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How Do Different Countries Define Strategic Materials?

May 1, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Strategic materials, by definition, need to be used and acquired strategically - but at a national level, it can be difficult to define the wide range of people and industries to which that strategy may apply. This roundup focuses on today's mining and materials news ... 

Research Pinpoints Defects in Popular Perovskites

May 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight ...

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Most Innovations Are Rephrasings of Past Tech

May 1, 2015 1:49 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new paper in the Journal of ...

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Bats Are Teaching Scientists to Build Better Aircraft

May 1, 2015 1:45 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively ...

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Danger to Aircraft Increases Demand for Airborne Infrared Countermeasure Systems

May 1, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Low-flying aircraft are routinely met by threats. As a result of these dangers, airborne infrared countermeasures (IRCM) systems, which are designed to protect aircraft, are being developed by market participants ...

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Ending America's Reliance on Russian RD-180 Rocket Engines

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information | News | Comments

Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29. Changes to the ...

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Lockheed Delivers 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

May 1, 2015 1:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin marked the 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) delivery during a ceremony held yesterday at its Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando, Florida. The 1,000th pod, which was delivered to the ...

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Raytheon Missile Systems Awarded $559M

May 1, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a large number of work contracts on Thursday, highlighted by a $559. 2 million not-to-exceed sole–source undefinitized contract action (UCA) with Raytheon Missile Systems ...

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Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 12:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...

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Modernized Tech 'Backbone' of Airspace System Enhances Safety

May 1, 2015 12:34 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, a key piece of the infrastructure for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), is now in place, providing technology ...

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Today in Engineering History: Construction Begins on World's First Skyscraper

May 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 1, 1884, construction began on Chicago’s first skyscraper at the corner of Adams and LaSalle Streets. Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, much of the city’s skyline was made up of wooden buildings ...

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Beyond Powerwall: Alternate Energy Today

May 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Elon Musk made waves late yesterday with the announcement of Tesla's new Powewall, a battery unit that could threaten residential energy utilities. This roundup goes a little deeper into how those batteries would integrate into one's existing home ...

SpaceX Organizer Turns Her Hand to Space Age High Heels

May 1, 2015 11:25 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Thesis Couture, a company armed with fashion engineers, an astronaut and more on its design team, is working on a “high performance” high heel designed for comfort ...

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Army Upgrades Body Armor, Saves Money

May 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Maj. Chris Getter, PEO Soldier | News | Comments

It is not every day you can get half of the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that is exactly what a team from the product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, or PdM SPE, and Defense Logistics Agency ...

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Mind-Controlled Robots Take Directions From Tiny Brain Implants

May 1, 2015 10:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1997, Cathy Hutchinson suffered a brainstem stroke that left her paralyzed from the neck down. But in 2011, she was able to pick up a Thermos filled with coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again ...

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