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Pilot to Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific for 5 Days, 5 Nights

May 4, 2015 9:34 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over ...

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Google Embeds Engineers as Professors

May 4, 2015 9:31 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise on curriculum. Today 35 percent of ...

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SpaceX Mile-High Escape Test Will Feature 'Buster' the Dummy

May 4, 2015 9:24 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride ...

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NASA 'Warp Drive' One Step Closer

May 4, 2015 8:49 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | 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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Wearbles Could Help to Get Cows Pregnant

May 1, 2015 5:30 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

This round up explores wearables, including a possible use for the devices on farms ...

Competition Continues as Pro Poker Players Take on Artificial Intelligence Program

May 1, 2015 4:36 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Apparently Artificial Intelligence does make for a good poker face ...

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Contest Calls for Photos of Top Technology

May 1, 2015 3:52 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Pop engineer Grant Imahara and Mouser Electronics are asking the engineering community which technology best represents the world today, and offering the winner a chance to send a memento to the moon ...

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UCLA Students Learn How to Design Clothes Using 3D Printing

May 1, 2015 3:30 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Fashionistas everywhere might want to enroll at University of California, Los Angeles after reading this 3D printing-focused round up ...

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Committee Slashes NASA's Earth Sciences Budget

May 1, 2015 2:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

This afternoon round up explores all things NASA, including a huge blow to the administration’s Earth sciences work ...

Multiple Melting Batteries Among 3 Design Fails This Week

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The company has received 45 reports of jumpstart and power supply units overheating and melting, including 18 reports of fire. While $16,000 in property damage has resulted ...

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How Do Different Countries Define Strategic Materials?

May 1, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Strategic materials, by definition, need to be used and acquired strategically - but at a national level, it can be difficult to define the wide range of people and industries to which that strategy may apply. This roundup focuses on today's mining and materials news ... 

Research Pinpoints Defects in Popular Perovskites

May 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight ...

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Most Innovations Are Rephrasings of Past Tech

May 1, 2015 1:49 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new paper in the Journal of ...

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Bats Are Teaching Scientists to Build Better Aircraft

May 1, 2015 1:45 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively ...

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Danger to Aircraft Increases Demand for Airborne Infrared Countermeasure Systems

May 1, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Low-flying aircraft are routinely met by threats. As a result of these dangers, airborne infrared countermeasures (IRCM) systems, which are designed to protect aircraft, are being developed by market participants ...

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