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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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Chrysler to Recall About 288K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year. Chrysler says in documents ...

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Boeing, Malaysia Airlines Celebrate 100th 737 Delivery

December 19, 2014 4:18 pm | by Boeing | Comments

Malaysia Airlines' new 737-800 features the Boeing Sky Interior, with larger pivoting overhead stowage bins, larger window reveals and LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness. Malaysia was the Asia launch customer for ...  

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Company Awarded $45M Contract for Expressway Project

December 19, 2014 4:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Kentucky company has won a contract to build a section of the Coalfields Expressway in southern West Virginia. Bizzack Construction, LLC of Lexington, Kentucky bid about $45 million for the project. West Virginia officials announced ...

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Pratt & Whitney Plans $67 Million Upgrade

December 19, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Aerospace firm Pratt & Whitney Canada is planning a $67-million investment over the next six years at its manufacturing facility near the Halifax airport. The Nova Scotia government says it will provide up to 20 per cent or ...  

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'Shooting the Moon' with Satellite Laser Ranging

December 19, 2014 3:45 pm | by NASA | Comments

Laser ranging from Earth to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was a milestone in the 50-year history of satellite laser ranging. Launched in 2009 and still orbiting the moon in 2014, LRO was the first spacecraft beyond Earth orbit to ...

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NASA Advances Economic Research on the Emerging Space Ecosystem

December 19, 2014 3:42 pm | by NASA | Comments

As we expand human presence into the solar system through robotic and crewed exploration, NASA is also looking at ways to encourage commercial use of space. In its first call for economic studies, NASA selected five ...    

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Spider's Web Weaves Way to Advanced Networks & Displays

December 19, 2014 3:26 pm | by Boston College | Comments

The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University.Structures as ...

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Earth from Space: 15 Amazing Things in 15 Years

December 19, 2014 3:19 pm | by NASA | Comments

To celebrate 15 successful years of the Earth Observing System, NASA has collected 15 impressive, awe-inducing or simply just plain interesting images gathered by NASA’s three flagship Earth orbiters since the Terra launch ...   

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Blackberry Posts 3Q Adjusted Profit, Revenue Down

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Blackberry was considered a game changer in 1999 when it launched the RIM 950, which allowed on-the-go business people to access email wirelessly. Then came a new generation of competing smartphones, and suddenly ...     

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FAA Authorizing 1st Drone in Nevada Test Program

December 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is authorizing the first drone that will fly in Nevada as part of the federal drone test site program. Dignitaries including Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck were on hand Friday for ...

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SpaceX Completes First Milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

December 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability ...      

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Sony Hack Adds to Security Pressure on Companies

December 19, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger ...    

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Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility in Ohio

December 19, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on ...   

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Obtaining Live Images from Inside Materials

December 19, 2014 12:15 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

n medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too – as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what’s hidden on inside materials and ...    

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Smaller Lidars Could Allow UAVs to Conduct Underwater Scans

December 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Bathymetric lidars – devices that employ powerful lasers to scan beneath the water’s surface – are used today primarily to map coastal waters. At nearly 600 pounds, the systems are large and heavy, and they require costly, piloted aircraft to ...

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