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Today in Engineering History: Ranger 7 Photographs Moon

July 31, 2015 11:08 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, July 31, 1964, Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, took the first close-up images of the Moon. In fact, the lunar probe transmitted 4,308 images to a receiving station in ...


Obama Calls for Exaflop Supercomputer to Rival China's

July 31, 2015 11:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The United States government is working on building an exaflop supercomputer, which could be up to 30 times more powerful than today’s most cutting-edge computers and could exceed China’s ...


DoD Awards Contracts for Laser Range Finder Designator, Grenade Launcher

July 31, 2015 10:50 am | by Jake Meister | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced a large number of work contracts Thursday, including a $50.9 million deal with Lockheed Martin ...


STEM Salaries Fall for Second Quarter in a Row

July 31, 2015 10:41 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Salaries in STEM careers are on the decline, according to a report by compensation software provider PayScale’s PayScale Index. PayScale tracks wages across industries, showing change over time ...


Airbus Takes 290M Euro Charge for Military Transport Crash

July 31, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of ...


Searchers Scour Beaches in Hopes of Unlocking MH370 Mystery

July 31, 2015 9:55 am | by Andrew Meldrum & Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press | News | Comments

Searchers scored Reunion's shoreline for debris and investigators prepared to load a sea-encrusted wing fragment onto a plane bound for France on Friday to learn whether the ...


3 Ex-TEPCO Execs to Face Criminal Charges in Nuclear Crisis

July 31, 2015 9:50 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster ...


U.S. Delivering 8 Newer F-16 Warplanes to Egypt

July 31, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States Embassy in Cairo says the U.S. is delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of an ongoing military support package ...


Extreme Access Flyer to Take Planetary Exploration Airborne

July 31, 2015 9:36 am | by Steven Siceloff, NASA's Kennedy Space Center | News | Comments

The machines being built fall under the name Extreme Access Flyers, and their designers intend to create vehicles that can travel into the shaded regions of a crater and pull out small amounts of soil to ...


Photos of the Day: Flying Robot Designed to Maneuver in Space

July 31, 2015 9:32 am | by NASA's Kennedy Space Center | News | Comments

Swamp Works engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are inventing a flying robotic vehicle that can gather samples on other worlds in places inaccessible to rovers ...


Philae Probe Finds Evidence That Comets Can Be Cosmic Labs

July 31, 2015 9:11 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are ...


Blue Moon? Friday's Celestial Event Comes with a Catch

July 31, 2015 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like on Friday. Maybe. When the full moon appears at 6:43 a.m. EDT Friday, it will become the second ...


Tracing Back Debris to Find Flight 370 May Prove Impossible

July 31, 2015 9:06 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use ...


Facebook Ready to Test Giant Drone for Internet Service

July 31, 2015 9:03 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver ...


Microsoft Says 14 Million Computers Now Running Windows 10

July 31, 2015 8:59 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download ...



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