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Landmark DOE Hydropower Report Released

April 28, 2015 12:11 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

For the first time, industry and policymakers have a comprehensive report detailing the U.S. hydropower fleet's 2,198 plants that provide about 7 percent of the nation's electricity. The 98-page report by the Department of Energy's ...

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Lightweight Membrane Significantly Reduces In-Flight Aircraft Noise

April 28, 2015 12:07 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Riding in a helicopter or airplane can be a noisy experience for passengers. But researchers from North Carolina State University and MIT have developed a membrane that can be incorporated into aircraft to drastically reduce the ...

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2D Semiconductor Comes Clean

April 28, 2015 11:51 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Science | News | Comments

In 2013 James Hone, Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia Engineering, and colleagues at Columbia demonstrated that they could dramatically improve the performance of graphene - highly conducting ...

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Combination Connectors for Signal & Power

April 28, 2015 11:41 am | by PD&D Staff | Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max has announced two new connector sets: a 5 pin, compact cable-to-board socket and header, and a 40 pin board-to-board header and socket combination. The 5 pin connectors have two contacts for power and 3 for signal, while the 40 pin connectors have 30 signal and ...

Pocket-Sized Ultrasound Device Reduces Need for Further Testing in Clinic

April 28, 2015 11:40 am | by European Association for the Study of the Liver | News | Comments

Results from a study presented last Saturday at The International Liver Congress 2015 demonstrate that the use of a pocket-sized ultrasound device (PUD) helps to reduce the need for further testing in both the inpatient ...

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Scientists Develop First Liquid Nanolaser

April 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to ...

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Faster, Higher Quality 3D Camera Developed

April 28, 2015 11:21 am | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern University | News | Comments

When Microsoft released the Kinect for Xbox in November 2010, it transformed the video game industry. The most inexpensive 3-D camera to date, the Kinect bypassed the need for joysticks and controllers by sensing the user's ...

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Examining Einstein: Precise Experiments Using Lasers in Space

April 28, 2015 11:13 am | by Forschungsverbund Berlin | News | Comments

Albert Einstein tells us that clocks run slower the deeper they are in the gravitational potential well of a mass — the closer they are to a heavenly body, for example. This effect is described by General Relativity Theory as the gravitational ...

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UAVs Dock for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

April 28, 2015 10:50 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

A University of Sydney researcher has designed and successfully tested a method for autonomously docking drones for refueling or recharging, in mid-air ...

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Letter to the Editor: Engineers Must Take the Lead

April 28, 2015 10:43 am | by PD&D Staff | Blogs | Comments

In every print publication’s At Issue I ask the reader’s to respond to me via email if they have any comments or questions about that month’s topic. Below is the response from one reader, Jay Lipeles, who emailed me in a “Letter to the Editor,” with his reactions to ...

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'Cannibuster' Measures Drivers Marijuana Levels

April 28, 2015 10:36 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

In Northeast Ohio, universities don’t just educate future researchers — they develop future entrepreneurs. On Thursday, April 23, the ninth annual LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards will celebrate five competitors representing ...

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'Avengers' Stars Wary of Artificial Intelligence

April 28, 2015 10:16 am | by Ryan Pearson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cast of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" may battle out-of-control artificial intelligence onscreen but in real life, they're not so sure about cutting-edge technology. The Associated Press talked with the "Ultron" cast about ...

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Investigators Release Records of Fiery Derailment

April 28, 2015 9:53 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators have released hundreds of pages of records that offer new insight into the moments just before and after a 2013 oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, that created a massive fire and forced ...

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EU to Require Cars to Have Automatic Emergency Call Systems

April 28, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All new vehicles in the European Union will have to be fitted as of 2018 with a system that automatically calls the emergency services in case of an accident. EU lawmakers on Tuesday decided to ...

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Honda's Profit Drops on Air Bag Recall Woes

April 28, 2015 9:48 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda's profit for the fiscal fourth quarter dropped 43 percent as the costs of air bag recalls offset the positives of a weak yen and strong vehicle sales in Asia. Honda Motor Co. reported Tuesday a ...

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