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Photos of the Day: Inside the Airbus Super Jumbo's Luxury Class

April 16, 2014 | by Hofmann Innovation | Comments

Anyone who is familiar with a 12-hour long-haul flight from Zurich to Hong Kong knows how strenuous travelling can be, particularly when flying Economy Class. Even in Business Class, the seats are not necessarily luxurious for such a ...

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NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

April 16, 2014 4:29 pm | by NASA | Comments

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe ...

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Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to ...

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High Oil Prices Are Actually Good for Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | Comments

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they ...          

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Toyota Camry Gets a Redesign

April 16, 2014 1:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, is ...           

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How Unused Patents Fuel Entrepreneurship

April 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Vadu is a Canadian startup using sophisticated face recognition algorithms and data analytics to study customer behavior. Like many young companies, it’s racing to convert ideas into products and compete on ...       

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What Impact Will the Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

As General Motors executives show off their newest cars and trucks in New York this week, analysts are watching for signs that consumers are shying away from the ones sitting on dealer lots. Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a ...  

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Potential Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 1:04 pm | by Elsevier | Comments

Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass, a device that is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerized central processing unit, touchpad, display ...

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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

April 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by MIT | Comments

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never ...

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Repeated Self-Healing Now Possible in Composite Materials

April 16, 2014 12:58 pm | by Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology | Comments

Internal damage in fiber-reinforced composites, materials used in structures of modern airplanes and automobiles, is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to repair by conventional methods. A small, internal crack can quickly develop into ...

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Relieving Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety with Improved Batteries

April 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by Frances White, PNNL | Comments

Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial.Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework ...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA Looks to Build Satellites with Robots

April 16, 2014 11:16 am | by DARPA | Comments

Phoenix seeks to enable robotics servicing and asset life extension in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), while developing new satellite architectures to reduce the cost of space-based systems. Specifically, Phoenix’s goal is to ...  

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Phoenix Makes Strides in Satellite Architecture

April 16, 2014 11:15 am | by DARPA | Comments

The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for ...

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Remote Troops Closer to Having High-Speed Wireless Networks Mounted on UAVs

April 16, 2014 10:19 am | by DARPA | Comments

Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to tactical operation centers and access to valuable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data. The assets needed for long-range, high-bandwidth ...

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Volvo Cars to Unveil the Ingenious S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid

April 16, 2014 10:12 am | by Volvo Car Group | Comments

The production version of the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid, with an exceptionally CO2-efficient 238 horsepower Drive-E petrol turbo and plug-in hybrid technology, will be launched in China early 2015 and will be produced at the Chengdu plant ...

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Review: Windows Phone Advances with 8.1 Update

April 16, 2014 10:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has ...

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