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Today in Engineering History: Patent for Skyscraper Received

May 22, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 22, 1888, Leroy Sunderland Buffington, an architect from Minnesota, received a patent for a system to build skyscrapers. In 1881, he claimed to have thought of the concept of building skyscrapers ...

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Survey Suggests Motorists are Driving on Underinflated Tires

May 22, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Memorial Day weekend is typically filed with droves of motorists eying sun-filled escapes from their hectic lives, and this year will be no different as more than 33 million Americans are expected to hit the roads ...

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Uber Tests 'Autonomy Systems' in Pittsburgh

May 22, 2015 1:08 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An autonomous Uber car may have been spotted in Pittsburgh, although the ride-sharing company denies that the vehicle is truly automated ...

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Electromagnetic Rail Launchers Among 5 Patents This Week

May 22, 2015 12:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, the new design seeks to increase a rail launcher's energy efficiency and compactness, as well as to allow the use of proven and simple technology components ...

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Army Outfits First Vehicles with Electronic Stability Control

May 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by Charles Parsons, Army Program Office, MRAP, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support | News | Comments

Soldiers laud the ballistic protection Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicles that provide them against underbody threats, but now a brand-new MRAP feature, the first of its kind for the Army, will help maximize ...

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Lockheed Martin Space System Gets $735M for Satellite Sustainment

May 22, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded several work contracts Thursday, including a $735.5 million deal to Lockheed Martin Space Systems for satellite sustainment ...

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Tiny Device Could Save Lives on Battlefield

May 22, 2015 12:09 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

Getting rapid treatment for wounds or injuries suffered on the battlefield can mean the difference between life and death. Army medical researchers recently developed "a device that will revolutionize ...

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Exercise Device Designed for People with Paraplegia

May 22, 2015 12:02 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Five North­eastern Uni­ver­sity student-researchers have retro­fitted a rowing machine with an inge­nious device, allowing people with para­plegia to exer­cise without the aid of a trainer. The mod­i­fied ergometer, dubbed the ...

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How Digital Wind Farms Will Make Wind Power 20% More Efficient

May 22, 2015 11:58 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Few people embody the backyard inventor better than Charles Brush. In 1887, he built behind his mansion in Cleveland, Ohio, a 4-ton wind generator with 144 blades and a comet-like tail, and used it to power a set of ...

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3D Printing Helped to Save Woman's Kidney

May 22, 2015 11:55 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

Healthcare has once again received a life-saving assist from 3D printing technology. Doctors at a university hospital in China recently used 3D printing technology to plan tumor removal surgery ...

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Naval Research Lab Patents Compact Orbital Debris Sensor

May 22, 2015 11:51 am | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter, a compact, low power, low cost, local space debris detection concept that ...

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Marines Test Glasses That Enhance Augmented Reality System

May 22, 2015 11:41 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Marines were able to turn a lush golf course into a hostile battleground complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke at a demonstration on May 21 using an augmented reality training system from the Office of Naval ...

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NOAA's GOES-R Satellite Begins Environmental Testing

May 22, 2015 11:34 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing. Environmental testing simulates the harsh conditions of launch and the space environment once the satellite is in orbit. The GOES-R satellite and ...

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Robot Masters New Skills Through Trial & Error

May 22, 2015 11:31 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn ...

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Method of Signal Transmission from Nanocomponents Developed

May 22, 2015 11:26 am | by University of Basel | News | Comments

Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is connected to ...

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