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Can We Teach Robots Right from Wrong?

October 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Taylor & Francis Online | News | Comments

From performing surgery and flying planes to babysitting kids and driving cars, today's robots can do it all. With chatbots such as Eugene Goostman recently being hailed as "passing" the Turing test, it appears robots are becoming ...  

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Spider-Man May Swing Over Beijing in New Theme Park

October 14, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spider-Man could soon swing over Beijing, chasing Optimus Prime and despicable minions through a $3.3 billion Universal theme park aimed at capitalizing on China's rising middle class and growing demand for all things animated ...   

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HotSpot: Pin Shaped Battery to Power Wearable Devices

October 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Panasonic has developed a pin shaped lithium-ion battery that features the high reliability and high output required for near-field communications (NFC). With a diameter of 3.5 millimeters and a weight ...  

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Photos of the Day: NACA's 'Cave of the Winds' in 1930

October 14, 2014 9:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Constructed in 1930 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) – NASA's predecessor - the wind tunnel was 434 feet long, 222 feet wide and 97 feet tall at its highest. Twin four-bladed wood propellers could move air through ...

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The History of the Langley Full-Scale Tunnel

October 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Jim Banke, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate | News | Comments

It was called the “cave of the winds” – and no wonder. For eight decades the Full-Scale Tunnel stood as a fixture of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, its 30- by 60-foot test section used to try out every imaginable aircraft design ...

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Review: Music Player Learns Your Tastes Over Time

October 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this "smart" music player I've been using on and off for a few months. The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as ...

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Redefining Automotive Product Design

October 14, 2014 9:25 am | by Tapan Sant, Automotive Engineering Consultant, Hi-Tech CAE | Articles | Comments

Automotive engineering design has transitioned over the years. It is a great time for engineers, as computer aided design and computational analysis allows them to engineer automotive product design and build vehicles that are ...    

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Can It Be Real? Augmented Reality Melds Work, Play

October 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Salim Essaid, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit ...   

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The Skills Gap & Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in ...

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Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America

October 14, 2014 9:15 am | by Department of Defense News | News | Comments

The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's ...  

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Micrel Launches 85 V Full Bridge MOSFET Driver

October 14, 2014 8:59 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel has introduced the MIC4606, an 85 V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85 V MOSFET driver family first launched in ...

Company Plans $4B Plastic Factory

October 13, 2014 5:25 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said. The factory would employ about 500 people and annually produce 3.3 billion pounds of polyethylene in the form of ...

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Acura Recalls 43K Vehicles for Seat Belt Issue

October 13, 2014 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura says it is recalling 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace both front seat belts. The car maker owned by Honda Motor Co says that in temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the seat belts might ...      

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Fixed Point Magnetic Linear Hall Effect Sensor

October 13, 2014 5:13 pm | by PD&D Staff | Melexis Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis has announced the MLX90290, a monolithically integrated magnetic sensor IC, with amplifier, analog output and internal compensation circuits all incorporated. It converts magnetic flux into an analog output and guarantees ...

Real-Time Simulation of Power Electronics Circuits

October 13, 2014 4:54 pm | by PD&D Staff | Dspace, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

dSPACE has announced the new Power RealTime Library. It is now faster to simulate circuit models that were developed in SimPowerSystems (MathWorks Simulink). Two typical application areas are wind energy generators and ...

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