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Amazon's Bezos to Build New Rocket Engines

September 19, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. United Launch Alliance, a collaboration of two aerospace giants that launches ...  

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3D Printer Headed to Space Station

September 19, 2014 11:02 am | by NASA | Comments

It’s not quite the replicator of Star Trek fame — but it’s seemingly a step in that direction. The first 3D printer is soon to fly into Earth orbit, finding a home aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The size of a small microwave ...

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The History of the Electric Car

September 19, 2014 10:55 am | by Rebecca Matulka, energy.gov | Comments

Not an invention of modern times, the electric car has a long and storied history. Travel back in time as we explore the history of the electric car. Introduced more than 100 years ago, electric cars are seeing a rise in popularity today for ...

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Component Reliability in the Automotive Industry

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth ...  

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NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Ferry Astronauts

September 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years ...      

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Amazon Debuts New E-Readers, Kid-Friendly Fire

September 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon keeps rolling out the devices. The largest U.S. e-commerce company is introducing two new e-readers and new styles of its Kindle Fire HD tablet as part of a fall lineup of Kindle devices. The new and updated devices ...   

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Hunt for Missing Malaysia Plane to Resume

September 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | Comments

Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month, and will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said Friday ...    

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Engine Overheats, Plane Fills with Smoke

September 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides ...   

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Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity

September 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called ...

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Facebook CEO Wants More Students to Explore Tech

September 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at ...      

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Review: Larger iPhones Eliminate Reason to Switch

September 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are ...

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Japanese Automakers Compete With Google for Autonomous Car

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake ...     

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GM to Introduce New, High-End Cadillac Next Year

September 19, 2014 7:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal ...

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'Honeybee' Robots Replicate Swarm Behavior

September 18, 2014 12:48 pm | by University of Lincoln | Comments

Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behavior of swarming honeybees. Colias - named after a genus of butterfly - is an open-platform system that can be ...

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DOE Plans to Advance Renewable Energy Deployment

September 18, 2014 12:35 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | Comments

Building on the President’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s effort to diversify our energy portfolio and cut energy waste, the Energy Department today announced a series of executive actions to expand the deployment of ...  

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Improving Plant-Based Batteries with Neutrons

September 18, 2014 12:18 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material's microstructure - a mixture of perfectly spherical nanoscale crystallites ... 

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