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Senate to Debate Bill Targeting Companies That Move Overseas

July 24, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain. The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent ...   

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Man Sues GM Over Deadly Crash

July 24, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife. The Charleston Daily Mail reports ...   

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NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event

July 24, 2014 11:30 am | by National Transportation Safety Board | Comments

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in convention in ...     

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Commercializing the First Direct-Diode Laser Bright Enough to Cut, Weld Metal

July 24, 2014 11:23 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

Diode lasers — used in laser pointers, barcode scanners, DVD players, and other low-power applications — are perhaps the most efficient, compact, and low-cost lasers available.Attempts have been made over the years to amplify the ...  

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MIT Researchers Study Bamboo for Engineered Building Material

July 24, 2014 11:17 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical in parts of the world where ...

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Better Red for LED: New Tech Could Vastly Improve Smartphone Displays

July 24, 2014 11:06 am | by GE Reports | Comments

There’s no shortage of red-hot ideas leaving GE labs in upstate New York, but nothing comes close to materials scientist’s Anant Setlur’s discovery. Working with a team of researchers at GE Lighting and in Europe, Setlur found and patented ...

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X-Ray Vision for Quality Assurance

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Katrine Krogh-Jeppesen, DTU | Comments

A DTU researcher has developed a method that uses X-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder. The new technique has the capacity to recognize advanced biological molecules such as ...   

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Discovery is Key to Metal Wear in Sliding Parts

July 24, 2014 10:41 am | by Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism for wear in metals: a swirling, fluid-like microscopic behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another. The findings could be used to improve the durability of metal parts ...

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Cargo Ship Docks to Station Less Than Six Hours After Launch

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by NASA | Comments

The ISS Progress 56 resupply spacecraft, packed with almost three tons of cargo, automatically docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment at 11:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday, less than six hours after its launch from ...

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ATV-5 to Deliver Touchy-Feely Joystick, Other Cargo to ISS

July 24, 2014 10:00 am | by ESA | Comments

ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana ...    

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Social Security's $300M IT Project Doesn't Work

July 24, 2014 3:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an ...

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NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet ...     

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$148 Million Metal Research Center Set for Detroit

July 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A fall opening of the Detroit headquarters for a federally funded metals research program was announced Wednesday. The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move ...   

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Spinach Could Lead to Alternative Energy More Powerful than Popeye

July 23, 2014 3:40 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an ...  

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GM Issues 6 More Safety Recalls

July 23, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. The latest recalls cover almost 718,000 cars and trucks. The largest is for faulty seats in just over ...  

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Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

July 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by American Geophysical Union | Comments

In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and ...

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