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7 Innovations for Your Smartphone

February 26, 2015 1:08 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Smartphones can already do pretty much everything, right? Actually, UAB computer scientists have a few more ideas. They're tapping into the accelerometers, proximity sensors and other environment-aware chips packed into modern ...  

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Today in Engineering History: First Non-Stop Flight Around World

February 26, 2015 1:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1949, Lucky Lady II became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop. The United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress was in the air for a total of 94 hours and 1 minute, and was aided by ...   

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Prosthetic Hand Controlled by Patient's Mind

February 26, 2015 11:13 am | by The Lancet | News | Comments

Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to undergo a new technique called "bionic reconstruction," enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind, according to new research published in The Lancet ...

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DARPA to Remove Communication Barriers Between Humans, Computers

February 26, 2015 11:02 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers. Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate. DARPA's new ...  

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Engineering Newswire 129: Bicycle Hybrid Reaches 100 MPH

February 26, 2015 10:59 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying rockets through the Northern Lights, sticking giant earth catheters into geysers, and taking the fastest bike ride in the world ...            

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Devices May Help Soldiers Nose Out Bio Threats

February 26, 2015 10:59 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

Researchers are refining for Army use a commercial technology that will allow Soldiers to accurately and rapidly detect an array of chemical and biological hazards - from mustard agent to anthrax - and then transmit those results to ... 

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NASA Test Fires New Rocket with Army Motor

February 26, 2015 10:51 am | by AMRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

When the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center test fired the Peregrine rocket, Feb. 10, members of the local Army research and development community watched with great interest. The igniter motor for the NASA Peregrine was developed and ...

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New Process to Save Army Money, Yield Cheaper Rounds

February 26, 2015 10:48 am | by Kevin Jackson, AMC | News | Comments

A new process at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, or MCAAP, will make more recovered projectile bodies viable for reuse in the production of field artillery training rounds and provide the military with a cheaper and safer munition ...  

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New Flow Battery to Keep Cities Lit, Green & Safe

February 26, 2015 10:42 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in ...  

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Warming Up the World of Superconductors

February 26, 2015 10:14 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at USC, found that ...

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Looking Deeply into the Universe in 3D

February 26, 2015 10:09 am | by ESO | News | Comments

he MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the ... 

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Marine Shells Help Develop Responsive, Transparent Displays

February 26, 2015 10:04 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The blue-rayed limpet is a tiny mollusk that lives in kelp beds along the coasts of Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Canary Islands. These diminutive organisms — as small as a fingernail ...      

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Attorney: Silicon Valley Firm Discriminated Against Woman

February 26, 2015 9:58 am | by Paul Elias & Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

The trial of a high-profile sex bias lawsuit in Silicon Valley began Tuesday with a lawyer for a former junior partner at a venture capital firm claiming his client was denied a promotion because of her gender and then ...    

Company Refuses to Ship Milling Machine for 3D-Printed Firearms

February 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight ... unless you’re shipping something controversial. Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business ...

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Photos of the Day: The Nuclear-Powered Jet Engine & the History of Flight

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of ...

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