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Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 22, 2014 | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said ...

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Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

July 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Hexagon AB | Comments

Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has announced the acquisition of Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing software. Vero Software is a UK-based software company with a ...

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Wright Brothers' Mechanic Honored at Ohio Museum

July 22, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor — a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop — who built the engine for the airplane that first ...

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Michigan Approves 9 Projects to Add 3,900 Jobs

July 22, 2014 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Michigan's economic development arm has approved nine projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs to the state. General Motors plans to create 1,750 jobs in Michigan by consolidating engineering jobs from elsewhere ...     

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Photos of the Day: Testing NASA’s Supersonic Decelerators

July 22, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

The two main technologies being developed as part of NASA'S Low Density Supersonic Decelerator Project are supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators, and a new supersonic ring sail parachute. In order to gain confidence that the ...

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NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast

July 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Highly purified crystals that split light with uncanny precision are key parts of high-powered lenses, specialized optics and, potentially, computers that manipulate light instead of electricity. But producing these crystals by current techniques ...

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Quantum Leap in Lasers Brightens Future for Quantum Computing

July 22, 2014 1:35 pm | by Dartmouth College | Comments

Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light. The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are ...

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'Comb on a Chip' Powers New Atomic Clock Design

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | Comments

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and California Institute of Technology have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb ...    

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Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors to Patients in Rural Areas

July 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, Ga., to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school and ...

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Students to Design, Build, Fly Spaceflight Experiment to Test Green Propellant

July 22, 2014 10:57 am | by Purdue University | Comments

Students taking the Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment course at Purdue University will see their creation soar to the upper atmosphere to study a new green propellant, partnering with Aerojet Rocketdyne to demonstrate that the propellant can ...

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Sandia Ensures U.S. Nuclear Weapons Deterrent Can Remain Effective, Credible

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

It may sound strange to say that nuclear weapons must survive radiation. But as part of its mission of ensuring the nation’s stockpile is safe, secure and effective as a deterrent, Sandia National Laboratories must make sure crucial parts can ...

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Converting Academy Waste into Renewable Energy

July 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Amber Baillie, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs | Comments

During August 2013, the Defense Department Environmental Security Technology Certification Program funded CDM Smith, a national engineering and construction firm, to test how the U.S. Air Force Academy can reduce energy use and cost ...  

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Understanding Graphene’s Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level

July 22, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety ...

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Creating Optical Cables Out of Thin Air

July 22, 2014 10:22 am | by University of Maryland | Comments

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do ...

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Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 10:19 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the ...

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The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell System Could Spark a Revolution

July 22, 2014 9:48 am | by GE Reports | Comments

There’s more than one way to get energy out of natural gas. For decades, one of the most promising methods – and also most difficult to pull off - has been the fuel cell. A fuel cell works like a battery, using a simple chemical ...  

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