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Robonaut Gets New Legs as Trio Prepares for Homecoming

August 28, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Robonaut 2 is receiving new legs that will enable it to move inside and outside the space station. More upper body upgrades are scheduled for the end of 2014 before Robonaut will be ready to conduct its first spacewalk. Robonaut was designed to ...

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Rocket Launch from Wallops Island Tests New Tech

August 28, 2014 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets. NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops ...    

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Make Improvement Possible

August 28, 2014 11:03 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Ideally we want to be using our continual improvement methods to make small adjustments regularly. It’s a state where things are generally well and we are just maintaining our edge. Unfortunately, few of us are at that state, or stay there for ...

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Intelligent System Predicts When Alarms Might Be Triggered

August 28, 2014 10:55 am | by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) | News | Comments

An intelligent system that predicts when alarms might be triggered could greatly improve the management of industrial plants. A*STAR researchers have developed an anticipatory alarm system based on dynamic models of industrial processes using ...

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Vessel-ID System Aids Rescue Mission

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

On January 25, 2012, the fishing vessel Hallgrimur was caught in violent weather and overturned in the icy waters between Iceland and Norway. The ship was sinking, and it was freezing ...          

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Filter Tech Uses Inert Gas to Bore Holes into High-Quality Steel

August 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Two early-stage venture capital investors are joining the i3 Membrane GmbH startup in August 2014. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) of Bonn and Innovationsstarter Fonds of Hamburg are investing in development and marketing of a ...   

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Space Station Benefits for Humanity: Finding Vessels at Sea

August 28, 2014 10:06 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Vessel-ID System investigation on the space station demonstrated the ability for an orbit-based radio receiver to track a ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal. The AIS signal is the marine equivalent of the ...    

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Hyundai's Top SUV Making Sales Gains

August 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maybe more shoppers are finding the Santa Fe because it's a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where reliability is rated as average. Perhaps the buying decision is easier knowing the Santa Fe comes with ...     

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NASA Demonstrates New Tech for Acquiring Measurements of Earth

August 28, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Earth-observing satellites have long collected radiance measurements of the Earth. But recent technology advances could lead to future measurements with higher levels of accuracy than what is currently available to researchers ... 

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Robot Fights Infrastructure Corrosion

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Anna Maltsev, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

The robot’s movement is based on Vortex technology, where a type of propeller is attached to the underside of the robot. The propeller rotates fast enough for a movable suction cup to stick the robot on to walls and ceilings, where it can then ...

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Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded ...       

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How Wireless Technology Can Dramatically Improve Ship Safety

August 28, 2014 9:28 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012 – and the reported difficulties in evacuating over 4,000 people with the eventual loss of 32 lives – underlined the urgent need to accurately trace passengers during ...   

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New Analytical Technology Reveals 'Nanomechanical' Surface Traits

August 28, 2014 9:18 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the "nanomechanical" properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries. This new ...  

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Materials Other Than Silicon for Next Gen Electronic Devices

August 28, 2014 9:04 am | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | News | Comments

In the consumer electronics industry, the mantra for innovation is higher device performance/less power. Arun Thathachary, a Ph.D. student in Penn State's Electrical Engineering Department, spends his days and sometimes nights in the ...  

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Medication Scanning System Aims to Eliminate Errors

August 28, 2014 8:52 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT alumni entrepreneurs Gauti Reynisson MBA ’10 and Ívar Helgason HS ’08 spent the early 2000s working for companies that implemented medication-safety technologies — such as electronic-prescription and pill-barcoding systems ...   

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