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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...

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...

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,...

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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 ...  

GE Compression Technology Supporting Total S.A. Refinery Expansion

September 24, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Oil & Gas has announced that it will provide France-based energy company Total S.A. with a variety of compressors for a refinery off-gas (ROG) expansion project at its Antwerp, Belgium, refinery complex. The project is part of ... 

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SpaceX Breaks Ground on World's First Commercial Spaceport

September 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | News | 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 ...    

NASA Opens Challenge to Participate in Future Mars Missions

September 23, 2014 10:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Mars Balance Mass Challenge seeks design ideas for small science and technology payloads that could potentially provide dual purpose as ejectable balance masses on spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere ...     

License Plate Scanner Networks Capture Movements

September 23, 2014 10:04 am | by Tami Abdollah & Elliot Spagat, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement ...

Dynapar Sensor Sets Its Sights on Agriculture

September 22, 2014 2:34 pm | Danaher Controls - Dynapar | Product Releases | Comments

Dynapar has announced the RR25, a rotary speed sensor targeting agricultural applications in the Off-Highway Vehicle market. The sensor utilizes proven Hall-IC technology to provide reliable service in the Ag industry’s demanding environment ...

San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars from Siemens

September 22, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest ...

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Photos of the Day: The History of the Panama Canal's Massive Expansion

September 22, 2014 10:04 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t grow. The 48-mile-long landmark that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion ...   

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 in China's state-dominated economy. Until now, Chinese companies that made a splash in global stock markets were state-owned banks and oil ...

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 remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks ...     

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 and photograph the historic shipwrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, where more than 300 vessels are believed to have sunk ...

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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 ...          

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 ...      

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 ...   

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