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City transitions to automatic meter-reading system
March 03, 2015
Cuba City`s automatic meter-reading project in underway. Earlier this year, Cuba City Municipal Utilities began installing new electric and water meters throughout the city. The meter replacements are part of a project approved by the Cuba City Light and Water Commission in October.

Court accepts indictment against Soma disaster suspects
March 03, 2015
İSTANBUL (CİHAN)- A local court accepted an indictment on Monday by a prosecutor implicating 45 people in connection with a mining disaster in Soma that claimed 301 lives on May 13 of last year.

GYROS LAUNCHES NANOLITER-SCALE IMMUNOASSAY SYSTEM
March 01, 2015
Gyros AB has launched a new instrument, Gyrolab xPlore. "Gyrolab xPlore uses the same CD-based technology found in our widely adopted Gyrolab xP, but its cost and size make it more accessible to a larger range of laboratories doing immunoassays." A smaller version of the widely used five-CD Gyrolab xP workstation, Gyrolab xPlore is a more compact, cost-effective, single-CD tool that makes automated nanoliter-scale immunoassays accessible to laboratories of every size. Using proven microfluidic technology, Gyrolab xPlore optimizes immunoassay development, enabling faster assay development, validation and high-throughput analyses in less time than with manual ELISA or semi-automated methods.

ARM JOINS THE OPENMP ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD
March 01, 2015
ARM has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.

PACKETFRONT REDUCES COST W/ SDN BROADBAND NETWORKS
March 01, 2015
Software Defined Networking (SDN) promises to revolutionize service deployment and service activation in today's telecommunications networks, but an analysis by PacketFront Network Products AB ("PacketFront") concludes that the much acclaimed Open Flow standard is not the best choice for networks outside the data center. The company instead points to NetConf for use in broadband networks. In recent years, Open Flow has become a popular technology to control switches in data center environments for orchestrating services.

ANALOGIC UNVEILS LOW POWER IMAGING PLATFORM
March 01, 2015
Analog Devices, Inc. has unveiled two low-cost Blackfin processor-based development platforms targeting demanding ultra-low-power, real-time applications for image sensing and advanced audio. The Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLIP) leverages the ADSP-BF707 Blackfin processor as well as Analog Devices' optimized software libraries for video occupancy sensing. The ADSP-BF706 EZ-KIT Mini development platform targets power-sensitive embedded applications from portable audio to sound processing and effects. Both platforms include a license for ADI's latest CrossCore Embedded Studio development tools and all hardware for real-time debug and development.

US Navy details firefighting robot prototype
March 01, 2015
FULL TEXT A prototype of the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) was revealed at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC. SAFFiR is based on the CHARLI-L1 robot created at Virginia Tech and features 'seek-and-find' and decision-making algorithms, multimodal sensors, including thermal imaging, infrared stereovision, ultraviolet vision, and gas sensors, as well as a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system that supports area mapping, heat detection, and vision in smoke-occluded environments.

Safety and diagnostic features enhance this flowmeter line
March 01, 2015
The new Rosemount 8700M Magnetic Flowmeter line (photo) provides enhanced safety for hazardous-area applications, along with intelligent diagnostics. Glass feed-throughs transmit signals between isolated compartments of the transmitter enclosure, providing the most effective barrier for safety and reliability. The all-welded sensor design and dual-compartment transmitter housing keep critical components isolated from environmental hazards - a leading cause of electronics failures. Enhanced diagnostics, including Smart Meter Verification and the new Electrode Coating Detection provide users with more information than ever before about the flowmeter, installation and process, enabling more informed decision-making, easier identification of process issues, and simplified flowmeter verification. The Electrode Coating Detection diagnostic identifies coating on the electrode before the sensor signal is compromised, helping to prevent inaccurate flow measurement. - Emerson Process Management, Shakopee, Minn.

An Air conditioner that uses only 350 watts
February 28, 2015
Australian inventor Professor James Trevelyan has engineered an innovative new ultra energy-efficient portable air conditioner called Close Comfort (www.closecomfort.com) that uses less than 350 watts to operate. That's approximately 15% of the energy used by conventional air conditioners and approximately the same amount of energy used to power two ceiling fans. This extraordinary invention was made created by ground-breaking patented Australian innovation which allows for effective cooling for up to 2 persons while using an extremely small amount of energy. It also means that Close Comfort can be used on a typical domestic UPS and even on alternate sources of electricity such as solar power or small generators.

Naftogaz-Gazprom dispute boosts European gas prices
February 26, 2015
European prompt gas markets have firmed on the ongoing disagreement between Russian gas incumbent Gazprom and the Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz over an alleged breach of a winter gas supply contract.


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