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Commercializing the First Direct-Diode Laser Bright Enough to Cut, Weld Metal

July 24, 2014 11:23 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Diode lasers — used in laser pointers, barcode scanners, DVD players, and other low-power applications — are perhaps the most efficient, compact, and low-cost lasers available.Attempts have been made over the years to amplify the ...  


MIT Researchers Study Bamboo for Engineered Building Material

July 24, 2014 11:17 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical in parts of the world where ...


Better Red for LED: New Tech Could Vastly Improve Smartphone Displays

July 24, 2014 11:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

There’s no shortage of red-hot ideas leaving GE labs in upstate New York, but nothing comes close to materials scientist’s Anant Setlur’s discovery. Working with a team of researchers at GE Lighting and in Europe, Setlur found and patented ...


X-Ray Vision for Quality Assurance

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Katrine Krogh-Jeppesen, DTU | News | Comments

A DTU researcher has developed a method that uses X-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder. The new technique has the capacity to recognize advanced biological molecules such as ...   


Discovery Is Key to Metal Wear in Sliding Parts

July 24, 2014 10:41 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism for wear in metals: a swirling, fluid-like microscopic behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another. The findings could be used to improve the durability of metal parts ...


Spacecraft Reaches ISS in Less Than Six Hours

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The ISS Progress 56 resupply spacecraft, packed with almost three tons of cargo, automatically docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment at 11:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday, less than six hours after its launch from ...


Photos of the Day: Record Breaking Transfer Vehicle Set for Launch

July 24, 2014 10:03 am | by ESA | News | Comments

ATV-5 will deliver more than six tonnes of cargo to the Station, again breaking the record for the heaviest spacecraft launched on Ariane. Everything has been loaded and the ferry is now sealed until it reaches the orbital outpost ...  


ATV-5 to Deliver Touchy-Feely Joystick, Other Cargo to ISS

July 24, 2014 10:00 am | by ESA | News | Comments

ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana ...    


Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Moving into Q4

July 24, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search ...  


Senate to Debate Bill Targeting Companies That Move Overseas

July 24, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain. The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent ...   


NASA Doesn't Have the Money for Big Rockets

July 24, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying ...     


Social Security's $300M IT Project Doesn't Work

July 24, 2014 3:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an ...


NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet ...     


$148 Million Metal Research Center Set for Detroit

July 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fall opening of the Detroit headquarters for a federally funded metals research program was announced Wednesday. The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move ...   


Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

July 23, 2014 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

'Ray' the robotic parking valet at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany lets travelers to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot before heading to the check-in desk ...             



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