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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 ...

U.S. Nuclear Industry Needs to Think About Unthinkable Disasters

July 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that...

Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

July 23, 2014 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

'Ray' the robotic parking valet at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany lets travelers to avoid the...

Sensors in the Soil

July 23, 2014 4:07 pm | by Michigan Engineering | Videos | Comments

Soil moisture information is just as important to NASA engineers as it is to local farmers. For...

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Student Develops Filter for Clean Water Around the World

July 23, 2014 1:54 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Roughly 780 million people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every year. ETH student Jeremy Nussbaumer set ...  

Young MH17 Victim has Eerie Premonition of Crash

July 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

They were joking and laughing. Shaka, 19, had just finished his first year of college, where he was studying textile engineering, and promised to keep an eye on Miguel. Their other brother, Mika, 16, hadn't been able to get a seat on ... 

Nano-Sized Chip 'Sniffs Out' Explosives Far Better than Trained Dogs

July 23, 2014 10:47 am | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is ...

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Shipwrecked Concordia Makes Final Voyage

July 23, 2014 9:15 am | by Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just ...

The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms vs. Judgment

July 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the ...

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 ...

Sandia Ensures U.S. Nuclear Weapons Deterrent Can Remain Effective, Credible

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

It may sound strange to say that nuclear weapons must survive radiation. But as part of its mission of ensuring the nation’s stockpile is safe, secure and effective as a deterrent, Sandia National Laboratories must make sure crucial parts can ...

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Converting Academy Waste into Renewable Energy

July 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Amber Baillie, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs | News | Comments

During August 2013, the Defense Department Environmental Security Technology Certification Program funded CDM Smith, a national engineering and construction firm, to test how the U.S. Air Force Academy can reduce energy use and cost ...  

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...     

Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 22, 2014 9:21 am | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said ...

U.S. Army Intelligence System Pulled from Key Test

July 22, 2014 9:18 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. DCGS-A is a network of software, sensors and databases that is ...

Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives ...

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LEDs Shine in Bedding Plant Production Study

July 21, 2014 1:02 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Growers of annual bedding plant seedlings or plugs work to produce compact, fully rooted transplants with a large stem diameter and high root dry mass - qualities that make seedlings less susceptible to damage during shipping and transplant ...

Great Plains Shale Tested for Possible Energy Uses

July 21, 2014 10:22 am | by Carson Walker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests this summer on Pierre Shale that stretches across much of the Great Plains could help build the case for an underground lab and, if feasible, lead to energy production or underground storage in the rock formation ...    

NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

July 18, 2014 11:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine ...

Photos of the Day: Mysterious 66-Yard Crater Appears in Siberia

July 18, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter (66-yard) wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center of ...

Rescuers Comb Scene of Malaysian Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 9:38 am | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Malaysian jetliner shot from the sky by what U.S. intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile scattered wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside, leaving investigators scrambling Friday to figure out what happened ...

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 ...

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 ...                

HotSpot: Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology ...

Cargo Ship Arrives, Grapples with International Space Station

July 17, 2014 9:13 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

Carrying more than 3,000 pounds of food, supplies, spare parts and experiments, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station July 16, where it was grappled by ...      

NASA Turns Over Next-Gen Air Traffic Management Tool to FAA

July 16, 2014 11:09 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new NASA-developed computer software tool designed to aid air traffic controllers was presented to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during a ceremony Monday at the agency's headquarters in Washington ...     

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