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Photos of the Day: You Won’t Believe What This Machine Can See

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Two days before Christmas 1895, shortly after Wilhelm Röentgen discovered X-rays by experimenting with a cathode tube in his laboratory, he invited his wife to experience the phenomenon. Anna Bertha Ludwig put her left hand inside his apparatus and became the first human to ...

NASA's Space Station Robonaut Finally Getting Legs

April 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.For three...

Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Succes Dies

April 21, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's...

Largest U.S. Solar Farm On Superfund Site Is Online

April 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a...

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We Are in the Post Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

In doing the research for this article I found that there are as many articles saying that American Manufacturing is not in decline as saying it is. I wondered if this is simply a matter of economic perspectives or if there is a real basis for this ...

Simplifying M2M Data Networking

April 21, 2014 9:32 am | by Bill Conley, B&B Electronics | Articles | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and ...

Suits End, Queries Remain On Plane-Into-Home Crash

April 20, 2014 2:21 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

For five years, lawyers for families of those killed when a plane crashed into a house and the airlines they blame have prepared for trial, filing thousands of court documents, interviewing witnesses, reporting to a judge. But with the last of more than ...

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Photos of the Day: Boeing's Badger Is Rugged & Small

April 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

After a series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can be transported inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. That is another step toward ...        

Sub Scours Ocean for Missing Malaysian Jet

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data from the sub's previous ...

Boeing Phantom Badger Certified for V-22 Transport

April 18, 2014 12:21 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and successful airdrop tests from a C-17. Developed by Boeing Phantom Works, Phantom Badger supports a wide range of missions not possible with ...  

Cranes, Robot Aid Off-Shore Rescue Mission

April 18, 2014 12:20 pm | by Foster Klug & Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Divers worked in shifts to try to get into the sunken vessel, where most of the missing passengers are thought to be, but strong currents would not allow them to enter. The divers planned to pump oxygen into the ship to help any survivors, but ...

Laser Aimed at Clouds Could Induce Rain, Lightning

April 18, 2014 12:03 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it," may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida's College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to ...

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Former BP Employee Settles Charges

April 18, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced ...

Crews Find Suspected Area of Radiation Leak

April 18, 2014 9:30 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being ...

Launching a Rocket from Sea

April 17, 2014 4:34 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

There are many benefits of launching a rocket from the equator, but to get there a team of engineers from across the globe had to come together to build the first – and only – floating launch pad. Made up of three elements, including a ...

Toxic Water Overflows Waste Container at Fukushima Plant

April 17, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power said. The water did not ...

Researchers Observe Quantum Superconductor-Metal Transition & Superconducting Glass

April 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Graphene allows to gradually change the density of conduction electrons in it by changing the voltage on the electrostatic gate, and thus the strength of Josephson junctions between tin nanodiscs. Phase correlations among nanodiscs are destroyed ...

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Researchers Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

April 17, 2014 12:59 pm | by Justin Eure, Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity—the ability to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency—in a promising copper-oxide material. Researchers used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at ...

Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5-Meter Distance

April 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also ...

Engineering Newswire 86: HeliCat Looks Like Copter, Drives Like Boat

April 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using a robot as a portable printer, cruising the water with the HeliCat, and rediscovering physics with electron beams ...              

Freight Train Industry to Miss Safety Deadline

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday ...   

Robot Sub Makes First Complete Search for Plane

April 17, 2014 9:30 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said ...

China Factories Face New Challenge as Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after ...

Tiny Power Plants Hold Promise for Nuclear Energy

April 17, 2014 9:22 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the ...   

Pocket-Sized Anthrax Detector Aids Global Agriculture

April 17, 2014 8:25 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

A credit-card-sized anthrax detection cartridge developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to a small business makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper. Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly ...

State Appoints First 'Innovation Officer'

April 17, 2014 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia State University officials say the school has appointed its first chief innovation officer. In a statement, GSU officials said former vice president for innovation and new product development at NCR Corporation, Phil Ventimiglia, has been tapped to ...

NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

April 16, 2014 4:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe ...

Teardown: Gas Detection Warning System

April 16, 2014 3:46 pm | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, what's inside a Dräger Multiwarn II gas detection warning system used in mining, oil, chemical, and emergency services to detect hazardous or explosive atmospheres?       

Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to ...

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