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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.

Cohu Recaps 4Q 2014 Operating Results
February 25, 2015
Cohu reported fiscal 2014 fourth quarter net sales of $96.2 million and GAAP income of $1.3 million or $0.05 per share. In a release on February 19, the Company reported that net sales for the 12 months ended 2014 were $333.3 million and GAAP income was $5.8 million or $0.22 per share. Income for the fourth quarter and year ended December 27, 2014 included a $5.0 million non-cash, pretax charge for the impairment of goodwill and other assets due to a reduction in the estimated market value of our microwave communications equipment reporting unit.

Salem officials apprise council of big expenditures on horizon
February 24, 2015
Salem city officials met with the city council on Monday to lay the groundwork for several large expenses it could be facing in the next few years. The budget for fiscal year 2015-16 doesn't have to be approved by council until July 1. However, city officials wanted to brief the council about matters that are going to be coming up in the future so the council could provide some direction.

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.

NEC Display Solutions NP-UM361X
February 17, 2015
The NEC Display Solutions NP-UM361X ($,1,149) is a powerful data projector, aimed at classrooms and businesses. It offers a bright image, a strong sound system, solid data- and video-image quality, and a good range of connection choices. It's a very good option if you want a bright ultra-short-throw projector that fares well in midsize venues. The NP-UM361Xis an LCD-based data projector with native XGA (1,024-by-768) resolution and a rated brightness of 3,600 lumens. The chassis has rounded corners and is large and heavy for an ultra-short-throw projector. It measures 4.4 by 16 by 23.3 inches (HWD), and weighs 12 pounds, and is meant for permanent mounting. It can be placed in either a tabletop mount ($219), or a wall mount ($119) above the screen.

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.

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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