

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Measure Up To The Task: Hilti Laser Range Meters PD-I and PD-E

Measure Up To The Task: Hilti Laser Range Meters PD-I and PD-E


The new Hilti Laser range meters PD-I and PD-E offer the latest in measuring technology, enabling reliable measuring performance. Whether measuring long distances, calculating areas and volumes, or in difficult to reach situations, the PD-I and PD-E take measurements quickly and accurately. Hilti Pulse Power Technology allows for reliable measurements even under challenging conditions.

Simple to use, these laser range meters have an accuracy of +/- 1/16 inch. The PD-E laser range meter is streamlined …

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HotRodTM Sheaths From Morgan Molten Metal Systems Offer Superior Protection For Furnace Heating Control Systems

HotRodTM Sheaths From Morgan Molten Metal Systems Offer Superior Protection For Furnace Heating Control Systems


Morgan’s Molten Metal Systems business announces its HotRodTM pyrometry sheaths and other pyrometer assembly products, which protect thermocouples in furnace heating control
systems. Industry proven for over 30 years, the pyrometer assemblies are made of a durable, erosion-resistant clay-graphite mix with special plasticity properties, which is then extruded into the proper shape.

The pryometer assemblies are designed to have a metal wire inserted into them, and are then put into a metal bath to measure the temperature. HotRod sheaths …

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3-D Printing Class Helps Girls Explore STEM Fields

3-D Printing Class Helps Girls Explore STEM Fields

By Lauren Slagter

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) – A mechanical arm repeats the same pattern over and over, dispensing layer after layer of plastic to create the 3-D object designed by Maconaquah Middle School girls in a new enrichment class.

The hum of the 3-D printers is a constant backdrop for the class, which meets for the last 25 minutes of the school day for nine weeks. At least one of the four MakerBot printers in Ron Shaffer’s …

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Sony Attack Shows Shifting Online Security Threat

Sony Attack Shows Shifting Online Security Threat

By Yuri Kageyama

TOKYO (AP) — The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry when Sony’s PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter.

Experts say that’s a wakeup call for a world still coming to grips with cybersecurity: What goes down online can be equally if not more disruptive in the real world.

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What often surfaces …

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A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone Without Passcodes

A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone Without Passcodes

By Anick Jesdanun

NEW YORK (AP) – Passcodes are outdated.

They’re a pain to use, and they aren’t secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don’t bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

We’ll explore features in various …

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Wal-Mart: Try, Try Again

Wal-Mart: Try, Try Again

By Anne D’Innocenzio

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart thought shoppers would jump at the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.

But customers had trouble using the “Scan & Go” app during tests in 200 stores, so Wal-Mart nixed it.

Instead of looking at the app as a failure, though, Wal-Mart took what it learned from “Scan & Go” to create another …

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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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New Memoir Presents An Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer’s Odyssey From The Streets Of Tehran To The Hills Of Malibu

New Memoir Presents An Armenian-Iranian-American Engineer’s Odyssey From The Streets Of Tehran To The Hills Of Malibu

Los Angeles, Calif. – …And Then I Met The Getty Kouros is a memoir that chronicles the remarkable story of Jack Njdeh Yaghoubian, who has made a huge impact on the world of engineering in the United States and around the world.

This Armenian-Iranian-American odyssey is a story of one life with three rich and distinct cultures as an omnipresent backdrop to a prolific career in earthquake engineering. Yaghoubian invented and holds the patent for an ingenious earthquake base isolation system that enabled the broken Getty Kouros …

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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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