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NASA Invites Media to Mars Orbit Insertion Activities
September 18, 2014
NASA reported that media representatives are invited to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center on Sept. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT, for local coverage and interviews of the orbit insertion countdown activities for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission

Toshiba Introduces CMOS Image Sensor for Mobile Handsets and Smartphones
September 18, 2014
Toshiba America Electronic Components reported its newest 1.12-micron CMOS image sensor for mobile handsets and smartphones with 20-megapixel resolution.

Ericsson to discontinue development of modems
September 18, 2014
Ericsson today announced it will discontinue future development of modems and shift parts of resources in modems to radio network R&D to better capture growth opportunities in this area.

Pipeline Safety: Guidance for Pipeline Flow Reversals, Product Changes and Conversion to Service; Federal Register Extracts
September 18, 2014
SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to alert operators of hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipelines of the potential significant impact flow reversals, product changes and conversion to service may have on the integrity of a pipeline. Failures on natural gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines have occurred after these operational changes. This advisory bulletin describes specific notification requirements and general operating and maintenance (OandM) and integrity management actions regarding flow reversals, product changes and conversion to service. This advisory bulletin also recommends additional actions operators should take when these operational changes are made including the submission of a comprehensive written plan to the appropriate PHMSA regional office regarding these changes prior to implementation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Halliday by phone at 202-366-0287 or by email at julie.halliday@dot.gov Information about PHMSA may be found at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

MISSING WATER METERS; Water official strikes back at audit
September 18, 2014
Atlanta Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina is taking aim at City Auditor Leslie Ward over a recent report that said the department can't account for 10,000 water meters. Macrina said Ward's findings were "misleading" and "disingenuous" in stating the department can't account for the meters between 2006 and 2013. Macrina said the bulk of the missing meters went unaccounted for between 2006 and 2009, long before Mayor Kasim Reed took office. The commissioner also disputed Ward's assertion that Watershed has failed to put "consistent processes in place" to guard against loss.

Micross Components Appoints Greg Hodges to Director of Sales.
September 17, 2014
  Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) September 17, 2014             Micross Components, a global provider of specialty electronic components with a 35 year history in supplying authentic, high-reliability products, has appointed Greg Hodges as Director of Sales.           Previously, Greg was Director of Sales at Cirrus Logic, where he achieved numerous new design wins with strategic customers and developed a domestic and international sales representative network, resulting in millions of dollars of annual revenue.

Vacutec Smart Pressure™ High Pressure Smoke Machine Wins 2014 MOTOR Magazine Top 20 Tools Award: 5th Time A Product Containing STAR EnviroTech Technology Has Won.
September 16, 2014
  Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 17, 2014         Vacutec's High Pressure Smoke Machine (WV711) is recipient of MOTOR Magazine's 2014 Top 20 Tools Award. Designed for turbo engines, the WV711 uses STAR EnviroTech's patent pending Smart Pressure™ digital microprocessor technology with special Honeywell(R) flow device. This overcomes the typical thinning smoke at higher pressures, which plagues conventional analog high-pressure machines, by delivering the densest smoke at any pressure. And with contaminant-free UltraTraceUV(R) dye, it finds high-pressure leaks that smoke alone simply can't find.       Easy digital controls allow for precise pressure adjustments without fumbling with analog regulators: "Just set it and forget it." The all-digital unit comes standard with remote control and is self-calibrating and fully adjustable from 1-43.5 psi (69 mbar-3 bar). It also quantifies leaks with pressure decay (PSI/bar) and flow rate.         The award-winning WV711 smoke machine marks the 3rd generation and 20th year of high pressure smoke machines for Vacutec.

News Quiz
September 07, 2014
1. AAA was expecting 2014 to see the biggest Labor Day travel weekend since 2008. How many Americans were expected to travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday?

Xiaomi Mi Band vs. Fitbit Flex Fitness Band Price And Specifications Comparison [WATCH VIDEOS].
August 22, 2014
  The Xiaomi Mi Band and the Fitbit Flex Fitness Band are two wearable fitness trackers that have similar features including sleep tracker. Read on for the Xiaomi Mi Band vs. Fitbit Flex Fitness Band price and specifications, or "specs"comparison.       (https://www.facebook.com/xiaomichina/posts/735249586510637) According to the Xiaomi Facebook page, below is a list of the Xiaomi Mi Band specifications and its price.     The Xiaomi Mi Band Specifications:           - Fitness level monitor and sleeping quality tracker   - Sleep-cycle smart alarm         - 30-day standby power           - Water resistant (IP67)         - Can be used to unlock your Mi phone without a password (Bluetooth 4.0 enabled)           - Various stylish band options (including wrap-around and leather bands)         The Xiaomi Mi Band (Length: 157-205 mm, Net Weight: 13 g) also has LED light, 41mAh lithium-ion battery and a USB cable included with it.             The Xiaomi Mi Band Price:         Approx. $13           Click (http://www.xiaomishop.com/134-mi-band.html) HERE to see more photos of the Xiaomi Mi Band from the Xiaomi Shop.       On the other hand, below are the Fitbit Flex Fitness Band specifications, which are (http://www.fitbit.com/flex/specs) from the official Fitbit website .       The Fitbit Flex Fitness Band Specifications:           - Colorful wristbands including tangerine, navy, teal and violet

Unleashing VPF Technology
August 14, 2014
Centralised air conditioners should ideally provide comfort and energy efficiency. Variable Primary Flow systems coupled with Pressure Independent Balancing and Control Valves deliver on both counts, says Ismail Serhan Ozten of Danfoss, who presents proof to support his assertion. Infrastructure challenge It is to state the obvious that most commercial buildings have very low occupancy after office hours or during weekends. This renders operating centralised air conditioning systems during these times wasteful. The challenge is to run them efficiently. In example 1 the building has 10 floors and all of them are occupied from morning till late afternoon. During evening time, a single floor is open for business. Thus, the centralised air conditioning system that distributes air for the entire building has to work for the sake of cooling only a single floor. Modern building outlook requirements do not allow an additional air conditioning equipment to be displayed outside the building. Therefore, running a separate smaller air conditioning system is not an option. In such a scenario, the Variable Primary Flow system could be the answer.


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