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Crowdsourcing the Phase Problem

June 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Jonathan Agbenyega, Business Development Manager, IUCr | News | Comments

Compared with humans, computers have the capacity to solve problems at much greater speed. There are many problems, however, where computational speed alone is insufficient to find a correct or optimal solution, for example because ...  

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Webb's Fully Integrated 'Heart' Lowered into the Chamber

June 17, 2014 12:03 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineer Jack Marshall held his breath. The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope hung from a cable 30 feet in the air as it was lowered slowly into the massive thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center ...   

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With Light Echoes, the Invisible Becomes Visible

June 17, 2014 11:52 am | by University of Bonn | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Bonn and the University of British Columbia have developed a novel camera system which can see around the corner without using a mirror. Using diffusely reflected light, it reconstructs the shape of objects outside ...

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Ultra-Thin Wires for Quantum Computing

June 17, 2014 11:48 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Take a fine strand of silica fiber, attach it at each end to a slow-turning motor, gently torture it over an unflickering flame until it just about reaches its melting point and then pull it apart. The middle will thin out like a piece of taffy until it is ...

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Unique Greenhouse Gas Meter Is 100 Times More Precise

June 17, 2014 11:45 am | by MIPT | News | Comments

MIPT’s Laboratory for the Spectroscopy of Planetary Atmospheres has come up with a high-resolution meter to gauge the concentration of gases in the atmosphere with unparalleled precision. The infrared spectrum radiometer is described ... 

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Strange Physics Turns Off Laser

June 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Inspired by anomalies that arise in certain mathematical equations, researchers have demonstrated a laser system that paradoxically turns off when more power is added rather than becoming continuously brighter ...     

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Swell New Sensors

June 17, 2014 11:34 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Using microscopic polymer light resonators that expand in the presence of specific gases, researchers at MIT's Quantum Photonics Laboratory have developed new optical sensors with predicted detection levels in the parts-per-billion range ...

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Four Months into GM Recall, Only 7% of Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 11:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles. Through Thursday, GM had repaired almost 177,000 of the cars and shipped about ...

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How Will GM Fix Its Corporate Culture?

June 17, 2014 11:07 am | by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches ...    

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Regulators OK New Version of Boeing 787

June 17, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying. The company says that the first Boeing 787-9 is undergoing final preparation before being ...

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Boeing’s Dr. Alfredo Herrera Accepts DFMA Supporter of the Year Award

June 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. | News | Comments

Dr. Alfredo Herrera of The Boeing Company received the “Distinguished DFMA Supporter of the Year Award” at the 2014 International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly held in Providence, RI, June 4-5. Herrera received the award for ...

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Dutch Gov't Encourages Self-Driving Car Tests

June 17, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019. The country's infrastructure minister ...   

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The Forgotten Key to Successful V.O.C.

June 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

With automated digital surveys and the Internet, the advent of big data, and a plethora of Voice of the Customer techniques, the use of customer input to drive design and improvement is more possible than ever before. Interpreting that input ...

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Nest Smoke Alarm Returns at a Lower Price

June 17, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Nest Labs is resuming sales and lowering the price of a high-tech smoke detector that was pulled from the market after malfunctioning. The new price for the detector, called "Nest Protect," will be ...      

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Photos of the Day: 15 MW Test Rig Drive Unit Weighs 400 Tons

June 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Combining a 15 MW test rig drive unit, and a 15 MW hardware-in-the-loops simulator, the world’s most advanced wind-turbine testing facility at the Clemson University Restoration Institute, is designed to test wind turbine nacelles that are ...

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