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World View Moves Closer to Manned Near-Space Voyages
February 26, 2015
World View said it is one step closer to launching manned voyages after successfully flying the first parafoil from the edge of space at a record-breaking height of 102,200 feet on February 20.

Free Wi-Fi, Cheap Internet; Technology City Plans To Install Its Own Broadband Network, Complete With Public Hot Spots And Private Subscriptions For Homes And Businesses When Does The Service Take Effect? Where Are The Access Points? Are They Secure? Who Is Paying For The Project? Can I Replace My Home Internet Service? How Will This Save The City Money? Watch The Video
February 26, 2015
DAN NEPHIN DNEPHIN@LNPNEWS.COM Free Wi-Fi in public areas will be part of a municipal broadband network Lancaster officials plan to roll out to much of the city over the next 18 months. The city contracted with MAW Communications Inc. of Reading to build and maintain the system, which officials announced Wednesday. Under the 20-year agreement, MAW will be paid about $500,000 to install fiberoptic cable and transmitters throughout the city. The company will get a share of residential and business subscriptions, which will pay for maintenance.

New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency
February 26, 2015
New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency George Putic February 26, 2015 1:35 PM Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building's energy efficiency.

Cases to move forward despite fire at Norfolk DA's offices
February 23, 2015
A gas explosion and fire early yesterday that rendered Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey's Canton offices uninhabitable is not expected to stop court cases from going forward today, his spokesman said.

Fancy a Balloon Trip to the Edge of Space?
February 20, 2015
Fancy a trip to the edge of space in a high-altitude balloon? World View and United Parachute Technologies (UPT) brought that dream one step closer to reality on Friday with the successful flight of a parafoil from a record-breaking height of 102,200 feet.

Car hits gas meter in Kakaako, disrupting hula practice
February 14, 2015
FULL TEXT * 1 / 2 * [BLACK RIGHT-POINTING TRIANGLE] Rob Shikina A halau practiced outside Saturday as firefighters work on a gas leak.

Training - Virtual reality - Virtually a three-dimensional CAD.
February 01, 2015
With more than 150,000 employees in over 100 countries, Schneider Electric has more than 35 training centres around the world. Naturally, language is a barrier, but there are others too, such as the fact that much of the maintenance training is compromised by the difficultly in replicating the potentially hazardous situations that its engineers, or those of its clients, might encounter on site. In addition to this, Schneider Electric wanted to improve the whole classroom training experience by using the latest technologies. These should allow the trainee to practice a full range of skills and processes without the expense of the physical hardware and make the experience quicker and more enjoyable. In a bid to overcome these constraints, Schneider Electric's management team decided to investigate implementing virtual reality (VR) into its training programmes. The criteria were that the VR system should be portable, to share with training centres around the world, and that the virtual training environment developed allowed users to see what would be hidden in real life, and carry out safely actions that might be more risky in real life, or might even be impossible to replicate in the training environment.

Power plant products - New technologies & applications - Differential pressure transducer.
February 01, 2015
Omega has introduced a new high accuracy industrial duty wet/wet differential pressure transducer. The PX509HL Series, which is designed and manufactured by Omega, are said to be rugged shock and vibration rated combined with high accuracy, and are specifically designed to provide long life in demanding industrial areas over a range of containment pressures up to 10,000 psi. The compensated overload range minimises errors induced by large line pressures. Features include welded stainless steel construction, user accessible potentiometers for zero and span, and demountable electrical terminations or a fixed conduit fitting without trim pots.

Pinnacle Engineering - Subsea Systems and Export Pipelines for Delta House
February 01, 2015
Pinnacle Engineering Inc. and sister company, Pinnacle Project Services, supply complete engineering, procurement, inspection and commissioning services to the offshore oil and gas industry. Our company specializes in cradle to grave solutions for projects ranging from single to complex multi-well fields in any water depth. Pinnacle understands the importance of managing costs, schedules and risks, as well as being committed to providing a valued partner and trusted resource for economical, safe offshore project development. Since opening our doors in 1993, Pinnacle has remained focused on providing multidiscipline engineering on scopes ranging from thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars; and locations from shallow marsh to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. With the installation of more than 100 platforms, 250 pipelines and 100 subsea tiebacks behind us; our understanding of how to get a project completed on time and on budget is unmatched. Pinnacle prides itself on innovation, holding over five pending patents related to subsea hardware design.

Beyond relativity
January 22, 2015
One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein presented a paper to the Prussian Academy of Sciences that explained gravity. It is one of the four funda- mental forces in the universe, although in 1915 only one of the others-the electromagnetic force-was known. (The other two act inside the atomic nucleus.) But Einstein's paper offered a radically different way of thinking about gravity. Rather than being an invisible force between two massive objects, he described it as a distortion induced by the masses in time and space themselves-which is to say, in the smooth fabric called spacetime. This warping dictates the paths that objects take under gravity's influence: Isaac Newton's apple fell to Earth because it was, in effect, slipping down the slope of the dent that the planet's mass induces in the fabric of spacetime. In the space curved by the sun's gravity, the planets execute orbits rather like marbles running around the rim of a bowl.


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