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NASA Autonomy Incubator Pushing for Intelligent Machines

April 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Joe Atkinson, NASA Langley Research Center | News | Comments

Search-and-rescue operations. Package delivery. Underwater exploration. They're all things people do well. But the day could soon come when intelligent machines do them even better. That's the thinking, anyway, among a small group ...

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Using the Cloud to Manage Large Data Sets

April 16, 2015 9:38 am | by Dan O’Neil, Senior Mechanical Engineer & Justin Bessette, Engineering Manager, LORD MicroStrain | News | Comments

Having the ability to gather large quantities of data does not necessarily translate into also having the ability to use that data in a meaningful way. While technological advances have made it less expensive to collect data, a need remains for ...

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Apple Invests in China Solar Project, U.S. Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a ...

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SXSW Is No Longer Just for Hipsters

April 16, 2015 9:24 am | by Louise Rainone, Director of Strategy and Business Development, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

Now that I’ve been back from SXSW for a couple of weeks, I can finally reflect back on my trip with a clear head. For those of you that have spent any time at SXSW you will remember how incredibly challenging it is to get a clear ...

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Accelerating Cool Roof Deployment

April 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Cool roofs can help keep buildings cool, thus lowering the building's energy use, while also mitigating the urban heat island effect by reflecting sunlight away from buildings and cities. But as cool roofs age and get soiled, how much of their ...

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Video Camera Powers Itself

April 15, 2015 2:18 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered - it can produce an image each second, indefinitely ...

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Ultrasonic Hammer Sets Off Tiny Explosions

April 15, 2015 2:11 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Giving new meaning to the term “sonic boom,” University of Illinois chemists have used sound to trigger microscopic explosions. Using an “ultrasonic hammer,” the researchers triggered tiny but intensely hot explosions in volatile materials ...

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Engineering a Smarter Stride

April 15, 2015 2:04 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

If you asked Ivonna Dumanyan just five years ago where she’d be today, starting a running tech company at Duke University would never have crossed her mind. But thanks to a lot of hard work and the entrepreneurial resources provided ...

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First 3D Printed Part in a GE Commercial Jet Engine Cleared to Fly

April 15, 2015 1:53 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The fist-sized piece of silver metal that houses the compressor inlet temperature sensor inside a jet engine is a part that’s bit obscure even for many aviation aficionados. Starting now, however, it’s becoming a symbol of one of the biggest ...

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Army Looks Toward Fully Autonomous Tactical Vehicle

April 15, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ms. Lisa Ferdinando (ARNEWS Org Page) | News | Comments

The Army is working toward developing a fully autonomous tactical vehicle, a robotics expert said. "When you start looking at the mid-term, five to 10 years, we start talking about tapping into external systems," said Mark Mazzara, robotics ...

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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 15, 2015 1:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core ...

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Cobalt Film a Clean-Fuel Find

April 15, 2015 12:56 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A cobalt-based thin film serves double duty as a new catalyst that produces both hydrogen and oxygen from water to feed fuel cells, according to scientists at Rice University. The inexpensive, highly porous material invented by ...

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MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015 12:52 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat ...

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15 Businesses to Share $850M DoD Contract

April 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued an $850 million contract Tuesday to over a dozen companies who will be tasked with operating and maintaining continental U.S. network enterprise center classified and unclassified communication systems ...

Today in Engineering History: B-52 Bomber Takes Off on Maiden Flight

April 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 15, 1952, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took off on its maiden flight from Seattle, WA, piloted by Col. Alvin M. “Tex” Johnson. With a length of 159 ft. and a take-off weight of ...

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