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Today in Engineering History: Last Lunar-Landing Mission

December 19, 2014 1:13 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history 1972, the final three astronauts to travel to the moon arrived back to Earth, successfully completing the Apollo 17 mission. Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt stayed on the surface of the moon for a ...

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Sony Hack Adds to Security Pressure on Companies

December 19, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger ...    

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Fab-Grade SLA Innovation with New ProX 800

December 19, 2014 12:34 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

3D Systems has announced the ProX 800, the latest in the company’s family of accurate, production-level Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers. The ProX 800 production SLA printer features a new laser print head ...

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Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility in Ohio

December 19, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on ...   

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Obtaining Live Images from Inside Materials

December 19, 2014 12:15 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

n medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too – as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what’s hidden on inside materials and ...    

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Smaller Lidars Could Allow UAVs to Conduct Underwater Scans

December 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Bathymetric lidars – devices that employ powerful lasers to scan beneath the water’s surface – are used today primarily to map coastal waters. At nearly 600 pounds, the systems are large and heavy, and they require costly, piloted aircraft to ...

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Melting Battery Compartment Among 3 Design Fails This Week

December 19, 2014 10:55 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, engines are locking up, battery compartments are reaching dangerous temperatures, and circuit breakers aren’t tripping ...                             

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Amputee Makes History Controlling Two Modular Prosthetic Limbs

December 19, 2014 10:49 am | by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory | News | Comments

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory's Modular ...  

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NASA Finds Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin ... 

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Terra Motors to Launch Electric Three Wheeler in 2015

December 19, 2014 10:22 am | by Terra Motors | News | Comments

Terra Motors, a manufacturer of electric two and three wheelers in Japan, has unveiled the ‘R6’ Japanese electric three wheeler. The company will start to sell R6 early next year. With full charge, R6 can go as far as ...    

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World-First Tech Connects Cycle Helmets with Cars

December 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. No car manufacturer has previously put a stake in ...

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NASA Satellite Sees Holiday Lights Brighten Cities

December 19, 2014 10:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Even from space, holidays shine bright. With a new look at daily data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in ...      

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Photos of the Day: Holiday Lights from Space

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Dark green pixels are areas where lights are ...   

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Gift Guide: Strong Photo, Video Gear Options

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke ...                   

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Study Fuels Hope for Natural Gas Cars

December 19, 2014 9:32 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Cars that run on natural gas are touted as efficient and environmentally friendly, but getting enough gas onboard to make them practical is a hurdle. A new study led by researchers at Rice University promises to help. Rather than ...  

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