Pull-type steerable hydraulic dirt scraper for sale | sold at auction November 21, 2013


SOLD! North Central Ag and Construction Equipment Auction
This asset was for sale and sold for a contract price of $6,050 in an absolute, no-reserve Internet auction by Purple Wave on November 21, 2013
View a detailed listing of this item at http://purplewave.co/F7166

Pull-type steerable hydraulic dirt scraper
Model 75-RF
79″W scraper
Bolt-on reversible cutting edge
Hydraulic lift and dump
Dual hydraulic cylinders
Rigid frame
Telescoping tongue
(2) rear hydraulic couplers
Hydraulic hose with Pioneer fittings
Rear pin hitch
Steerable front axle
7.50-16LT front tires
40 x 14 rear tires
Serial FG-7463

It was located in Eagle, NE, and we sold it to the highest bidder for $6,050.

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Austrian minister says Airbus settlement still possible in lawsuit

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s defense minister said on Tuesday he stands by his legal complaint against Airbus (AIR.PA) about allegations of fraud over a $2 billion fighter deal but still considers an eventual out-of-court settlement an option.

Vienna prosecutors are investigating Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium (BAES.L) (LDOF.MI) following a complaint by the defense ministry, which is seeking up to 1.1 billion euros, over the 2003 jet purchase.

In a submission to the prosecutors on Monday, Airbus denied any wrongdoing and threatened Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil with legal action for disregarding the presumption of innocence in this case.

Speaking to OFR radio on Tuesday, Doskozil appeared undaunted in pursuit of a settlement either in or out of court.

“Of course we are sticking to our representations of the facts (to prosecutors) and our criminal charge”, the minister said.

“It does not matter to me in what way the damage to the tax payer will be repaid eventually, in a settlement outside of court or via a court decision.”

Airbus has clashed with other European governments, notably Germany, before, but the row with Austria is unique in its fury. Doskozil said Austria was also preparing a lawsuit based on U.S. rules.

One of Austria’s main allegations is that Airbus deceived it about so-called offset deals intended to boost the local economy which were required to agree the purchase.

Offset deals, where a defense supplier will select local companies to do some of the work, are a common requirement of governments looking to support domestic skills and technology.

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Toy companies’ shares tumble on concerns of Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy

(Reuters) – Shares of U.S. toy companies Mattel Inc (MAT.O) and Hasbro Inc (HAS.O) fell on Monday on concerns that retailer Toys “R” Us, a major customer, could be filing for bankruptcy protection before the holiday sales season.

In the latest sign of distress that has ripped through traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, sources said late on Friday that Toys “R” Us was working to put together a loan to fund its operations in a potential Chapter 11 filing.

Reorg Research said a bankruptcy filing could be made in Virginia as soon as Monday.

Toys “R” Us declined to comment.

The company is one of the three largest customers for both Mattel and Hasbro, according to the companies’ most recent annual reports. The other two are Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N).

Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, said in its annual report that it typically makes sales on credit, without collateral, and it warned that a bankruptcy filing by any major customer could significantly affect revenue and profitability.

FILE PHOTO: Consumers leave a Toys R Us store with full shopping carts after shopping on the day dubbed “Black Friday” in Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S., November 25, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger/File Photo

“If there is any kind of bankruptcy filing, it will have a major disruption for all of the toy suppliers,” said Lutz Muller, chief executive officer of toy retail consultancy Klosters Trading Corp. “Toys ‘R’ Us needs to have money in place to get merchandise on the shelves ahead of the holiday season.”

The company’s cost of sales for the fourth quarter is estimated at $3 billion, he said. Toys “R” Us is the second-largest U.S. toy retailer behind Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), according to data compiled by Muller.

File Photo – The mostly empty shelves of a Toys “R” Us flagship store in Times Square are seen after it closed permanently in the Manhattan borough of New York December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Shares of Barbie maker Mattel closed down 6.2 percent to $14.87, extending recent losses after disappointing results and a slashed dividend payout to fund a turnaround strategy.

Shares in No. 2 U.S. toymaker Hasbro, which sells Nerf and Transformers and has outperformed Mattel this year, ended down 1.7 percent at $93.24.

“Mattel and Hasbro are in the same boat in terms of the amount of inventory that goes to Toy ‘R’ Us, but a filing by Toys could potentially delay Mattel’s turnaround,” said Morningstar analyst Jaime Katz.

Jakks Pacific Inc (JAKK.O), a smaller U.S. toy company that also relies on Toys “R” Us for its business, fell 6.6 percent to $2.85.

Mattel, Hasbro and Jakks did not respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; Additional reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, and Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Leslie Adler

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Coffee rivals square off in Italy ahead of Starbucks invasion

MILAN (Reuters) – Two of Italy’s biggest coffee houses are reinforcing their brands with flagship cafes in Milan near the spot where U.S. rival Starbucks (SBUX.O) is set to begin an invasion next year.

Lavazza opens its first flagship cafe in the coffee-obsessed city on Tuesday, not far from the renovated 19th century palazzo where Starbucks will open its first Italian store, a ‘Reserve Roasteries’ outlet offering specialty blends and fine food.

Another top Italian brand, illycaffe, opened its own luxury cafe close to the Starbucks site in May, in a cozy courtyard in Milan’s most fashionable street.

Lavazza, which is opening near the city’s famous La Scala opera house, and illycaffe both deny their moves are a response to a global rival’s impending arrival, a first step in what may become a 200-store expansion.

Industry experts suspect it is no coincidence.

“Lavazza and illycaffe are the purists of coffee, they want to show they are there when Starbucks arrives,” says Jean-Paul Gaillard, who ran Nespresso for 10 years before founding the Ethical Coffee Company, a Swiss firm selling coffee pods.

Milan’s battle of the coffee palaces reflects global competition among major brands to capture a growing market for people who are prepared to pay a premium for quality espresso coffees in upmarket boutique cafes.

Nestle (NESN.S) last week bought California-based Blue Bottle Coffee, one of the top boutique U.S. chains whose single-origin and cold-brewed coffees have proven popular with hipsters and have made inroads into the Starbucks franchise.

JAB Holdings, the investment vehicle of Germany’s Reimann family, has also been buying up independent start-ups selling premium brews around the world, from Europe to the Americas.

Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz hopes his company’s arrival in Milan, which he calls the home of the “perfect espresso”, and the inspiration for his Starbucks vision, will show discerning Italian coffee-lovers that “we got it right”.

“We are happy to hear about Lavazza’s growth,” said a Starbucks spokesman when asked to comment on Lavazza’s opening.

The U.S. chain will open its 2,400-square-metre cafe in late 2018, seeking to attract tourists, young Italians and the business crowd. If the Milan experiment succeeds, Starbucks and its local partner, Antonio Percassi, could open more than 200 stores in Italy over six years, according to Percassi.

People stand outside the Italian coffee roaster Lavazza’s flagship store, set to open in autumn in downtown Milan, Italy September 15 2017. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Some analysts are skeptical that Starbucks can crack a market where espresso typically sells for just one euro ($1.20), a fraction of the price of a Starbucks coffee.

But the local brands are also gambling Italians will spend much more than one euro for a restaurant-style experience: illycaffe charges around three times that for coffee brought to the table.

Nestle, JAB Holdings and Starbucks are the three largest players in the global coffee market, followed by several mid-tier players including Lavazza and illycaffe.

“As the biggest get bigger, mid-tier companies are in a position where they must either expand or risk being left behind or swallowed up by their massive rivals,” said Matthew Berry, an analyst at market research firm Euromonitor International.

Lavazza’s chief executive and some of its family owners will cut a ribbon to launch their cafe, where customers can sip a blend of coffee specifically crafted for the store, taste gourmet food and buy single-origin coffees.

“The opening of the new flagship store has nothing to do with Starbucks,” a Lavazza spokeswoman said, adding that it was solely aimed at giving people an exclusive Lavazza experience.

The group is primarily a roaster and supplier to independent cafes and restaurants rather than a retailer and its new store is a way of boosting brand visibility on the high street.

Lavazza went on an acquisition spree three years ago, buying up three coffee suppliers in Europe and Canada, boosting sales to nearly 2 billion euros last year. It has overtaken Starbucks in supermarket sales, Euromonitor International says.

Illycaffe sells its coffee both through independent cafes and 230 mono-brand stores, some of them directly owned, in 43 countries, and says it wants to develop the network further, though not via major acquisitions.

    “The new store wants to be a landmark for the global nomad in search for the real Italian lifestyle experience,” illycaffe said, without commenting on the arrival of Starbucks.

Milanese coffee society is divided on whether Starbucks can make its name at the high-end of Italian market, the world’s fourth-largest coffee consumer.

“I am curious about Starbucks, I will give it a try when it arrives in Milan,” office worker Giuseppe Gaggiano, 55, said at a small, upmarket independent cafe close to the Starbucks site.

However, another customer there, Alberto Paparusso, 31, said he wouldn’t abandon his usual cafe: “I don’t like Starbucks coffee. It’s not worth going there.”

Additional reporting by Silke Koltrowitz in Zurich and Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles, Editing by Mark Bendeich and Philippa Fletcher

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Tiny electrically pumped micro-lasers epitaxially grown on industry standard silicon substrates — ScienceDaily

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Decades ago, the Moore’s law predicted that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This prediction was proved to be right in the past few decades, and the quest for ever smaller and more efficient semiconductor devices have been a driving force in breakthroughs in the technology.

With an enduring and increasing need for miniaturization and large-scale integration of photonic components on the silicon platform for data communication and emerging applications in mind, a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and University of California, Santa Barbara, successfully demonstrated record-small electrically pumped micro-lasers epitaxially grown on industry standard (001) silicon substrates in a recent study. A submilliamp threshold of 0.6 mA, emitting at the near-infrared (1.3?m) was achieved for a micro-laser with a radius of 5 μm. The thresholds and footprints are orders of magnitude smaller than those previously reported lasers epitaxially grown on Si.

Their findings were published in the journal Optica on August 4, 2017.

“We demonstrated the smallest current injection QD lasers directly grown on industry-standard (001) silicon with low power consumption and high temperature stability,” said Kei May Lau, Fang Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at HKUST.

“The realization of high-performance micron-sized lasers directly grown on Si represents a major step toward utilization of direct III-V/Si epitaxy as an alternate option to wafer-bonding techniques as on-chip silicon light sources with dense integration and low power consumption.”

The two groups have been collaborating and has previously developed continuous-wave (CW) optically-pumped micro-lasers operating at room temperature that were epitaxially grown on silicon with no germanium buffer layer or substrate miscut. This time, they demonstrated record-small electrically pumped QD lasers epitaxially grown on silicon. “Electrical injection of micro-lasers is a much more challenging and daunting task: first, electrode metallization is limited by the micro size cavity, which may increase the device resistance and thermal impedance; second, the whispering gallery mode (WGM) is sensitive to any process imperfection, which may increase the optical loss,” said Yating Wan, a HKUST PhD graduate and now postdoctoral fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Group of UCSB.

“As a promising integration platform, silicon photonics need on-chip laser sources that dramatically improve capability, while trimming size and power dissipation in a cost-effective way for volume manufacturability. The realization of high-performance micron-sized lasers directly grown on Si represents a major step toward utilization of direct III-V/Si epitaxy as an alternate option to wafer-bonding techniques,” said John Bowers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AIM Photonics.

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Morgan Stanley to handle mortgage originations in home-loan push: sources

(Reuters) – Morgan Stanley plans to bring its mortgage origination business in-house to improve customer service and generate more business, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The change comes ahead of the bank’s third-party provider, PHH Corp, exiting the origination business next year, and as Morgan Stanley makes a bigger push into mortgages.

Although it will soon begin handling the early stages of mortgage lending, Morgan Stanley will continue to use PHH for other functions like mortgage servicing, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak to the press.

Representatives for Morgan Stanley and PHH declined to comment.

Morgan Stanley got into consumer lending more aggressively after finalizing its purchase of the Smith Barney brokerage from Citigroup Inc in 2013. The deal came with a slew of deposits that Morgan Stanley had to start lending out to generate profits.

While lending has increased 50 percent over the past four years, largely through securities-based loans, only 2 percent of Morgan Stanley’s wealth management customers have mortgages from the bank.

Mortgage originators work directly with borrowers to gather documents, submit loan applications and monitor the time-consuming and paperwork-heavy process through completion. Delays or errors can frustrate borrowers trying to lock in a better rate or buy a home in a hot real estate market.

Morgan Stanley executives hope that handling originations in-house will smooth out the process and give the bank a chance to market other products and services to wealthy clients, the sources said.

Other lenders including Bank of America Corp have moved away from outsourcing mortgage originations for the same reasons.

Morgan Stanley said last year it would review its relationship with PHH when its contract expires in October. The bank is adding the back-office operations and underwriting staff needed for origination functions.

Reporting by Olivia Oran in New York; Editing by Lauren Tara LaCapra and Richard Chang

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Mack Trucks Updates Mack Pinnacle, Granite Models with New Driver-Focused Interiors :: Story ID: 36370 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Thu September 14, 2017 – National Edition

Along with interior changes, the Mack Pinnacle also features all-new LED headlights and a new grille that echoes the design of the Mack Anthem, Mack’s new highway model also launched today.

Along with interior changes, the Mack Pinnacle also features all-new LED headlights and a new grille that echoes the design of the Mack Anthem, Mack’s new highway model also launched today.

Along with interior changes, the Mack Pinnacle also features all-new LED headlights and a new grille that echoes the design of the Mack Anthem, Mack’s new highway model also launched today.
Mack Trucks today introduced all-new interiors for its rugged Mack Granite and Mack Pinnacle models to improve ergonomics, while maintaining functionality.

Mack Trucks today introduced all-new interiors for its rugged Mack Granite and Mack Pinnacle models, supporting customers in attracting and retaining drivers, and improving the productivity and profitability of their operations in general. Mack introduced the updated models during the Mack Global Dealer Summit in Allentown, Pa.

Along with the interior changes, Mack introduced all-new LED headlights and a new grille for its Pinnacle model that echoes the design of the Mack Anthem, Mack’s new highway model also launched today.

“The new interiors for the Mack Pinnacle and Granite speak to the design team’s focus on driver comfort,” said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales for Mack Trucks North America. “Everything from the dash to the racecar-like feel of the steering wheel was carefully designed to make things better for drivers and owner-operators, and consequently, for fleets looking to retain them.”

Mack captured feedback from thousands of drivers on what matters to them, feedback that drove the design of the new Pinnacle and Granite interiors and resulted in a best-in-class driver environment.

A new gauge cluster and dash layout improves visibility and readability, and puts frequently used controls at the driver’s fingertips. Switches are repositioned higher on the dash, while the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission shift pad is now within easier reach as well. The dash panel has room for up to 18 easy-to-read switches, which feature laser etched labeling that won’t rub off, even after repeated use over the life of the truck.

HVAC controls now include Automatic Temperature Control that maintains the temperature set by the driver. A new lower center console includes cup holders and storage bins, and can be easily removed for cleaning. Multiple 12-volt and USB charging ports are available throughout the dash. A new non-slip pad on top of the dash features two USB charging ports.

The racecar-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel – a trucking industry first – improves driver comfort and makes entering and exiting the vehicle easier. The new steering wheel also gives the driver a better view of the dash, and can be equipped with illuminated cruise control, Bluetooth and audio system buttons.

“We’ve incorporated more ergonomics and comfort features to make the driving environment more automotive,” said Stu Russoli, Mack highway product manager. “These enhancements make a real difference to the driver who’s behind the wheel all day, every day.”

Updates to the Mack’s Co-Pilot display, located behind the steering wheel, include a new 5-inch, full-color screen for better visibility and more intuitive navigation through its many functions. Co-Pilot provides drivers a convenient way to monitor vehicle information, including engine and oil temperatures, trip odometers, aftertreatment status, tire pressures and more. A Pre-Trip Assistant guides drivers through inspection points and includes a single person exterior light inspection mode. Controls for the Co-Pilot functions are located on the updated right-hand steering column stalk.

A new information and entertainment option, featuring a 7-in. touchscreen display, is available in both the Pinnacle and Granite models, providing safe access to Apple Car Play, satellite radio, weather band radio and TomTom truck navigation. The display is also compatible with third-party back-up camera systems.

For more information , visit www.macktrucks.com.


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Alaska’s Arctic Road Project Will Likely Cost Over $300M :: Story ID: 36329 :: Construction Equipment Guide

The Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resource Project has been promoted as a plan to connect isolated communities in the northern part of the state.

📅   Thu September 14, 2017 – National Edition

The Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resource Project has been promoted as a plan to connect isolated communities in the northern part of the state, some only accessible by plane, and to develop oil fields.

The Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resource Project has been promoted as a plan to connect isolated communities in the northern part of the state, some only accessible by plane, and to develop oil fields.


Alaska has budgeted $7.3 million to plan the construction of a road network that would extend hundreds of miles across the Arctic.

The Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resource Project has been promoted as a plan to connect isolated communities in the northern part of the state, some only accessible by plane, and to develop oil fields, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Sept. 7.

The first phase of the project is focused on construction of a transportation corridor connecting the North Slope Borough cities of Utqiagvik and Nuiqsut. Additional routes would be added to connect other communities and oil development operations.

Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, said the road network would make finding and developing oil fields in the Arctic easier because the network would cross the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Building the project’s first phase and planning could cost more than $300 million, the state estimated.

While the full cost of the entire project has not been calculated, it would require major funding that the state hopes the U.S. government would finance.

State Rep. Dean Westlake, a Democrat whose district includes the North Slope Borough, said connecting the communities with roads would provide better access to goods and services for residents of the remote area.

Project opponents cited studies on recently canceled megaprojects as wasting money. They also cited the potential adverse effects of oil developments on the region.

The state plans to begin consulting with the communities that would be affected this winter.


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FAA Announces Another Round of Airport Infrastructure Grants :: Story ID: 36369 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Thu September 14, 2017 – National Edition

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Sept. 13 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Sept. 13 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).


U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Sept. 13 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said Secretary Chao. “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.”

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.

To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,660 new grants to nearly 1,360 airports for a total of $3 billion. These grants will provide funds for 681 runway projects and 588 taxiway projects that are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Those airports receiving discretionary grants are listed here, while the entitlement grant recipients (PDF) can be found on our website.

King Salmon Airport in King Salmon, AK, $6 million – funds will be used to repair Runway 12/30 and Taxiways A, B, and E.

Auburn University Regional Airport in Auburn, AL, $3.8 million – funds will be used to repair Taxiway A.

Lanett Municipal Airport in Lanett, AL, $3.4 million – funds will be used to construct a new Runway 6/24 to replace the existing Runway 08/26.

Sacramento International Airport in Sacramento, CA, $2 million – grant funds will be used to purchase five zero-emission electric shuttle buses to take passengers between the airport parking lots and the terminal buildings. The grant also will fund the associated charging stations for the buses.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, CA, $7.1 million – funds will be used to reconstruct part of the terminal apron.

Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, CA, $9.7 million – the grant will fund construction of Taxiways A and B.

Avon Park Executive Airport in Avon Park, FL, $1.4 million – grant funds will be used to repair Runway 5/23.

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL, $2.2 million – grant funds will be used to repair the southeast and the terminal apron pavements.

Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, FL, $5.5 million – the grant will fund the widening of Taxiway Romeo.

Valkaria Airport in Valkaria, FL, $4 million – funds will be used to repair Runway 14/32 and the lighting for the runway.

Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, IL, $2.2 million – the grant will fund the 400-foot extension of Taxiway A.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL, $17.5 million – the funds will be used to repair the airport apron.

Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, IN, $5.1 million – the grant will fund the repair of Runway 12/30.

Paoli Municipal Airport in Paoli, IN $1.5 million – funds will be used to extend Runway 02/20.

Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour, IN, $1.3 million – grant funds will be used to repair Taxiway A.

Dodge City Regional Airport in Dodge City, KS, $6.4 million – grant funds will be used to repair Runway 14/32.

Alexandria International Airport in Alexandria, LA, $6.5 million – funds will be used to construct a service road for aircraft rescue and firefighting and other airport emergency vehicles. Funds also will be used to install a perimeter fence to keep wildlife off the airport.

Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA, $1.6 million – the grants will be used to repair Runway 11/29.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Glen Burnie, MD, $7.8 million – funds will be used to repair the apron for Pier B at the airport.

Key Field in Meridian, MS, $1.3 million – grant funds will be used to repair the taxiway.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Bozeman, MT, $3.3 million – the funds will be used to repair Runway 12/30.

Concord Regional Airport in Concord, NC, $5.9 million – funds will be used to strengthen Runway 02/20 to handle increased commercial activity.

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso, NM, $2.5 million – grant funds will be used to repair Runway 06/24.

Shiprock Airstrip in Shiprock, NM, $4.4 million – grant funds will be used to repair Runway 02/20.

Sidney Municipal Airport in Sidney, NY, $2 million – grant funds will be used to construct a new 3,625-foot parallel Taxiway A.

Cincinnati Municipal Airport Lunken Field in Cincinnati, OH, $3.5 million – grant funds will be used to repair Runway 03L/21R.

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, OH, $19 million – funds will be used to correct the geometry of various taxiways at the airport. These improvements are part of the FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation or RIM program to enhance safety at the airport.

Butler County Regional-Hogan Field in Hamilton, OH, $1.8 million –funds will be used to repair the airport apron.

Stillwater Regional Airport in Stillwater OK, $4.5 million – grant funds will be used to reconstruct the parallel Taxiway D.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, TX, $ 15 million – grant funds will be used to expand the airport’s terminal apron.

Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport in Brownsville, TX, $12.7 million – funds will be used to construct a new terminal building because the existing terminal building has reached its useful life.

Farmville Regional Airport in Farmville, VA, $1.3 million – funds will be used to repair the airport apron.

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Warrenton, VA, $1.5 million – grant funds will be used to construct a new access road from State Route 610 to the new mid-field apron on the airport.

Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop, WA, $3.8 million – grant funds will be used to repair the airport apron and Runway 13/31.

Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV, $13.5 million – grant funds will be used to improve the runway safety area for Runway 5 by installing an engineered material arresting system or EMAS bed.

The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season.

Earlier this month, the FAA announced more airport infrastructure grants.


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UH researchers discover new form of stretchable electronics, sensors and skins — ScienceDaily

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A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.

Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering and lead author for the paper, said the work is the first to create a semiconductor in a rubber composite format, designed to allow the electronic components to retain functionality even after the material is stretched by 50 percent.

The work is the first semiconductor in rubber composite format that enables stretchability without any special mechanical structure, Yu said.

He noted that traditional semiconductors are brittle and using them in otherwise stretchable materials has required a complicated system of mechanical accommodations. That’s both more complex and less stable than the new discovery, as well as more expensive, he said.

“Our strategy has advantages for simple fabrication, scalable manufacturing, high-density integration, large strain tolerance and low cost,” he said.

Yu and the rest of the team – co-authors include first author Hae-Jin Kim, Kyoseung Sim and Anish Thukral, all with the UH Cullen College of Engineering – created the electronic skin and used it to demonstrate that a robotic hand could sense the temperature of hot and iced water in a cup. The skin also was able to interpret computer signals sent to the hand and reproduce the signals as American Sign Language.

“The robotic skin can translate the gesture to readable letters that a person like me can understand and read,” Yu said.

The artificial skin is just one application. Researchers said the discovery of a material that is soft, bendable, stretchable and twistable will impact future development in soft wearable electronics, including health monitors, medical implants and human-machine interfaces.

The stretchable composite semiconductor was prepared by using a silicon-based polymer known as polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, and tiny nanowires to create a solution that hardened into a material which used the nanowires to transport electric current.

“We foresee that this strategy of enabling elastomeric semiconductors by percolating semiconductor nanofibrils into a rubber will advance the development of stretchable semiconductors, and … will move forward the advancement of stretchable electronics for a wide range of applications, such as artificial skins, biomedical implants and surgical gloves,” they wrote.

 

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Researcher assesses the environmental footprint of Canadian egg products — ScienceDaily

The whole food movement may be right; consumption of vegan and organic food can be the best choice for reducing environmental impacts, at least if you’re a chicken.

New research findings from UBC’s Okanagan campus show that poultry given vegan organic chicken feed can help to produce eggs with a smaller environmental footprint than those fed non-organic feeds that contain animal by-products.

Ecological economist Nathan Pelletier applied a cradle-to-customer environmental life cycle assessment of Canadian egg and egg product supply chains, with the aim to identify opportunities for system efficiency and environmental improvements. His study showed that relatively few variables–most notably, feed composition–contributed to differences in carbon emission production and resource demand.

“With over 1, 000 registered farms, producing more than 70 million tonnes of eggs annually, Canada’s egg industry is an excellent example of the opportunities and challenges in managing food production systems for sustainability objectives,” says Pelletier who holds both an Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management and the NSERC/Egg Farmers of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Sustainability at UBC Okanagan.

Pelletier’s life cycle assessment of Canadian egg farms considered all of the supply chain activities–from type of feed and housing, to manure management–associated with egg production. His is a very systematic approach, which quantifies the flows of materials, energy, and emissions associated with activities all along the supply chain.

Pelletier’s findings showed that the type of feed and manure management system had the greatest influence on environmental impacts of all the variables examined. Organic feed derived from non-livestock sources, required fewer resources and had lower emissions than conventional feed.

“Canadian egg farming is highly diverse. Farms range in size from several hundred hens to more than 400,000, and farm-level efficiencies vary,” says Pelletier. “There is a large gap between the laggers and leaders in terms of environmental performance. This is where the opportunity to improve lies.”

This is the first national benchmark study of Canadian egg supply chains and Pelletier believes that it offers important insights for improving the sustainability profile of the industry. “This data will allow supply chain participants to gauge their individual performance relative to national and housing system-specific benchmarks, and to understand how and to what extent they can improve their performance.”

“Our next step is to build a web-based tool that will enable farmers to measure their farm-specific impacts, set goals, and to report and communicate their sustainability performance,” he says. “Ultimately, a reduction in resource use and emissions intensity by over 50 percent nation-wide may be possible.”

Consumption of eggs and egg products in Canada has consistently increased every year since 2010, and poultry and egg products produced here generate more than $1 billion in industry profit.

The study, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, was supported by funds from the Egg Farmers of Canada.

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Caltech researchers have developed microscale devices that relay their location in the body — ScienceDaily

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Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in “smart pills” to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology — and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices — is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before.

“The dream is that we will have microscale devices that are roaming our bodies and either diagnosing problems or fixing things,” says Azita Emami, the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering and Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, who co-led the research along with Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator Mikhail Shapiro. “Before now, one of the challenges was that it was hard to tell where they are in the body.”

A paper describing the new device appears in the September issue of the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering. The lead author is Manuel Monge (MS ’10, PhD ’17), who was a doctoral student in Emami’s lab and a Rosen Bioengineering Center Scholar at Caltech, and now works at a company called Neuralink. Audrey Lee-Gosselin, a research technician in Shapiro’s lab, is also an author.

Called ATOMS, which is short for addressable transmitters operated as magnetic spins, the new silicon-chip devices borrow from the principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in which the location of atoms in a patient’s body is determined using magnetic fields. The microdevices would also be located in the body using magnetic fields — but rather than relying on the body’s atoms, the chips contain a set of integrated sensors, resonators, and wireless transmission technology that would allow them to mimic the magnetic resonance properties of atoms.

“A key principle of MRI is that a magnetic field gradient causes atoms at two different locations to resonate at two different frequencies, making it easy to tell where they are,” says Shapiro. “We wanted to embody this elegant principle in a compact integrated circuit. The ATOMS devices also resonate at different frequencies depending on where they are in a magnetic field.”

“We wanted to make this chip very small with low power consumption, and that comes with a lot of engineering challenges,” says Emami. “We had to carefully balance the size of the device with how much power it consumes and how well its location can be pinpointed.”

The researchers say the devices are still preliminary but could one day serve as miniature robotic wardens of our bodies, monitoring a patient’s gastrointestinal tract, blood, or brain. The devices could measure factors that indicate the health of a patient — such as pH, temperature, pressure, sugar concentrations — and relay that information to doctors. Or, the devices could even be instructed to release drugs.

“You could have dozens of microscale devices traveling around the body taking measurements or intervening in disease. These devices can all be identical, but the ATOMS devices would allow you to know where they all are and talk to all of them at once,” says Shapiro. He compares it to the 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage, in which a submarine and its crew are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of a patient to heal him from the inside — but, as Shapiro says, “instead of sending a single submarine, you could send a flotilla.”

The idea for ATOMS came about at a dinner party. Shapiro and Emami were discussing their respective fields — Shapiro engineers cells for medical imaging techniques, such as MRI, and Emami creates microchips for medical sensing and performing actions in the body — when they got the idea of combining their interests into a new device. They knew that locating microdevices in the body was a long-standing challenge in the field and realized that combining Shapiro’s knowledge in MRI technology with Emami’s expertise in creating microdevices could potentially solve the problem. Monge was enlisted to help realize the idea in the form of a silicon chip.

“This chip is totally unique: there are no other chips that operate on these principles,” says Monge. “Integrating all of the components together in a very small device while keeping the power low was a big task.” Monge did this research as part of his PhD thesis, which was recently honored with the Charles Wilts Prize by Caltech’s Department of Electrical Engineering.

The final prototype chip, which was tested and proven to work in mice, has a surface area of 1.4 square millimeters, 250 times smaller than a penny. It contains a magnetic field sensor, integrated antennas, a wireless powering device, and a circuit that adjusts its radio frequency signal based on the magnetic field strength to wirelessly relay the chip’s location.

“In conventional MRI, all of these features are intrinsically found in atoms,” says Monge. “We had to create an architecture that functionally mimics them for our chip.”

While the current prototype chip can relay its location in the body, the next step is to build one that can both relay its location and sense body states.

“We want to build a device that can go through the gastrointestinal tract and not only tell us where it is but communicate information about the various parts of the body and how they are doing.”


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Smallest-yet optical quantum memory device is a storage medium for optical quantum networks with the potential to be scaled up for commercial use — ScienceDaily

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For the first time, an international team led by engineers at Caltech has developed a computer chip with nanoscale optical quantum memory.

Quantum memory stores information in a similar fashion to the way traditional computer memory does, but on individual quantum particles — in this case, photons of light. This allows it to take advantage of the peculiar features of quantum mechanics (such as superposition, in which a quantum element can exist in two distinct states simultaneously) to store data more efficiently and securely.

“Such a device is an essential component for the future development of optical quantum networks that could be used to transmit quantum information,” says Andrei Faraon (BS ’04), assistant professor of applied physics and materials science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, and the corresponding author of a paper describing the new chip.

The study appeared online ahead of publication by Science magazine on August 31.

“This technology not only leads to extreme miniaturization of quantum memory devices, it also enables better control of the interactions between individual photons and atoms,” says Tian Zhong, lead author of the study and a Caltech postdoctoral scholar. Zhong is also an acting assistant professor of molecular engineering at the University of Chicago, where he will set up a laboratory to develop quantum photonic technologies in March 2018.

The use of individual photons to store and transmit data has long been a goal of engineers and physicists because of their potential to carry information reliably and securely. Because photons lack charge and mass, they can be transmitted across a fiber optic network with minimal interactions with other particles.

The new quantum memory chip is analogous to a traditional memory chip in a computer. Both store information in a binary code. With traditional memory, information is stored by flipping billions of tiny electronic switches either on or off, representing either a 1 or a 0. That 1 or 0 is known as a bit. By contrast, quantum memory stores information via the quantum properties of individual elementary particles (in this case, a light particle). A fundamental characteristic of those quantum properties — which include polarization and orbital angular momentum — is that they can exist in multiple states at the same time. This means that a quantum bit (known as a qubit) can represent a 1 and a 0 at the same time.

To store photons, Faraon’s team created memory modules using optical cavities made from crystals doped with rare-earth ions. Each memory module is like a miniature racetrack, measuring just 700 nanometers wide by 15 microns long — on the scale of a red blood cell. Each module was cooled to about 0.5 Kelvin — just above Absolute Zero (0 Kelvin, or -273.15 Celsius) — and then a heavily filtered laser pumped single photons into the modules. Each photon was absorbed efficiently by the rare-earth ions with the help of the cavity.

The photons were released 75 nanoseconds later, and checked to see whether they had faithfully retained the information recorded on them. Ninety-seven percent of the time, they had, Faraon says.

Next, the team plans to extend the time that the memory can store information, as well as its efficiency. To create a viable quantum network that sends information over hundreds of kilometers, the memory will need to accurately store data for at least one millisecond. The team also plans to work on ways to integrate the quantum memory into more complex circuits, taking the first steps toward deploying this technology in quantum networks.

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