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Govt. Issues Urgent Plea to 4.7M Car Owners

October 20, 2014 | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing ...  

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Lockheed Martin Provides Airborne Surveillance For U.S. Border Protection

October 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

Working with the Army, Lockheed Martin is providing operational support for a Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) aerostat system that is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection ...

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Students Push Ocean Robotics Envelope in New Global Game

October 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

College students from around the world will have a hand in shaping the future of ocean robotics as they compete in the first Maritime RobotX Challenge, which kicks off this week in Singapore.Fifteen teams from five countries and three ...

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New 3D-Printing Algorithms Speed Production, Reduce Waste

October 22, 2014 9:32 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

New software algorithms have been shown to significantly reduce the time and material needed to produce objects with 3D printers. Because the printers create objects layer-by-layer from the bottom up, this poses a challenge when printing ...

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Government Ups Air Bag Warning

October 22, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday put out ...

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Review: Better Cameras, Less Glare in iPad Air 2

October 22, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens ...

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Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 22, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett. The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be ...        

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Why Pre-Engineered Linear Motion Systems Are a Smart Choice

October 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Anders Trygg, Product Manager Thomson Linear Components Group, Europe | Comments

The resulting pre-engineered system has a guaranteed performance available with a rapid delivery time and, with design flexibility, there is no need for compromise on specification. Easy, web-based tools can also be used to ...   

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Solar Energy Prices See Double-Digit Declines in 2013

October 22, 2014 9:13 am | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy ...

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This Electric Car is Cheap, Efficient, & Safe

October 22, 2014 8:51 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Comments

More and more people are considering the purchase of an electric car. Whenever possible, it should run on renewably generated electricity. They want to conserve fossil resources and make a contribution to the environment – while playing ...

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Daimler Sells Stake in Tesla for $780 Million

October 21, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Daimler AG says it has sold its 4 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla for $780 million. The buyer was not disclosed. The Germany-based parent of Mercedes-Benz says its partnership with Tesla Motors Inc. is unaffected. Tesla made the ...

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Super Stable Garnet Ceramics May Be Ideal for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

October 21, 2014 1:33 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used ...    

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'Smart' Ice Skating Blade Informs Skaters of Stresses

October 21, 2014 1:21 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

An ice skating blade that informs figure skaters of the stresses they are imposing on their joints has been developed by a group of researchers in the US. The small, lightweight device has been built to measure the force that a figure skater ...

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Semi-Driverless System for Piloting Cars

October 21, 2014 1:16 pm | by Technische Universität Darmstadt | Comments

An increasing number of assistance systems are being designed to facilitate driving. Things are heading towards automated driving. What role does the person behind the steering wheel play? Scientists at TU Darmstadt have presented ...  

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Quantum Holograms as Atomic Scale Memory Keepsake

October 21, 2014 12:56 pm | by Springer | Comments

The authors demonstrate for the first time that it is theoretically possible to retrieve, on demand, a given portion of the stored quantised light signal of a holographic image – set in a given direction in a given position in time sequence. This is done by ...

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'Eyecane' Aids Navigational Abilities for Blind

October 21, 2014 12:12 pm | by IOS Press BV | Comments

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids ...

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