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Ending America's Reliance on Russian RD-180 Rocket Engines

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information | News | Comments

Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29. Changes to the ...

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Lockheed Delivers 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

May 1, 2015 1:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin marked the 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) delivery during a ceremony held yesterday at its Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando, Florida. The 1,000th pod, which was delivered to the ...

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Raytheon Missile Systems Awarded $559M

May 1, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a large number of work contracts on Thursday, highlighted by a $559. 2 million not-to-exceed sole–source undefinitized contract action (UCA) with Raytheon Missile Systems ...

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Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 12:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...

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Modernized Tech 'Backbone' of Airspace System Enhances Safety

May 1, 2015 12:34 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, a key piece of the infrastructure for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), is now in place, providing technology ...

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Today in Engineering History: Construction Begins on World's First Skyscraper

May 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 1, 1884, construction began on Chicago’s first skyscraper at the corner of Adams and LaSalle Streets. Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, much of the city’s skyline was made up of wooden buildings ...

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Beyond Powerwall: Alternate Energy Today

May 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Elon Musk made waves late yesterday with the announcement of Tesla's new Powewall, a battery unit that could threaten residential energy utilities. This roundup goes a little deeper into how those batteries would integrate into one's existing home ...

SpaceX Organizer Turns Her Hand to Space Age High Heels

May 1, 2015 11:25 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Thesis Couture, a company armed with fashion engineers, an astronaut and more on its design team, is working on a “high performance” high heel designed for comfort ...

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Army Upgrades Body Armor, Saves Money

May 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Maj. Chris Getter, PEO Soldier | News | Comments

It is not every day you can get half of the latest and greatest product in any industry, but that is exactly what a team from the product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, or PdM SPE, and Defense Logistics Agency ...

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Mind-Controlled Robots Take Directions From Tiny Brain Implants

May 1, 2015 10:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1997, Cathy Hutchinson suffered a brainstem stroke that left her paralyzed from the neck down. But in 2011, she was able to pick up a Thermos filled with coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again ...

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'Fingerprinting' Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

May 1, 2015 10:38 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes. The same goes for silicon chips: Manufacturing processes cause microscopic ...

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Fee Proposed on Rail Cars That Haul Oil, Other Flammables

May 1, 2015 10:26 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions ...

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Doomsday at Mercury: NASA Craft Falls From Orbit into Planet

May 1, 2015 10:06 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash landing Thursday. NASA's Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun's closest planet ...

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Ford Expands Door Latch Recall to Cover Nearly 546,000 Cars

May 1, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed. The recall now covers almost ...

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What Happens When Our Computers Get Smarter Than We Are?

May 1, 2015 9:59 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us ...

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