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This Week in Solar News

February 27, 2015 9:40 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

NASA is looking for proposals for new solar cell technology, while New Energy Technologies is painting electricity-generating coating onto windows and Sunrun opened a new residential solar design center. Here’s this week’s solar news ...


South Korea Renews License of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that ...


Google Releases Work Tools Designed for Android Phones

February 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing. The technology unveiled Wednesday launches ...


MDT Live Preview: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

February 27, 2015 9:30 am | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology ...


U.S. Agency Orders Air Bag Maker to Preserve Parts in Probe

February 27, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have ordered Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. to preserve air bag parts from recalled cars for government investigators and attorneys who are suing the company. The order issued Wednesday by the ...   


Consumer Reports Releases Top Vehicle Picks

February 27, 2015 9:17 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports’ favorites among the 270 autos recently tested. Japanese vehicles won six of the 10 categories, the smallest number in ...


Gas Cost Lowers Consumer Prices by Most in Six Years

February 27, 2015 9:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose. The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index fell ...    


Rocket Firm Hired to Probe Air Bag Problems

February 27, 2015 9:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a rocket science company to investigate the matter ...


Photos of the Day: Halo 5 Designer Models Robot Arm, Metallic Design

February 27, 2015 9:08 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

These striking images were made by Liz Kirby, a 3D environment artist and modeler. She uses Photoshop, Maya, ZBrush, and KeyShot to create her metallic artwork. Her art often tends toward the science fictional, with mechanical beings ...


Ericsson Sues Apple in Patent Dispute

February 27, 2015 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement. The Swedish company said Friday it has filed two complaints with the International Trade Commission and seven complaints with a ...     


Sci-Fi 3D Models Among 3 Design Challenges

February 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

What do you think of when you imagine a utopian or dystopian future? Are there unique buildings, scary creatures, or space travel? For this challenge, CGTrader wants you to embrace your inner sci-fi nerd and design 3D models of anything ...


7 Innovations for Your Smartphone

February 26, 2015 1:08 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Smartphones can already do pretty much everything, right? Actually, UAB computer scientists have a few more ideas. They're tapping into the accelerometers, proximity sensors and other environment-aware chips packed into modern ...  


Today in Engineering History: First Non-Stop Flight Around World

February 26, 2015 1:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1949, Lucky Lady II became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop. The United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress was in the air for a total of 94 hours and 1 minute, and was aided by ...   


Prosthetic Hand Controlled by Patient's Mind

February 26, 2015 11:13 am | by The Lancet | News | Comments

Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to undergo a new technique called "bionic reconstruction," enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind, according to new research published in The Lancet ...


DARPA to Remove Communication Barriers Between Humans, Computers

February 26, 2015 11:02 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers. Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate. DARPA's new ...  



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