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Hunt for Missing Malaysia Plane to Resume

September 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month, and will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said Friday ...    

Alibaba Symbol of China's New Tech Giants

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants...

Exploring 'Graveyard of Ships' with a Remote-Controlled Underwater Vehicle

September 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a...

Photos of the Day: Undersea Robot Explores Ship Graveyard

September 17, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

During a five-day expedition, a team from NOAA used sonar and an underwater vehicle to examine...

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Why Hydraulic Systems Still Have an Important Part to Play

September 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Professor Josef Kurfess, Ulm University | Articles | Comments

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going e nergy efficiency debate and the apparent ...

Gov. Sees State as Future Leader in Wind Energy

September 16, 2014 10:13 am | by Jennifer Mcdermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rhode Island will have a major role to play in the offshore wind industry, even though a developer chose to use a Massachusetts port to build a large wind farm, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Monday. Rhode Island officials had hoped Cape Wind would ...

Engineering Newswire 107: Boeing's Laser Targets Mortars, UAVs

September 11, 2014 3:49 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’ve filming with autonomous drones, seeing through walls and skin with night-vision goggles, and testing Boeing’s High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator ...          

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NASA Research Aids Response to California Napa Quake

September 11, 2014 10:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has been monitoring active earthquake faults in California using a variety of remote sensing and ground-based techniques. The JPL-developed UAVSAR, in use since 2009, is an L-band Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar instrument that ...

Keysight to Demonstrate Test Applications Solutions at IEEE AUTOTEST 2014 Conference

September 10, 2014 4:32 pm | Events

IEEE AUTOTESTCON is the United States' largest conference focused on automatic test systems for US military systems, and has been held annually since 1965. The Conference, whose 2014 theme is "Gateway to the next 50 years of Automated ...

Taming North Dakota's Gas Flares

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, astronauts orbiting the Earth started seeing a strange patch of lights flickering in a formerly dark corner of North Dakota. The region is going through an oil boom and the lights, which are spread over an area larger than ...

Last Mile Fueling System Brings Natural Gas to the Oilfield

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by GE Reports | Videos | Comments

The Last Mile Fueling solution is a fully-integrated technology & logistics system to make natural gas fueling available for exploration & production operations. Taking previously uneconomic natural gas directly from a wellhead, oilfield ...

High-Tech Survey Exposes Hidden Stonehenge

September 10, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A high-tech survey reveals that there is more to Stonehenge than meets the eye, finding previously unknown monuments. Researchers have produced digital maps of what's beneath the World Heritage Site, using ...      

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New NASA Probe Will Study Earth's Forests in 3D

September 9, 2014 5:05 pm | by Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Called the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation lidar, the instrument will be the first to systematically probe the depths of the forests from space. The system is one of two instrument proposals recently selected for NASA’s ...  

Big Bertha Moves Forward During Recent Testing

September 9, 2014 9:07 am | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bertha, the broken-down tunneling machine, moved forward three feet during recent testing, while workers building an underground circular pit that will allow access to the machine finished installing the last of 84 underground posts known as ...

The Devil is in the Accounting

September 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Accounting practices can be a fatal roadblock to continuous improvement programs. If there isn’t a way to associate costs of every kind to the causes, the incentive to fix problems disappears. Worse, sometimes we are incentivized to allow or ...

Engineering Update: Supersonic Submarines Could Travel at Speed of Sound

September 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Modern nuclear submarines are capable of travelling over 25 knots, but underwater vessels used to travel much slower than this. Now, researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab have ...   

Forget the Iron Horse, Here Comes the Iron Snake

September 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Pilbara region of Western Australia is home to some of the world’s largest iron ore mines. But the area is also a remote and forbidding place where temperatures often climb to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why mines like ...   

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Engineering Newswire 106: DOE Wants to Know if We Live in a Hologram

September 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re growing fully functional parts, redesigning the rickshaw, and using a holometer to determine whether or not we live in a hologram ...             

Space-Age Tech Preserves Space Program History

September 4, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Air Force | Videos | Comments

Find out how 3D laser scanning is documenting and helping to preserve national historic landmarks at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ...                  

Air Force Uses Lasers to Preserve Space History

September 4, 2014 9:54 am | by Jennifer Schneider, Air Force Civil Engineering Center Public Affairs | News | Comments

The site of one of America's proudest achievements is now little more than a weed-riddled concrete pad, surrounded by twisted, rusting metal. Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 is best known as the launch site for NASA's ...    

Photos of the Day: The Army's 20,000-Gallon Collapsible Tank

September 4, 2014 9:31 am | by Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Army stores fuel in large collapsible tanks, with capacities up to 210,000 gallons that can be connected to create a storage and distribution system point holding more than one million gallons. To determine the fuel system's volume, Soldiers ...

Stand-Off Scanning & Pointing with Risley Prisms

September 3, 2014 2:47 pm | by Craig Schwarze, OPTRA, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With the ever increasing threat of improvised explosive devices, both in the military arena and the civilian realm, there is a growing demand for technologies with the ability to detect explosives and their precursors from a safe stand-off ...

Improving Fuel Accountability, Visibility on the Battlefield

September 3, 2014 12:14 pm | by Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs | News | Comments

The U.S. Army is testing systems to improve how fuel is monitored and tracked across the battlefield, officials said. Scott Nielsen, a project engineer with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center ...  

Fingerprints for Freight Items

September 3, 2014 11:49 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Security is a top priority in air freight logistics but screening procedures can be very time consuming and costly. Fraunhofer researchers intend to boost efficiency with a new approach to digital logistics, without sacrificing the security of ...  

Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by NASA | News | Comments

An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's ...

Cleveland Welcomes Growing Field of Server Farms

September 2, 2014 9:33 am | by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one ...

Engineering Newswire 104: Giant Darts to Probe Mars for Signs of Life

August 21, 2014 10:55 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating the future of armored vehicles, waging robot wars, and throwing giant penetrator probes at Mars ...                

NTSB: Crash Wiped Out Signal That Could Hold Clues

August 19, 2014 9:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board says a trackside signal that could hold clues to a fatal head-on train collision in Arkansas was damaged in the crash but that investigators still hope to recover its data. NTSB investigator ...  

Emerging Solar Plants Ignite Birds in Midair

August 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer & John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair ...       

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