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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 15, 2015 1:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core ...

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Cobalt Film a Clean-Fuel Find

April 15, 2015 12:56 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A cobalt-based thin film serves double duty as a new catalyst that produces both hydrogen and oxygen from water to feed fuel cells, according to scientists at Rice University. The inexpensive, highly porous material invented by ...

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MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015 12:52 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat ...

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15 Businesses to Share $850M DoD Contract

April 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued an $850 million contract Tuesday to over a dozen companies who will be tasked with operating and maintaining continental U.S. network enterprise center classified and unclassified communication systems ...

Today in Engineering History: B-52 Bomber Takes Off on Maiden Flight

April 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 15, 1952, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took off on its maiden flight from Seattle, WA, piloted by Col. Alvin M. “Tex” Johnson. With a length of 159 ft. and a take-off weight of ...

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NASA Flaunts its New Driverless Car

April 15, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Not to be outdone by the likes of Google and Audi, NASA has revealed its self-operating Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) to the world. The golf car sized car has a curb weight of 2,000 pounds and can travel up to 40 miles per hour. Since each of its four wheels are independent modules, the car is able to drive sideways. The sleep deprived may find solace in a newly announced NASA study which will pay workers $18,000 to stay in bed for 70 days. The study will enable the space program to study the effects of the microgravity which exists in space bound stations. NASA’s Curiosity Rover has found evidence which suggests that water could be housed on Mars. NASA’s New Horizons mission has churned out a color image of Pluto.

IMPACT Interactive Configuration System

April 15, 2015 11:00 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Glide-Line has announced the Interactive Modeling Program and Application Configuration Tools (IMPACT). The Excel version of IMPACT uses your system configuration data to recommend the best-fit options, so you know that your conveyor system will meet your application requirements. And with real-time pricing feedback ...

Firms Push High-Tech Solutions to Fortify Airport Perimeters

April 15, 2015 10:39 am | by Martha Mendoza & Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital barriers come with a hefty price tag and don't always work ...

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GM Drops Price of the Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric cars have struggled in the U.S market, particularly since gas prices dropped. General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of ...

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TechBits: Analyzing Medical Data, Breaking Smartphones

April 15, 2015 10:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Your smartphone could be a valuable tool for medical research — and for treating a variety of ailments. IBM wants to use the power of its Watson computing system — which famously won TV's "Jeopardy" a few years ...

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Comet Lander's Measurements Weaken Space Magnetism Theory

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | News | Comments

Whatever caused small space rocks to lump together billions of years ago, magnetism is unlikely to be the reason. Scientists said Tuesday that measurements made by the European space probe Philae ...

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SpaceX Fails Rocket Landing Despite Improvements

April 15, 2015 10:03 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The 14-story booster was programmed, following separation 2½ minutes after liftoff, to flip around and from an altitude of about 78 miles fly to the platform dubbed "Just Read the Instructions." Tuesday's data looked ...

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

April 15, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press & NASA | News | Comments

The mission is the company's sixth cargo delivery flight to the station through NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon's cargo will support approximately 40 of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will be ...

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Company Rolls Advanced Bike Brake Light onto Kickstarter

April 15, 2015 9:43 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

LucidLights hopes to light the world and make it a whole lot safer in the process ...

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Connected Products: It's the End of the Fridge as You Know It

April 15, 2015 9:43 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk | Blogs | Comments

Remember the “old” days? When the thermostat on the wall was just an overlooked fixture with a miniscule, red-needle temperature gauge? When you had to twist the washing machine’s dial, loudly cranking it to the ...

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