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Raytheon Lands $20M Contract for Hypersonic Missile Development

April 29, 2015 2:39 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Raytheon has been awarded a $20.4 million contract modification from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) program ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Military Nuclear Power Plant Formally Opens

April 29, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 29, 1957, the first military nuclear power plant was formally opened in a public ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. SM-1 was a 2-megawatt nuclear reactor developed by the United States Atomic Energy ..

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2014 Train Crash Caused by Misplaced Track Braking System, Fatigue

April 29, 2015 1:49 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The March 2014 Chicago Transit Authority accident at O’Hare station involved a number of design flaws, as well as operator fatigue according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which made the determination today ...

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Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines Awarded $325M for Air Force Work

April 29, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) granted a variety of contracts on Tuesday including a $325 million award to Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) III and beyond ...

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Guided Bullet Demonstrates Repeatable Performance Against Moving Targets

April 29, 2015 12:25 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed in February its most successful round of live-fire ...

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Creating Rubber from Dandelions

April 29, 2015 12:17 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Dandelions deliver a desirable product: rubber. This is why the robust and undemanding plant has become the focus of attention of the rubber-producing industry. But how is rubber, contained in the plant's white milky fluid ...

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Tracking Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries in Real-Time

April 29, 2015 12:10 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause ...

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New IVF Device May Improve Fertility Treatment

April 29, 2015 11:51 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

For couples struggling to conceive the old-fashioned way, in vitro fertilization (IVF) provides an alternate route to starting a family. When eggs are mixed with sperm in test tubes, the fertilized eggs to grow into embryos that can ...

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Aircrew Flight Equipment Enables Others to Succeed

April 29, 2015 11:41 am | by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs | News | Comments

At any given moment across Southwest Asia, there are aircraft flying in harm’s way to deliver aid, combat air support to friendly forces and launching air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists ...

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Space Wing Launches First Turkmenistan Satellite

April 29, 2015 11:33 am | by 45th Space Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

For the second time in a 14-day span, the 45th Space Wing conducted a successful launch on the Eastern Range from Launch Complex 40 April 27. On April 13, the 45th SW supported Space Exploration ...

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Sphero's Star Wars Droid Is the Toy You're Looking For

April 29, 2015 11:21 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Excitement has been mounting for some time now as Star Wars fans prepare for the series' newest installment, The Force Awakens. Coming to the big screen in December, Episode VII features a variety of new creatures, droids, and robots ...

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Internet of Things Saves Electricity, Says Google

April 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

While the Internet of Things connects a multitude of new wireless devices to one another and to their users, Google data center overseer Urs Hölzle say that the amount of energy people save will actually help reduce the amount of electricity used in households and data centers ...

Infographic: America's Most Dangerous Jobs

April 29, 2015 11:09 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Logging is ranked as America's most deadly job, with 91.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers. Graphic Products has compiled this, and the nine other most deadly professions in “America’s Most Dangerous Jobs,” an eye-opening ...

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Space Spider Performs In Near-Zero Gravity

April 29, 2015 10:58 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Today Artec 3D released its newest handheld 3D scanner as well as an upgraded software suite ...

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Expanded Compact SCALE-2+ Dual-Driver-Core Family

April 29, 2015 10:47 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations has launched its SCALE-2+ dual IGBT-driver core, the 2SC0435T2G1-17, which is the most compact product in its power range with a footprint of 57.2 x 51.6 mm and a height of just 20 mm. The new SCALE-2+ technology enables Soft Shut Down (SSD) to be implemented in the event of ...

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