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  • Equipment Failure May Cut Kepler Mission Short
    By on May 16, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    HyperbolicParabaloid writes “According to the New York Times, an equipment failure on the Kepler spacecraft may mean the end of its planet-hunting mission. One of the reaction wheels that maintains the craft’s orientation — critical to long-exposure imaging — has failed. ‘In January engineers noticed that one of the reaction wheels that keep the spacecraft pointed was experiencing too much friction. They shut the spacecraft down for a (more…)



  • Star Wars The Old Republic: Modular Equipment [Beta Screenshot]
    By on July 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Fans not lucky enough to get into a beta or player trial of SWTOR are hanging onto every little piece of news they can get to tell them something more about the game before release. Screen shot leaks from beta are one way that some of us are getting a sneak peek into the game and what it might hold. While it’s important to remember that anything released early, especially from a beta, is subject to change. In fact, it probably will change- several (more…)

  • Hidden Child Danger: Arsenic-Treated Playground Equipment
    By on July 15, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Playground fun is a must have experience of summer. However, your child’s fun may be secretly affected if he’s playing on arsenic-treated playground equipment. From the 1970’s until 2003, a lot of the wood for playground equipment, decks, picnic benches and more, was pressure-treated with a preservative containing toxic arsenic.

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  • Can You Trust Chinese Computer Equipment?
    By on February 6, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ian Lamont writes “Suspicions about China slipping eavesdropping technology into computer exports have been around for years. But the recent spying attacks, attributed to China, on Google and other Internet companies have revived the hardware spying concerns. An IT World blogger suggests the gear can’t be trusted, noting that it wouldn’t be hard to add security holes to the firmware of Chinese-made USB memory sticks, computers, hard drives, and cameras. (more…)

  • Hockey Coach Freaks Out, Throws Equipment on the Ice (Video)
    By on November 16, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Water bottles, water coolers, hockey sticks, tape … it’s all there. As you might expect, he was ejected (for the second straight game) for his outburst.

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  • 7 Equipment Advances That Turned Sports Upside Down
    By on August 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    It’s one of the most entertaining games of cat&mouse in the sports world. A competitor, or a manufacturer, comes up with a piece of gear that threatens to turn a sport upside down. Then the game’s powers that be are faced with a dilemma. Ban it outright? Rewrite the rule book? Or just let it be? Here are 7 pieces of gear that shook up their sports.

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