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Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          

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Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students' STEM Interest

November 20, 2014 11:17 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 middle schools across New Mexico will compete in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gymnasium in Albuquerque ...  

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Soldiers of the Future Will Generate Their Own Power

November 20, 2014 10:54 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Wearable technologies may provide U.S. soldiers with on-the-move, portable energy and reduce the weight of gear they carry into combat. Researchers at the Natick soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) are ...  

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Photos of the Day: Energy-Harvesting Tech for Soldiers

November 20, 2014 10:54 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

A soldier conducts dismounted maneuvers wearing Lightning Pack's Rucksack Harvester, Bionic Power's Knee Harvester, and MC-10's photovoltaic Solar Panel Harvester during an energy-harvesting technology demonstration held at ...   

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Army Develops Pocket-Sized Aerial Surveillance Device

November 20, 2014 10:24 am | by Jeffrey Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing technologies for a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device for soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments ...

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Radiation Monitors Tested on Space Station to Fly on Orion

November 20, 2014 10:15 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Already tested on the International Space Station (ISS), six radiation detectors developed by a team from the University of Houston physics department and their NASA colleagues have paved the way for two new devices to fly on ...   

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Grade Schools Use the Arts to Improve Science Education

November 20, 2014 10:07 am | by UC Irvine | News | Comments

Through an innovative new program developed at UC Irvine, the arts and the sciences – which often occupy opposite ends of the grammar school curriculum – are being integrated to help young students better grasp the basics of Earth, life and ...

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Green Solutions for Highway Snow & Ice Control

November 20, 2014 9:42 am | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Ice-free pavement. "Smart snowplows." Vegetable juice ice-melt. Cold-climate researchers at Washington State University are clearing the road with green alternatives to the salt, sand and chemicals typically used for highway snow ...  

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A Path to Brighter Images & More Efficient LCD Displays

November 20, 2014 9:35 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light ...   

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Home, Baby Cameras Not Secure Worldwide

November 20, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors and home security cameras: change your password now. Britain's Information Commissioner's Office said Thursday that footage being collected from security cameras ...   

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Human Rights Groups Release Anti-Surveillance Tool

November 20, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software. Amnesty International says the tool released Thursday, called Detekt, is designed for ...   

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Quantum-Dot Tech Makes LCD TVs More Colorful

November 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

If LCD TVs start getting much more colorful — and energy-efficient — in the next few years, it will probably be thanks to MIT spinout QD Vision, a pioneer of quantum-dot television displays. Quantum dots are light-emitting semiconductor ...

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NASA Announces Early Stage Innovations Space Tech Research Grants

November 20, 2014 9:09 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America's space program. The selected proposals address unique, disruptive, or transformational ...  

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New Tech Uses Wood Fibers to Reinforce Plastic Materials

November 20, 2014 9:04 am | by Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Joshua Otaigbe's research blends chemical engineering with materials structure and properties, most recently in trying to develop new and stronger composites that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The longtime National ...  

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Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC Airport

November 20, 2014 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached New York City's Kennedy Airport this week. The FAA says the latest incident occurred Wednesday as a ...   

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