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After Fukushima, Japan Gets Green Boom & Glut

October 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry. Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a ...  

Stealthy Warship Sneaks Up on Submarines

October 28, 2014 10:12 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The new ships will have hybrid propulsion using gas turbines for sprinting at high speeds and...

NASA Team Proposes to Use Laser to Track Orbital Debris

October 28, 2014 9:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

As participation in space exploration grows worldwide, so does the impact of orbital debris —...

Photos of the Day: Supersonic Skydiving Suit Breaks Sound Barrier

October 28, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After nearly three years of intense planning, development and training, Eustace began his ascent...

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Profiting from Failure

October 27, 2014 10:09 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The Army's troubled $5 billion intelligence fusion network has been a source of lucrative contracts for companies whose employees once worked for the Army, but it has failed on its promise to make data seamlessly accessible to soldiers ...

Fiber Optic Sensing, Segmented Flaps Improve Flight Efficiency

October 22, 2014 10:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

In an ongoing effort to make airplanes fly more efficiently, NASA Aeronautics Academy interns have developed and flight-tested a flight control system employing multiple segmented trailing-edge flaps and a fiber-optic sensing system that ...

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Takes Flight

October 22, 2014 10:14 am | by NASA | News | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and ...

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Lockheed Martin Providing Border Protection Surveillance

October 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Working with the Army, Lockheed Martin is providing operational support for a persistent threat detection system that is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection ...      

'Super Tower' to Be Among World's Tallest Skyscrapers

October 15, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Higher than a bird, almost as high as some planes. It's Super Tower. And it's coming to Bangkok. A Thai property developer has announced plans to build a skyscraper in the Thai capital that will be among the 10 tallest buildings in the world ...

Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted ...

Future Vehicles 3D Model Challenge

October 14, 2014 12:50 pm | by CGTrader | Events

There are so many mechanical innovations and crazy inventions that technologically it is already entirely possible to have a part car, part drone, part plane parked in your garage. It does sound a little insane, but only because it’s a completely ...

Spider-Man May Swing Over Beijing in New Theme Park

October 14, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spider-Man could soon swing over Beijing, chasing Optimus Prime and despicable minions through a $3.3 billion Universal theme park aimed at capitalizing on China's rising middle class and growing demand for all things animated ...   

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Retired Shuttle Endeavour Exhibit Closer to Launch

October 13, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The space shuttle Endeavour on Thursday was paired once again with a space lab and storage pod it used on some missions, as the countdown to its final exhibit continues at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. A crew delicately positioned ...

Early Apple Computer, Manhattan Project Viewing Window, Up for Auction

October 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press | News | Comments

A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer — one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 — are among the unique pieces of science history up for auction this month ...   

Engineering Newswire 111: Professor Designs Cloaking Device on Vacation

October 9, 2014 10:31 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re swarming navy threats with autonomous ships, securing our homes with coins, and bending light to blind you with science or designing a killer cloak with off-the-shelf materials ...     

75-Story Solar Tower That Can Kill Birds Dropped

October 9, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair. The California Energy Commission was ...

Six 3D Print Design Challenges

October 8, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

In order to spur creativity, the site frequently features 3D print design challenges. Each challenge will be judged by CGTrader staff and sponsors, and every winner will receive awards and prizes. Check out the following six challenges and ...

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Photos of the Day: ROVs for Every Industry

October 7, 2014 12:58 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Over the years, SeaBotix evolved into making a variety of products for a number of applications, such as maritime security, aquaculture, the hydro industry, in-shore and off-shore applications, potable water ...      

Making Wind Farms Work Better, Run Quieter

October 6, 2014 10:19 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

“Crickets,” says Dominic von Terzi, “You can’t imagine the noise they make.” He’s talking about an unexpected hurdle his team from GE’s European Research Center in Munich ran into while looking for ways to make wind farms work better and ...

Deep Sea ROVs Designed for Navy Apps

October 3, 2014 12:21 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

SeaBotix, a manufacturer of MiniROV systems, has clientele in various industries worldwide. While the defense industry makes up about 75% of its business, SeaBotix also caters to law enforcement, the aquaculture industry, National Geographic ...

Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAV to Bring the Internet Everywhere

October 3, 2014 9:29 am | by PD&D Staff | News | Comments

These unmanned vehicles, also known as SkyOrbiters, would be capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling. The SkyOrbiter fleet would be comprised of six low altitude models and three high altitude models ...

Engineering Newswire 110: Lockheed Martin Wreaks Havoc in Extreme Off-Road Testing

October 2, 2014 11:06 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re traveling in our very own solar-powered pods, picking up space garbage, and wreaking havoc in extreme off-road testing ...              

German Military Struggles with Hardware Problems

October 2, 2014 10:29 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

First a group of German army instructors got stranded in Bulgaria en route to Iraq when their plane malfunctioned. Then the weapons they were meant to train Kurdish fighters to use got stuck in Germany because a Dutch military plane ...  

9 Powerful Controllers Inside Unmanned Vehicles That Disable Explosive Devices

September 29, 2014 11:24 am | by Terry Persun, Technical Journalist | Articles | Comments

When NIC Instruments was designing their next generation unmanned ground vehicle, they needed specific characteristics from their controller boards. During research, they found that some controllers didn't offer the ...     

September 2014: King Kong Lives

September 26, 2014 10:59 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue: King Kong Lives:  Part marionette, animatronic, and puppet, the newest version of the famous ape is made up of 1.1 tons of steel, aluminum, lycra, and latex, and stands six meters tall ... 

India Releases First Image of Crater-Scarred Mars

September 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The image released Thursday was taken when the Martian Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was about 7,300 kilometers (4,536 miles) from the planet's surface, according to the Indian Space and Research Organisation. The digital data took at least ...

Engineering Newswire 109: SkyOrbiter Flies for 5 Years Without Stopping

September 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re raising cage-free robots, flying SkyOrbiters in Siberia, and swimming with the Octobot ...                    

Huge Underground Salt Caverns Could Store Wind-Generated Energy

September 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Mead Gruver & Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching ...  

Drones for Moviemaking Face Likely FAA Approval

September 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial ...  

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