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Thrill Ride Turns Deadly at Racing Attraction

April 14, 2015 9:20 am | by Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill. People who drive minivans during the week can settle in behind the wheel of ...

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Space Station Grocery Run Stalled by Storm Clouds

April 14, 2015 9:14 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX will have to wait another day to deliver groceries and an espresso maker to the International Space Station. Fast-approaching storm clouds prevented the unmanned rocket from ...

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This Year's Fight for the Tech Industry: Patent Trolls

April 14, 2015 9:10 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to ...

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Designing Resilience into the Grid

April 14, 2015 9:09 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects across the United States. With goals of reducing emissions by more than 20% and improving system energy efficiencies by more than 20% by ...

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Tri-Mack is Expanding in Attempt to Grow with Aerospace Industry

April 13, 2015 4:31 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Engineering components manufacturer Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation believes it is building itself up for success at just the right time ...

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SpaceX to Test Ocean Landing for Reusable Rocket

April 13, 2015 4:30 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

A SpaceX launch that would have sent a Falcon9 rocket into space loaded with supplies for the International Space Station, including an espresso machine, was canceled today due to approaching lightning. The launch was rescheduled for April 14 at 4:10 p.m. EDT, but the real highlight of the mission is still to come ...

Two-Armed Robot Designed for Factory Collaboration

April 13, 2015 4:05 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

In science fiction, collaboration with robots ranges from friendly to disastrous. In real factories, collaboration is limited by a robot’s range and sensitivity, and keeping workers out of danger can be a challenge ...

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Students Gather for Team Robot Battles

April 13, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The largest educational competitive robotics program in the world starts its engines on April 15. The Vex Robotics World Championship, held in Louisville, Ky., brings teams of middle school, high school and college students together for competitive games ...

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Getting the Perfect Fit for Artificial Hips

April 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

When a patient receives a new hip, it is usually adjusted only approximately to leg length. Greater accuracy requires a more precise measuring process as well as adjustable implants. Now, a new type of measurement method coupled with ...

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Climate and Energy News from Around the World

April 13, 2015 2:25 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

People working on creating clean energy face different challenges around the world. The Indian state of Gujarat is rich in solar, but needs to find out what to do with it without government allocation ...

'Asleep-Yet-Aware' Electronics Could Revolutionize Remote Wireless Sensors

April 13, 2015 2:21 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

State-of-the-art military sensors today rely on “active electronics” to detect vibration, light, sound or other signals. That means they constantly consume power, with much of that power and time spent processing what often turns out to be ...

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National Academy of Engineering Adds 2 JPL Members

April 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Two researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for engineers. Graeme L. Stephens, the director for the Center for ...

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U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped in February

April 13, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Manufacturing Technology orders within the United States dwindled in February, according to a report Monday from the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) ...

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Solution-Grown Nanowires Make the Best Lasers

April 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed [Monday, April 13] in Nature ...

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Hyper-Stretchable Elastic-Composite Energy Harvester

April 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvesting ...

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