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Crew Back at Work Conducting More Botany Science

May 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Plant science is a top priority for space scientists as NASA learns how to sustain future crews on long-term microgravity missions. The ability to regenerate food, water and oxygen on a spacecraft is important due to the difficulty of ...

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Custom Camouflage

May 21, 2014 2:24 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

If a bulky electrical box has to be placed at the edge of a public park, what’s the best way to conceal it so that it won’t detract from its surroundings? How about an air-conditioning condenser beside a historical building, or a portable toilet along ...

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Aircraft Wings That Change Their Shape in Flight

May 21, 2014 2:20 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Airport congestion has reached staggering levels as some 2.2 billion people a year take to the skies for business or pleasure. As their numbers grow and more jets add to pollution in the atmosphere, the drawbacks to the popularity of flying ...

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Paper-Based Diagnostics Made with a Scrapbooking Tool

May 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

To the relief of patients diagnosed with hepatitis C, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two new treatments late last year, and a few more are on the way. Now scientists are solving another side of the disease's problem ...  

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A New Solution for Storing Hydrogen Fuel for Alternative Energy

May 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Turning the "hydrogen economy" concept into a reality, even on a small scale, has been a bumpy road, but scientists are developing a novel way to store hydrogen to smooth out the long-awaited transition away from fossil fuels. Their report on ...

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Photos of the Day: Special Ops Gadgets, Weapons, Tools

May 21, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is one of the key events for the suppliers and contractors of elite commando units worldwide. On the convention floor, there was plenty to see and buy. Among the interesting wares ...   

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Commando Gadgets Displayed at Special Ops Conference

May 21, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

A conference for military special operations forces and their gadgets, weapons and tools is being held in Tampa, Florida, this week. The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is a key event for suppliers and contractors of elite ...

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A New Way to Harness Waste Heat

May 21, 2014 1:41 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on ...  

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New Tide Gauge Uses GPS Signals to Measure Sea Level Change

May 21, 2014 1:38 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

A new way of measuring sea level using satellite navigation system signals, for instance GPS, has been implemented by scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Sea level and its variation can easily be monitored using ...

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What Does 'Made In America' Really Mean?

May 21, 2014 10:09 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the ...

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Google Eyeing Up to $30 Billion in Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Like many other large technology companies, Google has been criticized for keeping money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Lawmakers in Britain and France also have lashed out at Google for avoiding taxes in their countries by booking ...

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5 Notorious Engineering Miscalculations

May 21, 2014 9:48 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

They measured the new trains, they checked against the latest specs on the book. But engineers at the French railway network forgot to go and measure the actual distance between lines and platforms — a mistake that will cost ...   

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GM Adds 218K Cars to Growing Recall List

May 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has added yet another recall to its growing list for the year. The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars is the company's 30th this year, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles in the U.S. to around ...

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China Set to Deliver First Homegrown Jet

May 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched the ARJ21 project in 2002 in an attempt to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. The plane was promised for 2007 but delivery was pushed back due to technical problems. China is expected to become one of ...  

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House Approves $12 Billion-Plus Water Bill

May 20, 2014 5:01 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House passed the closest thing so far this year to an infrastructure bill — a $12 billion-plus bipartisan measure authorizing 34 water projects, ranging from flood protection in California and North Dakota to deepening the Port of Savannah and ...

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