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Poll Shows Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones

December 19, 2014 | by Joan Lowy & Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a ...

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New Horizons for Self-Assembling Materials

December 22, 2014 3:25 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Today’s 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with limited product runs ...  

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Trapping Light with a Twister

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT who succeeded last year in creating a material that could trap light and stop it in its tracks have now developed a more fundamental understanding of the process. The new work — which could help explain some basic physical ...

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The 20 Greatest Engineering Feats of 2014

December 22, 2014 3:01 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded ... 

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Air Force's Largest Solar Array Celebrates 1st Anniversary

December 22, 2014 1:33 pm | by Kevin Elliott, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs | Comments

The 16.4-megawatt solar farm, built under a 25-year power purchase agreement, was a joint effort between the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, SunEdison, LLC and Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The array is exceeding expectations ...

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NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

December 22, 2014 1:25 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission - K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler ...  

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Photos of the Day: Robotic Entertainment System Debuts on Cruise Ship

December 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by ABB | Comments

And in the center of this entertainment spectacle is the RoboScreen entertainment system, created by Robotic Arts and featuring six ABB IRB 6620 robots mounted to an 8,200 kilogram (18,000 pound) capacity gantry with custom Daktronics ...

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World's First Robotic Entertainment on the High Seas

December 22, 2014 1:14 pm | by ABB | Comments

With the Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, the well-known cruise line operator wanted to do something truly groundbreaking: create a cruise ship environment that was not only fun, but one that could also compete with ...

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Building a Worldwide Genetic Library BRIC-by-BRIC

December 22, 2014 12:27 pm | by Bill Hubscher, NASA | Comments

A house is only as good as its foundation. Built solid and strong, the resulting structure should last for decades. NASA is laying a strong foundation of life science research with results from a recent investigation on the International ...

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Fifth SpaceX Mission Lets the CATS Out on the International Space Station

December 22, 2014 12:17 pm | by Laura Niles, NASA | Comments

Not like cats that you might pet in your lap at night, International Space Station CATS study the atmosphere’s plight. CATS and new research including flatworms, wearable technology, an external radiation monitor and tools to use the station as ...

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A $2 Solution to a $3,000 Problem

December 22, 2014 10:39 am | by Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson, 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs | Comments

A brand new circuit board for a rescue fire truck can cost more than $3,000 to replace, regardless of why it has malfunctioned, but fire truck maintainers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, dug a little deeper into the ...   

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NASA Mission Brings Deeper Focus to Thunderstorm Gamma-Rays

December 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Francis Reddy, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Each day, thunderstorms around the world produce about a thousand quick bursts of gamma rays, some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. By merging records of events seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope ...  

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Air Force Funds Research on Electrical Accumulator for Fighter Aircraft

December 22, 2014 10:05 am | by U.S. Air Force | Comments

Higher, better, faster and stronger – all are the goals of aerospace systems designers, in particular researchers from the Air Force who are providing the next generation of advanced aircraft to its warfighters. To meet these challenges ...

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NYC Subways Slowly Upgrading from 1930s-Era Tech

December 22, 2014 9:53 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | Comments

New York City's subways — the nation's biggest mass transit network — serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression. Antiquated electro-mechanics with thousands of ...

MAVEN Mission Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

December 22, 2014 9:31 am | by NASA | Comments

Early discoveries by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet’s atmosphere to space over time. They include the first comprehensive measurements of the composition of Mars’ upper atmosphere ...

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Firefighters' Portable Radios May Fail at Elevated Temperatures

December 22, 2014 9:25 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

New test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered during ...

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