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Romanian Who Claimed He Invented World's 1st Jetpack Dies

January 20, 2015 9:22 am | by Alison Mutler, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of vehicles, calling the modern-day car "a disgrace," has died aged 81. Propelled by poverty and curiosity ... 

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Astronics Acquires Aviation Consulting Firm for $52M

January 20, 2015 9:19 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Astronics Corporation, a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, has announced that it completed the acquisition of Armstrong Aerospace ("Armstrong") for approximately $52 million in cash on ... 

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Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month ...

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Boy, 13, Builds Braille Printer with Legos, Starts Company

January 20, 2015 9:11 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for ...

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Driving 3D Printing into the Future with the Shelby Cobra

January 20, 2015 9:08 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL printed ORNL’s Shelby from 20 percent carbon fiber reinforced ABS material. The printed Shelby also ...   

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Japan to Sell Talking Robots That Won't Try to Make Sense

January 20, 2015 9:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations. Hiroshi Ishiguro's 28-centimer tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for ...

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U.S. Government Investigating Ford Trucks for Stalling Problem

January 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Ford Motor Co. should expand a 2013 safety recall of diesel trucks. The previous recall involved 2,951 F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks sold with ambulance packages. The trucks were equipped with ...

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Rocket Crash-Lands on Ocean Barge

January 19, 2015 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting the football field-sized barge a couple hundred miles off Florida's northeastern coast. The landing attempt came minutes after separation from the main rocket that ...   

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$1B Switch Data Center Near Reno will Be World's Biggest

January 19, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno — the world's biggest data center. Las Vegas-based Switch plans to invest $1 billion in the 3 million square foot "supernap" center ...

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

January 16, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Kennedy Space Center with a seven member crew. During the launch of mission STS-107, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle’s external tank and hit ...

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New Development Paves Way for Next Gen of Sniffing Biosensors

January 16, 2015 12:19 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Every odor has its own specific pattern which our noses are able to identify. Using a combination of proteins coupled to transistors, for the first time machines are able to differentiate smells that are mirror images of each other, so called chiral ...

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Batteries That Don't Corrode Developed by Army

January 16, 2015 11:53 am | by C. Todd Lopez, ARNEWS | News | Comments

New, lighter batteries are under development for Soldiers now, in-house, at the Army Research Laboratory. Chemists at the lab perform materials research on lithium ion batteries and other advanced battery chemistry in an effort to ...  

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MIT Hosts 'Make Your Own Wearbles' Workshop for High-School Girls

January 16, 2015 11:42 am | by Ariana Tantillo, Lincoln Laboratory | News | Comments

As a former MIT mechanical engineering undergraduate with no pre-college exposure to engineering, Railey knows all too well how a lack of preparedness and low confidence can deter girls from the field. On her first day of 2.007, a design and ...

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Software That Knows the Probability of Success

January 16, 2015 11:29 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee’s at about 12:30, and that you don’t want the trip to take more than four hours ...

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Boeing Receives Orders for 336 Military Rescue Radios, System Upgrades

January 16, 2015 11:22 am | by Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing will deliver an additional 336 Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) radios, and upgrade the system’s global base station network, through new orders from the U.S. Air Force with a combined total value of about $9.7 million ...  

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