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Autonomous Driving: A Problem Solved?

April 22, 2015 3:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal ...


NASA to Put Together Team in Search of Other Life Forms

April 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

NASA is dogged on finding other life forms in the not so distant future ...  

April 2015: Designing a Firefighting Robot

April 22, 2015 2:46 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D we are designing a firefighting robot and screening infants for hearing loss with a BPA-free hearing screener. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: What are some of the security risks involved with the ...


When it Comes to Saving Energy, Americans are Learning More but Acting Less

April 22, 2015 2:42 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Although Earth Day is bringing climate awareness to the national eye more than usual today, not everyone is paying attention. A diminishing majority of Americans say they take steps to conserve electricity at home ...


Are Wearables a New Kind of Journal?

April 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

We've covered wearables in fashion before, from color-changing dresses to clothing that attacks if people get too close. Today's round-up is more about wearables in business, as retailers and car manufacturers get in on the action ...

Clean Diesel Tech Improving Environments, Economies

April 22, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As more than one billion people across the planet celebrate Earth Day today, clean diesel technology experts are pointing to the countless improvements the technology has made ...


Federally Funded R&D Center Spending Declined

April 22, 2015 1:44 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The majority of the nation's federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) reported spending less on research and development in fiscal year 2013 than they had the previous year, according to a new InfoBrief from the National Science Foundation's ...


Today in Engineering History: Intel Releases 486SX Chip

April 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 22, 1991, Intel released the 486SX chip with the intention of bringing a lower-cost processor to the PC market. The chip sold for $258, which was less than half the price of the full 486DX – Intel’s most powerful ...


3D Shape Database Improves Fit of Army Clothing, Equipment

April 22, 2015 12:29 pm | by Jane Benson, NSRDEC | News | Comments

A new database at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, is a perfect fit for America's Soldiers. The ANSUR II 3-D Shape Database uses three-dimensional shapes and ...


Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

April 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels — an assurance demanded by customers, manufacturers, lenders, and utilities ...


Next-Gen Airborne Laboratory for Earth Launched

April 22, 2015 12:15 pm | by Carnegie Institution | News | Comments

Carnegie Science announces the launch of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory-3 (CAO-3), the most scientifically advanced aircraft-based mapping and data analytics system in civil aviation today. "The future of ecosystem research takes off ...


Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

April 22, 2015 12:10 pm | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode data ...


Vehicle Cost, Lack of Consumer Information Hinder Plug-In EV Purchases

April 22, 2015 12:02 pm | by National Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research ...


Guidelines for PV Manufacturer Quality Assurance

April 22, 2015 11:58 am | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released an updated proposal that will establish an international quality standard for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing. The document is intended for ...


DoD Awards $43M for Night Targeting Systems Work

April 22, 2015 11:52 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense gave out various work contracts on Tuesday, highlighted by a $43 million award to Kollsman Incorporated for the purpose of upgrading Night Targeting Systems ...



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