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NASA 'Warp Drive' One Step Closer

May 4, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

On April 29, NASA quietly posted an announcement: The ‘impossible’ EM Drive tested last year at the Johnson Space Center has successfully converted electricity to thrust without the need to expel any propellant ...

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RoomAlive 'Holodeck' Program Available to Download

May 4, 2015 4:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Microsoft continues to release new information and tools this week, including the RoomAlive toolkit now available to download ...

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Costa Rica Eschews Fossil Fuels for One Year

May 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Costa Rica has not used any fossil fuels for an entire year, Wired reported. The country had resolved more than two decades ago to become a carbon-neutral nation by relying primarily on power from their many hydroelectric plants ...

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Arnold Spielberg & the Birth of Personal Computing

May 4, 2015 1:18 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

From Thomas Edison to former President Ronald Reagan and novelist Kurt Vonnegut, GE has employed a number of luminaries over the course of its 123-year history. One famous last name that’s been missing from this list is ...

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Boeing Upgrades to Keep B-1 Bomber Soaring for Decades to Come

May 4, 2015 1:01 pm | by Boeing | Comments

The Boeing B-1B Lancer celebrated its 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base last week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers ...

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Novel Foam Material Produced Entirely from Wood

May 4, 2015 12:52 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight – a novel foam material produced entirely from wood, which is not harmful to the environment and ...

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Automating Logistics for the Factory of the Future

May 4, 2015 12:43 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Mass production and packaging in factories is already highly automated these days, but the same cannot be said for logistics. Movements of raw materials and finished products still depend heavily on manual labor ...

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Navy Announces 2015 Young Investigators

May 4, 2015 12:36 pm | by T.J. White, ONR Corporate Communications | Comments

It’s a career-defining moment for 36 college and university faculty today, as the Department of the Navy announces the recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program, one of the oldest and most selective scientific research ...

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Lockheed Opens New Missile Defense Seeker Lab

May 4, 2015 12:22 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

Lockheed Martin has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Silicon Valley for the development of next-generation seekers that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency defend against increasingly complex missile threats ...

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Space Tech 'Could Reduce Cost of Renewable Energy'

May 4, 2015 12:18 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology is currently ...

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Lockheed Martin Puts Together GPS III Satellite, Now Ready for Testing

May 4, 2015 12:17 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Lockheed Martin recently completed the GPS III space vehicle one (SV 01) by lowering the U.S. Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satellite into its propulsion core ... 

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Chemistry, Topography & Mechanics Probed with One Instrument

May 4, 2015 12:10 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000 times greater than that of an optical microscope. That makes AFM the premier tool for analyzing physical features, but it ...

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Defects in Atomically Thin Semiconductor Emit Single Photons

May 4, 2015 12:01 pm | by University of Rochester | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots. The quantum dots serve as a source of single photons and could be useful for ...

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Lens Turns Smartphone into Microscope

May 4, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Houston | Comments

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a lens. Wei-Chuan Shih, assistant professor of ...

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DoD Awards $27.4M Contract for High Explosive Cartridges

May 4, 2015 10:44 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) award of work contracts on Friday was highlighted by a $27.4 million deal to BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Armament Systems Division for 6,360 57mm high explosive pre-fragmented, programmable proximity-fuzed cartridges ...

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Photos of the Day: Mars Researchers Simulate Missions in Utah Desert

May 4, 2015 10:20 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Comments

This isn’t Mars, but it’s resemblance to the red planet has made it a hot spot for teams of geologists, biologists and engineers from around the world who have been coming for more than a decade to simulate missions to the ...

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