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GM to Introduce New, High-End Cadillac Next Year

September 19, 2014 7:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal ...

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'Honeybee' Robots Replicate Swarm Behavior

September 18, 2014 12:48 pm | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behavior of swarming honeybees. Colias - named after a genus of butterfly - is an open-platform system that can be ...

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DOE Plans to Advance Renewable Energy Deployment

September 18, 2014 12:35 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s effort to diversify our energy portfolio and cut energy waste, the Energy Department today announced a series of executive actions to expand the deployment of ...  

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Improving Plant-Based Batteries with Neutrons

September 18, 2014 12:18 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material's microstructure - a mixture of perfectly spherical nanoscale crystallites ... 

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Photos of the Day: The A-10 Thunderbolt II

September 18, 2014 11:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proponents of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been trying, for years, to retire the A-10 “Warthog” and replace it with the former. The A-10 excels at close-air support, and critics worry that a “Swiss Army Knife” like the F-35 — a jack of all trades ...

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Engineering Newswire 108: The World's 'First' 3D-Printed Car

September 18, 2014 11:02 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing the office of the future, bounding untethered in the great outdoors, and 3D printing the worlds first, or second printed car ...            

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What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 18, 2014 10:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

General Motors has released a statement about the “Super Cruise,” a new feature to be implemented in Cadillacs within the next two years. According GM CEO Mary Barra this new system would “increase the comfort of an attentive driver on ...

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Photos of the Day: A Fully Functional 3D-Printed Car

September 18, 2014 10:15 am | by Local Motors | News | Comments

The Strati was 3D-printed in just 44 hours, in one piece, using direct digital manufacturing. The design for the 3D-printed car was first submitted during the Local Motors 3D-printed Car Design Challenge when over 200 entries were accepted ...

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Scientists Track Ripples in Freestanding Graphene

September 18, 2014 9:53 am | by University of Arkansas, Fayetteville | News | Comments

An international team of physicists, led by a research group at the University of Arkansas, has discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene. The finding provides fundamental insight into ...

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Station Crew Trains to Capture SpaceX Dragon

September 18, 2014 9:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

While they await next week’s launch of the other half of their crew to the International Space Station, Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst focused Wednesday on health checks, cargo operations and ...

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Teardown: Vintage Programmable Scientific Desktop Calculator

September 18, 2014 9:40 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, what’s inside a 1973 vintage programmable scientific desktop calculator?  Plus, an attempted repair ...                

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Alibaba Symbol of China's New Tech Giants

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy. Until now, Chinese companies that made a splash in global stock markets were state-owned banks and oil ...

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Crash Testing Car Seats

September 18, 2014 9:34 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Kid car seats are notoriously tricky. They’re a pain to put in, and often don’t seem to fit quite right. The problem isn’t the parent, it’s the lack of coherence between the design of the car and safety seat. Researchers at the ...  

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Shrink-Wrapping Spacesuits Feel Like 'Second-Skin'

September 18, 2014 9:31 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT New Office | News | Comments

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils ...

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Morphing Airplane Wings Based on Electrical Inputs

September 18, 2014 9:30 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Michigan Aerospace engineers are using new materials and techniques to allow airplane wings to flex and move more like bird wings. Instead of traditional flaps, they are designing wings that can morph based on an electrical inputs ...  

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