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Cause Sought for Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 | by Marcia Dunn & Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across ...

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Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking

October 30, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices ...      

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It's Alive! Engineers Harvest & Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

October 30, 2014 8:58 pm | by NASA | Comments

It's more an engineer's dream than nightmare - to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. That's just what a team of student interns and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, got to do ...

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NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

October 30, 2014 8:36 pm | by NASA | Comments

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from ...

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Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

October 30, 2014 1:41 pm | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | Comments

A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use - enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face. An international research team is adapting a ...   

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Active, Biodegradable Packaging for Oily Products

October 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

The BIOMAT research group has developed a single-layer, biodegradable container from agro-industrial by-products suitable for both liquid and solid oily products. The increase in the presence of plastic in our lives is an unstoppable trend ...

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Novel Ultrasound Tech to Screen for Heart Conditions

October 30, 2014 1:26 pm | by UC San Diego | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have determined for the first time the impact of a ring-shaped vortex on transporting blood flow in normal and abnormal ventricles within the human heart. They worked with cardiologists ...

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Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets

October 30, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion systems may bring them ...

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Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

October 30, 2014 1:11 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption. With information technology consuming a steadily growing fraction of ... 

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Evaluating NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

October 30, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | Comments

By the end of this decade, NASA hopes to lasso a space rock: The space agency is actively pursuing proposals for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) — a mission that aims to identify, capture, and redirect an asteroid into lunar orbit ...

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Projecting a Robot's Intentions

October 30, 2014 12:52 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind.Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who's pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room ...

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Free Urban Data - What's It Good For?

October 30, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mary Ann Liebert./Genetic Engineering News | Comments

Cities around the world are increasingly making urban data freely available to the public. But is the content or structure of these vast data sets easy to access and of value? A new study of more than 9,000 data sets from 20 cities presents ...

Government Pushes Airbag Maker on Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of ...

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Webb Mirrors Like Stepping Stones to the Cosmos

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by NASA | Comments

Highly trained engineers and technicians from NASA, Exelis, and Northrop Grumman lifted the two test primary mirror segments onto the support structure, working in a giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt ...

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Lenovo Wraps Up Purchase of Motorola Phone Unit

October 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand. The $2.9 billion purchase adds to a flurry of ...  

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GM to Invest $63M in MI Car Plant

October 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built. The Detroit-based automaker said Wednesday that the expansion at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly will add about ...   

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