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Recycling on the ISS

November 17, 2008 10:58 am | Blogs | Comments

As the astronauts offload the cargo from the Shuttle Endeavour to the ISS today to facilitate growing the crew from three to six astronauts, one item in particular is getting a lot of press: the new toilet. This is not just any toilet: this is a $250 million loo that will recycle the astronauts’ urine, sweat, and other wastewater back into drinkable water.


Coherent single mode green laser

November 17, 2008 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AVIA 532-45 from Coherent, Inc. is a powerful diode-pumped, solid state green laser that delivers diffraction limited output.


JMP 8 takes interactive data analytics to new graphical heights

November 17, 2008 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exploring and learning from data should be an interactive process that you drive and steer-and JMP 8 from SAS lets you do that better than ever. Build graphs on the fly. Using the new Graph Builder, perform analyses to create a graph instantly with just a few clicks and drags of a mouse.


Heater prevents condensation in enclosure

November 13, 2008 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new ETF012 Series electronic hygrotherm senses ambient temperature and relative humidity in an enclosure with electrical/electronic components and turns on a heater or fan. The device weighs .20 kg and is equipped for 35mm DIN rail mounting. Omega Engineering,

Laser system processes in 2-D and 3-D

November 13, 2008 1:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The TruLaser Cell Series 7000 has been updated to feature smoother runs, higher operating speeds, and faster acceleration of the system.

Complete serial protocol and test solution

November 13, 2008 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sierra M6-4 verification system provides capture, display, and analysis of both SAS and SATA data traffic at rates up to 6 Gb/s. It employs native PHY implementation, and features host/device emulation and an Infusion error injector. LeCroy Corp., www.lecroy.

Fast, low-solvent solution for small molecule tasks

November 13, 2008 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thar’s SFC-MS Prep 100 allows for sample volumes up to 5 mL, flow rates up to 100 mL/min, and column sizes to 2 and 3 cm ID. The Waters 3100 single-quad mass spectrometer is used on this open-bed purification system. Thar Instruments, www.tharsfc.

Inverted microscope optimized for materials

November 12, 2008 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Eclipse MA200 can combine captured images with data on observation for enhanced documentation. Designed for metallurgical applications, the MA200 features a new 1X objective lens with an actual field view of 25 mm under a wide range of contrast methods. Nikon Instruments, http://www.


Step motor structure reduces internal cabling

November 12, 2008 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

IS23x-MA Intelligent Step Motors, based on Technosoft’s MotionChip DSP Control Technology, provide distributed multi-axis motion control with integrated intelligence. Compact, the motors offer 1-1.8 Nm permanent output torque from 12 to 48 V and feature 256 microsteps/step.

Cable/hose installer up to 10 times faster

November 11, 2008 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The round KDP/R Cable Entry Plate, rated for -30°C and +90°C, supplies a pre-punched hole for each cable or pneumatic hose. Designed to snap into panels 1.5-2.0 mm thick, it meets RoHS standards and UL class VO for fire protection.

Digital down converter first to use new A/D converter

November 11, 2008 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 7153 four-channel, high-speed digitizer PMC module from Pentek is designed for processing baseband RF or IF signals from a communcations receiver. It uses four of the new 200 MHz 16-bit monolithic ADS5485 A/D Converters from Texas Instruments. Pentek Inc., http://www.pentek.

Microcentrifuge has smallest footprint in class

November 10, 2008 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

At less than 11 inches wide, Labnet’s Prism R is a compact refrigerated centrifuge capable of 13,500 rpm/17,1333x g and is fitted with a 24-place rotor for 1.5 or 2.0 ml tubes. Momentary spin and imbalance detection are also features. Labnet International, www.labnetlink.

Serial oscilloscope has five new debugging methods

November 10, 2008 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy’s SDA 7 Zi Oscilloscope with SDA II can visually predict bit error rate on the eye, provide dual methods of decomposing jitter, supply intuitive eye and jitter breakdown, measure millions of unit intervals quickly, and provide complete drill down. LeCroy Corp., http://www.lecroy.

AC motors tested twice during production

November 6, 2008 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The general purpose OME Series are industrial-duty cast iron enclosed, fan-cooled, three-phase, 208-230/460 V motors available in 1 to 5 horsepower and speeds of 3600, 1800, and 900 RPM. They class F insulation and are inverter-duty capable for both variable and constant torque use.

Microtube thermoshaker offers variable speed and heating

November 6, 2008 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The "Groovin Tubes" Programmable Benchtop Microtube Shaker/Incubator is useful for heating and/or shaking samples contained in microcentrifuge tubes. The speed range is 250 to 1,400 RPM, temperature range is +5°C to 100°C, and stability is +0.1°C.


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