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Europe's Venus Probe Set for Fiery Demise

December 18, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks. The European Space Agency says attempts to lift Venus Express into a higher ...     

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Drones to Help Show How Tornados Form

December 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Dan Elliot, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form. Drones can penetrate ...

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Boeing Breaks Ground on New St. Louis Venture

December 18, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that ...

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Singular Focus, All-Encompassing Impact

December 18, 2014 9:02 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

The other day, someone asked me, “If you were to start your own business from scratch, how would you instill a method of continual improvement for the entire organization?”  I had to think about it for a few days before I arrived at an answer I could ...

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Averting the #1 Mistake on the Path to Commercialization

December 18, 2014 8:52 am | by Craig Scherer, co-founder & senior partner at Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

From startups to blue chips, companies on the verge of launching a new product initiative would be well served to ask themselves the following key questions prior to the initiation of their development efforts ...     

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Photos of the Day: Inside Boeing's 737 Assembly Facility

December 18, 2014 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing 737-800 airplanes are on the assembly line Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Boeing's 737 assembly facility. Boeing and Puget Sound Energy announced Tuesday that Boeing plans to switch to ...         

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Energy Department to Advance Microgrid Tech

December 17, 2014 5:16 pm | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

The Energy Department recently announced its award of more than $8 million for seven microgrid projects-including $1.2 million each for the EPRI and GE projects-to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential ... 

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Startup Addresses Critical Semiconductor Tech Limitations

December 17, 2014 5:06 pm | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Seamless Devices aims to address critical limitations faced by semiconductor technologies striving to meet the demands of performance and power efficiency required by the next generation of electronic devices and sensors ...    

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Linde, Sandia Partnership Looks to Expand Hydrogen Fueling Network

December 17, 2014 4:55 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

The CRADA will kick off with two new research and development projects to accelerate the expansion of hydrogen fueling stations to continue to support the market growth of fuel cell electric vehicles now proliferating among the major auto ...

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Tackling Barriers for Robot Use in Emergency Response

December 17, 2014 4:34 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. Through a project supported by DARPA, Sandia is developing ...         

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Switching to Spintronics

December 17, 2014 4:21 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an ... 

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Microscopy Pencils Patterns in Polymers at the Nanoscale

December 17, 2014 4:07 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials for the first time. The study provides new evidence ...

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Lens-Free Microscope Can Detect Cancer at the Cellular Level

December 17, 2014 3:51 pm | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. The invention could lead to ...

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Smart Window Tints & Powers Itself

December 17, 2014 3:38 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have developed a smart window which can darken or brighten without the need for an external power source.This unique self-tinting window requires zero electricity to operate and is also a ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Airplane Flies at Kitty Hawk

December 17, 2014 11:02 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully made the first flight in history, and in 1979 a Hollywood stuntman 'probably' broke the sound barrier when he ...           

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