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SpaceX Breaks Ground on World's First Commercial Spaceport

September 24, 2014 | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | Comments

The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday ...    

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Air Force Provides Vital Global Weather Data

September 30, 2014 12:43 pm | by Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel, Air Force News Service | Comments

In the absolute silence of space, a special group of satellites circles our planet in a fast, low earth orbit, their cameras and sensors point toward Earth as they record endless data and images of storm systems and weather patterns ...  

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World's Largest Plane Flies Longest Route

September 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by David Koenig, The Associated Press | Comments

Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the ... 

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Gold Cardiac 'Patch' Could Replace Transplants

September 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by Hybrid 'Patch' Could Replace | Comments

Because heart cells cannot multiply and cardiac muscles contain few stem cells, heart tissue is unable to repair itself after a heart attack. Now Tel Aviv University researchers are literally setting a new gold standard in cardiac tissue ...

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Taking Thin Films to the Extreme

September 30, 2014 12:15 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface - work that holds promise for making ...

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Software for Automated Sorting of Genomes of Individual Microbial Species

September 30, 2014 12:06 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Microbes - the single-celled organisms that dominate every ecosystem on Earth - have an amazing ability to feed on plant biomass and convert it into other chemical products. Tapping into this talent has the potential to revolutionize ... 

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Using Intelligence to Unlock the Market for Electric Vehicles

September 30, 2014 11:06 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free ... 

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Fuel Cell-Powered Mobile Lights Ready for Commercial Use

September 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport operations, making them ready for ...

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Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 30, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash. The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ ...   

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Mandated Since the 1950s, LA Won't Require Skyscraper Helipads

September 30, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated ...

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Newly Expanded Station Crew Tackles Research, Spacewalk Preps

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | Comments

The International Space Station’s Expedition 41 crew, which doubled the number of humans in space when three new crew members arrived last week, began its first full workweek as a six-person crew Monday with biological research and ...  

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Cold Atom Laboratory Creates Atomic Dance

September 30, 2014 10:23 am | by NASA | Comments

Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms' movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers need to cool atoms to a temperature just ...

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Where Humans, Animals & Robots Meet

September 30, 2014 10:19 am | by IMDEA Networks Institute | Comments

To meet our everyday needs in an increasingly multifaceted technological world is a challenge that pushes researchers to find innovative tools using a multidisciplinary approach. We inhabit a globalized planet, made up of complex systems ...

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Mimicking Brain Cells to Boost Memory Power

September 30, 2014 10:07 am | by RMIT University | Comments

MIT University researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain. The researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the ...  

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Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 30, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers ...  

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Airlines Look for an Edge with Weather-Radar Systems

September 30, 2014 9:32 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | Comments

As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them. Then, looking at the display on a new ...  

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