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Learning How to 3D-Print a Giant Head

January 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by PD&D Staff | Videos | Comments

David's 3D-printed head weighs 9.25 lbs., and was printed using the fused filament fabrication process on a heated borosilicate glass bed that runs about 70°C when printing PLA. No support material was needed. The head took nearly 7 days ...

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DigitalSTROM Smart Home System Expands Reach

January 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core ...   

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Einstein's Relativity Will Make Your Electricity Run on Time

January 20, 2015 11:25 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In Bern, Switzerland, the old train station was one of the first buildings in the city to have coordinated clocks. It stood across the street from the patent office where an employee named Albert Einstein was trying to answer a cosmic question ...

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NASA Robot Plunges into Volcano to Explore Fissure

January 20, 2015 11:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Volcanoes have always fascinated Carolyn Parcheta. She remembers a pivotal moment watching a researcher take a lava sample on a science TV program video in 6th grade. Exploring volcanoes is risky business. That's why Parcheta ...

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Robot ISAAC Will Help NASA Speed Toward Innovation

January 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Sam McDonald, NASA Langley Research Center | News | Comments

A robot named ISAAC — born with a versatile, spinning head and a robust, acrobatic arm — promises to give NASA’s Langley Research Center a leg up in the quest to develop lighter, stronger composite structures and materials for aerospace ...

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New Fibers Can Deliver Many Simultaneous Stimuli

January 20, 2015 10:44 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single ...

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MIT Releases Pioneering Evaluation of Solar Lanterns

January 20, 2015 10:26 am | by Lauren McKown, MIT D-Lab | News | Comments

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail. It’s a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and ...

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All Systems Ready for Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:07 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed to support warfighters using an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data. It runs on a high ...

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U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 20, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says ...  

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Russia Rocket Maker: Deal with Orbital Sciences Worth $1 Billion

January 20, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket manufacturer says its contract with U.S. Orbital Sciences is worth about $1 billion. Russia's state-controlled Energiya said in Friday's statement that the deal with its subsidiary, Energomash, envisages the delivery of ...

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Former Gillette Employees Sued for Sharing Trade Secrets

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Four former Gillette employees are the subjects of a lawsuit after Proctor & Gamble accused them of sharing trade secrets from the Industrial Design group, the Product Design & Development group, and more, with another shaving products company ...

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ABB, Solar Impulse Prepare for Historic Round-the-World Flight

January 20, 2015 9:44 am | by ABB | News | Comments

Three ABB engineers have joined the Solar Impulse team, where they are contributing expertise and passion. Their work includes improving control systems for ground operations, enhancing the charging electronics for the plane’s ...   

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Switching to 3D Tech to More Efficiently Design Brakes

January 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Siemens PLM Software | Siemens Plm Software | Articles | Comments

Since the 1990s, the design department at Knott has recognized the advantages of 3D technology, and its goal has been to use a 3D computer-aided design system to more efficiently design brakes and trailer components. In 1998, research led the ...

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VC Firms Rain Down Cash on Tech Startups, Is Bubble Brewing?

January 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies — levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing ... 

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Smart Racket Comes with a Power Switch

January 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rafael Nadal's new high-tech tennis racket looks and feels like his old one. Except for the on-off switch. Call it a "smart racket," the latest advance in tennis technology tells you where you hit the ball — with the help of an app ...  

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