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New Engines Tap Latest Military Tech

May 21, 2015 2:59 pm | by Matt Benvie, GE Reports | News | Comments

From GPS to the Internet, many everyday technologies have military roots. The same is true for jet engines, especially those powering business jets. For America, the jet age began the night of October 4th, 1941 ...

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Bat-Inspired Sonar System Unveiled

May 21, 2015 2:53 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Rolf Mueller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has developed a prototype of a dynamic sonar system inspired by horseshoe bats. The prototype was presented ...

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Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient's Intentions

May 21, 2015 2:51 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb - one that can be either connected to or ...

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Device Self-Destructs When Heated

May 21, 2015 2:45 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components so that the material could be ...

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NASA Advances CubeSat Concept for Planetary Exploration

May 21, 2015 2:41 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to ...

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Using a Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO

May 21, 2015 2:38 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded by a constant stream of solar particles that can cause a film of material to adhere to the optics ...

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Offshore Wind Turbine Construction Could Be Putting Seals' Hearing at Risk

May 21, 2015 2:32 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, according to ecologists who attached GPS data loggers to 24 harbor seals while ...

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Today in Engineering History: Amelia Earhart Completes Transatlantic Flight

May 21, 2015 2:25 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart completed the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman when she landed in Ireland. On the morning of May 20, Earhart left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, with the ...

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Experience Trumps Degrees for IoT Professionals

May 21, 2015 2:08 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Does one need four years of college education in order to succeed as an engineer or developer? Several Internet of Things experts say no ...

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Supervolcano Possible on Mars; Plants Breathe Easy

May 21, 2015 1:55 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

Today in space, the hush-hush X-37B military shuttle is orbiting the Earth, and box-sized CubeSats ride along with the LightSail project. The CubeSats may be the next step in unmanned space exploration, since they are small and can be loaded with all kinds of instruments and experiments ...

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This 3D Printed Wearable Houses Microorganisms

May 21, 2015 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Want to wear living, photosynthetic clothing? Stratasys and designer Neri Oxman have you covered (in microorganisms) with a series of artistically 3D printed wearables. Oxman has experimented with wearable living tissue before ...

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Turn That Defect Upside Down

May 21, 2015 12:20 pm | by Allison Mills, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries — which are small, symmetrical defects in materials — may present an opportunity ...

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Canadian University Receives $1.6M to Train 150 Drone Experts

May 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIASA) has received $1.65 million to train 150 individuals in the use of drones. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) contributed the funds. UTIASA Professor Hugh Liu will teach the participants how to use the drones for a number of purposes ranging from environmental monitoring to agriculture ...

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Gauging Materials' Physical Properties from Video

May 21, 2015 12:14 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last summer, MIT researchers published a paper describing an algorithm that can recover intelligible speech from the analysis of the minute vibrations of objects in video captured through soundproof glass ...

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DoD Awards $72M Contract for MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 Production

May 21, 2015 10:32 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded several contracts Thursday, including a $72 million basic ordering agreement modification to General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems which, will task the company with producing eight additional MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 production configuration aircraft ...

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