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More Aspirations for Drones Fly In

April 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

From studying the complexities of a hurricane to planting trees with fascinating efficiency, drone users and developers are doing their best to push the limits of what UAVs can do ...

Flight Is Greener Than Driving

April 27, 2015 12:32 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Flying in a plane is not only safer than driving a car, it's also better for the environment, says a University of Michigan researcher. In a follow-up study from last year, Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that ...

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Making LED-Illuminated Ads Light & Flexible

April 27, 2015 12:17 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT is involved in a European project, developing novel LED advertising displays, which combine thin, lightweight and bendable structures with advanced optical quality. The project will implement, for example, a LED display that ...

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More Is Less in Novel Electronic Material

April 27, 2015 12:11 pm | by Boston College | News | Comments

Add water to a half-filled cup and the water level rises. This everyday experience reflects a positive material property of the water-cup system. But what if adding more water lowers the water level by deforming the cup? This would mean ...

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Steamboat Explodes

April 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 27, 1865, the SS Sultana, a U.S. side-wheel steamboat, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, TN. Approximately 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers aboard died when three of the ...

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HP Awarded $469M DoD Contract

April 27, 2015 11:38 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a number work contracts Friday, none bigger than the ceiling $469 million deal it gave to Hewlett Packard Company for global content delivery services (GCDS) ...

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Fire at Nuclear Power Plant Prompts Reactor Shutdown

April 27, 2015 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in southern Taiwan was shut down following a fire that broke out at around midnight Sunday, its operator said Monday. Taiwan Power spokesman Lin Te-fu told ...

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 90

April 27, 2015 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 90 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the automaker. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was ...

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WWII-Era Bomb Found on College Campus

April 27, 2015 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ground shook near a New Jersey military base as an explosives team detonated a 500-pound World War II-era bomb that had been found on the campus of a community college ...

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Warning Signals Alert Filipinos of Oncoming Tsunamis

April 27, 2015 10:52 am | by E2S | News | Comments

The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. Following this tragic event, the UN set up the Indian ...

Power Outages Limit Tech's Ability to Help People Connect After Quake

April 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Foster Klug , Associated Press | News | Comments

After the earthquake hit Nepal, Prem Raja Mahat spent a sleepless night at his Baltimore home, trying again and again to reach his son, who was visiting friends and family back in Mahat's home country. "My wife was crying, crying so ...

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Facebook Engineering Director Leaves for Startup

April 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

 Facebook Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen made headlines on April 27 when he announced that he would be moving from the social media giant to a music startup co-founded by his fiance, Elomida Visviki ...

MIT Report Details Benefits of Investment in Basic Research

April 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Abby Abazorius, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last year was a notable one for scientific achievements: In 2014, European researchers discovered a fundamental new particle that sheds light on the origins of the universe, and the European Space Agency successfully landed the first ...

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Smart Stove Add-On Cooks Up a Storm on Kickstarter

April 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A recent Kickstarter project purports to cook food perfectly with a hassle-free stove attachment. The Meld nob attaches to a gas or electric stove, replacing an existing nob ...

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Turkish Plane Makes Emergency Landing

April 27, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Turkish Airline official says a plane returning from Milan made an emergency landing in Istanbul and ran off the runway. The plane left a trail of sparks and smoke as it landed but all passengers were evacuated safely ...

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