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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes

January 28, 2015 1:05 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was ...

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This Robot Learns One Step at a Time

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Researchers at the L'Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR) in France are teaching a robot how to evolve. The team use a six-legged robot called Creadapt to study how machines can adapt to new ...     

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'Bulletproof' Battery Tech to Prevent Fires

January 28, 2015 11:04 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013. The innovation is an advanced barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery ...  

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Researchers 3D Print Cartilage to Repair Tracheal Damage

January 28, 2015 10:53 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | News | Comments

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have made a medical breakthrough using 3D printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to create cartilage designed for tracheal repair or replacement. The results were ...

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The Laser Pulse That Gets Shorter All By Itself

January 28, 2015 10:39 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

In a marathon, everyone starts at roughly the same place at roughly the same time. But the faster runners will gradually increase their lead, and in the end, the distribution of runners on the street will be very broad. Something similar happens to a ...

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Which Prototyping Hardware Is Right for You?

January 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing in many fields requires prototyping hardware to be efficient, quick, and cost-effective. Phidgets, based in Canada, outlined three different brand options in a whitepaper from which manufacturers can choose to help create usable ...

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Vietnam War-Era Helicopter Crashes, Killing 4 Soldiers

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, army deputy chief of staff, said ...

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New Pathway to Valleytronics Discovered

January 28, 2015 9:56 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional ...  

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Nanoscale Mirrored Cavities Amplify, Connect Quantum Memories

January 28, 2015 9:51 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

By constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light around impurity atoms in diamond crystals, the team dramatically increased the efficiency with which photons transmit information about those atoms' electronic spin states, which can be used to ...

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Microsoft Tanks 10 percent, Hit by 4 Downgrades on Earnings

January 28, 2015 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft shares plunged 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets ...

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Obama Sees Need to Move on Drone Rules Now

January 28, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Lederman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds — flown by an off-duty intelligence employee — shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely ...  

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Ballooning Offers Platform for Research in a Space-Like Environment

January 28, 2015 9:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

New discoveries are being made on an annual basis by researchers flying their instruments on a high-altitude balloon platform. Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large ...

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Surgeon General: 'Desperate Need of Clarity' on E-Cigarettes

January 28, 2015 9:33 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday. Dr. Vivek Murthy, whose predecessors have been instrumental in guiding ...

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New Instrument to Study the Extreme Universe Unveiled

January 28, 2015 9:32 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

What are the high-energy processes in the Universe that occur in the immediate vicinity of a black hole? To study a question like this one cannot simply utilize a high-resolution telescope. Even with the best available telescopes, it is ...

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Google Expanding Fiber Service

January 28, 2015 9:31 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. The company said it will bring ...   

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