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Today in Engineering History: First Corvette Built

June 30, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, June 30, 1953, the first production Corvette was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. All 1953 Corvettes were manufactured with a white exterior ...

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Airbus Trumps Boeing in South Korean Tanker Bid

June 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

In one of the latest instances of the rivalry, Airbus has defeated Boeing for an order of four refueling tankers worth a reported $1.3 billion.

The report, which came from the Wall Street Journal, suggests...

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'Frequency Comb' Boosts Fiber Optic Cable Capacity by 20 Times

June 30, 2015 11:10 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

The Internet of Things requires lightning-fast connections, and electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego are finding new ways to speed up and strengthen signals sent through ...

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4D Printing Market Grows

June 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

In 2013, Stratasys and MIT began to work on a project they called 4D printing, in which 3D printed objects can transform themselves after extrusion into other shapes. Devices made out of 4D materials can ...

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Photos of the Day: Testing a Potential Aircraft for Mars

June 30, 2015 9:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The tests could validate how the aircraft works, leading to modifications that will allow it to fold and deploy from a 3U CubeSat in the aeroshell of a future Mars rover. A CubeSat is a ...

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Could This Become the First Mars Airplane?

June 30, 2015 9:50 am | by Jay Levine, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center | News | Comments

When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible. A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars ...

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Consumer Reports Finds Some Newer Cars Burn Too Much Oil

June 30, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer Reports magazine says its annual auto survey shows that some newer Audi, BMW and Subaru vehicles can burn too much oil. The magazine says in some cases owners of ...

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Toyota Tops Domestic Auto Production Rankings

June 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report ranks two Toyota models as the most "American-made" vehicles in the U.S. as overall domestic sourcing in the auto industry continues to fall. The 2015 American-Made Index from ...

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Samsung Named Most Reputable Tech Company in U.S.

June 30, 2015 9:25 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Samsung topped the Reputation Institute's list of the most reputable technology companies in the U.S., kicking Nintendo out of the top spot. The yearly list measures consumer's emotional attachment to a ...

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Union Sues Feds Over Hack, Says Agency Had Ample Warning

June 30, 2015 9:17 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The largest federal employee union has filed a class action lawsuit against the federal personnel office and its leaders for failing to safeguard personal files from computer hackers ...

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Justices Won't Hear Google Appeal in Dispute with Oracle

June 30, 2015 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is staying out of a long-running legal battle between technology giants Oracle and Google over copyright protection for a computer program that powers most of the ...

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High Schoolers' Experiment Lost Again on Launch Failure

June 30, 2015 9:09 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Three high school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more ...

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Now Comes the SpaceX Rocket Whodunit: A Complex Mystery

June 30, 2015 9:05 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday ...

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Death Toll from Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 119

June 30, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 119. Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least ...

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Indonesia Military Cargo Plane Crashes in Medan, Dozens Dead

June 30, 2015 8:56 am | by Binsar Bakkara, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Indonesian air force transport plane plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing dozens of people ...

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