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Explosion A Reminder Of NYC’s Aging Infrastructure

Explosion A Reminder Of NYC’s Aging Infrastructure

By David Crary

NEW YORK (AP) – Even while the cause remains unknown, a deadly blast that leveled two buildings served by a 127-year-old gas main has provided a jarring reminder of just how old and vulnerable much of the infrastructure is in New York and many other cities nationwide.

A detailed report issued only a day before the explosion in East Harlem estimates that $47 billion is needed for repairs and replacement over the next five years to …

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US Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

US Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

By Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON (AP) – A small, four-rotor drone hovered over the Washington Nationals baseball players during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration’s permission first.

The drone flights ceased the next day.

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“No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,” a team official said when contacted by The Associated Press. The official wasn’t …

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Japan Sees Future Business In Fukushima Cleanup

Japan Sees Future Business In Fukushima Cleanup

By Mari Yamaguchi

TOKYO (AP) – There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need.

Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.

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It may sound surprising, given …

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Modine Introduces Its Full-Line Geothermal Heat Pump Series

Modine Introduces Its Full-Line Geothermal Heat Pump Series


Modine’s Energy Star-rated residential and light commercial geothermal product line includes water-to-water, water-to-air, water-to-air/water combination, and split condensing/air-handling systems.

All Modine geothermal systems feature the Orb controller, providing quick start-up right from the full color LCD touchscreen with control of up to four forced-air zones as standard, real time displays of EER and COP estimates, water and air temperatures, and easy troubleshooting. All systems use R410A refrigerant and offer a 10-year limited warranty.

Water-to-water residential and light …

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Leviton Launches Universal Z-Wave Dimming Switch

Leviton Launches Universal Z-Wave Dimming Switch


NEW ORLEANS, La. – Leviton announced today the release of an updated Vizia RF+ VRMX1 universal dimming switch. The new Z-Wave universal dimmer is the latest generation of Leviton’s Vizia RF+ family of Z-Wave energy management and lighting control products. Designed for the future, it supports the latest dimmable LED and CFL technologies, as well as legacy incandescent and halogen bulbs while incorporating the Zensys 4.5.4 Z-Wave library.

“As the market transitions to more efficient bulb technologies, …

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J.W. Winco, Inc. Inch Size Rod End Bearings Are Self-Lubricating

J.W. Winco, Inc. Inch Size Rod End Bearings Are Self-Lubricating


NEW BERLIN, Wisc. – J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers WN 648 Self-Lubricating Rod End Bearings in inch sizes.

Rod ends are used in controlling and linking mechanisms in all types of machines. These RoHS-compliant rod end bearings are suitable for high load, low speed applications with hanging angles, requiring linear, rotational or oscillatory motions. They are offered in both tapped and threaded …

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Paralyzed Madison Combat Vet Goes ‘Robocop’

Paralyzed Madison Combat Vet Goes ‘Robocop’

By Steven Verburg


MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Just under three years ago, a powerful bomb blast ripped the earth apart along a remote road in Afghanistan, leaving Army Sgt. Dan Rose paralyzed from the chest down.

Since then, Rose has plied Rocky Mountain powder on specially adapted skis, completed his first marathon in a wheelchair and surfed on ocean waves atop a longboard.

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Now he’s ready to stand up and walk again – on a limited basis – with …

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Senator: Technology Warrants New Privacy Laws

Senator: Technology Warrants New Privacy Laws

By Nick Tabor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Sen. Christopher Shank says government agencies can learn a great deal about people by just tracking their movements via cellphones and license plates, so Maryland needs stricter protections to keep pace with new surveillance technology.

Shank, R-Washington, presented to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee two bills that would put new surveillance restrictions on the government.

The bills are part of a package Shank developed with Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery. Raskin also submitted measures to limit the use of surveillance drones and the collection …

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Target Breach Puts Corporate Tech Execs Under Fire

Target Breach Puts Corporate Tech Execs Under Fire

By Bree Fowler
NEW YORK (AP) – Hackers are putting top technology executives under severe pressure. And the sudden departure of Target’s chief information officer in the wake of the company’s massive pre-Christmas data breach has only ratcheted up the stress.

Years ago, the job of a CIO focused mainly on the upkeep of computer systems. In their largely behind-the-scenes roles, most of their major decisions centered on the kinds of technological innovations a company would adopt, when and how much to pay for systems upgrades and the creation …

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Car-To-Car Talk: Hey, Look Out For That Collision!

Car-To-Car Talk: Hey, Look Out For That Collision!

By Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don’t, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they’re plunging toward peril.

The action, still some years off, has “game-changing potential” to cut collisions, deaths and injuries, federal transportation officials said at a news conference.

A radio signal would continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. …

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Devices Upgrade School Lockdown Procedure

Devices Upgrade School Lockdown Procedure

By Marta Jewson
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – Principal Charlie Eisenreich has the power to lock down Apollo High School. It comes with the job – but now it’s literally at the touch of a button.

Eisenreich and five others will soon begin carrying devices giving them the ability to trigger an instantaneous lockdown at that building.

It’s all part of an upgraded safety and warning system aimed at shaving seconds off responses with earlier lockdown notifications that alert essential law enforcement and district officials and warn anyone outside the …

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Internet Firms Release Data On NSA Requests

Internet Firms Release Data On NSA Requests

By Stephen Braun and Michael Liedtke

WASHINGTON (AP) – A flurry of new reports from major technology companies show that the U.S. government collects customer information on tens of thousands of Americans every six months as part of secret national security investigations. And the companies’ top lawyers struck a combative stance, saying the Obama administrative needs to provide more transparency about its data collection.

Freed by a recent legal deal with the Obama administration, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr provided expanded details and some vented criticism about …

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Victims’ Son: Use Social Media Against Violence

Victims’ Son: Use Social Media Against Violence

By Don Babwin

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – Garrard McClendon was a local television talk-show host in 2009 when he was told his elderly parents had been shot to death during a burglary of their home.

Now an assistant professor of education at Chicago State University, he is calling on the city’s high-tech community to develop a social media program that can help reduce the Chicago area’s violence problem. He envisions an app where people could warn of impending flashpoints …

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Geothermal And HVAC Graduate Level Textbook Now Available From Mcgraw Hill

Geothermal And HVAC Graduate Level Textbook Now Available From Mcgraw Hill


CRANSTON, RI – McGraw Hill Education has published a follow-on graduate level textbook to its highly successful Geothermal HVAC: Green Heating and Cooling undergraduate textbook, published in 2011.

In addition to geothermal consultant Jay Egg, one of the authors to the first textbook, the new volume, Modern Geothermal HVAC: Engineering and Control Applications, which came out this summer, features contributions from Greg Cunniff, P.E., Applications Engineering …

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