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Water Balloon Cannon Among 5 Patents This Week

May 29, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent cites the current unreliability of water balloon launching devices. For example, the water balloon will often (apparently) burst while inside the barrel of the launching device ...

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Boeing Continues to Build Toward Future Endeavors

May 29, 2015 3:25 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

NASA has given the first ever commercial human spaceflight mission award to Boeing. The award will task Boeing with launching its CST-100 astronaut crew to the International Space Station. The launch is expected to occur ...

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Tesla Model X Spotted; Ford Isn't Truly Open Source

May 29, 2015 3:10 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

A lot of companies are trying to be the next Tesla. Daimler is moving into the home battery market, while Ford allowed other automakers to purchase its patents. That isn't the same as Tesla's truly open-source plans ...

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Levi's Partners with Google on Smart Cloth

May 29, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Levi’s and Google are teaming up to create touch-sensitive fabric that interacts with digital devices. At Google I/O conference on May 29, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group announced Project Jacquard ...

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Tablet Owners Are Becoming Disinterested

May 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tablets are being purchased less and traded in more, according to a survey spearheaded by ecoATM, which is a network of automated electronics recycling kiosks ...

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Engineering Racing Greatness: The Data

May 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by TE Connectivity | Videos | Comments

Cars aren’t the only fast things on the racetrack. Data and the speed in which it’s processed are having a larger impact on a car’s performance. See how TE Connectivity and Andretti Autosport are using data to steer their ...

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High School Girls Honored for Math, Science Achievements

May 29, 2015 1:45 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories has presented its annual Math and Science Awards to 31 girls from San Francisco Bay Area high schools, celebrating their academic accomplishments and potential. “I want to congratulate each of ...

Thermoelectric Behavior By 'Tinkertoy' Materials Measured

May 29, 2015 1:39 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for ...

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DoD Awards Large Number of Work Contracts

May 29, 2015 1:18 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a number of contracts Thursday, highlighted by a $478.6 million deal with ViaSat for the production, development and sustainment of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems terminals ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Pop-Up Toaster Patented

May 29, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 29, 1919, Minnesota inventor Charles Strite filed a patent for the first pop-up toaster. He received his patent #1,394,450 on October 18, 1921. Strite worked in a manufacturing plant in ...

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Chevrolet Factory Certified Green as Volt Sales Drop

May 29, 2015 1:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

While upping production on the 2015 Volt and entering a new market with the Spark EV, Chevrolet is manufacturing its electric motors and drive units in a new building ...

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'Rocket Science' for Marketing

May 29, 2015 12:21 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Ever opened a webpage to see an advertisement that’s pertinent to your recent search history? Perhaps you’ve recently browsed online for a new car, and opened a webpage to see an ad for that specific make and model ...

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Coating on Condensers Could Make Power Plants More Efficient

May 29, 2015 11:50 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most of the world’s electricity-producing power plants — whether powered by coal, natural gas, or nuclear fission — make electricity by generating steam that turns a turbine. That steam then is condensed back to water ...

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MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

May 29, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles ...

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SWEEPER Demonstrates Wide-Angle Optical Phased Array Tech

May 29, 2015 11:33 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Many essential military capabilities — including autonomous navigation, chemical-biological sensing, precision targeting and communications — increasingly rely upon laser-scanning technologies such as LIDAR ...

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Better Welding with Speedy Laser Mirrors

May 29, 2015 11:24 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Silicon micromirrors can guide laser beams at extremely high speeds, allowing operators to dose heat input to workpieces with absolute precision. But to date they have not been robust enough to be used for laser cutting and welding ...

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