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NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice

July 30, 2014 12:49 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will ...   

Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

July 30, 2014 12:36 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

A new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail...

State fines Severstal $135K on Emission Sensors

July 29, 2014 8:22 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135...

Photos of the Day: $1.3B Telescope to Be the World's Largest

July 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Thirty Meter Telescope | News | Comments

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural...

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Next-Gen Thirty Meter Telescope Begins Construction in Hawaii

July 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) | News | Comments

The TMT project was initiated a decade ago by the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the University of California as the TMT Observatory Corporation ...

Drone Nearly Blocks California Firefighting Planes

July 29, 2014 9:32 am | by Fenit Nirappil & Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to ...  

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

July 28, 2014 4:52 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover ...

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Cool-Burning Flames in Space Could Lead to Better Engines on Earth

July 28, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jacobs School of Engineering | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a ...

Obama Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the country moving to cleaner natural gas, the Obama administration wants to reduce power plant pollution to make good on its promise to the world to cut emissions. Yet the estimated 228,800 tons of carbon dioxide contained in the ...

Overcome Outsourcing Woes with Design for Six Sigma

July 28, 2014 10:02 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

For those of us with a working Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology and program, outsourcing our product line production generates several challenges that can threaten our conviction to continue DFSS. However, a working DFSS ...  

Promises of Easier Nuclear Construction Fall Short

July 26, 2014 10:23 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money. So far, it's not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions ...

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 ...

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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 the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios ...      

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 hassle of finding a parking spot before heading to the check-in desk ...             

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 example, this data is used to monitor climate patterns and predict landslides. Michigan engineers are working on a system that will make ...  

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 ... 

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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