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New Tech May Lead to Prolonged Power in Smartphones

September 26, 2014 11:36 am | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few ...  

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NASA Issues RFP for Next Round of Commercial ISS Resupply Missions

September 26, 2014 11:24 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of ...    

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Photos of the Day: Robot Scans Ships for Contraband

September 26, 2014 11:14 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Half of the robot is waterproof and houses the electronics. The other half is permeable and houses the propulsion system, which consists of six pumps that expel water through rubber tubes. The main structural components of the robot were ...

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September 2014: King Kong Lives

September 26, 2014 10:59 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue: King Kong Lives:  Part marionette, animatronic, and puppet, the newest version of the famous ape is made up of 1.1 tons of steel, aluminum, lycra, and latex, and stands six meters tall ... 

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'Multi-Spectra Glasses' for Scanning Electron Microscopy

September 26, 2014 10:33 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | News | Comments

Reflection zone plates produced by HZB enable lighter elements in material samples to be precisely detected using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) by providing high resolution in the range of 50-1120 eV. The scanning electron microscope ...

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Underwater Robot to Strengthen Port Security

September 26, 2014 10:15 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater ...

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Duke Energy to Build Solar Plant in NC

September 26, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says it plans to build a solar plant in Bladen County. The Fayetteville Observer reports the utility said Arizona-based Phoenix Solar is the contractor, and the solar panels will be manufactured by Yingli Solar ...   

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Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 26, 2014 10:09 am | by Chrysler Group | News | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an ...

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India Releases First Image of Crater-Scarred Mars

September 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The image released Thursday was taken when the Martian Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was about 7,300 kilometers (4,536 miles) from the planet's surface, according to the Indian Space and Research Organisation. The digital data took at least ...

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U.S.-Russian Crew Docks with Space Station

September 26, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S.-Russian crew docked early Friday with the International Space Station, about six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft joined up with the space laboratory as it ...

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Photos of the Day: How Lack of Helium Fuels Innovation

September 26, 2014 9:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of helium, ironically the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen. The shortage is no laughing matter for makers of magnetic resonance machines, who use it to cool down powerful superconducting ...

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Drones Left Out of Air Traffic Plans

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky ...

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Printing Challenges for First 3D Printer Aboard International Space Station

September 26, 2014 9:48 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s 3D Printing in Zero-G ISS Technology Demonstration will demonstrate the capability of utilizing a Made In Space 3D printer for in-space additive manufacturing technology. This is the first step toward realizing an additive manufacturing ...

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Drones for Moviemaking Win FAA approval

September 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced ...

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Low-Cost Urine Test Could Save Thousands of Lives

September 26, 2014 9:38 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious bacterial disease that affects the lungs and kills nearly two million people every year. Most of these deaths occur among the poorest communities in the world, where access to medical care is scarce ... 

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