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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Patents

April 30, 2015 5:01 pm | by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | Videos | Comments

For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money ...

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Understanding Material Nuances from Metal 3D Printing

April 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Stratasys Blog | Blogs | Comments

3D printing with metals has never been more accessible to the manufacturing community. Each material adds a unique range of mechanical properties to broaden perfect-fit applications using 3D metal printing ...

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Bezos' Secretive Space Company Launches Unmanned Test Flight

April 30, 2015 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has launched an unmanned spaceship in its first test flight, the latest development in the commercial space race ...

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University Names Chemical Engineer Its First Female President

April 30, 2015 4:05 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

This afternoon's roundup shows some of the women in engineering and the work they are doing, including the retiring president of the Aerospace Industries Association and a chemical engineer who became the first woman president of South Korea’s Inha University ...

Suborbital Rocket Company Seeks New Life on Kickstarter

April 30, 2015 3:40 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Video game designer and tech entrepreneur John Carmack is trying to revitalize his private space agency, Armadillo Aerospace, under a new name. In other news, Magellan Aerospace will continue its work overhauling and repairing the F404 engines used on Canada's CF-188 Hornet military aircraft ...

New 3D Printing Consortium to Work Towards Unified File Format

April 30, 2015 3:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Yesterday Microsoft kicked off its Build Conference 2015 in San Francisco, CA. After a day and half of sessions, the conference has yielded a variety of news. However, none will have greater implications for the 3D printing industry as the announcement expected later this evening ...

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Spacecraft of the Week: New Horizons

April 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Surface features never before seen on Pluto are within sight thanks to New Horizons, a lightweight spacecraft designed to withstand a ten-year journey to the very edge of the solar system ...

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NYU & Nvidia Team Up for Multi-GPU Cluster-led Deep Learning Research

April 30, 2015 3:18 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

New York University’s (NYU) Center for Data Science (CDS) is joining forces with Nvidia in an effort to improve deep learning applications and algorithms for large-scale GPU-accelerated systems ...

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Altering a Material's Thermal Conductivity at Room Temperature

April 30, 2015 3:05 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Modern research has found no simple, inexpensive way to alter a material’s thermal conductivity at room temperature. That lack of control has made it hard to create new classes of devices that use phonons ...

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Digital In-Line Holography Helps Researchers 'See' into Fiery Fuels

April 30, 2015 2:57 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Transportation accidents, such as trucks crashing on a highway or rockets failing on a launch pad, can create catastrophic fires. It’s important to understand how burning droplets of fuel are generated and behave in those ...

Gas Turbine Generator Starts Up at One of the World's Largest Gas Projects

April 30, 2015 2:40 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo fashioned David from marble cut out of the mountains towering over the Tuscan town of Carrara. Today, however, the area’s craftsmen are in the business of making Goliaths ...

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Bipedal Robot Takes a Walk in the Park

April 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers at Oregon State University last week successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged robot with technology that ...

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Novel Superconducting Undulator Provides First X-Ray Light

April 30, 2015 2:25 pm | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

Synchrotron radiation facilities provide insights into the world of very small structures like microbes, viruses or nanomaterials and rely on dedicated magnet technology, which is optimized to produce highest intensity beams ...

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Making Robots More Human

April 30, 2015 2:19 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions - from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling - to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that ...

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Camera Takes Trillion-Frames-Per-Second

April 30, 2015 2:15 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

When a crystal lattice is excited by a laser pulse, waves of jostling atoms can travel through the material at close to one sixth the speed of light, or approximately 28,000 miles/second. Scientists now have a new tool to ...

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