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In new engineering test: girls rule, boys drool When boys and girls argue on a playground, it usually gets divided into two gender-loyal factions proclaiming their superiority at certain abilities. Boys will claim sports, anything involving strength, manual labor, maybe problem solving. Girls have the more creative properties: art, fashion sense, sophistication. Right? No one would […]

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Three Quarter Mark

Kaydon Bearings were used in Apollo spacesuits, CT scanners Kaydon Bearings celebrated its 75th anniversary on Monday, May 16 with events planned for its facilities in Michigan, South Carolina, Ohio, Mexico, China, and Brazil. The Kaydon Engineering Corporation was founded in May, 1941 by A. Harold Frauenthal in Muskegon, Michigan, and its original location is still a […]

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Little Engines That Can

For storing renewables, take it back to the tracks One of the newest developing technologies in the renewable energy sector is regenerative braking, and the potential for applying it to a centuries-old industry and its infrastructure: train tracks. The basic principle is to gather energy used to move a train uphill and store it, recovering […]

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Sealing the Deal

Gaddis executive has done it all, from hamburgers to mechanical seals John Griffin certainly isn’t your average salesman. The 63-year old account executive currently works for Gaddis, Inc., the Hilton Head, S.C.-based mechanical seals manufacturer. His routine involves making sales calls and occasional travelling. But prior to joining Gaddis about four years ago, he owned and […]

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Viridity Gains Validity

Energy company has gone from startup to new level Philadelphia-based Viridity Energy continues to carve its niche into an ever-evolving utility grid industry. The 2009 startup increased its resources this week, reportedly raising $8.5 million in funds from one of its original investors, AltEnergy, a solar solutions company with locations in Virginia, Georgia, Idaho, and Maryland. The […]

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Weaseling Its Way

Small mammal sabotages world’s “most powerful scientific instrument” In the latest version of David vs. Goliath, a small mammal appears to have ousted a scientific giant. Engineers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research whose laboratory is located near Geneva astride the Franco-Swiss border, had to be surprised when their largest instrument shut down overnight […]

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For the Love of Christie

N.J. governor stiff-arms wind power project…again Chris Christie, blockin’ bills. The New Jersey governor once again vetoed a bill advocating offshore wind power on May 3. The bill was pushing to give life to a dwindling Fishermen’s Energy 24MW offshore wind project near Atlantic City. It would be the Garden State’s first offshore wind farm. Proponents […]

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Training Makes Perfect

A.W. Chesterton unveils new industrial training center  A.W. Chesterton Company, the industrial equipment fluid sealing specialist headquartered in Groveland, Mass., has expanded its facilities at that main location (north of Boston) with a new industrial training center, a valve emissions testing facility, and an industrial equipment service location to support its New England-based customers. The training facility, recently featured […]

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Giving 100%

San Diego to go 100% renewable by 2035 Pencil in San Diego as the latest American city to adopt legislature that actively fights climate change and advocates renewable energy. As events such as the devastating wildfire in northern Alberta this past week force authorities and cabinets alike to deal with the effects of warmer temperatures […]

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Alberta Wildfire

Mass evacuation and a struggle for containment For the area of Fort McMurray in Alberta, the month of May has thus far been marked by peril and insecurity. Since wildfires started May 1, the oil-rich urban service area has struggled with the uncertainty of containment, and many of its approximately 60,000 residents have been forced […]

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