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Engineering Newswire 118: Musk Unveils Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

November 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re bringing sports car sounds to the minivan, landing drones on an autonomous spaceport ship, and sculpting the world’s smallest human ... in the nude ...          

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Model-Based Design Workflow for Altera SoCs

November 26, 2014 12:33 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Altera Corporation  has announced new programming support for its ARM-based SoCs using industry-standard workflows from MathWorks. Release 2014b from MathWorks includes an automated, highly integrated model-based ...

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TI Unveils 2.4 & 5 GHz Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Combo Modules

November 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has announced the WiLink 8 combo connectivity modules, which support Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The new highly-integrated module family offers high throughput and extended industrial temperature range with ...

COM-Based SBCs With Intel Core i7

November 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems Corporation has unveiled its COM-based highly integrated Vega single board computer family. Highlights of the Vega family include interchangeable COM Express COMs for scalability and long product life, high feature ...

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NASA Answers Big Questions About the Future of Air Travel

November 26, 2014 11:54 am | by Joe Atkinson, NASA Langley Research Center | News | Comments

The holiday season is upon us and you know what that can mean — crowded airports, delayed flights, and a tasty side dish of frayed nerves. It might be worth giving thanks, then, to a dedicated group of researchers at NASA's Langley Research ...

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Engineers Test Deployment of Telescope Mirror

November 26, 2014 11:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers did a test run using the Webb's "Pathfinder" backplane, or test “backbone” structure, to ensure that one of the secondary mirrors would set up properly in its orbit a million miles from Earth ...       

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Photos of the Day: NASA's Webb Telescope Mirror Tripod in Action

November 26, 2014 11:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Setting up NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's secondary mirror in space will require special arms that resemble a tripod. NASA recently demonstrated that test in a NASA cleanroom and it was documented in a time-lapse video ...   

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Testing the Limits of Indentation

November 26, 2014 11:44 am | by Duanjie Li, PhD and Pierre Leroux, Nanovea | Articles | Comments

A tensile strength is a common materials test. Typically, a sample is subjected to controlled tension until it fails, providing valuable data for fundamental materials development or quality control. The key data acquired include maximum ...

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NASA Seeks Comments on Possible Airship Challenge

November 26, 2014 11:39 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Airships aren't just powered balloon-like vehicles that hover above sporting events. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and ...

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5 Kitchen Gadgets You Need for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 11:33 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, Wireless Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is the best time of year for friends, family, cooking, and technology. Yes — you read that right. Thanksgiving obviously revolves around the food, and, of course, what you're thankful for — like Grandma's stuffing, Mom's pecan pie ...

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Firmer Footing for Robots With Smart Walking Sticks

November 26, 2014 11:06 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Anyone who has ever watched a humanoid robot move around in the real world - an "unstructured environment," in research parlance - knows how hard it is for a machine to plan complex movements, balance on uneven surfaces or ...   

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Want a Nobel Prize? You Can Buy One

November 26, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block. The auctioneer says the gold medal could bring $2.5 to $3.5 million on Dec. 4. Christie's says it's the first ...

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NASA Selects College Student Teams for High-Powered Rocket Challenge

November 26, 2014 10:52 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has selected 28 university and college student teams to design and launch high-powered rockets for the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge. The Challenge is scheduled for April 7-12 near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center ...  

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Rickshaw Research Reveals Extreme Pollution

November 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from ...  

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Navy Announces 2015 Engineers of the Year

November 26, 2014 10:41 am | by Don Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs | News | Comments

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year Awards Nov. 24. Lt. Cmdr. Keith Benson from NAVFAC Washington was selected as the Military Engineer of the Year and ...

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Building a Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 26, 2014 10:28 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging "helmet" that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be ...

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