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Space Gun Among 3 Patents This Week

March 20, 2015 3:15 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

QuickLaunch is a company attempting to launch payloads into low Earth orbit using a type of “space gun.” In their recently assigned patent, the company describes “a gas gun launcher having a ...

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'Disaster-Proof' Factory Doubles as a Shelter

March 20, 2015 1:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

With the help of GE Technology, this Japanese factory is equipped to ride out severe storms. The factory, owned and operated by residential home builder Sekisui House in the north-eastern town of ...                                         

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Autonomous Driving's Big Bang

March 20, 2015 1:48 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

NVIDIA invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999. Earlier this week Jen-Hsun Huang, the company’s CEO and co-founder, unveiled the TITAN X, the world's fasted GPU at the 2015 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CA ...

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Crushing Hazard Among 2 Design Fails This Week

March 20, 2015 1:41 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Coastal Carolina Elevators is recalling its residential hydraulic elevators due to a crushing hazard, as the  elevator can operate while the gate door is open. According to the recall, the company has received three reports of ...       

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First Luke F-35 Student Takes to the Sky

March 20, 2015 1:11 pm | by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 Lightning II pilots when the first student, Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, flew the wing's first training sortie March 18. Luke has a long and ... 

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Human Brain Inspires Wearable Micro-Sensors

March 20, 2015 1:06 pm | by New Mexico State University (NMSU) | News | Comments

Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. The human brain inspired his ...

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'Green' Batteries Made to Last

March 20, 2015 12:59 pm | by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) | News | Comments

An oxide/carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites in oxygen chemical reactions for green energy devices. Electrochemical devices are crucial to a green energy revolution in which clean alternatives ...                  

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Intelligent Computers Solving Trust Equation

March 20, 2015 12:53 pm | by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) | News | Comments

Socially intelligent computers can turn difficult online negotiations into win - win situations through tactical information disclosure. Programming fundamental 'social intelligence' skills into software agents can make humans substantially ...

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Sandia Showcases Biology Tech Breakthroughs

March 20, 2015 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories’ biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors’ offices — devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a ...

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Today in Engineering History: Discovery of Electric Battery Reported

March 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1800, Alessandro Volta, an Italian chemist and physicist, reported his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London. In 1780, Luigi Galvani, an Italian ...

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'Happiness Printer' Offered on International Day of Happiness

March 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Want to print a random happy image with the touch of a button? You could find your cat memes on the internet, or you could tweet at Viking to win a single-button, wi-fi capable Happiness Printer ...

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Power Tech to Save Millions of Gallons of Water a Day

March 20, 2015 11:50 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When a heat wave rolls in, most people crank up their AC units and turn on their sprinklers to cool off. But when the heat decides to settle in, just like it did repeatedly in Texas over the last several summers, the combination of a high demand ...

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Flight Control Breakthrough Could Lead to Safer Travel

March 20, 2015 11:44 am | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

Commercial air travel safety could see significant improvements thanks to a breakthrough in aircraft flight control technology from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Predictable, reliable, repeatable, and safe ...

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The Welding System of the Future is Self-Learning

March 20, 2015 11:41 am | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | News | Comments

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is developing an entirely new kind of welding system, one which solves quality and productivity problems related to automated and mechanised welding. The system is self-adjusting, flexible and ...

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Superfast Computers a Step Closer

March 20, 2015 11:10 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

The team demonstrated a quantum on/off switching time of about a millionth of a millionth of a second - the fastest-ever quantum switch to be achieved with silicon and over a thousand times faster than previous attempts ...              

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