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Lithium-Sulfer Batteries with Graphene Wrapper Show Promise

December 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

What do you get when you wrap a thin sheet of the "wonder material" graphene around a novel multifunctional sulfur electrode that combines an energy storage unit and electron/ion transfer networks? An extremely promising electrode ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Estimating Meteoroid Strikes

December 16, 2014 12:50 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, the Explorer 16 launched to study meteoroid impacts on spacecraft. The second in a series of micrometeoroid satellites orbited by NASA, the Explorer 16 helped estimate the probability of ...    

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Lighter Planes Are the Future

December 16, 2014 12:43 pm | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of ...

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The Surprising History of Tinsel

December 16, 2014 12:38 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

It's been a holiday decoration staple for decades, and it turns out that silver stuff hanging from your tree has quite a storied past. Tinsel has been made out of everything from real silver, to lead to other dangerously flammable materials ...

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Lead Islands in a Sea of Graphene Magnetize the Material of the Future

December 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science & Technology | News | Comments

Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in ...

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Vehicles Powered by Electricity from Renewables Could Save Lives

December 16, 2014 12:23 pm | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and ...

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New Algorithm a Christmas Gift to 3D Printing, Environment

December 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world’s first algorithm for automatically ...

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 16, 2014 9:03 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a ...       

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Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head to Analyze Big Data

December 16, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker on Monday announced that it has hired Paul Ballew, who ...    

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VCC's New FlexVolt Tech Allows Indicators to be Used with Expanded Voltage Range

December 16, 2014 8:46 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

VCC has developed a series of indicators that combine design flexibility and ease of assembly with ruggedness and reliability. The all-in-one CNX 714FV Series 14mm indicator uses FlexVolt Technology ...

New 'Brain' for RS-25 Engine is No Technological Flashback to the '80s

December 15, 2014 8:01 pm | by Megan Davidson, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Take a look at your current devices. Can you imagine swapping that smartphone for a gigantic cellphone from the 1980s? Surfing the Internet with dial-up speed? Working out to your favorite music with a cassette player? Today's technology is ...

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Moon Express Testing Compact Lunar Lander

December 15, 2014 7:55 pm | by Linda Herridge, NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center | News | Comments

NASA is working with U.S. industry to develop the capabilities and cutting-edge technologies that will help send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit. To achieve this goal, space travelers will need the resources to survive ...    

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The Danger of Drones in an Unlicensed Airspace

December 15, 2014 7:44 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

If we want to continue moving forward with the commercialization of drones, there should be safety precautions in place to guarantee that such technology isn’t intended for harmful use ...         

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Heavy Duty Explosion Proof Pressure Transducers for Oil & Gas Equipment Applications

December 15, 2014 6:33 pm | by Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls has announced the global market launch of the 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series. The Gems 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series is a family of ...

Atari's 'E.T.' Game Joins Smithsonian Collection

December 15, 2014 5:12 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian. Museum specialist Drew Robarge made ...  

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