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Novel Ultrasound Tech to Screen for Heart Conditions

October 30, 2014 1:26 pm | by UC San Diego | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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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Benefits of Modular Construction: It’s Like Big Legos

October 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Matt Ball, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

In this age of automation, the traditional model of constructing homes and buildings — where materials arrive at the project site and are cut and erected by skilled specialists — is being more closely examined due to the waste, complex ... 

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Reaching for the Stars with Stephen Hawking

October 30, 2014 9:48 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

Stephen Hawking, one of the most prominent cosmologists of our time, has given voice to the great heights humanity can achieve. Recently, actor Eddie Redmayne, who plays Professor Hawking in the film "The Theory of Everything," took time ...

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Photos of the Day: Webb Telescope Mirrors Direct Light into Instruments

October 30, 2014 9:42 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Scientists and engineers placed two NASA James Webb Space Telescope test primary mirror segments onto the support structure that will hold them, where they resemble stepping stones, as seen in this photo. There are four types of mirrors ...

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Lenovo Wraps Up Purchase of Motorola Phone Unit

October 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | 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 | News | 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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Rocket Explosion Setback for Commercial Space

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Brock Vergakis & Marcia Dunn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually ...  

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs for Fuel Tank Leak

October 30, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years ...   

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