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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

July 31, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. ASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover ...  

Students Race for Top Prize in RoboBoat Competition

July 31, 2014 11:17 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Obstacle avoidance. Automated docking. Speed gates. Acoustic beacon positioning. Underwater...

Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 30, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a...

Optimum Inertial Design for Self-Propulsion

July 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and...

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Avoiding Plane Crashes as Air Traffic Doubles

July 29, 2014 3:20 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard ...

The Evolution of Airplanes

July 28, 2014 5:08 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

One of the traditional arguments against Darwinian evolution has been that no one can confirm the process exists because it occurs on a time scale immensely greater than a human lifetime ...         

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

July 28, 2014 4:52 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover ...

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How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

Displays from the Big Screen: Motion Sensor Systems from Hollywood

July 24, 2014 5:36 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something ...  

Engineering Newswire 100: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 24, 2014 11:36 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...               

Photos of the Day: Giant Robotic Creature Is 14-Feet Tall

July 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters worked closely with Stratasys to build ...

Stratasys 3D Prints Giant Creature for Comic-Con

July 23, 2014 12:57 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. has announced it has collaborated with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts,  Legacy Effects, Condé Nast Entertainment and WIRED to create a 14-foot tall giant creature which will be showcased at the Comic-Con International ...

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NASA’s Flying Saucer

July 22, 2014 3:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The basic Viking parachute design that was used to land vehicles on Mars in 1976 was the same design used to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012. While it has been more than 40 years since the initial mission, many of the technologies haven’t changed, until recently ...

Photos of the Day: Testing NASA’s Supersonic Decelerators

July 22, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The two main technologies being developed as part of NASA'S Low Density Supersonic Decelerator Project are supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators, and a new supersonic ring sail parachute. In order to gain confidence that the ...

Hotspot: Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...     

Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

July 21, 2014 10:02 am | by Maria Alberty, NASA's Ames Research Center | News | Comments

Aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s second contracted commercial resupply mission to the space station, which arrived to the orbital laboratory July 16,  NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, sent two Google prototype ... 

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

July 21, 2014 10:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for ...

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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...      

Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 17, 2014 4:44 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | News | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

Metric Right-Angle Hypoid Gearmotor Line

July 17, 2014 4:24 pm | by PD&D Staff | Bison Gear And Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bison Gear and Engineering has launched a metric complement to all standard inch PowerSTAR part numbers across all ratios and motor options. This will provide better mounting for metric equipment, and open up ...

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the ...

70-Foot-Long Concrete Bridge Survives Series of Simulated Earthquakes

July 17, 2014 11:26 am | by University of Nevada, Reno | News | Comments

A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned ...  

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Aerial Intelligence Helps Create the World's Most Efficient Airline

July 16, 2014 10:49 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE is working with Air Asia and the Department of Civil Aviation (the regional equivalent of the FAA) to roll out a GPS-based flight path program at 15 Malaysian airports, and another eight in Thailand and Indonesia. The goal is to improve ...

Photos of the Day: This Airbus Makes Pilots Smarter

July 16, 2014 10:48 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

At first glance, Air Asia’s fleet of Airbus A320 planes look like any other passenger aircraft. But look under the hood and you will find an array of sensors and proprietary technology developed by GE that make their pilots smarter ...  

Building a Jet-Propelled Train

July 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

On a clear day in July 1966, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his team boarded a specially modified Buddliner railcar, No. M-497. Bolted to the roof above them were two GE J47-19 jet engines. Wetzel throttled up the engines ...

Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's Robotic Tuna

July 15, 2014 9:46 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater ...

Protecting our Harbors & Ships with the BIOSwimmer

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

No question about it… they’re very good at what they do. But they don’t take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they’re one of ...

Improving the Crashworthiness of Railcars

July 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by Dassault Systemes | Dassault Systems Of America | Articles | Comments

In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that one man, Joe “Head-on” Connolly, staged 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs and other ...

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