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Michoud Builds the Space Launch System

Michoud Builds the Space Launch System

By Jennifer Larino

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Kelley Easley first arrived at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in 1982 everything was big. Bigger than anything he had ever seen.

It was easy to get lost in the 43-acre eastern New Orleans facility. Easley, then a Louisiana State University engineering graduate hired to work on mechanical design for the NASA Space Shuttle external tank, relied on numbered columns inside to tell where he was.

He saw …

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US, Canada Reach Key Funding Deal for Detroit-Windsor Bridge

US, Canada Reach Key Funding Deal for Detroit-Windsor Bridge

By David N. Goodman

DETROIT (AP) — The Obama administration and Canada have agreed on financing a key piece of a planned $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, the two governments announced Wednesday.

The agreement involves a funding mechanism for a toll plaza on the U.S. side of the international crossing, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. It says a “public-private partnership” will pay for the plaza’s construction, with reimbursement from bridge tolls.

Both …

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Seattle Tunnel Machine Bertha Moves Toward Access Pit

Seattle Tunnel Machine Bertha Moves Toward Access Pit

By Martha Bellisle

SEATTLE (AP) — Bertha, Seattle’s troubled tunnel machine, is on the move after being stalled for more than a year.

The giant boring device that is trying to dig a new State Route 99 beneath the city started drilling late Tuesday and had moved six feet by Wednesday afternoon, Lynn Peterson, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, told a legislative committee.

Bertha must travel another 14 feet through unreinforced concrete to reach …

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Johnson Controls Unveils New VFR and Building Automation Systems at AHR

Johnson Controls Unveils New VFR and Building Automation Systems at AHR


Johnson Controls introduced its new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) and building management solutions to create and maintain better performing buildings worldwide at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Expo, January 26-28, in Chicago, Illinois.

Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, unveiled its new VRF solution, a benefit of the company’s recent Hitachi joint venture. The ductless and modular HVAC solution heats and cools multiple building zones to increase energy savings, improve occupant comfort, and lower …

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Bell & Gossett Launches New TECHNOLOGIC Drive

Bell & Gossett Launches New TECHNOLOGIC Drive

The integrated pump controller and adjustable frequency drive of the new Bell & Gossett (B&G) TECHNOLOGIC drive series combines two standard pump functions into one unit to generate greater energy savings, reliability and versatility. It’s designed to handle up to four pumps in parallel and can be easily retrofitted for existing commercial HVAC and pressure boosting applications. It also complies with ASHRAE 90.1 standard 6.5.4.1.

Efficient operation
The integrated controls of the TECHNOLOGIC drive eliminate throttling, resulting in up …

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Mitsubishi Electric Introduces New Lineup of Advanced Integrated Controls for Commercial Building HVAC Solutions

Mitsubishi Electric Introduces New Lineup of Advanced Integrated Controls for Commercial Building HVAC Solutions


Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric) has launched an innovative single-source integrated controls solution for commercial HVAC applications. Three new advanced controllers — the SmartME Zone Controller, the AdvancedHVAC Input/Output Controller and the EB-50GU-A Central Controller — work together as a seamless, comprehensive system to support enhanced functions. The functionality …

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Nuclear Plants Delayed in China, Watched Closely by US Firms

Nuclear Plants Delayed in China, Watched Closely by US Firms

By Ray Henry

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts in China, where officials are expecting delays.

Two plants under construction in Sanmen and Haiyang, China, are the first-ever built using Westinghouse Electric Co.’s AP1000 reactor design. Utility companies in Georgia and South Carolina are building two similar plants in the United States using a very similar design. Since the project in China is father along, …

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Dryers: Homes’ Energy Guzzlers Just Got Greener

Dryers: Homes’ Energy Guzzlers Just Got Greener

By Katherine Roth

For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.

Clothes dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program, became available in 45 Energy Star models starting Presidents’ Day weekend, according to the EPA.

“Dryers are one of the most common household appliances and the biggest energy users,” said …

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Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

By Anick Jesdanun

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.

Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how you’re healing …

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Colorado Tech Start Ups Bet the Farm on Agricultural Drones

Colorado Tech Start Ups Bet the Farm on Agricultural Drones

By Luke Runyon

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A highly anticipated batch of federal laws governing the use of drones could change the regulatory landscape and lead to an explosion in drone use by farmers.
Farmers see drones as a way to get a birds-eye view of their fields to find problem patches with crops. That information can allow farmers to be more precise with fertilizers and pesticides and, ultimately, save money. But getting them in the sky without running …

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

By Brian Wallheimer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Grace Hoening sold 800 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies last year, but that will look like a drop in the bucket if the Rockford 12-year-old has her way.

“My goal is 2,500,” Hoening said.

That’s because any scout who hits that magic number wins a free trip to Disney World. And while more than tripling her best year of cookie sales might seem overly optimistic, Hoening thinks she has a new …

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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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