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Space Station Inspired Robot to Help Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys ...

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Mitsubishi Pencil Utilizes NX to Create Innovative Writing Instrument

August 22, 2014 1:14 pm | by Siemens | Siemens Plm Software | Comments

The summer is already coming to end and elementary, high school and college students alike are already heading back to school. Backpacks are filled and ready to go, with fresh new notebooks, crayons and – most importantly – pencils! While Mitsubishi ...

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UW Center Teams Up with States to Address Asphalt Issues

August 22, 2014 12:45 pm | by Scott Gordon, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are still surfaced with asphaltic mixtures — and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to ...

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Laser Device May End Pin Pricks for Diabetics

August 22, 2014 11:15 am | by Princeton University | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without ...

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Uncovering the Role of Magnetism in Iron-Based Superconductors

August 22, 2014 10:59 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and ...

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Engineers Install Protective Shell on NASA's Orion Spacecraft

August 22, 2014 10:49 am | by NASA | Comments

Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have finished installing the cone-shaped back shell of Orion’s crew module – the protective cover on the sides that make up Orion’s upside down cone shape. It’s made up of ...  

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Photos of the Day: Preparing Orion for 3,150°F, 20,000 MPH

August 22, 2014 10:49 am | by NASA | Comments

The heat shield on NASA’s Orion spacecraft gets all the glory when it comes to protecting the spacecraft from the intense temperature of reentry. Although the blunt, ablative shield will see the highest temperatures – up to 4,000 degrees ...

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Enabling a New Future for Cloud Computing

August 22, 2014 10:45 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds - to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" - that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with ...

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Developing a Water Splitter that Runs on an Ordinary AAA Battery

August 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Standford University | Comments

In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to ...

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Breakthrough in Imaging Gold Nanoparticles

August 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Academy of Finland | Comments

Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale ...

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Arianespace to Launch 12 Satellites for EU System

August 22, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Arianespace has signed a deal with the European Space Agency to deploy 12 satellites and help speed up the creation of the European Union's Galileo navigation system. Arianespace said in a statement late Wednesday that it will use ...  

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Murata to Acquire Peregrine Semiconductor

August 22, 2014 10:09 am | by Murata | Murata Electronics North America | Comments

Murata Electronics North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of ...

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Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because ...

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NKorea Launch Pad Expansion 'Nearing Completion'

August 22, 2014 10:05 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | Comments

North Korea has worked rapidly to expand the launch tower, and has progressed on a railway to access it. It also has completed external work on two prominent, domed buildings at the site whose function is uncertain ...     

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Europe Launches 2 Navigation Satellites

August 22, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency says two satellites for its new global navigation system have been lifted into orbit aboard a modified Soyuz rocket. Friday's launch from Kourou, French Guiana, had been delayed by a day due to bad weather ...  

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Teams Test Out a New Helmet, But Does it Work?

August 22, 2014 10:00 am | by David Brandt, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection ...   

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