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Raytheon’s New Weapon-Locator Among 7 Patents This Week

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Raytheon Company, the major U.S. defense company, has applied for a patent using a new class of weapon-locating lidar (Light Detection And Ranging). The system could estimate ...           

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Stakes Are Raised for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

January 29, 2015 2:14 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The new prize structure was created in ...

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Today in Engineering History: 1st Gas-Powered Car Patented

January 29, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1886, Karl Benz, a German engine designer and car engineer, applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – is regarded by some to be the origin of the gas powered automobile ...

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Drone Maker Restricts D.C. Flights

January 29, 2015 1:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington DC’s restricted airspace ...       

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Boeing 747-8 to Serve as Next Air Force One

January 29, 2015 12:29 pm | by Secretary of the Air Force Office Public Affairs | News | Comments

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft ...  

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Flight Animation of World's Most Powerful Rocket

January 29, 2015 11:11 am | by SpaceX | Videos | Comments

When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously ...    

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Robotic Helicopter to Scout for Mars Rovers

January 29, 2015 11:04 am | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Videos | Comments

JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky ...            

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Engineering Newswire 125: Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

January 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...        

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Why I Make Robots the Size of a Grain of Rice

January 29, 2015 10:52 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in ...

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Record Number of Women Join Top-Ranked Canadian Engineering School

January 29, 2015 10:41 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Women now account for 30.6 percent of first-year students in U of T Engineering programs: a record for the Faculty and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities. It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year ...

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Photos of the Day: McLaren Unveils Honda-Powered Car for 2015

January 29, 2015 9:58 am | by McLaren | News | Comments

Take a close look at the brand-new MP4-30 chassis – the car that will contest the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship – and discover how Honda and McLaren’s racing DNA links this car to one of its most illustrious forebears ...   

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How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise. Researcher Caitlin Stackpool and her team from the University of ... 

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LG Electronics in Red in 4Q on Plasma TV Business Closure

January 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said Thursday it has lost money in the fourth quarter as costs from the closure of its plasma TV operations offset a recovery in its mobile phone business. The Korean company reported a net loss of ...     

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Using Virtual Reality to Train Future Engineers

January 29, 2015 9:40 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

The University of Michigan MIDEN virtual reality cave gives Michigan Engineers an unprecedented insight into the way structures come together, buckle, and collapse. The MIDEN foregoes physically constructing “steel sculptures” traditionally ...

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Tape: Scientist Offers to Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New York

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | News | Comments

A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings ...

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