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One Dead in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash

October 31, 2014 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight, killing one person aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said ...

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Thomas Edison's Dirty Little Secret : A 'Bride of Chucky' Doll

October 31, 2014 3:44 pm | by Neal Thornberry, Ph.D | Blogs | Comments

Like other authors who write about innovation, I love Thomas Edison stories. He was an inventive genius and found the code to serial innovation more than 120 years ago. That code is still in use by companies like IDEO who’ve learned his ...

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Compact Pneumatic Lever Clamp for Tight Spaces

October 31, 2014 10:59 am | by PD&D Staff | De-Sta-Co Industries | Product Releases | Comments

DE-STA-CO’s new 8700 series pneumatic lever clamp is a lightweight, space-saving alternative to traditional pneumatic toggle and swing clamps, giving fixture builders a new option for tight spaces ...

Microchip Announces Full Release of its MPLAB Harmony Firmware

October 31, 2014 10:48 am | by PD&D Staff | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced the availability of MPLAB Harmony Version 1.0. MPLAB Harmony is a flexible, abstracted, fully integrated firmware development platform for all 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers ...

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OMEGA Introduces PX51-USBH Pressure Sensor

October 31, 2014 10:46 am | by PD&D Staff | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PX51-USBH pressure sensor is the latest in Omega’s high speed USB output transducer family. The 1kHz 24bit high precision USB core is combined with a heavy duty bonded film pressure sensor to extend ...

Software Helps Hold Ships Steady in Heavy Seas

October 31, 2014 10:27 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

One of the many characters in Melville’s Moby Dick is Bulkington, an intrepid sailor for whom “land seemed scorching to his feet” and who on a “shivering winter’s night” thrust the mighty ship Pequod’s “vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves,” as it ...

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The Challenges of Smart Innovation

October 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Artem Aginskiy, Business Development Manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of ...

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DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:19 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records today recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz ...

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Museum Officially Buys Slice of Rosie the Riveter's Factory

October 31, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rosie the Riveter's old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball. Yankee Air Museum board chairman Ray Hunter signed papers Thursday making the aviation museum the owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the ...   

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MINER System Shines in Urban Emergency Response Exercise

October 31, 2014 10:10 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn’t safe to search door-to-door. Can they identify the exact ...

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International RobotX Autonomous Boat Competition

October 31, 2014 10:01 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

This week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Members of CSAIL’s ...

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29 Blood Freezing Creatures You'll Pray to Never Meet in Your Nightmares

October 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Juste Semetaite, Community & Content Manager, CGTrader.com | Blogs | Comments

Some clinicians believe that having nightmares is a sort of therapy, a way to deal with traumatic events and stress. But if you were blessed with a reasonably sweet night's sleep, we suggest you don't scroll down, because these ...   

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Raising Cryptography's Standards

October 31, 2014 9:53 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous computational resources. There is, however ...  

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The Digital Therapist

October 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Acoustical Society of America | News | Comments

Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. Instead of asking Siri to tell you a joke, though, you open an app that records you simply talking about your day. A few hours later, your therapist ...

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Disney Develops Hybrid Fluid Transmission for Swift Robotic Arms

October 31, 2014 9:29 am | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Engineers routinely face tradeoffs as they design robotic limbs – weight vs. speed, ease of control vs. fluidity. A new hybrid fluid transmission developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh promises to eliminate some of those tradeoffs, making ...

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Is Space Tourism Safe?

October 31, 2014 9:21 am | by Mary Ann Liebert./Genetic Engineering News | News | Comments

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most individuals according ...   

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