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Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          

From Science Fiction to Science Fact

November 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by NASA 360 | Videos | Comments

Is suspended animation possible? Can we 3D print whole structures on the moon? How about...

Mission Moon: Millions May Help Lunar Landing

November 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the moon mission for the masses. A project to fund a private lunar exploration mission got...

NASA Successfully Installs the First 3D Printer in Space

November 19, 2014 9:37 am | by Bill Hubscher, International Space Station Program Science Office, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Wilmore installed the printer in the station’s Microgravity Science Glovebox and started the...

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Photos of the Day: 3D Printer Powers Up on the Space Station

November 19, 2014 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

Solar Energy Co. SunEdison Buying Wind Power Co.

November 19, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion. The St. Peters, Missouri-based company and its publicly traded subsidiary, TerraForm Power, said Monday that they ...  

Gov't Declares Aircraft Regulations Apply to Drones

November 18, 2014 3:42 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under ...    

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Pilot Dies After Cargo Plane Crashes into Home

November 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500 slammed into the front of the home ...   

Photos of the Day: Cargo Plane Crashes into Home

November 18, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Assistant Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Michael Fox says the pilot in a small plane crash has died. The small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home Tuesday, plunging into the basement but leaving the bungalow's ...

Scientists 'Confident' Comet Lander will Wake Up

November 18, 2014 9:03 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A burst of sunshine in the spring could be just the wakeup call for Europe's comet lander. Scientists raised hopes Monday that as the Philae lander nears the sun its solar panel-powered battery will recharge, and the first spacecraft to ...

'Stupidity' Caused Drill Issue, Says Transit Official

November 18, 2014 7:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A transit official says a giant drill bit that pierced the ceiling of a New York City subway tunnel in October was caused by the "stupidity" of contracted workers. Newsday says Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction ...

Huge Solar Plant Lags in Early Production

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets ...        

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Russians Claim to Have Photo of MH17 Going Down

November 17, 2014 10:24 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian television stations stood by the report, saying their source was the Russian Union of Engineers, an obscure Moscow-based organization that had previously issued a report claiming that the Malaysian plane had been downed by ...  

Results from Comet Lander's Experiments Expected

November 17, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

Philae Probe Drills into Comet, Turns Toward Light

November 17, 2014 9:29 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The spacecraft that landed on a comet performed two tricky maneuvers Friday, by drilling into the rocky surface and rotating itself to catch more sunlight. Both operations carried considerable risks, because they could have toppled the ...

Comet Craft Starts Drilling; Location Still Sought

November 14, 2014 9:09 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A European probe has begun drilling into a comet to collect scientific data, but mission controllers said Friday that battery issues may make it impossible — at least for now — to access that information. The Philae lander on Wednesday became ...

Engineering Newswire 116: Karate Robot Does Crane Kick on Cinder Blocks

November 13, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot ...            

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Drones Now Patrol Half of Mexico Border

November 13, 2014 9:28 am | by Elliot Spagat & Brian Skoloff, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has operated about 10,000 drone flights under the strategy, known internally as "change detection," since it began in March 2013. The flights currently cover about 900 miles, much of it in Texas, and are expected to expand ...

Photos of the Day: Border Drones Patrol with High-Res Cameras

November 13, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the ... 

Cassini Sails into New Ocean Adventures on Titan

November 11, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

NASA's Cassini mission continues its adventures in extraterrestrial oceanography with new findings about the hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan. During a flyby in August, the spacecraft sounded the depths near the mouth of a ...  

Scientists Gear Up to Land 1st Spacecraft on Comet

November 10, 2014 9:21 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency is making final preparations to land the first unmanned spacecraft on a comet next week, and scientists are hoping that technology designed a quarter century ago will perform as planned. Europe's Rosetta space probe ...

A Fireside Chat: Driving Toward Vehicle Autonomy

November 10, 2014 9:15 am | by PD&D Staff | Dspace, Inc | Articles | Comments

dSPACE, a company that provides solutions to accelerate the development and test of electronic control units (ECUs) and mechatronic control systems, has announced its new dSPACE Inc. president, Dr. Peter Waeltermann ...    

Engineering Newswire 115: Engineers Drop Bombs for Safety

November 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re dropping bombs for safety, coating batteries for consumption, and saying goodbye to our bearded friend ...                 

Photos of the Day: Electric Watercraft Flies Above the Water

November 5, 2014 5:34 pm | by PD&D Staff | News | Comments

The Quadrofoil is a two-person electric powered hydrofoiling personal watercraft. Powered by industry standard batteries with an integrated battery management system, it has a range of up to 100 km, and is fully charged in less than ...  

A look at Virgin Galactic's Feathering Technology

November 4, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Virgin Galactic spaceship destroyed when it broke apart high over the Mojave Desert was designed to take tourists on a fleeting thrill ride through the lower reaches of space. On the way back down, the tail sections of the ...   

Many Questions Still Unanswered in Spaceship Crash

November 4, 2014 9:38 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft ... 

Mystery Drones Fly Over Nuclear Sites

November 3, 2014 5:15 pm | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations. A government official told The Associated Press that authorities have counted about ...  

Can Space Industry Survive 2 Explosions in 4 Days?

November 3, 2014 9:09 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It's what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. In the past decade, the space industry has ...

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 ...  

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