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Moon Satellite Crashes, Gets Vaporized

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that the moon-orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized upon contact because of its ...

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Old Timey Car to Replace NYC Horse Carriages

April 17, 2014 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City has been revealed. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. It was commissioned by ...  

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Photos of the Day: The Horseless 'eCarriage'

April 17, 2014 5:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A prototype of an electric carriage is displayed at the New York International Auto Show in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The prototype car seats eight people and is made to look like it's from the early 20th century, with lots of brass and ...

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Confessions of a Gadget Hoarder

April 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics, life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding.The revelation forced me to take a ...  

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Launching a Rocket from Sea

April 17, 2014 4:34 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

There are many benefits of launching a rocket from the equator, but to get there a team of engineers from across the globe had to come together to build the first – and only – floating launch pad. Made up of three elements, including a ...

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Portable Oscilloscope

April 17, 2014 4:24 pm | by PD&D Staff | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke has introduced the Fluke190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeterPortable Oscilloscope, a 4-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope ...

NXDN Processor with Embedded Air Interface Protocol

April 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

CML Microcircuits has released an NXDN Processor with embedded Air Interface (AI) Protocol. The CMX7131/7141 with the NXDN Function Image connects directly to the market-leading CMX994 Direct Conversion Receiver IC. Together these ...

Digital Sensorless Drives

April 17, 2014 4:04 pm | by PD&D Staff | Koford Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Koford Engineering has introduced a new series of 30 amp 10-33 volt sensorless drive. This drives feature 99% efficiency, compact size and high performance. Models are available with either closed loop or open loop speed control ...

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Judge Won't Order Recalled GM Cars to be Parked

April 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued ...

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Testing Protocols in Internet-of-Things

April 17, 2014 1:33 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Protocol conformance and performance testing are two branches of testing designed to determine compliance and performance of protocol implementations to their standard. Researchers focus on converging these two kinds of ...   

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Flower-Shaped Starshade to Find Earth-Like Planets

April 17, 2014 1:28 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary ...

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Bionic Ankle 'Emulates Nature'

April 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses and ...   

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Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes Its Optical Properties

April 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Wlodzimierz Kutner, Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to ...      

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Surprising Material Could Play Role in Saving Energy

April 17, 2014 1:17 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

One strategy for addressing the world's energy crisis is to stop wasting so much energy when producing and using it, which can happen in coal-fired power plants or transportation. Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat ...

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Information Storage for the Next Generation of Plastic Computers

April 17, 2014 1:15 pm | by Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa | News | Comments

Although it is relatively cheap and easy to encode information in light for fiber optic transmission, storing information is most efficiently done using magnetism, which ensures information will survive for years without ...     

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