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5 Things to Know About NASA's SMAP Mission

January 23, 2015 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, will measure the moisture in Earth's soil with greater accuracy and higher resolution than any preceding mission, producing a global map of ...   

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Aircraft to Attempt 1st Round-the-World Solar Flight

January 23, 2015 9:54 am | by Solar Impulse | Videos | Comments

The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. Our challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to ...

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Rosetta Space Probe Hints at 'Key to Life' on Comet's Core

January 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have found further evidence that comets harbor the building blocks of life, and have collected the first close-up data that will help them understand how these celestial bodies evolve as they hurtle toward the sun ...   

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Robots Pave the Way for Human Missions to Mars

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

For decades robots have been exploring Mars' atmosphere and surface, forging space science advances and paving the way for future human missions to Mars. While robots have been highly effective, some say only human space travel can ...  

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Space Launch System Booster Aimed, Ready to Fire

January 23, 2015 9:43 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When completed, two five-segment boosters and four RS-25 engines will power the SLS to orbit and enable astronauts to explore destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and the Red Planet ...        

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Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:39 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches ...

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Hands-On with Microsoft's Hologram Device

January 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might ...

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Gov't Adds Emergency Brake Features to Safety Device List

January 23, 2015 9:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency wants to add two automatic emergency braking devices to its list of recommended safety features for new-car buyers. But it's unclear when or if the ...               

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Solar Racing at the Yas Marina Circuit

January 23, 2015 9:31 am | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

In order to be able to compete in the "main event" of the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, teams have to compete in a qualifying event. This event was held as a track race at the Yas Marina Circuit in UAE. The race is used to both confirm the ...

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NTSB: Planes Should Have Technologies So They Can Be Found

January 23, 2015 9:26 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to recent incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more ...  

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Advanced Manufacturing Process Optimizes Satellite Tech

January 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Airbus Defence and Space | Articles | Comments

The original meaning of the word satellite (“attendant” or “companion”) does little to convey how complex these technical devices are and what they do for our daily lives. Their tasks range from weather forecasting to message transport and ...

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Photos of the Day: Historic Phone Used to Make First Transcontinental Call Revealed

January 23, 2015 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephones used on the first transcontinental call are shown, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. The phones will be displayed as part of the 100-year anniversary of the ...     

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Old Phone Unveiled 100 Years After First Coast-to-Coast Call

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by Haven Daley & Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press | News | Comments

In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago. On Jan. 25, 1915, to celebrate the completion of the ...   

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DOE Invests $55M to Advance EV Tech

January 23, 2015 9:13 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20st in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more ...   

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Engineering Newswire 124: Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                    

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