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Boeing, SpaceX to Beat Russia on Price for Astronaut Rides

January 26, 2015 | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA expects to save millions of dollars in launch costs, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX and Boeing said Monday that they are on track to carry out their first manned test flights to the ...  

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Restoration Begins on NIST's Million-Pound Deadweight Machine

January 27, 2015 5:10 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is being disassembled for cleaning, restoration, and recalibration. The first stage of the ...

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Survey: Car Purchases Expected to Soar in 2015

January 27, 2015 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Huntington Bank’s Third Annual Midwest Economic Index reveals 16 percent of consumers definitely will purchase a car in 2015. The response represents a 10 percent increase over definite intent for car purchases in 2014 and is a clear sign of ...

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VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls for Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 4:56 pm | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to ...   

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Mercedes Selects AM General to Make SUVs in the U.S.

January 27, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at it ...    

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SWAMP Satellite Embarks on 3-Year Soil-Moisture Mission

January 27, 2015 4:33 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

The satellite will provide measurements of the moisture in the top 2 inches of the soil, everywhere on Earth, over the course of its planned three-year mission, as well as specifying whether that water is liquid or frozen ...   

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Research Aims to Improve Lithium-Based Batteries

January 27, 2015 2:43 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Research probing the complex science behind the formation of "dendrites" that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail could bring safer, longer-lasting batteries capable of being charged within minutes instead of hours. The dendrites form on anode ...

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$25K Prize Offered in Engineering Video Contest

January 27, 2015 1:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

How can engineers create a joyous world? That’s one of the questions posed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the filmmaker who answers it could receive a $25,000 prize. The NAE is seeking contest submissions of ...   

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NASA Hurricane Mission Connects to K-12 Classrooms

January 27, 2015 1:18 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission studied hurricanes and tropical storms during the 2012-2014 Atlantic hurricane seasons. Educators brought the science of HS3 to students in workshops during the all three years of ...

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First Solar Achieves 10 GW Globally, Launches Assessment Tool

January 27, 2015 12:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

First Solar became the first thin film photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer in the world to achieve 10 gigawatts (GW) of PV solar capacity installed globally, the company announced at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi on ... 

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Man with Carmat Artificial Heart Released from Hospital

January 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

A man equipped with the lightest and most advanced total artificial heart in the world was released from Nantes University Hospital earlier this year and has returned home, said Carmat, the designer and developer of the electric heart. The patient has ...

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ExOne Unveils 3D Printing System for Research & Education

January 27, 2015 12:22 pm | by ExOne | Comments

Innovent, ExOne’s industrial-grade, laboratory-sized machine, allows for testing material properties, specifically in educational institutions, research laboratories, and research and development (R&D) departments at commercial organizations ...

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Women-Only Engineering Scholarships Offered

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

For the second year running, Brunel University London is offering £10,000 ($15,032) a year scholarships to women in its Master of Science (MSc) engineering courses, with 30 awards on offer. The move follows the successful introduction of ...

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New Electronics Manufacturing Equipment Tech Revolution

January 27, 2015 10:30 am | by NEPCON | Comments

With tech revolution 4.0 on the horizon and rapid economic and social development underway, electronics manufacturers need to improve on the quality and volume they produce. Workers born in the 1990s (Gen Y) are changing jobs more frequently ...

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DOE Creates Jobs Strategy Council to Focus on Job Growth

January 27, 2015 10:19 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Comments

Secretary Moniz has announced the creation of the Jobs Strategy Council (JSC), an initiative focused on accelerating job growth in American-made clean energy sources while implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan, during a roundtable ...

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At War with Patent Trolls

January 27, 2015 10:09 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of "patent trolls," those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to ...

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