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Cause Sought for Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 | by Marcia Dunn & Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across ...

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One Dead in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash

October 31, 2014 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight, killing one person aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said ...

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Software Helps Hold Ships Steady in Heavy Seas

October 31, 2014 10:27 am | by GE Reports | Comments

One of the many characters in Melville’s Moby Dick is Bulkington, an intrepid sailor for whom “land seemed scorching to his feet” and who on a “shivering winter’s night” thrust the mighty ship Pequod’s “vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves,” as it ...

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DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:19 am | by DARPA | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records today recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz ...

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Museum Officially Buys Slice of Rosie the Riveter's Factory

October 31, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Comments

Rosie the Riveter's old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball. Yankee Air Museum board chairman Ray Hunter signed papers Thursday making the aviation museum the owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the ...   

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MINER System Shines in Urban Emergency Response Exercise

October 31, 2014 10:10 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn’t safe to search door-to-door. Can they identify the exact ...

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International RobotX Autonomous Boat Competition

October 31, 2014 10:01 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | Comments

This week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Members of CSAIL’s ...

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Raising Cryptography's Standards

October 31, 2014 9:53 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous computational resources. There is, however ...  

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The Digital Therapist

October 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Acoustical Society of America | Comments

Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. Instead of asking Siri to tell you a joke, though, you open an app that records you simply talking about your day. A few hours later, your therapist ...

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After Fukushima, Japan Gets Green Boom & Glut

October 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry. Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a ...  

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Disney Develops Hybrid Fluid Transmission for Swift Robotic Arms

October 31, 2014 9:29 am | by Disney Research | Comments

Engineers routinely face tradeoffs as they design robotic limbs – weight vs. speed, ease of control vs. fluidity. A new hybrid fluid transmission developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh promises to eliminate some of those tradeoffs, making ...

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Is Space Tourism Safe?

October 31, 2014 9:21 am | by Mary Ann Liebert./Genetic Engineering News | Comments

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most individuals according ...   

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Engineering Update: An Exoskeleton for Feeling Virtual Objects

October 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

In this week's special Halloween episode of the Engineering Update:A Missile with In-Flight Retargeting: Raytheon recent completed tests of its Griffin C increased capability missile, a projectile which includes In-Flight Target Update ...

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Breakthrough in Microring Laser Cavities

October 31, 2014 9:02 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | Comments

A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang ...

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Big League Ice Drillers Open Frontiers of Science

October 31, 2014 8:55 am | by David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

Wisconsin is famous for its ice fishers — the stalwarts who drill holes through lake ice in the hope of catching a winter dinner. Less well known are the state's big-league ice drillers — specialists who design huge drills and use them to drill ...

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Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking

October 30, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices ...      

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