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Contest Calls for Photos of Top Technology

May 1, 2015 3:52 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Pop engineer Grant Imahara and Mouser Electronics are asking the engineering community which technology best represents the world today, and offering the winner a chance to send a memento to the moon ...


UCLA Students Learn How to Design Clothes Using 3D Printing

May 1, 2015 3:30 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Fashionistas everywhere might want to enroll at University of California, Los Angeles after reading this 3D printing-focused round up ...

Committee Slashes NASA's Earth Sciences Budget

May 1, 2015 2:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

This afternoon round up explores all things NASA, including a huge blow to the administration’s Earth sciences work ...


Multiple Melting Batteries Among 3 Design Fails This Week

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The company has received 45 reports of jumpstart and power supply units overheating and melting, including 18 reports of fire. While $16,000 in property damage has resulted ...


How Do Different Countries Define Strategic Materials?

May 1, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Strategic materials, by definition, need to be used and acquired strategically - but at a national level, it can be difficult to define the wide range of people and industries to which that strategy may apply. This roundup focuses on today's mining and materials news ... 

Research Pinpoints Defects in Popular Perovskites

May 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight ...


Most Innovations Are Rephrasings of Past Tech

May 1, 2015 1:49 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new paper in the Journal of ...


Bats Are Teaching Scientists to Build Better Aircraft

May 1, 2015 1:45 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively ...


Danger to Aircraft Increases Demand for Airborne Infrared Countermeasure Systems

May 1, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Low-flying aircraft are routinely met by threats. As a result of these dangers, airborne infrared countermeasures (IRCM) systems, which are designed to protect aircraft, are being developed by market participants ...


Ending America's Reliance on Russian RD-180 Rocket Engines

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information | News | Comments

Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29. Changes to the ...


Lockheed Delivers 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

May 1, 2015 1:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin marked the 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) delivery during a ceremony held yesterday at its Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando, Florida. The 1,000th pod, which was delivered to the ...


Raytheon Missile Systems Awarded $559M

May 1, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a large number of work contracts on Thursday, highlighted by a $559. 2 million not-to-exceed sole–source undefinitized contract action (UCA) with Raytheon Missile Systems ...


Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 12:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...


Modernized Tech 'Backbone' of Airspace System Enhances Safety

May 1, 2015 12:34 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, a key piece of the infrastructure for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), is now in place, providing technology ...


Today in Engineering History: Construction Begins on World's First Skyscraper

May 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 1, 1884, construction began on Chicago’s first skyscraper at the corner of Adams and LaSalle Streets. Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, much of the city’s skyline was made up of wooden buildings ...



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