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Jamie Hyneman, best known as a co-host on Mythbusters, was recently in Finland to receive an Honorary Doctorate from

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). While in town, Hyneman also had an opportunity to visit several of the region’s top technology companies with origins at LUT, including electrical drive train technology specialist The Switch, who says it has an installed base of over 13 GW of megawatt-class permanent magnet machine and power converter packages within the wind, marine and special industrial sectors. mythbusters-visits-switch426634

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Columbia Moves to Salvage Treasure from Spanish Shipwreck

Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and coins that sank more than 300 years ago,

President Juan Manuel Santos said after receiving a proposal from an investor to bring it to the surface.

The ship named San Jose, thought by historians to be carrying one of the largest unsalvaged maritime treasures, sank in 1708 near the historical Caribbean port of Cartagena, and its wreckage was located in 2015. “The discovery of this ship - one of the most important that navigated in our seas during colonial times - begins a new chapter in the cultural and scienti? c history, not only of Colombia, but of the entire world,” Santos said on national television from Cartagena.

The government will accept further offers to recover the ship and its treasure, Santos said. A museum will be built to showcase artifacts found in the wreckage. Sonar images have so far revealed bronze cannons made speci? cally for the ship, arms, ceramics and other artifacts. Archaeological excavation and scienti? c tests on the wreck will continue to ensure it can be properly preserved,

Santos said. * Statistics as of 2/14/2017

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