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Russian Rocket Carrying Mexican Satellite Fails after Launch

May 18, 2015 8:42 am | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch — the latest mishap to hit Russia's troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a ...

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GM to Give Technology Center a $1B Renovation

May 15, 2015 5:05 pm | by Jake Meister Real-time digital reporter | Round Ups | Comments

General Motors hasn’t been absent from the headlines as this round up will show. Leading the news is the company’s decision to give its Warren Technical Center a 1 billion makeover. The remodeling is expected to create 2,600 new salaried jobs. The work is expected to start this month and end sometime in 2018 ...

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NASA Believes Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Near Its Demise

May 15, 2015 4:15 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

This afternoon round up is all about NASA, including a NASA study which suggests Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf will disintegrate around 2020. The research suggests that the 625 square mile shelf will be destroyed by a widening rift, according to Ala Khazendar, the lead scientist in the study ...

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Teslas For Sale in Maryland; Powerwall Isn't New

May 15, 2015 4:10 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Tesla has reached further into the market in Maryland now that its electric vehicles can be sold directly to consumers, according to a recent report. This round of Tesla news shows some detractors, too ...

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'Light Phone' Brings Smartphones Back to Basics

May 15, 2015 3:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two designers are Kickstarting a “phone away from phone,” a simplified device designed to connect to a smartphone, but filter out every notification and option except phone calls. In essence, they have de-invented the smartphone ...

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NASA Bequeaths Grant to Manage 'Swarmathon' Challenge

May 15, 2015 3:21 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The University of New Mexico will manage NASA’s Swarmathon Challenge, a state-of-the-art swarm robotics competition which will take place between 2016 and 2018 ...

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Raspberry Pi Price Drops

May 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The cost of a Raspberry Pi Model B+ has gone down by $10 to $25, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on May 14. The price drop for the single-board computer came about because production on the Raspberry Pi 2 line has been optimized ...

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Today in Engineering History: X-1E Damaged After Mach 2 Flight

May 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 15, 1957, the X-1E research aircraft, piloted by NACA pilot Joe Walker, was damaged during landing after a Mach 2 flight. Due to the incurred damage, repairs continued throughout the ...

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Insufficient Friction Among 4 Design Fails This Week

May 15, 2015 1:44 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

IKEA is recalling sits pressure-mounted safety gates due to a fall hazard. The company has received 18 incident reports, including three in which children were injured after ...

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Tesla Stock is Typically Held By the Younger Investor

May 15, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

This Friday round up is all about the automotive industry. We start out by shedding light on Tesla’s investors. Openfolio, which allows its users to compare their investments against those of their peers, found that 90 percent of Tesla shareholders are younger than 65 ...

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First Large-Scale Graphene Fabrication Demonstrated

May 15, 2015 12:46 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Graphene, a material stronger and ...

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

May 15, 2015 12:43 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Friction, the force that slows down objects as they slide across a surface, can save lives when car brakes are slammed. Yet despite its obvious importance, no one knows for sure how friction works at the level of atoms and ...

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The First GPS OCX Hardware Has Been Shipped

May 15, 2015 12:25 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Raytheon has made the first delivery of operational hardware for the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Operation Control System, or the GPS OCX ...

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Optical Diagnostics Researcher Wins DOE Early Career Award

May 15, 2015 12:19 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Christopher Kliewer has won a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science for his fundamental science ...

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Portable Beer Dispensing System Among 5 Patents This Week

May 15, 2015 12:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, this invention is “easy to use, convenient, compact, energy efficient, labor efficient, cost-effective, fast, safe, neat, electricity-independent, self-contained, [and] portable.” And? It’s for beer ...

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