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Smart Meters, Risky Bets?

Energy grid maven warns: cyber threats may begin at home As the UK pursues a goal of installing smart meters in every home by the end of 2020, British businessman and former National Energy Grid CEO Steve Holliday tells The Guardian’s Adam Vaughan that concerns about cyber attacks are “off the scale.” Holliday has been focused […]

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Rail Fail

Unsecured rail causes NY subway to go off track File this under “the hazards of improper storage.” A New York subway train was derailed in upper Manhattan in late June when it struck and dragged a spare rail that had been stored between the two rails in use, reports the Associated Press. Such storage practices are […]

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This time, a Plant OPENS

Samsung moves jobs from Mexico to South Carolina In a move welcomed by workers and politicians, Samsung Electronics has announced plans to invest $380,000 to open a new appliance factory in South Carolina. The new factory, located in Newberry County, will produce washing machines and other appliances, including some oven ranges that are currently made […]

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HVACR’s Cutting Edge

AHR Expo invites Innovation Awards entries For a 14th year, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) is calling for entries for its annual Innovation Awards Competition. The competition recognizes “advanced solutions to ever-changing need” in the HVACR industry in ten product categories: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; […]

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Breaking – Feds search Caterpillar

Stock sinks, questions bubble up Federal law enforcement officers entered three Peoria Caterpillar facilities this morning and executed a search warrant, according to multiple news reports. The activity was confirmed by a statement from the company, which did not identify the search’s purpose or the name of the agency conducting it. According to an article by Chris Kaergard, political […]

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Double the pathways

Nine months after announcing its “Pathways to Prosperity” initiative to provide specialized, hands-on educational/employment training for high schoolers, the state of Delaware has committed to more than doubling the program over the next year.  Although the expansion incorporates new sectors of computer networking, finance and health care into the initiative, the previously established partnerships with […]

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OSHA fines going up

OSHA penalties for repeat, willful, and serious violations will be increased for the first time in decades, and future fines will be permitted to rise with inflation over time, as authorized by a provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was signed into law by President Obama November 2. The increases will be based […]

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Eric Tsai, 3M engineer, shows off his mini-house

It’s not nearly as attractive as the house he lives in, but Eric Tsai’s cardboard contraption does resemble the real thing, kind of … and more to the point, it acts like his real residence. Using a nest of wires and WI-FI technology, the 3M engineer describes his “tinkering project” as a real-world manifestation of the home’s energy consumption. […]

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Controlling a motor with Bluetooth

EA’s Bill O’Leary asks, “Can the powerful and expansive tentacles of Bluetooth stretch to hands-on trades like electro-mechanical engineering? Will we ever reach a point where we can operate an electric motor remotely using Blue-tooth on our smartphones? “Truth is we already can. Kind of. Behold “MotorAir,” a Bluetooth dual motor driver smartphone remote control […]

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Video of the week – snakebot!

Tesla Model S Robotic Snake Charter automatically moves out from a wall and connects to charge your EV.   Read more at GizMag

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